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Sunday, September 4, 2022

THE SHAW FESTIVAL’S 60th ANNIVERSARY SEASON by Peter Filichia

After lyricist Leo Robin had written a song for The Big Broadcast of 1938, he incurred the censor’s wrath. No,...Continue Reading The post THE SHAW FESTIVAL’S 60th ANNIVERSARY SEASON app…

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

THE OH-SO-BAD BUTCHER BOY  by Peter Filichia

  Good Lord!  This is the same actor who, as a teen, was so endearing as Arpad in the 2016...Continue Reading The post THE OH-SO-BAD BUTCHER BOY  appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

HOW TO THEATRICALLY SPEND YOUR SUMMER VACATION by Peter Filichia

All right, you missed MACBETH, PLAZA SUITE and AMERICAN BUFFALO, which all finished their runs as scheduled on July 10....Continue Reading The post HOW TO THEATRICALLY SPEND YOUR SUMMER VACA…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 09:07PM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

THE FANTASTICKS: THE BOYS NEXT DOOR by Peter Filichia

If you’ve written a song called “Never Say No,” aren’t you automatically required to say “Yes!” to any suggestion? Nevertheless,...Continue Reading The post THE FANTASTICKS: THE …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 04:44PM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

FUNNY GIRL: FELDSTEIN ON BROADWAY by Peter Filichia

One big mistake made in the new revival of FUNNY GIRL has nothing to do with Beanie Feldstein. Those who...Continue Reading The post FUNNY GIRL: FELDSTEIN ON BROADWAY appeared first on Broad…

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

PLAZA SUITES TO THE SWEET AND SOUR by Peter Filichia

  Seeing Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker in PLAZA SUITE brought to mind the real surprise that theatergoers had...Continue Reading The post PLAZA SUITES TO THE SWEET AND SOUR app…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 09:03PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

MJ: I’M BAD by Peter Filichia

  How many hundreds of times have critics said “If you liked [name of old show], you’ll love [name of...Continue Reading The post MJ: I’M BAD appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 01:00AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE … BUT … by Peter Filichia

Think of a piece of wallpaper whose edge in the upper corner has come loose from insufficient or incompetent glue....Continue Reading The post SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE … BUT … appeared …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 06:40AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

PASS OVER: Hardly a Religious Ceremony by Peter Filichia

As soon as the curtain rises on PASS OVER, we immediately have two questions. What is there at the bottom...Continue Reading The post PASS OVER: Hardly a Religious Ceremony appeared first on…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 04:55AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

SCOTT MILLER’S NEW GOLDEN AGE OF MUSICALS by Peter Filichia

As always, a Scott Miller book is one I reach for with relish. In his previous tomes, Miller has proved...Continue Reading The post SCOTT MILLER’S NEW GOLDEN AGE OF MUSICALS appeared first…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 11:29AM
Monday, March 16, 2020

DANA H. — as in Higginbotham AND as in Hell by Peter Filichia

As Albert Blossom sings in DOCTOR DOLITTLE, “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.” You haven’t, either. And...Continue Reading The post DANA H. — as in Higginbotham AND as …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 05:42PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A COCKTAIL PARTY Is an EXPERIMENT That Fails by Peter Filichia

“What’s the worst thing that you’ve ever seen in all your trips to the theater?” It’s a question that people...Continue Reading The post A COCKTAIL PARTY Is an EXPERIMENT That Fail…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 02:27PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

WEST SIDE STORY: Live on Stage – and on Screen by Peter Filichia

Oh, why not?! Let’s face it: WEST SIDE STORY, in their faithful 1980 and 2009 revivals, set few pulses racing...Continue Reading The post WEST SIDE STORY: Live on Stage – and on Screen a…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:11PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY: Finally, in New York! by Peter Filichia

Wouldn’t a play with Josephine Baker, Margaret Sanger, Langston Hughes and Adam Clayton Powell have terrific dramatic possibilities? After all,...Continue Reading The post BLUES FOR AN ALA…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:53PM
Sunday, February 16, 2020

BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE & SONGS by Peter Filichia

The first words that we hear come courtesy of an onstage Band Leader. “It’s 1969.” Those who didn’t know that...Continue Reading The post BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE & …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:19PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES: Met It in St. Louis by Peter Filichia

On my way to baggage claim, I locked eyes with the lovely lady who was sitting at the welcome table...Continue Reading The post MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES: Met It in St. Louis appeared f…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 01:56PM
Sunday, February 2, 2020

There’s Been a Women’s March on Theater, Too! by Peter Filichia

You may have noticed that Broadway Select wasn’t around for about a week. Damn those hackers! In the interim, I...Continue Reading The post There’s Been a Women’s March on Theater, Too…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:22PM
Friday, January 24, 2020

JAMES C. NICOLA KEEPS THE “NEW” IN NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP by Peter Filichia

This week, let’s review an artistic director. James C. Nicola of New York Theatre Workshop gets a rave. He’s been...Continue Reading The post JAMES C. NICOLA KEEPS THE “NEW” IN NEW Y…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 06:14PM
Sunday, January 12, 2020

CATS Unmocked by Peter Filichia

This review will not sport any jokes or puns about the film version of CATS. No, it’s not a very...Continue Reading The post CATS Unmocked appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:23PM
Sunday, January 5, 2020

THE MIKADO: Well, It IS in the Public Domain … by Peter Filichia

If you wanted to know who they were, they weren’t gentlemen of Japan, but of England. Theatergoers weren’t immediately in...Continue Reading The post THE MIKADO: Well, It IS in the Publi…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:34PM
Sunday, December 29, 2019

THE THIN PLACE: Slim and Lean by Peter Filichia

In one way, THE THIN PLACE is a drama critic’s dream – at least for the first 60 of its...Continue Reading The post THE THIN PLACE: Slim and Lean appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Not So Hard to Swallow by Peter Filichia

Sophisticated writers often stack the deck when writing about suburban families. JAGGED LITTLE PILL, now at the Broadhurst, seems to...Continue Reading The post JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Not So Ha…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:32PM
Monday, December 16, 2019

IT ISN’T BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven and Greater Clements by Peter Filichia

December theatergoers can always see a slew of shows that celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. How they uplift us and...Continue Reading The post IT ISN’T BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIK…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 12:39PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS: Don’t Fasten Your Seats Belts by Peter Filichia

“I felt while I was writing this play that I was getting away with murder.” So said Maria Irene Fornes...Continue Reading The post FEFU AND HER FRIENDS: Don’t Fasten Your Seats Belts a…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:03PM
Sunday, December 1, 2019

PUMPGIRL: And All the Rest Is Talk by Peter Filichia

In 2007 alone, it was produced by the estimable Manhattan Theatre Club and won The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize that...Continue Reading The post PUMPGIRL: And All the Rest Is Talk appeared fi…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:03PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019

THE INHERITANCE: The Sum of Its Parts by Peter Filichia

While some shows are famous for second-act trouble, Matthew Lopez’s THE INHERITANCE runs the risk of having both that and...Continue Reading The post THE INHERITANCE: The Sum of Its Parts …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:02PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Warren Report on TINA by Peter Filichia

The lights come up on a woman just sitting, not moving and with her back to us. That’s all it...Continue Reading The post The Warren Report on TINA appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:07PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Where’s CYRANO’S Nose? by Peter Filichia

With Peter Dinklage as the title character in this new musical simply called CYRANO, you might assume you’ll see a...Continue Reading The post Where’s CYRANO’S Nose? appeared first on …

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 08:03PM
Sunday, November 3, 2019

LAST DAYS OF SUMMER: Would You Believe … ? by Peter Filichia

Sure, we all want our children to be smart and confident. That includes the kids we see on stage. So...Continue Reading The post LAST DAYS OF SUMMER: Would You Believe … ? appeared first o…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 09:26PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019

SCOTLAND, PA: Cheap at Twice the Price by Peter Filichia

In a way, SCOTLAND, PA is the perfect musical for the Donald Trump era. It says get what you want,...Continue Reading The post SCOTLAND, PA: Cheap at Twice the Price appeared first on Broadw…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 09:17PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

WIVES AND LOVERS: And Husbands, Too! by Peter Filichia

Drama involves conflict. That’s why so many plays rely on husbands, wives and lovers. As Katharine Hepburn famously said, “Marriage...Continue Reading The post WIVES AND LOVERS: And Husb…

SOURCE: broadwayselect.com at 09:23PM

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