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Monday, June 18, 2018

HALF TIME: The Senior Showcase by Peter Filichia

  Life would be much easier for HALF TIME had there never been A CHORUS LINE This new musical at...Continue Reading The post HALF TIME: The Senior Showcase appeared first on BroadwaySel…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lerner with and without Loewe by Peter Filichia

Congrats to all the Tony-winners! And now that the season is over and we have no more shows to see,...Continue Reading The post Lerner with and without Loewe appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

STAGE LIFE: The Way They Were by Peter Filichia

Remember when cable TV talked of “narrowcasting”? We heard the word a great deal in the ‘80s. In case you...Continue Reading The post STAGE LIFE: The Way They Were appeared first on Br…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Beauty of THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by Peter Filichia

With this show, John Kander won’t be asked “Which came first — the music or the lyrics?” For there are...Continue Reading The post The Beauty of THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE appeared …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Would That THE ICEMAN Could Stayeth by Peter Filichia

Theatergoers aren’t the only ones who should see George C. Wolfe’s current production of THE ICEMAN COMETH. Every director as...Continue Reading The post Would That THE ICEMAN Could Stay…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

A More Than FAIR LADY by Peter Filichia

In the last decade, musical theater has welcomed what can almost be termed a new genre: The Lincoln Center Theater...Continue Reading The post A More Than FAIR LADY appeared first on Broadwa…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

CAROUSEL: The Wheel-of-Fortune Musical by Peter Filichia

  The top of the carousel is quite beautiful, thanks to set designer Santo Loquasto. But where’s the rest of...Continue Reading The post CAROUSEL: The Wheel-of-Fortune Musical appeare…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

MEAN GIRLS and Teen Girls: Perfect Together by Peter Filichia

If you’re someone who says “I would never want to go back to high school,” you won’t want to go...Continue Reading The post MEAN GIRLS and Teen Girls: Perfect Together appeared firs…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

THE STING Sings by Peter Filichia

If it only had a heart. We’re warned right from the opening number that this is “the story of deception,...Continue Reading The post THE STING Sings appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

FROZEN: Assets and Liabilities by Peter Filichia

  Film is of course a far more realistic medium than the stage – although there is one profound exception...Continue Reading The post FROZEN: Assets and Liabilities appeared first on …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Maybe a Return to MARGARITAVILLE? by Peter Filichia

Joshua Logan did it after WISH YOU WERE HERE had opened to terrible reviews. Gower Champion also did it –...Continue Reading The post Maybe a Return to MARGARITAVILLE? appeared first on Br…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

FOLLIES Goes to High School by Peter Filichia

  “Why am I here? This is crazy!” That’s what Sally sings in “Don’t Look at Me” in FOLLIES —...Continue Reading The post FOLLIES Goes to High School appeared first on …

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

TACT and MUSICALS TONIGHT! Take Their Final Bow by Peter Filichia

Two companies are about to close up shop. I’m going to miss both very much. TACT – meaning The Actors...Continue Reading The post TACT and MUSICALS TONIGHT! Take Their Final Bow appeared…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH: Now Voyager by Peter Filichia

Many men get off while fantasizing about little women, but in Don Nguyen’s HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH,...Continue Reading The post HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH: N…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

HANGMEN: Another Thrilling Martin McDonagh Thriller by Peter Filichia

Who’s the only playwright capable of dreaming up this scenario? A convicted man is about to face the noose. He...Continue Reading The post HANGMEN: Another Thrilling Martin McDonagh Thrill…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA (or So It Insists) by Peter Filichia

Well, it ain’t THE RING CYCLE. But JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA does make good on its title’s last two words....Continue Reading The post JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA (or So It Insists) appear…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Lives! (Well, in a way …) by Peter Filichia

Of the hundred-plus pre-Broadway tryouts that I’ve witnessed – literally in Philly, Boston and Baltimo’ – one of the most...Continue Reading The post 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Lives! …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

LOVE NEVER DIES: And This Musical Hasn’t, Either by Peter Filichia

In musical theater, there’s one cliché that doesn’t hold true. “You never get a second chance to make a first...Continue Reading The post LOVE NEVER DIES: And This Musical Hasn’t, E…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

THE HOMECOMING QUEEN: The Character You Love to Hate by Peter Filichia

What a bitch. That’s a terrible thing to say about anyone, of course, but let the punishment fit the crime...Continue Reading The post THE HOMECOMING QUEEN: The Character You Love to Hate …

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

MILES FOR MARY: Much Less Than a Mile Away from Success by Peter Filichia

It doesn’t hit the bull’s eye on the target, but it’s only one mere circle away from it. MILES FOR...Continue Reading The post MILES FOR MARY: Much Less Than a Mile Away from Success a…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Lithgow Goes Low by Peter Filichia

Alas, John Lithgow has taken a bit of a beating with his one-man STORIES BY HEART at the American Theatre....Continue Reading The post Lithgow Goes Low appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

UP IN CHEAP SEATS to Expensive Ones Down Below by Peter Filichia

Most of the time when people speak of The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical, they start with OKLAHOMA! in...Continue Reading The post UP IN CHEAP SEATS to Expensive Ones Down Below appeared…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

B Street Theatre Is Moving to A-Level Accommodations by Peter Filichia

They came to have a good time, and indeed they did. Once again, playgoers at B Street Theatre in Sacramento...Continue Reading The post B Street Theatre Is Moving to A-Level Accommodations a…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

FARINELLI Hits a High Note by Peter Filichia

Mel Brooks might have been incorrect. It’s not necessarily good to be the king. Take King Philippe V (1683-1746). He...Continue Reading The post FARINELLI Hits a High Note appeared first o…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Second Time on This Island for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Peter Filichia

  You’re having dinner at someone’s house and are fed one utterly delicious dish after another. Eventually you’re so full...Continue Reading The post The Second Time on This Islan…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

METEOR SHOWER: Oh, the Weather Inside is Frightful by Peter Filichia

  “And then I woke up.” How many times have grammar-school teachers run into this line at the end of...Continue Reading The post METEOR SHOWER: Oh, the Weather Inside is Frightful a…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOD IS ON HER WAY by Peter Filichia

If you read a review of a movie and then go to the multiplex, you’ll see frame-for-frame exactly what the...Continue Reading The post GOD IS ON HER WAY appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

HARD TIMES, GOOD THEATER by Peter Filichia

The audience’s grunt came early. With all the charges of sexual harassment in the news, there was an extra punch...Continue Reading The post HARD TIMES, GOOD THEATER appeared first on Broa…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

This Is ILLYRIA, Ladies and Gentlemen by Peter Filichia

  For the last third of a century, a concerted effort has been made to have children become aware of...Continue Reading The post This Is ILLYRIA, Ladies and Gentlemen appeared first on …

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Monday, October 30, 2017

STRANGE INTERLUDE: Strange, but True by Peter Filichia

It sounds impossible. And it SHOULD be impossible. But David Greenspan is proving that it isn’t. He’s decided to memorize...Continue Reading The post STRANGE INTERLUDE: Strange, but True…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

TIME AND THE CONWAYS: Time and the Wrong Way by Peter Filichia

Only the incarcerated disagree. But all other adults will tell you that time goes fast. A fall from grace can...Continue Reading The post TIME AND THE CONWAYS: Time and the Wrong Way appeare…

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