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Sunday, November 11, 2018

KING KONG: 1933 Variations by Peter Filichia

The first 45 minutes were so engrossing that I didn’t care if the title character ever showed up. Who’d expect...Continue Reading The post KING KONG: 1933 Variations appeared first on Br…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

MOTHERS OF THE MAID AND THE CROSSDRESSERS by Peter Filichia

Last week, two memorable mothers showed up on a stage and a screen in New York. Playwright Jane Anderson wondered...Continue Reading The post MOTHERS OF THE MAID AND THE CROSSDRESSERS appear…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT: Are You Kidding Me? by Peter Filichia

Expect any review you read of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT to contain a well-worn phrase that’s too often seen...Continue Reading The post THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT: Are You Kidding Me? appeared fi…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

APOLOGIA: Ah, Those Birthday Parties with the Family … by Peter Filichia

You know the joke that starts “How many (collective noun) does it take to change a light bulb?” In APOLOGIA,...Continue Reading The post APOLOGIA: Ah, Those Birthday Parties with the Fam…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Warm Welcome to GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY by Peter Filichia

Actually, I was so involved in the story that I resented when intermission arrived. That’s how arresting GIRL FROM THE...Continue Reading The post A Warm Welcome to GIRL FROM THE NORTH COU…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

BEING EARNEST: Being a Musical by Peter Filichia

Excellent lyricist Anne Croswell once told me how she spent her time on a certain afternoon in the late ‘50s....Continue Reading The post BEING EARNEST: Being a Musical appeared first on B…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL: First Things First by Peter Filichia

As you enter the Two River Theater, you may well be charmed by the set that David Gallo and Viveca...Continue Reading The post PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL: First Things First appeared first on …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

THE TRUE: Too True – and Just as Good by Peter Filichia

Don’t be fooled when the lights come up on THE TRUE. Playwright Sharr White has three people sitting in a...Continue Reading The post THE TRUE: Too True – and Just as Good appeared first…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

HEARTBREAK HOUSE: You Won’t Say “Pshaw” to This by Peter Filichia

That’s one big step for David Staller, and one giant leap for his audience. From 2006-2107, Staller directed once-a-month readings...Continue Reading The post HEARTBREAK HOUSE: You Won’t…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Colonial Redux by Peter Filichia

Seats are going fast for Daughtry at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. Is Daughtry a pre-Broadway tryout of a...Continue Reading The post Colonial Redux appeared first on BroadwaySelec…

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

BE MORE CHILL: Even More Than Meets the Eye and Ear by Peter Filichia

Last week, when reviewing the wan musical GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, I noted that the show set in Sayreville,...Continue Reading The post BE MORE CHILL: Even More Than Meets the Eye a…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER: A Jersey Joke by Peter Filichia

It’s still one of vaudeville and burlesque’s most remembered routines. Comic One: Did you hear about the big new contest?...Continue Reading The post GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER: A …

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Monday, August 20, 2018

PRETTY WOMAN: No More Than Another Sit-through-able Musical by Peter Filichia

If you’re the type of theatergoer who checks out the list of Musical Numbers in the program before the show...Continue Reading The post PRETTY WOMAN: No More Than Another Sit-through-able …

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Monday, August 13, 2018

THE FUTURE IN DAYTON, OHIO by Peter Filichia

That it ever happened is amazing. That it’s continued for 28 years is flabbergasting. After all, the Dayton Playhouse is...Continue Reading The post THE FUTURE IN DAYTON, OHIO appeared fir…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

DAVE for President! by Peter Filichia

A warm and wonderful film is well on its way to becoming an equally impressive musical. Twenty-five years ago, DAVE...Continue Reading The post DAVE for President! appeared first on Broadway…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

THE ORIGINALIST: That’s One Way of Putting It by Peter Filichia

Here’s a question for John Strand, author of THE ORIGINALIST. Have you been fair to Justice Antonin Scalia? Strand states...Continue Reading The post THE ORIGINALIST: That’s One Way of P…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

THE SAINTLINESS OF MARGERY KEMP Is at Question by Peter Filichia

It starts off as if it’s going to turn into A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 or A DOLL’S LIFE. But...Continue Reading The post THE SAINTLINESS OF MARGERY KEMP Is at Question appeared first on Br…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIDDLER ON THE FOLKSBIENE STAGE by Peter Filichia

Joel Grey, Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the ranks of the expert directors who bring out the greatness of the classic...Continue Reading The post FIDDLER ON THE FOLKSBIENE STAGE appeared…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

CARMEN JONES is No Lysistrata by Peter Filichia

Most of us tend to forget that between OKLAHOMA! and CAROUSEL, Oscar Hammerstein had another Broadway hit. CARMEN JONES opened...Continue Reading The post CARMEN JONES is No Lysistrata appea…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE: God Save the Queen by Peter Filichia

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, so I guess I should, too. The new musical at London’s Apollo Theatre could be said...Continue Reading The post EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE: God Sav…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Too-Royal Family of Broadway by Peter Filichia

After watching THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY at Barrington Stage in Western Massachusetts, an obscure Frank Sinatra song kept going...Continue Reading The post The Too-Royal Family of Broadwa…

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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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