This Week on Broadway for February 24, 2014: Al Samuels


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Al Samuels from 50 Shades! The Musical. The Other Josh Cohen @ Paper Mill, Dinner with Friends, Til Divorce Do Us Part, London Wall @ The Mint Theater, 70 Years of the People’s Opera and Randy Graff @ 54 Below.


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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks being his most recent. His columns appear at MTIKritzerlandMasterworks Broadway and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook

MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadwayThe Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at and many other places on the internet.


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Guest: Al Samuels

AL SAMUELS (Director, Producer, Head Writer, Lyrics) is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy, toured with Second City’s National Touring Company and co-wrote and performed in two critically acclaimed reviews on Second City’s Mainstage: Thank Heaven It Wasn’t 7/11 and No, Seriously We’re All Gonna Die. He co-created and starred for two seasons in the NBC Comedy “Sports Action Team” and “The Venue”, which won “Best Pilot” in the Comedy Central Pilot Competition. Al currently serves as professor at Princeton University where he teaches the course “Creating Musical Comedies.”

50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody at the Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street)

Performances begin February 21st.
Opening night is set for March 12th.



MP + PF: The Other Josh Cohen @ Paper Mill, through March 16, 2014

Peter’s Previous Review of The Other Josh Cohen: This Week on Broadway for October 21, 2012: Virginia Woolf, Cyrano, Lear and Barbara Cook

Lily Fan | Scandobean Productions

MP: Dinner with Friends @ Roundabout

PF: Til Divorce Do Us Part @ DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15 Street, through May 4, 2014

MP + PF: London Wall @ The Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd Street, through April 14th, 2014

MP: NYC Opera @ City Center, 70 Years of the People’s Opera

MP: Randy Graff @ 54 Below



Book Re-Release: Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart

Bronx Bombers closing…. what is coming in? Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Circle in the Square?





Post Script:

MP: Sex shows


Next Week: 

Next show records: SUNDAY, March 2 @ 10AM. Our guest will be Rob McClure.

Recordings to talk about:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Janis Joplin

Big Fish

From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook


Explicit: Yes




50 Shades! The Musical.
— Open Your Book
— 50 Shades!


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