This Week on Broadway for June 15, 2014: Ken Bloom


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Ken Bloom. We also talk about After Midnight closing — will Honeymoon in Vegas follow, Tony Awards no longer awarding a sound Tony, New York City Center 2015 Encores! Season, Rugantino @ New York City Center, and Fly By Night @ Playwrights Horizons.


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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 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: Ken Bloom

Friday, June 27 at 8PM
American Premiere of
COLE PORTER’s 1928 musical revue
Musical arrangements by VINCE GIORDANO
Directed by KEN BLOOM and featuring VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA and special guests

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes will launch on Friday, June 27 at 8PM with the American premiere of a lost Cole Porter treasure, The Ambassador Revue. This one-night-only event will feature choreography by three-time Tony-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), who will also perform as a featured dancer with Sara Brians and Mary Giattino-Styles. The previously announced all-star cast from the worlds of jazz, Broadway, opera and beyond features Grammy Award-winning 1920s and 30s musical interpreters Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Woody Allen’s Radio Days, and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator), as well as special guest stars including acclaimed soprano Amy Burton (The Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, Carnegie Hall), Tony Award nominee Anita Gillette (Chapter Two, They’re Playing Our Song, Brighton Beach Memoirs), Jason Graae (Falsettos, A Grand Night for Singing), Ted Levy (Jelly’s Last Jam, Black and Blue), Grammy-winning jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell (featured on soundtracks for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the film Kill Your Darlings), and two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat (Catch Me If You Can, Annie Get Your Gun, Sondheim on Sondheim). The Ambassador Revue features direction by author and musical theatre historian Ken Bloom (Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time; The American Songbook: The Singers, Songwriters & The Songs).

TICKETS FOR THE AMBASSADOR REVUE: Tickets are on sale at The Town Hall Box Office, 123 West 43rd Street, (noon-6pm, Mon-Fri) and, 800.982.2787. Tickets range from $30 – 65.



Broadway’s After Midnight Will Close Early; Will Honeymoon in Vegas Take the Atkinson? by Michael Gioia

Tony Award Administration Committee Eliminates Sound Design Categories

2014-2015 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced

2015 New York City Center Encores! Season Announced




PF + MP: Rugantino @ New York City Center, June 12 – 14, 2014

Rugantino Tour website

PF: Fly By Night @ Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd St, May 16 – June 29, 2014







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