This Week on Broadway for August 10, 2014: Elena Shaddow


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Elena Shaddow. We also talk about King Lear @ The Delacorte Theater in Central Park and Sex With Strangers @ Second Stage. In the news, we discuss Larry David’s new play Fish in the Dark, Side Show makes it official, will James Corden forgo Broadway, Helen Mirren returns in The Audience, and Fun Home brings the fun back to Broadway.


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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: Elena Shaddow

Elena Shaddow was most recently featured as Sister Sophia in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. She originated the role of Francesca Johnson to critical acclaim in the pre-Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County at Williamstown Theater Festival, directed by Bartlett Sher and written by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. On Broadway she starred as Anne Dindon in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles at the Longacre Theater. Her past Broadway productions include The Woman in White (Trevor Nunn dir.), Fiddler on the Roof and Nine (both directed by David Leveaux), Sweet Smell of Success (Nicholas Hytner dir.), and Les Misérables. Off Broadway, Elena starred as Fanny in Fanny at City Center Encores! She was also a member of the Greek Chorus in The Bacchae directed by Joanne Akalitis at The Delacorte Theater as part of The Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival. In London, Elena had the honor of playing Magnolia Hawkes in Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall, the first musical of its size to be staged in said venue, opposite the wonderful John Owen Jones. (Francesca Zambello, dir). National Tours: Clara Johnson in the First National Tour of The Light in the Piazza (2007 Helen Hayes Best Actress Nomination)

Elena makes her 54 Below debut in an exciting evening dedicated to her favorite contemporary composers, ranging from Jason Robert Brown and Adam Guettel to Ahrens & Flaherty and Maury Yeston. Featuring special guests, this is one evening you won’t want to miss.

Always Better: The New Golden Age of Musicals
September 6, 2014 @ 54 Below




MP + PF: King Lear @ The Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 17

MP + PF: Sex With Strangers @ Second Stage Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W 43rd Street

Tucker Max



Larry David’s new play Fish in the Dark announced


Side Show Broadway revival is now official: Oct. 28 at the St. James Theatre. It arrives via La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center


Late Night News: James Corden Hire Makes Broadway Producers Scramble for New “Forum”


Hot ticket: Helen Mirren in The Audience beginning February 2014


Fun Home takes Circle in the Square Theatre in April 2015






Post Script:

London Cast Recording of On The Town (via Masterworks Broadway)

Special thanks to Robbie Rozelle for his help.


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