James Marino interviews Richard Jay-Alexander about the grand opening of the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL. Afterwards, Peter Filichia and Michael Portantiere join in to review The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre, Godlight Theatre Company’s Deliverance at 59e59, and Can-Can at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
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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 MTI, Kritzerland, Masterworks Broadway and many other places.
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadway, The Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at FollowSpotPhoto.com and many other places on the internet.
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Guest: Richard Jay-Alexander
Veteran Broadway Director and Producer, Richard Jay-Alexander has been a vital part of the Broadway community for over 30 years—first as a performer, then as director of productions ranging from Les Misérables to Guys & Dolls. Now Richard-Jay is well known for staging concerts with luminaries ranging from Barbra Streisand and Bernadette Peters to Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler.
Grand Premiere of the Dr. Phillips Center
The one-time performance of Broadway & Beyond at the Walt Disney Theater, Presented by Dr. Phillips Charities and The Bryce L. West Foundation, opens the Walt Disney Theater. Directed by acclaimed director and producer Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Broadway’s Mary-Mitchel Campbell, the 90-minute show will feature incredible performances from a range of stars including Norm Lewis, Broadway’s current Phantom of the Opera; leading soprano, Deborah Voigt; rising Latin superstar, Ektor Rivera; world-renowned Argentinian dance duo, The Lombard Twins; The Broadway Kids; Sierra Boggess (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid); NBC The Voice’s, Chris Mann; legendary jazz singer, Jane Monheit; popular all-male singing string quartet, Well-Strung; YouTube sensation, Jeremy Green; and a full 26-piece orchestra, made up of members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. (All performers are subject to change.)
PF + MP + JM: The Last Ship @ The Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street
PF + MP: Can-Can @ Paper Mill Playhouse (Closed, headed to Broadway?)
Do You Hear the People Sing?
One More Day
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