This Week on Broadway for February 9, 2015: Newsies and Broadway Performers on TV


Matt Tamanini and James Marino talk about the Newsies tour and round up Broadway performers on TV. Peter Filichia and Michael Portantiere review Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Paper Mill Playhouse and John W. Engeman Theater. Peter reviews The Road to Damascus @ 59e59 and Michael previews PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered talkback with Kim Cattrall. And don’t forget Trivia Answers and a new Trivia Challenge!



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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with a new one, “The Great Parade” to be released on April 7th, available everywhere. 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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Matt Tamanini is BroadwayWorld’s Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando, and serves as BWW’s Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals, and is currently writing two plays of his own. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.


Notes and links for the podcast.



PF: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike @ Paper Mill Playhouse (Jan 21 – Feb 15, 2015)

MP: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike @ John W. Engeman Theater (Jan 22 – Mar 8, 2015)

PF: The Road to Damascus @ 59e59 (Jan 17 – Mar 1, 2015)

MP: PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered talkback with Kim Cattrall








Super Bowl: Idina, Half Time Show

Movie News:

Emma Watson was cast as Belle in the live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST adaptation directed by Bill Condon. Unlike MALEFICENT and the upcoming CINDERELLA, this movie will include “most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical” will be included.

TV News:
Idina Menzel will star in a comedy pilot called HAPPY TIME, produced by Ellen Degeneres, about “a woman in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time.”
TV Shows w/ Broadway stars:
There’s obviously a lot more theatre stars on TV, including Viola Davis who just won the SAG, Ruth Wilson, who we talked about a few weeks ago, but I think these are the most interesting and newsworthy.
YOUNGER: Premiering in March on TV Land, Sutton Foster stars as a recently-divorced 40-year-old mother who gets a job under the auspices of being 26.
NASHVILLE: Laura Benanti, Will Chase, and Keean Johnson currently on the show, and it was announced last week that Kyle Dean Massey is joining the cast as a recurring character who is “one of the most successful singer-songwriters in NASHVILLE who also happens to be openly gay.”
MADAM SECRETARY: Stars Téa Leoni, but features Bebe Neuwirth, Patina Miller, Sebastian Arcelus, Keith Carradine, Erich Bergen, Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanek


NEWSIES at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando)






Post Script:


Trivia Answers, and a new Trivia Question


Next Week: 




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Newsies: The Musical Cast Recording


King of New York



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