This Week on Broadway for September 20, 2015: Marc Acito


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere chat with Marc Acito, the book writer of the musical Allegiance. We review Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Pearl, Desire @ 59e59, The New Morality @ Mint Theater Company, and Reasons to Be Pretty @ Sea View Playwrights Theatre. In news, Denzel Washington will direct August Wilson’s plays for HBO.



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Guest: Marc Acito

Marc Acito


MARC ACITO is the book writer of the musical Allegiance, which opens Nov 8 at the Longacre Theater.

He won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather.

Recently he wrote the concert adaptation of Lerner & Loewe’s 1951 classic Paint Your Wagon for City Center’s Encores.

He also wrote the book to A Room with a View, which played at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and the Old Globe in San Diego.

Marc’s one-man musical adaptation of his award-winning novel How I Paid for College debuted at the Hub Theater.

His novel won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, was a NY Times Editors’ Choice, and spawned a sequel, Attack of the Theater People.

Other projects in development include Chasing Rainbows, a musical based on the adolescence of Judy Garland; and Relativity, a new play about the relationship between Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson.

He recently became the first writer to receive two NAMT grants in one year.




PF: Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Pearl, 555 West 42nd Street, through October 31, 2015

PF: Desire, An Evening of Plays Based on Six Stories by Tennessee Williams @ 59e59, 59 East 59th Street, through October 11, 2015

MP + PF: The New Morality @ Mint Theater Company, 311 West 43rd Street, through October 18, 2015

MP: Reasons to Be Pretty @ Sea View Playwrights Theatre, 460 Brielle Ave, Staten Island, through September 20, 2015




Denzel Washington Is Bringing All 10 of August Wilson’s Plays About Black Life to HBO






Post Script:

29th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
Sunday, September 27, 10 am – 7 pm
Times Square, Shubert Alley & West 44th Street, NYC

Career Transition For Dancers’ 30th ANNIVERSARY PEARL JUBILEE
Monday, September 28 at 7:00 pm


Next Week: 

Explicit: No


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