This Week on Broadway for December 20, 2015: Melissa Anelli, the Event Creator of BroadwayCon


Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Carey Purcell chat with Melissa Anelli, the Event Creator of BroadwayCon.

We review The Color Purple, West Side Story, Fiddler on The Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, Annie, China Doll, Lazarus, Invisible Thread, School of Rock, and MotherStruck.

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Peter Filichia, whose play ADAM’S GIFTS: A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL, opened in Clinton, Iowa at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre this past week!

PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTIKritzerlandMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadwayThe Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

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CAREY PURCELL is a staff writer and the features editor of She can be followed on Twitter @CareyPurcell and at her blog

Notes and links for the podcast.

Guest: Melissa Anelli, the Event Creator of BroadwayCon


From January 22–24, 2016, join fellow fans, performers, and creators from some of your favorite on- and off-Broadway shows as they gather at the famed New York Hilton Midtown hotel to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate.

You’ve seen shows, and festivals, and markets, and benefits, and concerts. BroadwayCon is all of that and more. It’s a chance to get the complete Broadway fan experience, from every angle, all in one incredible weekend.

BroadwayCon brings you through the stage door to see and experience what goes on both on stage and behind the scenes. It is a place where Broadway fans can come together to celebrate the shows they love with people who bring them to life.




CP + MP + JM: The Color Purple @ Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street

MP: West Side Story @ Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA, through January 31, 2016

— Parker Esse

CP: Fiddler on The Roof @ Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway

PF + MP + CP: Transport Group’s Once Upon a Mattress @ Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, through January 3, 2016



PF: Annie @ King’s Theater in Brooklyn (Tour)

CP: China Doll @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street

CP: Lazarus @ New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), 79 East 4th Street, through January 20, 2016

CP: Invisible Thread @ Second Stage Theatre (edit @26, track 4),

CP: School of Rock @ Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway

CP: MotherStruck @ Culture Project, 49 Bleecker Street






Post Script:

Next Week: 

Coming… Playwrights Horizons production of Marjorie Prime


Explicit: No


“The Color Purple” Cast Performs “Push Da Button” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Now on Broadway | THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway



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