This Week on Broadway for February 1, 2016: Grease Live!


Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere and Matt Tamanini talk about TV and Film projects related to Broadway. Gillian Pensavalle joins us to talk about Grease Live! Shows reviewed include Fiddler on the Roof, Schreiber Shorts, Tappin Through Life and The Foundry Theatre’s production of O, Earth @ HERE.

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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 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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Notes and links for the podcast.




PF: Fiddler on the Roof

MP: T. Schreiber’s, Schreiber Shorts, through February 7, 2016

PF: Tappin Through Life

I could sing all night

PF: The Foundry Theatre’s production of O, Earth @ HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, through February 20, 2016





Sandy Duncan goes into Finding Neverland


Television & Film: 

“Galavant” Season Finale

– Quick Season Review
– Chances for third season
– Broadway, Regional future?

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
– Synopsis
– Quick Season Review
– Awards won

TCA (Television Critics Association) News
– “Hairspray Live!”
– December on NBC
– John Travolta has said he will not reprise his role as Edna
– “The Passion” musical
– Palm Sunday, March 20 on FOX
– Cast: Jencarlos Canela, Chris Daughtery, Trisha Yearwood, Tyler Perry
– “Great Performances: Hamilton”
– This fall PBS
– “Miranda Sings: Haters Back Off”
– Straight-to-Series order on Netflix

New Shows People Might Be Interested In
– “Mercy Street”
– PBS, Sunday night
– Starring Josh Radnor, Norbert Leo Butz, Donna Murphy, Gary Cole
– Debuts Sunday 2/14 on HBO
– Starring Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Max Casella, Olivia Wilde
– Produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese

Billions – David Costabile

David Costabile on Billions, Breaking Bad, and Breaking the Rules

Mr. Holland’s Opus – Richard Dryfus




Post Script:

Noises Off feedback on the Act 2 staging.

Happy Birthday: Kate Shindle

Getting In Ep 5: Tips for Performing Arts Applicants + Senior Updates


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