This Week on Broadway for May 29, 2016: The Total Bent and Hadestown


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss The Total Bent @ The Public Theater, Hadestown @ New York Theater Workshop, Chita Rivera at Café Carlyle, The Roger Rees Awards, Fiddler on the Roof @ Broadway Theatre, Mame 50th Anniversary Celebration, Show Boat’s 1936 film. We also discuss the leading actor/actress in a play/musical nominations.



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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 TalkinBroadway, Everything Sondheim 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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MATT TAMANINI is BroadwayWorld’s Senior TV and Film Critic and the host of the “Some Like it Pop” podcast, which is available on iTunes and Stitcher. You can connect with Matt on Twitter at @BWWMatt.

Notes and links for the podcast.



PF: The Total Bent @ Anspacher Theater (The Public Theater), through June 19

— Elisabeth Vincentelli: Stew writes musicals, but he doesn’t ‘give a f–k about theater’

PF + JM: Hadestown @ New York Theater Workshop,  through June 12, 2016

MP: Chita Rivera in An Evening of My Favorite Songs at Café Carlyle, April 19-30

MP: The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (Formerly The Gershwin Awards) Sarafina Morency and Alexander Pacella won the award and will represent the Greater New York Metro-area at the 8th annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre on June 27.

PF: Fiddler on the Roof @ Broadway Theatre

MP: Mame 50th Anniversary

MP: Show Boat. 1936 film. Directed by James Whale screening at MOMA

MP: Anita Gillette


Tony Awards: Leading Actor/Actress in a Play/Musical 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton


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