This Week on Broadway for August 7, 2016: Cats, Men on Boats, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater


Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson discuss Cats, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Men on Boats, Butler, La Fanciulla Del West, Quietly, Broadway Unplugged, and Alice in Black & White.


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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 MTIMasterworks 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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JAN SIMPSON is Co-director of the Arts and Culture Journalism program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and also writes for TDF Stages and Playbill

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PF + MP + JM: Cats @ Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street

— ‘Cats’ Is Returning to Broadway Minus One Racist Song by Tom Huddleston, Jr.

“British newspaper The Sun first reported that the new production, which opened this week in New York City, has dumped the song “Growltiger’s Last Stand” altogether. The song includes the line, “With a frightful burst of fireworks the Ch–ks they swarmed aboard,” which had previously been changed to “With a frightful burst of fireworks the Siamese they swarmed aboard,” in some more recent productions of the musical that first debuted in London in 1981, according to The Sun.”


PF: Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

PF: Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

MP + PF: Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (City Center)

James Earl Jones

JS: Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizions)

JS: Butler (59e59)

— New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep)

MP: La Fanciulla Del West (The Girl of the Golden West) @ The theater at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave (5th & 104th)

JS: Quietly (Irish Rep)

MP: 14th Annual BROADWAY UNPLUGGED, Monday, July 25 at 8 PM at The Town Hall

— Scott Siegel’s Farmers’ Almanac?

— Joseph C. Townsend

— Pepe Nufrio


JS: Alice in Black & White (59e59)

Alice Austen House in Staten Island




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Music from Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater via City Center’s YouTube video.

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