This Week on Broadway for February 19, 2017: David Spencer, Sunset Boulevard


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with David Spencer about The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. We review Sunset Boulevard, Fish Men @ Intar, Kyle Riabko @ Joe’s Pub, Jonah and Otto @ Lion Theatre, and the Newsies movie.


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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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Pre: Everything Sondheim

Len Cariou interview by Michael


Guest: David Spencer

DAVID SPENCER is a composer-lyricist-librettist, author and musical theatre teacher.

His musical, The Fabulist, for which he wrote the music and lyrics, won the Richard Rodgers Development Award

He is also lyricist-librettist for two musicals with composer Alan Menken: Weird Romance and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

He is also an accomplished author with many works in print.

He is on the steering committee and teaching faculty of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of the musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz online and in stores today Friday, December 2, 2016. Featuring music by Alan Menken (Oscar and Tony Award-winning composer of Beauty and The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, and currently represented on Broadway with Aladdin and the new musical A Bronx Tale) and book and lyrics by award-winning lyricist-librettist David Spencer (best known as lyricist co-librettist of Weird Romance and author of the industry standard book, The Musical Theatre Writer’s Survival Guide), this new musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s beloved tale is both uproarious and moving. The 36 page, full-color booklet includes complete lyrics, production photography, notes about the production and its history by award-winning author and journalist Sean Silcoff (who had covered the production extensively for Canada’s premiere national newspaper, The Globe and Mail), and a spirited, full synopsis by the show’s narrator and co-star character, Max (“I’m the father”) Kravitz. The album is produced by Rick Kunis, Alan Menken, David Spencer and musical director Jonathan Monro, To order, please visit




JM + PF + MP: Sunset Boulevard @ Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway

PF: Fish Men @ Intar, 500 W. 52nd Street

MP: Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined @ Joe’s Pub

— Interview with Kyle: Today on Broadway: Friday, October 7, 2016

PF: Jonah and Otto @ Lion Theatre, Theatre Row 410 W 42nd Street @ Theatre Row

MP: Newsies (Movie)




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Post Script:

Next Week: 

MP + PF: Kid Victory

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Original Cast Recording)

15. What a Liar!
21. Turn It Around – 2
22. Turn It Around – 3
28. Welcome Home
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