This Week on Broadway for December 31, 2017: A Look Back at 2017


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We look back at our favorite things of 2017.


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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. 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


Notes and links for the podcast.


MP: Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein @ Signature Center, Irene Diamond Stage, 480 West 42nd Street, through January 6, 2018

Peter and Michael review The Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear


Discussion: This Year’s Favorites 

Peter (musical):

Jason Graae in Move It And It’s Yours @ The York

Samantha Massell in Rags at Goodspeed

Quinn Mattfeld in Blueprint Specials on the Intrepid, a Frank Loesser Revue

Under the Radar Festival by The Public

Lindsay Mendez in The Golden Apple

Marie-Pierre de Brienne in THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ @ The York

Ray Roderick director of The Apple Tree at Musicals Tonight

Desperate Measures @ The York

The Band’s Visit at the Atlantic Theater

Brigadoon @ City Center, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris)


Michael (musical):

Desperate Measures @ The York

Brigadoon @ City Center

Titanic @ Signature (DC)

Titanic @ Wagner College

Nine @ Wagner College

Anything Can Happen In The Theater – The Songs of Maury Yeston, Directed by Gerard Alessandrini

The Band’s Visit

Sweeney Todd @ Barrow Street Theatre

The Lightning Thief

Once On This Island

The Golden Apple @ Encores

West Side Story 60th Anniversary Celebration | Feinstein’s/54 Below


Peter (plays):

Farinelli and the King

Daniel’s Husband @ Primary Stages

Denise Gough in People, Places & Things @ St. Ann’s Warehouse

Raphael Nash Thompson in Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks at Signature Theatre

Danny DeVito in ‘Arthur Miller’s The Price’

Noah Robbins “Master Harold” … and the boys

David Greenspan in Strange Interlude @ Transport Group


Lesli Margherita in Who’s Holiday

The Play That Goes Wrong with ALEX MANDELL and PRESTON BOYD

Drew Droege in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

Ping Pong Is Center Stage in John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s “ChipandGus” at FringeNYC

Set Design: Eugene Lee, Napoli Brooklyn

Jonathan Fensom (Designer) Farinelli and the King costumes

LORENZO SAVOINI, Set and Lighting Designer, OF HUMAN BONDAGE | Soulpepper

Projection Design by David Bengali in Van Gogh’s Ear

Meet Arthur, the Robot You Want in an Apocalypse: Review of ‘After the Blast’

Klea Blackhurst: 54 Sings Kander & Ebb’s Woman of the Year, No Way To Treat A Lady!


Michael (plays)

August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway


Paula Vogel’s Indecent

Indecent on PBS

Signature Theatre – Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Billy Crudup stars in HARRY CLARKE @ Vineyard Theatre

After The Blast @ Lincoln Center Theater

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR with Michael Urie @ Red Bull Theater


Other Mentions:

Three on the Aisle is a podcast from New York about theatre in America, featuring drama critics Peter Marks, Terry Teachout, and Elisabeth Vincentelli. It is produced by Kirby Pate.

Mary Jane at New York Theater Workshop


What’s coming: Up in the Cheap Seats with Ron Fassler & Friends | Feinstein’s/54 Below




Television, Film and Streaming: 




Post Script:

Doug Strassler on Twitter

Back on the Block Podcast


Coming Soon: 

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Julie Andrews Sings Auld Lang Syne



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