Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Benjamin Scheuer. Reviews include Carousel, Mean Girls, The Sting @ Paper Mill Playhouse, and Marilyn Maye: 90 At Last! @ Feinstein’s/54 Below.
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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 MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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Guest: Benjamin Scheuer
“Tell the truth and make it rhyme.” — John Lennon
Monday, April 30, 2018
A one-night-only performance of THE LION, the Drama Desk Award-winning show written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Benjamin Scheuer is an American songwriter, performer, and playwright.
Scheuer wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man musical THE LION, which toured the US and Europe from 2014-2017. THE LION won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the 2015 Off-West End Award for Best New Musical.
Scheuer’s album “Songs from THE LION” debuted in the Billboard top-10. In collaboration with animator Peter Baynton, Scheuer created animated videos for his songs “Cure,” “The Lion,” “Cookie-tin Banjo,” and “Weather The Storm.” These videos garnered two consecutive Public Choice Awards for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards, the award for Best Commissioned Film at the Annecy Film Festival, and Best Music Video at London’s Encounters Film Festival.
Scheuer is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma. With photographer Riya Lerner, he created the photography-book “Between Two Spaces,” from which 50% of proceeds benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Scheuer is currently working on new album, and writing a new musical. He lives in New York City.
PF + MP + JM: Carousel @ Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street
STAGESTRUCK by Peter Filichia: Before She Was Ethel Mertz
Of course she’ll always be known as TV’s Ethel Mertz. But did you know that years before I Love Lucy came to the small screen, Vivian Vance had a career in the theater, and had more than one fascinating brush with famous stars and shows?
PF + MP + JM: Mean Girls @ August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street
PF + MP + JM: The Sting @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, through April 29, 2018
MP: Marilyn Maye: 90 At Last! @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, April 10 – 29, 2018
Television, Film and Streaming:
PF: Wheelhouse Theater Company‘s production of Happy Birthday, Wanda June @ The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, through April 28, 2018
1 Cookie-Tin Banjo
2 Weather The Storm
3 The Lion
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