This Week on Broadway for June 3, 2018: Small Town Story and Our Lady of 121st Street


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review American Theater Group’s production of Small Town Story @ The South Orange Performing Arts Center, Our Lady of 121st Street @ Signature Theatre Company, and 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists — Frank Loesser: Lyricist

NOTE: There will be no “This Week on Broadway” on Sunday, June 10, 2018. We will have Tony Award winners discussion on “Today on Broadway” on Monday, June 11, 2018. Peter and Michael will give their thoughts on the Tony Award winners and the show on Sunday, June 17, 2018


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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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PF: American Theater Group‘s production of Small Town Story @ The South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ

— This Week on Broadway for November 17, 2014: The River, The Death of Klinghoffer, Small Town Story

Sammy Buck, Book & Lyrics, Small Town Stories


American Theater Group Premieres “Small Town Story” at SOPAC

Published on May 23, 2018
Can the power of theatre convince a small town to overcome its prejudices? That’s what’s at the heart of “Small Town Story,” American Theater Group’s new musical based on actual events. “Small Town Story” is making its debut at South Orange Performing Arts Center, and we’re at rehearsal to find out more from the team behind this meaningful show.

MP + PF: Our Lady of 121st Street @ Signature Theatre Company, 480 West 42nd Street, through June 17, 2018

PF: 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists — Frank Loesser: Lyricist

Before lighting up Broadway, Loesser was a Hollywood lyricist. David Loud guides us through the early work with Hoagy Carmichael and other songwriting greats.

David Loud’s unique way of getting inside a song’s lyrics promises unforgettable reimaginings of some of Loesser’s greatest gems. We’ll shine a rare spotlight on his Hollywood collaborations with Carmichael, Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Jimmy McHugh, and offer a fresh look at songs from Guys and Dolls and Loesser’s Broadway best, as we celebrate the versatile genius of this most inimitable fella.

David Loud, artistic director
Luis Perez, director

Farah Alvin
Lewis Cleale
Laura Darrell
Samantha Massell
James Snyder


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