This Week on Broadway for June 17, 2018: Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo about his new book, “FRAVER BY DESIGN: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond”

We review The Royal Family of Broadway @ Barrington Stage Company, The Boys in the Band, Desperate Measures, and talk about a production of Sweet Charity.


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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.

Guest: Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo

Frank Verlizzo was born in Manhattan and raised in The Bronx.  He attended High School of Art and Design in NYC and received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  In Fraver By Design he explains the genesis of his nom de poster. “I use the name Fraver to sign my posters.  At the High School of Art and Design, few teachers could pronounce my last name and I thought it too complex, so I merged the first three letters of my first and last names.”

In 1987, Fraver’s designs garnered him a Special Drama Desk Award for “consistently inspired artwork for theatrical productions,” an honor never before bestowed in the area of theatrical advertising. In 2011, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center presented a retrospective exhibit of his posters in celebration of his illustrious career.  In 2017, Fraver was a recipient of Pratt Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award which recognizes outstanding graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields. | IBDB

Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond (Hardcover)



PF: The Royal Family of Broadway @ Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield, MA, through

Stacey Mindich | IBDB

MP + JM: The Boys in the Band @ Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street, through August 11, 2018

Flashback: This Week on Broadway for February 27, 2011: The Talented Mr. Crowley (interview with Mart Crowley)

PF: Desperate Measures @ New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street

Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Sarah Parnicky (Show Boat at Houston Grand Opera) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Conor Ryan (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber along with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary National Tour) and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots).


Television, Film and Streaming: 


MP: Sweet Charity, June 15, 1998, at Avery Fisher Hall, a benefit for BC/EFA and amFAR

Sweet Charity: The Concert – Variety

2018 Tony Awards recap





Post Script:


Coming Soon: 

Peter’s trip to London last week (He missed the Tony Awards!)


Explicit: No






“Someday They Will Thank Me” | DESPERATE MEASURES




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