This Week on Broadway for June 24, 2018: Vivian Reed


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Vivian Reed about her show coming at The Green Room 42.

We review Skintight @ Roundabout, Mint’s Conflict, Sugar in Our Wounds @ MTC, Richard H. Blake @ 54 Below, and Carole Cook @ 54 Below, and Peter sees five shows in London


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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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Guest: Vivian Reed

On Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM, Vivian will be performing at The Green Room 42 performing her show celebrating Broadway and Hollywood icon Lena Horne, who would have been 101 on that exact date. Horne was very influential to Vivian and very generous to her when she was starting out in the business.

VIVIAN REED is a passionate multi-faceted entertainer who has earned two Tony Award nominations, the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Award and several others. When Vivian originally took New York by storm in the original Broadway production of Bubbling Brown Sugar, she was hailed for her “magnificent voice” by The Hollywood Reporter and her “fine dancing talent and stage electricity” by The New York Post. People heralded her one of their “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.” In the show she introduced her fiery rendition of “God Bless the Child,” which has since become her signature show-stopper. Vivian subsequently starred in the show in Los Angeles and then led the world tour through England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, France and beyond.

Her national TV appearances include “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show” and the ABC daytime drama “One Life to Live.” She has shared the bill with notable performers such as Patti Labelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones, Ashford & Simpson and Charles Aznavour. Her film credits include Heading for Broadway, L’Africain with Catherine Deneuve and La Rumba, in which she portrayed Josephine Baker. Recently she produced and starred in the short film What Goes Around, written by Straight Outta Compton star Angela Gibbs. She captured the attention of Pierre Cardin, who booked Vivian into his theater which led to her first European TV special. She was invited by the Prince and Princess of Monaco to sing in Monte Carlo and later performed at the Top Fashion Designers Gala at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the American Film Festival in Deauville. She has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Time, Paris Match, People, Ebony and a cover profile in Jet.

Vivian’s most recent Broadway appearance was opposite Audra McDonald in Michael John LaChiusa’s Marie Christine at Lincoln Center Theatre, which was nominated for six Tony Awards. She received critical acclaim in major productions of Sophisticated Ladies, Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd, Blues in the Night, High Rollers, Show Boat and Tintypes. Her recent plays include Blues for an Alabama Sky, Pork Pie and Cookin’ at the Cookery. She also portrayed Lena Horne in More Than A Song with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Vivian appeared at the Lena Horne Awards honoring Rosie O’Donnell and Quincy Jones at the Ford Center in New York.

VIVIAN REED will perform at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM. The cover charge is $20-30 with $60 premium tickets (which include preferred seating) also available. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit


Flashback: This Week on Broadway for December 6, 2015: Vivian Reed




PF: Skintight @ Roundabout Theatre Company, The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, through August 26, 2018

MP + PF: Mint Theater Company’s production of Conflict @ The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through July 21

— TalkinBroadway: Conflict, Theatre Review by Michael Portantiere – June 21, 2018

PF: Sugar in Our Wounds @ Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage II, 131 West 55th Street, through July 15, 2018

MP: Richard H. Blake: The Music Of My Life @ 54 Below

MP: Carole Cook @ 54 Below

PF: Peter’s trip to London two weeks ago (He missed the Tony Awards!) June 7-12, 2018

1. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie @ The Apollo Theatre

2. The Moderate Soprano – Glydnebourne’s original love story @ Duke of York’s Theatre

3. The Biograph Girl @ Finborough Theatre

4. Witness for the Prosecution @ London County Hall

5. ‎Young Frankenstein (revised) @ Garrick Theatre

Television, Film and Streaming: 


— ‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Branded Gay Propaganda in Hungary; Cancellations Follow




Post Script:


Coming Soon: 

MP + PF: Carmen Jones @ Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, through July 29, 2018

MP: Girls & Boys @ Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, through July 22, 2018


Explicit: No


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