This Week on Broadway for July 15, 2018: Lucie Arnaz


Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Lucie Arnaz.

Jan Simpson joins in and we review Mary Page Marlowe @ Second Stage Theater, Log Cabin @ Playwrights Horizons, Cyprus Avenue @ Public Theater, Hairspray @ The Argyle Theatre, and The Saintliness of Margery Kempe @ The Duke on 42nd Street.

We also have an in-depth discussion about Actor’s Equity renaming of the Gypsy Robe.



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Notes and links for the podcast.

Peter is at Music Theatre Wichita seeing Freaky Friday. but we have pre-recorded trivia at the end.


Guest: Lucie Arnaz


Lucie’s Birdland Birthday Bash!!
Songs From My Musical Past @ Birdland, 315 West 44th Street
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 through Saturday, July 21, 2018



JS: Mary Page Marlowe @ Second Stage Theater, 305 West 43rd Street, through August 12, 2018

MP: Log Cabin @ Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, through July 15, 2018

JF + JS: Cyprus Avenue @ Public Theater, LuEsther Hall, 425 Lafayette Street, through July 29, 2018

JM: Hairspray @ The Argyle Theatre, 34 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702, through August 26, 2018

Babylon Village

Long Island Rail Road

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— Penny Pingleton played by Christina Emily Jackson

— Seaweed Stubbs played by Malcolm Franklin


JS: The Saintliness of Margery Kempe @ The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, through August 26, 2018



Actors’ Equity: Renaming of Gypsy Robe

Press Release from Actors’ Equity: Actors’ Equity Association Announces “Legacy Robe” As the New Name For the Broadway Tradition Celebrating Chorus Members

Lifting the Curtain on the Gypsy Robe by Carol Silverman and Petra Gelbart
As Actors Equity prepares to announce a new name for its beloved Broadway ceremony, here’s a look at why they made the change.

April 20, 2018, New York Times: Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go. by Michael Paulson

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is sticking with “Gypsy of the Year” for two annual performances that for 29 years have celebrated a fall fund-raising campaign. “Words have different meanings depending on the context in which they are used,” said Tom Viola, the nonprofit’s executive director. “Even words that may have once been intended as a slur can be, in fact, reclaimed with pride.”

Mr. Viola said the performances celebrate “the talent, generosity and unique skills of those performing in the ensemble.” He added, “In our theatrical community, ‘the gypsy’ is beloved.”





Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


They’re Playing Our Song (1979 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

03 If He Really Knew Me

05 They’re Playing My Song (Hers)


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