This Week on Broadway for August 19, 2018: Gettin’ The Band Back Together and Pretty Woman


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Katie Thompson’s R.R.R.E.D. @ DR2 Theatre, Be More Chill, Twelfth Night @ Delacorte Theater, and Cast Recording: The Cradle Will Rock (2017 performance) from Bridge Records


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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.


PF + MP: Gettin’ The Band Back Together @ Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street

PF: Pretty Woman: The Musical @ Nederlander Theatre, 208 West 41st Street

— out of town vs in-town reviews

— Directed by Jerry Mitchell

Andy Karl to Star in Pretty Woman; Steve Kazee Departs Broadway Production by Olivia Clement


PF: Katie Thompson’s R.R.R.E.D. @ DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street

PF: Be More Chill @ The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, through September 30, 2018

— JM: Peter, did you see Be More Chill at Two River? (No!) How about Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street? (Yes, can’t remember it as it was 1,500 shows ago!)

— MP: Peter also missed previous production of Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis

PF: Twelfth Night @ Delacorte Theater, Central Park, through August 19, 2018

MP: Cast Recording: The Cradle Will Rock from Bridge Records (First Complete Recording of The Cradle Will Rock – recorded live at Opera Saratoga in July 2017)

— PF: 1964 with Jerry Orbach: CRADLE WILL ROCK (ORIGINAL CAST LP, 1964) Original recording with Peter Van Norden Sandra Terry Marc Blitzstein Mary-Pat Green Lenny Wolpe Stephen Bates Patti LuPone






Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


Original Broadway Cast, Samantha Barks – “I Can’t Go Back” | Pretty Woman: The Musical


Jersey from Gettin’ The Band Back Together


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