This Week on Broadway for September 2, 2018: Labor Day, The Village Voice, Neil Simon


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Labor Day as it relates to theater, Neil Simon, and the closing of The Village Voice. Reviews include Days to Come @ Mint Theater Company, Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin @ 59e59, The Newsboys 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, Newsies @ John W. Engeman Theater, Private Peaceful @ TBG Mainstage, and Pretty Woman: The Musical

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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
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 | [email protected] | Facebook
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.


Coming, Tuesday, September 18, 2018: The Best Songs Cut From the Best Musicals Sung By The Best Singers Who Never Sang Them @ 54 Below
Renowned critic, journalist and theatre historian Peter Filichia hosts an evening of some of the best songs that were cut from some of the best musicals either in or out of town on their way to Broadway. Come enjoy songs that still stand alone and the stories behind why they were let go. This evening will be a delight for theatre aficionado who will recognize many of the songs and be introduced to some wonderful new/old ones!

Labor Day related theater: The Pajama Game, Waiting for Lefty,

Days to Come @ Mint Theater Company

The Village Voice, a New York Icon, Closes by Tyler Pager and Jaclyn Peiser

Obie Awards future?

Michael Musto @ Village VoiceNewNowNext

Michael Feingold @ Village Voice



PF: Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin @ 59e59, through October 28, 2018

MP: Newsboys Sing Alan Menken: The Newsboys 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, on Monday, August 20, 2018

MP: Newsies @ John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport, NY, through September 2, 2018

PF: Private Peaceful @ TBG Mainstage, 312 West 36th Street, through October 7, 2018
— Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the novel “War Horse” which was adapted into the play and movie. Directed & Adapted by Simon Reade

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



Broadway’s ‘Gettin’ The Band Back Together’ To Close Next Month by Patrick Hipes

Head Over Heels grosses @ IBDB

Algorithm Predicts Disappointing Life for “Pretty Woman” on Broadway by Marc Hershberg

What as the first Neil Simon play you saw?

F.U. = Felix Unger

F.U. = Frank Underwood (House of Cards, HBO show created by Beau Willimon)






Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:

Promises, Promises



Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


Promises, Promises 1968 Original Broadway Cast


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