This Week on Broadway for October 14, 2018: Popcorn Falls


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Popcorn Falls @ Davenport Theatre, Midnight at The Never Get @ York Theatre Company, The Drowsy Chaperone @ The Goodspeed, A Little Night Music @ Wagner College, The Midtown Men @ St. George Theatre, The Evolution Of Mann @ The Cell Theatre, My Parsifal Conductor @ Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, Hitler’s Tasters @ IRT Theater, and Broadway Close Up @ Kaufman Music Center. We also have remembrances of Carol Hall.


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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.




PF: Popcorn Falls, Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town @ Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45th Street

MP: Midnight at The Never Get @ York Theatre Company, 619 Lexington Avenue, through November 2, 2018

PF: The Drowsy Chaperone @ The Goodspeed, East Haddam, CT, through November 25, 2018
Goodspeed Replaces Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway With The Drowsy Chaperone by Andrew Gans
The musical based on Allen’s film of the same name was canceled “in light of the current dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct.”

MP: A Little Night Music @ Wagner College through October 14, 2018

MP: The Midtown Men @ St. George Theatre, Staten Island, Saturday, October 13, 2018

— Julie and Carol @ Carnegie Hall

PF: The Evolution Of Mann @ The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street, through October 27, 2018
music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
book and lyrics by Dan Elish
directed by Joe Barros

MP: My Parsifal Conductor @ Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 10 West 64th Street, through November 3, 2018 (Eddie Korbich)

PF: Hitler’s Tasters @ IRT Theater, 154 Christopher Street, through October 29, 2018

— Previous review of Hitler’s Taster on This Week on Broadway for April 8, 2018: Drew Droege and Frozen

MP: Broadway Close Up – Kaufman Music Center (Series):

Monday | October 8 2018 | 7:30 pm // Bound for Broadway 2018 with Liz Callaway

Monday | October 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm // Broadway Close Up: Hidden Gems

Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 7:30 pm // Broadway Close Up: Hidden Gems

Monday | November 12, 2018 | 7:30 pm // Broadway Close Up: When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Monday | December 10, 2018 | 7:30 pm // Broadway Close Up: Whatever It Is, I’m Against It – 100 Years of Funny Jewish Songs


Carol Hall, ‘Best Little Whorehouse’ Composer, Is Dead at 82 By Neil Genzlinger (The New York Times)
Carol Hall, who helped turn an unlikely inspiration into one of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1970s when she wrote the music and lyrics for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 82.




Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

PF: Apologia @ Roundabout Theatre Company (Starring Stockard Channing‎) The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, through December 16, 2018

JM: Epic Theatre Ensemble’s The Winning Side @ Theatre Row – The Acorn Theatre, through October 28, 2018

Explicit: No


Jersey Boys: Original Broadway Cast Recording
08 December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)


Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
14 Hard Candy Christmas


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