This Week on Broadway for November 18, 2018: American Son


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss A Chorus Line @ New York City Center, American Son, King Kong, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, Kate Marilley goes on for Beth Leavel at The Prom, The Other Josh Cohen @ Westside Theatre, Eve’s Song @ Public Theater cancels a number of performances, and William Goldman, passes away.


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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


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MP: A Chorus Line @ New York City Center (Annual Gala Presentation), 131 West 55th Street, from November 14 – 18, 2018

PF + MP + JM: American Son @ Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street, through January 27, 2019

MP + JM + PF: King Kong @ Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway

Review: ‘King Kong’ Is the Mess That Roared by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley
The one-ton, 20-foot marionette is impressive, but the $35 million musical he stars in doesn’t even succeed as camp.

Critics beat up ‘King Kong,’ but producers aren’t pulling the plug by Michael Riedel
The hope is that “Kong” can trample its bad reviews and go straight for tourists who now make up nearly 65 percent of the Broadway audience.

“We did not go into this naively,” a production source says. “I don’t think we ever thought the critics would be on our side. But we’ve got a great title and the big guy delivers the goods.”

JM + PF + MP: Mike Birbiglia’s The New One @

Mike Birbiglia Sounds Off on Cellphones in His Theater by Michael Paulson
Four times recently he’s stopped his solo Broadway show to make his feelings known — gently but firmly. Getting too angry can backfire.

Scott Siegel

MP: The Prom, Kate Marilley understudy for Beth Leavel (Dee Dee Allen) goes on without rehearsal! (We will do a full review of The Prom next week)

PF: The Other Josh Cohen @ Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street,

PF: Eve’s Song @ Public Theater — no go 2x


New York Times: William Goldman, Screenwriting Star and Hollywood Skeptic, Dies at 87

Variety: William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

William Goldman at Amazon

THE SEASON A Candid Look At Broadway by William Goldman

William Goldman: IBDB | IMDB





Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


The Other Josh Cohen: A Musical with Songs (Studio Cast Recording)

Only the Beginning — Steve Rosen, Hank Azaria, Jimmi Simpson & David Rossmer

Change a Thing — David Rossmer, Steve Rosen & Chita Rivera


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