This Week on Broadway for December 2, 2018: The Hello Girls @ 59e59 and Downstairs


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays, Primary Stages Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck, Wild Goose Dreams @ Public Theater, Everybody @ Wagner College, the Fred Ebb Awards, Il Trittico @ the Met, Prospect Theater Company’s production of The Hello Girls @ 59e59, a reading of a new musical with Richard Chamberlain, “Unlikely Allies”, and Shadows A Dance Musical @ The Connelly Theater.


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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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PF: The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (2018) @ Marquis Theatre, through December 30, 2018

MP + PF: Primary Stages’ production of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, through December 22, 2018
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

PF: The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and including WNTI, the University’s listener-supported internet radio station, CCTV, Centenary’s Comcast-licensed television studio, and gallery space for visual artists.

Follow ups from last week:

— 30 Rock vs Third Rock from the Sun

We almost had a Star Wars musical by Charles Strouse

PF: Wild Goose Dreams @ Public Theater, Martinson Hall, 425 Lafayette Street, through December 16

MP: Everybody @ Wagner College
This 2017 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins offers a modern take on the Medieval morality play Everyman

PF: Fred Ebb Awards


MP: Il Trittico @ the Met | Puccini’s Three-Part Journey‎. through December 15, 2018
Directed by Jack O’Brien, and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi.

On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
A Book by Ethan Mordden
Coming in April 2019 from Oxford University Press

PF: Prospect Theater Company’s production of The Hello Girls @ 59e59, through December 22, 2018
Music and lyrics by Peter Mills
Book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
Directed by Cara Reichel

The Hello Girls is “Terrific beyond belief!” — Peter Filichia

MP: Reading of a new musical with Richard Chamberlain, “Unlikely Allies”

GoFundMe: UNLIKELY ALLIES is the incredible true story of how a shopkeeper from Connecticut, a French comic playwright, and a cross-dressing spy forged the alliance between France and the United States and saved America in the Revolutionary War.

MP: Shadows A Dance Musical @ The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, through December 15, 2018
Directed and Choreographed by Joey McKneely

Interview with Irina Dvorovenko by Michael Portantiere






Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


Kander and Ebb:
As a writer, lyricist, composer and director, Fred Ebb made incalculable contributions to the New York theatrical community. Mr. Ebb is a Tony®, Grammy®, Emmy®, Olivier® and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award winning recipient. Their long, successful collaboration has produced such classics as CABARET, ZORBA, CHICAGO, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, CURTAINS and THE VISIT. The hit revival of CHICAGO is currently in its 20th year on Broadway, making it the longest running American musical in history.

Cell Block Tango from Chicago

Maybe This Time from Cabaret


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