This Week on Broadway for December 23, 2018: Galt MacDermot


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Norm Lewis: Nutcracker Cool @ Feinstein’s 54 Below, Daniel Reichard’s Holiday Brunch! @ Haswell Greens, the passing of Galt MacDermot, changing directors for the upcoming All My Sons, BroadwayHD Debuts BBC’s A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong moves to Off-Broadway, Encores Off-Center 2019 Season, Concord Music Purchases Samuel French, The Greatest Showman is headed to Broadway, and New York Public Library Will Present Merrily We Roll Along Reunion


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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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MP: Norm Lewis: Nutcracker Cool @ Feinstein’s 54 Below

CLUB BROADWAY.COM – Norm Lewis Performs “Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Everyday?”


MP: Daniel Reichard’s Holiday Brunch! @ Haswell Greens, 240 West 52nd Street


Galt MacDermot, Composer of the Rock Musical ‘Hair,’ Dies at 89

‘The Cool Guy’: Pop and Theater Stars Celebrate the Composer of ‘Hair’ by Eric Grode

Galt MacDermot IBDB | IMDB


Dispute over actors of color leads to ‘All My Sons’ director leaving Broadway revival by Peter Marks

The upcoming revival of All My Sons has had a change at the helm

Director Gregory Mosher has resigned from the production and is being replaced by Jack O’Brien.

Mosher is a longtime director and producer with credits that include Lincoln Center, Goodman Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, and in the West End. He is the recipient of two Tonys and a Drama Desk. He currently chairs the Theatre Department at Hunter College.

O’Brien has a similar pedigree, as the former Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for seven more, and won five Drama Desk Awards.

In an article by Peter Marks in the Washington Post, Mosher states that the Miller estate, which oversees the rights to All My Sons declined to let him cast two black actors in a pair of sibling roles normally played by white actors.

Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller said in a statement that the issue was never about using actors of color, but that she was worried Mosher’s concept was “not fully thought out.”

She added “I am very excited to open my father’s work up to diverse casting,” she said. “Hence, an African American Loman family in [director] Marianne Elliott’s upcoming ‘Death of a Salesman’ in London, and [director] Rachel Chavkin’s upcoming multiracial ‘[The] American Clock.’ ”

All My Sons will star Annette Bening and Tracy Letts and begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre on April 4 as scheduled


BroadwayHD Debuts BBC’s “A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong”
Just in time for the holidays, The Olivier Award-Winning Mischief Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong will be available to stream on BroadwayHD.


The Play That Goes Wrong moves to Off-Broadway. Producer Kenny Wax said “After almost two years on Broadway we think that we are finally ready for Off-Broadway.”


WORKING: A MUSICAL, PROMENADE, and ROAD SHOW Fill Encores Off-Center 2019 Season

The Encores! Off-Center 2019 series

June 26 through 29 — Nina Fasso and Stephen Schwartz’s Working: A Musical, including songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkhead, and James Taylor. The production will be directed by Kauffman.

July 10 & 11 — Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés’ Promenade, directed by Laurie Woolery.

July 24 through 27 — Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, directed and choreographed by Will Davis


Concord Music Purchases Samuel French


Christian Borle, John Tartaglia to Direct at Muny; Full Creative for 101st Season

June 10 – 16
Gordon Greenberg (Director)
Lorin Latarro (Choreographer)

June 19 – 25
DB Bonds (Director)
Rusty Mowery (Choreographer)

June 27 – July 3
Rob Ruggiero (Director)

July 8 – 16
Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Director)
Josh Walden (Choreographer)

July 18 – 24
Christian Borle (Director)
Jessica Hartman (Choreographer)

July 27 – August 2
Josh Rhodes (Director/Choreographer)

August 5 – 11
John Tartaglia (Director)
Chris Bailey (Choreographer)


Peter is a big fan of The Gateway Arch


‘The Greatest Showman’ is ‘definitely’ headed to Broadway, says director Michael Gracey by Tom Butler, Senior Editor @ Yahoo Movies

Tom Butler: Is there a chance of more Greatest Showman in the future – a Broadway show, a sequel, an extended edition?

Michael Gracey: There will definitely be a Broadway musical at some point. Songwriters Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and I all workshopped the film very much like it was a stage production as a way of testing and improving it, both musically and narratively. It’s an incredibly powerful piece when performed live.


New York Public Library Will Present Merrily We Roll Along Reunion BY ANDREW GANS
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will celebrate the short-lived Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along January 17, 2019, at 6 PM in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.

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Norm Lewis – “Home”

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