This Week on Broadway for January 6, 2019: Talk About Theater Recordings


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss New Yiddish Rep’s Samuel Beckett’s Vartn Af Godot (Waiting for Godot), things we missed in last week’s the best of 2018, and cast recordings, including Cole Porter’s Something For the Boys, Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon (New York City Center 2017 Cast Recording), Masterworks Broadway’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and more.


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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.


BroadwayCon: Saturday January 12, 2019, 11:15AM
Broadway Radio: This Week on Broadway Live!
New York Hilton Midtown – Sutton Center Room

Santino Fontana: Talking Tootsie, Rodgers & Hart, and More with Michael Portantiere as moderator.
Drama Desk Event – Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 6PM
Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave.



PF: New Yiddish Rep‘s Samuel Beckett’s Vartn Af Godot (Waiting for Godot) @ 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14 Street, through January 27, 2019

New Yiddish Rep Archive
— Death of a Salesman
— Awake and Sing
— God of Carnage


The Fascinating Yiddish Origins of “Death of a Salesman”The Fascinating Yiddish Origins of “Death of a Salesman” by Sarah Zarrow

(Redux) What was the best theater in 2018?

Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘The Waverly Gallery’ With Lucas Hedges by Marilyn Stasio


‘The Notebook’ Musical Is Heading To Broadway; ‘This Is Us’ Producer & ‘The Way I Am’ Songwriter Will Write by Greg Evans

Broadway Record: “Hamilton” First Ever to Gross $4 Mil in One Week, Thanks to Kennedy Center Honors, Takes in $1 Mil More Than It Technically Can by Roger Friedman




Cole Porter’s Something For the Boys 2018 Studio Cast Recording (PS Classics)

BroadwayRadio Special: Interview with Philip Chaffin
James Marino and talks with Philip Chaffin about his new album, “Will He Like Me” on the PS Classics label.

Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon (New York City Center 2017 Cast Recording)
The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Download the booklet for Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon.

Masterworks Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF THE NBC TELEVISION EVENT | Album Available Digitally April 6 & On CD April 20 |Preorder Now Live Broadcast Airs April 1

Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording) (Ghostlight)

The Leader of a Big-Time Band (Something for the Boys, 1942)

Vinyl releases

2019 Grammy Nominations
58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Renée Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists; Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)

Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend, Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; Andrew Lloyd Webber & Harvey Mason, Jr., producers (Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)

Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & Harry Hadden-Paton, principal soloists; Van Dean, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)

Phillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, Alex Newell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists; Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (Stephen Flaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast)

Michael and Peter — how large are your recording collections?

Scott Siegel presents Broadway by the Year @ Town Hall

Where Do I Go from Here? (Fiorello!) performed by Liz Callaway

Greenwillow “liar in chief”

Alternate recordings: Bye Bye Birdie London Cast Recording

Les Miserables – The Original French Concept Album

Promises Promises Italian Cast (Promesse… Promesse… Italian Cast)

Fiddler on the Roof – 1965 Original Israeli Cast (Yiddish)


Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


A Part of Us from Once on This Island (2018) from Broadway Records


“Superstar”: Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

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