This Week on Broadway for January 27, 2019: True West


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss True West, I Want My Playbill, Spring Awakening @ Argyle Theatre, Choir Boy, Ever After @ Coca-Cola Stage, Alliance Theatre, The Junior Theater Festival, Frankie James Grande @ Green Room 42, Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State @ Minetta Lane Theatre, and Whirlwind @ The wild project


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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, and the writer of a new play called GOD SHOWS UP that begins previews at the Playroom on West 46th Street on Friday night. 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


Notes and links for the podcast.



PF: True West @ American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, through March 17, 2019

I Want My Playbill! Why Programs Are No Mere Extra by Laura Collins-Hughes

MP: Spring Awakening @ Argyle Theatre, Babylon, NY, through February 24, 2019

JM: Choir Boy @ Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, through March 10, 2019

— Extended again to March 10, 2019. “Jeremy Pope will depart the production on Sunday, February 24 to join the cast of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations on Broadway. Jonathan Burke will take over the role of “Pharus Jonathan Young” for the remaining two weeks of the run.”

— Cast recording?

— Could they tour a la “Midtown Men”?

— CAMILLE A. BROWN Choreography
Broadway: Once On This Island (nominee: Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Chita Rivera Awards), A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (May 2019), This Ain’t No Disco, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Lucille Lortel Award nominee), Fortress of Solitude (Lucille Lortel Award nominee). Regional: Oh-Blah-Dee (Two River Theater); The Wiz (Muny); ink (The Kennedy Center); Bella and Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center); Cabin in the Sky (Encores! City Center); and tick, tick… BOOM! (Encores! City Center) starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Television: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC).

— Camille choreographing the upcoming Broadway production of Magic Mike

PF: Ever After @ Coca-Cola Stage, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, through February 17, 2019

PF: The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater. Atlanta, GA. January 18-20, 2019 (note JTF West, Sacramento, CA. Sacramento Convention Center, February 8-10, 2019.

MP: Frankie James Grande @ Green Room 42

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JM: Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State @ Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, through March 3, 2019

MP: Whirlwind @ The wild project, 195 East 3rd Street, through February 10, 2019






Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


Sierra Boggess sings “Who Needs Love” from Ever After



Sierra Boggess and Tim Rogan Sing “Cousin’s Cousin” from Ever After


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