This Week on Broadway for February 3, 2019: Rent Live on Fox Review


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Rent Live on Fox, Three shows at 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists: We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York, Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Bob Mackie, An Evening with Maury Yeston, Primary Stages production of God Said This, True West , Fellowship for Performing Arts production of A Man for All Seasons, Carmelina, Musicals in Mufti, The Convent @ Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres, and Ah, Wilderness! @ The Sheen Center


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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 began previews at the Playroom on West 46th Street last Friday night through February 21, 2019. 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 + MP + JM: Rent Live on Fox, Aired 1-27-19

‘Some Like it Pop’ (?) Episode 5.1: The Good, the Bad, the Emotional of ‘RENT: Live-ish’
Listen Here: Hello Pop Culture RENT heads! On this episode of what may or may not still be called “Some Like It Pop,” after nearly 11 months, Matt Tamanini and Jennifer McHugh get back to podcasting because one of their shared favorite musicals was broadcast semi-live on national television.

MP: Three shows at 92Y (92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association)

Lyrics & Lyricists: We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York
Before the Broadway successes that would introduce countless songbook classics, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were a couple of New York City students, attending Columbia University and writing musicals for the school’s varsity shows.

Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Bob Mackie
Bob Mackie, the multiple award-winning, legendary costume and fashion designer, sits down with Fern Mallis for a career conversation.

An Evening with Maury Yeston, Tony Award-Winning Composer/Lyricist
Come join the 92Y Musical Theatre Lab and Maury Yeston, Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist for a special evening of dance and musical theatre criticism.

PF: Primary Stages production of God Said This @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, through February 15, 2019

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

PF: Fellowship for Performing Arts production of A Man for All Seasons @ Theatre Row, The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, through March 17, 2019

MP: Carmelina, Musicals in Mufti @ York Theatre Company, 619 Lexington Avenue, through February 3, 2019

In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo’ — Peter Filichia and Josh Ellis
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 5:00PM

The York Theatre Company
619 Lexington Ave.
(Enter on 54th St. between Lex and 3rd)
Admission is FREE with your ticket to the 2:30pm or 8pm performances of Lolita, My Love on March 2nd.
OR $25 for Philly, Boston, or Baltimo’ only

PF: Weathervane Theatre and Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre production of The Convent @ Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street, through February 17, 2019

MP: Blackfriars Repertory Theatre and The Storm Theatre production of Ah, Wilderness! @ The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, through February 17, 2019

MP: Ron Fassler — with regard to no programs not in theaters


Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical @ The Town Hall, Sunday February 3, 2019 @ 1PM

Carol Channing Dies at 97; a Larger-Than-Life Broadway Star
Her performances as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” made her a Broadway legend.

Kaye Ballard, Indefatigable Comedian and Actress, Dies at 93
Best known for the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law,” she also had memorable turns in Broadway musicals and rode the nightclub circuit for years.





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Michael’s Music Moment:


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Kaye Ballard — Lazy Afternoon (Golden Apple Original-Cast) 1954



So Long, Dearie from Hello, Dolly! Original Broadway Recording


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