This Week on Broadway for June 9, 2019: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Jena Tesse Fox, Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Other reviews include Long Lost @ Manhattan Theatre Club, Chita Rivera @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, John Davidson @ Birdland Jazz Club, the Theatre World Awards, and the Drama Desk Awards



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Jena Tesse Fox | [email protected] | Twitter
Jena is a theater writer and reviewer whose articles have appeared online at,, and She also has has her own podcast, Spotlight on the BroadwayRadio network.

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 play, God Shows Up is now in performance at The Actor’s Temple Theatre on 47th Street. His columns appear at MTIMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

James Marino | [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook

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


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MP + JF + JM: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune @ Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street, through August 25, 2019
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Arin Arbus
Audra McDonald, Michael Shannon

MP: Long Lost @ Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, through
by Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Kelly AuCoin, Annie Parisse, Lee Tergesen, Alex Wolff

MP: Chita Rivera @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, May 27- June 4, October 8-16, 2019
Back by popular demand after her sold out Feinstein’s/54 Below engagement! The one and only Chita Rivera returns with her unique solo concert event. The incomparable Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award® winner will recreate signature moments from her illustrious career including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink, and The Visit. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio.

MP: John Davidson performs at Birdland Jazz Club on May 27, 2019

MP: Theatre World Awards, Monday, June 3, 2019

MP: Drama Desk Awards, Sunday, June 2, 2019





Any last minute Tony Awards thoughts? Possible changes to your leanings?

The 1969 Tonys Was a Night to Remember. Just Ask James Earl Jones. by Eric Grode
It was the season of “Hair” vs. “1776” and the arrival of a young actor named Al Pacino.






Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No




John Davidson revises “El Paso” for Beto O’Rourke

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