This Week on Broadway for July 7, 2019: Martin Charnin

Revised July 9, 2019

We made a mistake. We did a terrible thing.

In Peter Filichia’s review of “Camp Morning Wood”, there were demeaning references to the cast which were uncalled for, and had no place in the review. It should have never made it to the public, and for that I am to blame.

My apologies go out to Anthony Logan Cole and the cast of Camp Morning Wood. I hope that you know how sorry I am that we let everyone down. We have removed the review of Camp Morning Wood from the download, and left the rest of the discussions in place.

Best Regards,

James Marino, Owner, BroadwayRadio



Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Martin Charnin’s passing. Reviews include Jersey Boys in Atlantic City, Lee Squared: The Liberace and Peggy Lee Comeback Tour, YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom @ Irish Rep, 1776 on Staten Island, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time @ The Public, Camp Morning Wood @ Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and the Harbinger Records re-release of Philemon (1975).



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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 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.

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Notes and links for the podcast.


Last week, Matt, Jan, and Ashley took over TWoB and did a great job looking forward to the upcoming season, on and off.



PF: Jersey Boys (Touring) @ Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ, through July 21, 2019

— Jersey Boys (and other shows) @ New World Stages

MP: Lee Squared: The Liberace and Peggy Lee Comeback Tour @ Pilgrim House Provincetown, 336 Commercial St.

PF: YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom @ Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, through July 7, 2019

From the novel Ulysses by James Joyce
Adapted for stage by Aedín Moloney & Colum McCann
Music by Paddy Moloney
Directed by Kira Simring
Performed by Aedín Moloney

MP: Ghostlight Productions of 1776 at the 3rd County Courthouse at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

— Ghostlight Productions presents ‘1776’ featuring deputy borough president at Historic Richmond Town by Carol Ann Benanti | [email protected]

PF: We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time @ The Public Theater, Anspacher Theater
June 13 – July 14
Written and Performed by David Cale
Lyrics by David Cale
Music by David Cale and Matthew Dean Marsh
Directed by Robert Falls
A co-production with Goodman Theatre

PF: Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical @ Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street 4th Floor, through July 7, 2019



Martin Charnin: IBDB | IMDB

Born: November 24, 1934

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist and director. The news was reported on Facebook, by Charnin’s daughter, Sasha. Charnin was 84.

Annie (Nov 08, 2012 – Jan 05, 2014)
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Annie (Mar 26, 1997 – Oct 19, 1997)
Entire Production Directed by Martin Charnin
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

The Flowering Peach (Mar 20, 1994 – Apr 24, 1994)
Directed by Martin Charnin

Sid Caesar & Company (Nov 01, 1989 – Nov 04, 1989)
Directed by Martin Charnin
Featuring songs by Martin Charnin

Cafe Crown (Feb 18, 1989 – Mar 26, 1989)
Directed by Martin Charnin

A Little Family Business (Dec 15, 1982 – Dec 26, 1982)
Directed by Martin Charnin

The First (Nov 17, 1981 – Dec 13, 1981)
Directed by Martin Charnin
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Written in collaboration with Martin Charnin

The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 – Aug 25, 1979)
Featuring songs with lyrics by Martin Charnin

I Remember Mama (May 31, 1979 – Sep 02, 1979)
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Annie (Apr 21, 1977 – Jan 02, 1983)
Directed by Martin Charnin
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Nash at Nine (May 17, 1973 – Jun 02, 1973)
Directed by Martin Charnin
Conceived by Martin Charnin

Two By Two (Nov 10, 1970 – Sep 11, 1971)
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

La Strada (Dec 14, 1969 – Dec 14, 1969)
Additional lyrics by Martin Charnin

Hot Spot (Apr 19, 1963 – May 25, 1963)
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

West Side Story (Apr 27, 1960 – Dec 10, 1960)
Performer: Martin Charnin [Big Deal]

The Girls Against the Boys (Nov 02, 1959 – Nov 14, 1959)
Performer: Martin Charnin [Waiter]
Standby: Martin Charnin

West Side Story (Sep 26, 1957 – Jun 27, 1959)
Performer: Martin Charnin [Big Deal]
Understudy: Martin Charnin [Snowboy]


Sid Ramin, ‘West Side Story’ Orchestrator and a Composer, Dies at 100

Could there be a Two by Two immersive production at Ark Encounter: Life-size Noah’s Ark (in Williamstown, Kentucky)






MP: Harbinger Records re-release of Philemon (1975)

Harbinger Records (a subsidiary of The Musical Theater Project) was founded in 1983 by Ken Bloom and Bill Rudman. We specialize in the Great American Songbook – in particular, songs of stage, screen and cabaret. And the artists range from Peggy Lee, Mabel Mercer and Ethel Merman to first-rate contemporary vocalists including Barbara Fasano, Eric Comstock and Sylvia McNair. Historic and rare demos and recordings by songwriters Richard Rodgers, Hugh Martin, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander and Cy Coleman also grace our catalogue, along with many other releases that will surprise and delight you.


Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


N.Y.C. from Annie Original Broadway Cast Recording

Within This Empty Space from Philemon – Original Cast Recording


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