Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Scotland PA, The Rose Tattoo, Bella Bella, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound Inside, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Mark William, new CD “Come Croon with Me”, and Marilyn Maye: Blame It On My Youth! @ 54 Below
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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks Broadway, Broadway 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 FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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Derren Brown’s Secret is now on Broadway for a Strictly Limited Engagement! Audiences and Critics are Blown Away by This Master of Psychological Illusion. The New York Times says you’ll be “Brainwashed Into Joy” Deadline calls it “Stunning. Captivating. Thoroughly Entertaining from Start to Finish.” And the Daily Beast says “You’ll be Flummoxed, Amazed, Floored, Fascinated, Freaked Out, Charmed, and Wonderstruck.” Experience Derren Brown’s Secret for Yourself — now at the Cort Theater Through January 4. Get Tickets at DerrenBrownSecret.com.
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PF + MP: Scotland PA @ Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, through December 8, 2019
This is the world premiere of the new musical Scotland, PA, featuring a book by Michael Mitnick and music & lyrics by Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Scotland, PA is Gwon’s Roundabout commission following the debut of his musical Ordinary Days at Roundabout Underground.
The cast includes Jeb Brown (Duncan), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Banko), Taylor Iman Jones (Pat), Lacretta (Mrs. Lenox), Megan Lawrence (McDuff), Ryan McCartan (Mac), Will Meyers (Malcolm), Wonu Ogunfowora (Stacey), Alysha Umphress (Jessie) and Kaleb Wells (Hector).
In Scotland, PA, revenge is a dish best served with fries. This deliciously dark new musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard’s Macbeth), springs to life in a sleepy Pennsylvania town (population 1,203—and dropping), where a burger-joint manager (Ryan McCartan) and his wife (Taylor Iman Jones) cook up a plan to super-size their lives. As their ambitions grow and the bodies fall, the couple finds out just how far they’ll go for a taste of the oh-so-tempting American dream.
MP: The Rose Tattoo @ Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, 227 West 42nd Street, through December 8, 2019
This is a new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Tony-winning play, directed by Trip Cullman.
The cast includes Cassie Beck as “Miss Yorke,” Alexander Bello as “Salvatore,” Tina Benko as “Estelle Hoehengarten,” Andréa Burns as “Peppina,” Susan Cella as “Giuseppina,” Emun Elliott as “Alvaro Mangiacavallo,” Paige Gilbert as “Bessie,” Greg Hildreth as “The Salesman,” Isabella Iannelli as “Vivi,” Jacob Michael Laval as “Bruno,” Ellyn Marie Marsh as “Violetta,” Carolyn Mignini as “Assunta,” Portia as “Flora,” Ella Rubin as “Rosa,” Jennifer Sánchez as “Mariella,” Constance Shulman as “The Strega,” Burke Swanson as “Jack,” and Marisa Tomei as “Serafina.”
This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Cullman, Williams’ lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Serafina erupts from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.
PF: Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Bella Bella, written and performed by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Kimberly Senior, at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, through December 1, 2019
The production begins previews Tuesday, October 1 ahead of a Tuesday, October 22 opening night.
Fierstein returns to MTC taking on New York City’s very own political firebrand, Bella Abzug, in his new raucous, heart-rending and absurdly humorous solo show. Set in 1976, on the eve of her bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, Bella Bella finds this larger-than-life, truth-slinging, groundbreaking, hat-wearing icon squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results while a coterie of family and celebs await her entrance. Directing is Kimberly Senior.
Bella Bella’s creative team includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Rita Ryack (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Design), and Caite Hevner (Projection Design).
MP + JM: Little Shop of Horrors @ Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, through January 19, 2020
Howard Ashman & Alan Menken’s landmark musical returns to New York under the direction of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), with preview performances beginning Tuesday, September 17, ahead of an official opening night on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The production stars two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (“Seymour”), Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard (“Audrey”) and two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.”) alongside Tom Alan Robbins (“Mushnik”), Kingsley Leggs (“The Voice of Audrey II”), Ari Groover (“Ronnette”), Salome Smith (“Crystal”), Joy Woods (“Chiffon”), Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Kris Roberts, Chelsea Turbin, Chris Dwan, and Stephen Berger.
PF + MP: The Sound Inside @ Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, through January 12, 2020
THE SOUND INSIDE is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Lincoln Center Theater, Rebecca Gold, Evamere Entertainment, Eric Falkenstein, Salman Vienn Al-Rashid, Spencer Ross, Filmnation Entertainment/Faliro House, Jane Bergère, Iris Smith, Caiola Productions, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Ken Greiner, Gemini Theatrical Investors, Scott H. Mauro, Jayne Baron Sherman, Czekaj Productions, Wendy Morgan-Hunter, Kristin Foster, Brian Moreland, Sonia Mudbhatkal, Jacob Soroken Porter and Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director. The world premiere of THE SOUND INSIDE was developed and produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director. The play was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater.
The Broadway premiere of THE SOUND INSIDE stars Mary-Louise Parker with Will Hochman. THE SOUND INSIDE is written by Adam Rapp and directed by David Cromer.
A brilliant Ivy League writing professor. A talented yet mysterious student. An unthinkable favor. Everyone has a story—the question is how it ends. THE SOUND INSIDE is a riveting new American play. 90 minutes – no intermission.
The creative team includes Alexander Woodward (Scenic Design), David Hyman (Costume Design), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Design), Daniel Kluger (Original Music & Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design) and Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA and Karyn Casl, CSA (Casting).
PF: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation @ Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, through January 5, 2020
MP + JM + PF: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical @ Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street, through January 5, 2020
TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment are thrilled to announce that The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, the original musical adaption of Rick Riordan’s New York Times best-selling novel, will arrive on Broadway this fall for a strictly limited 16-week holiday engagement at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street) following the recent successful conclusion of its 32-city North American First National Tour which has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, the original musical adaption of Rick Riordan’s novel, has a book by Joe Tracz (Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Be More Chill), music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, direction by Stephen Brackett (A Strange Loop), and choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Band’s Visit).
The cast includes Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables) as Percy Jackson, with Izzy Figueroa, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. Shyvonne Stewart, and Kristin Stokes.
The design team for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical includes Lee Savage (set design), Sydney Maresca (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), AchesonWalsh (puppet design), Rod Kinter (fight direction), Dave Bova (hair, wigs, and makeup design), with orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese (First Daughter Suite, Preludes) and Rob Rokicki, and music direction by Wiley DeWeese.
The Lightning Thief began previews Friday, September 20 prior to an October 16 opening night at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street).
PF: Mark William, new CD: Come Croon with Me
MP: Marilyn Maye: Blame It On My Youth! @ 54 Below
Michael’s Music Moment:
Why I Love Football” from SCOTLAND, PA
Ben Fankhauser performing “Why I Love Football” from SCOTLAND, PA at Adam Gwon’s Green Room 42 concert.
Mark William: Come Croon With Me
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