This Week on Broadway for December 29, 2019: Year in Review

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the 2019 year in theater.


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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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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

Notes and links for the podcast.

Peter’s Trivia Answer


Rest in Peace: Theater Community Members Who Died in 2019 by Jonathan Mandell

Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98
By definition, live theater vanishes in the moment; Ms. Corwin pushed to have shows videotaped and deposited in a library collection, which she ran for decades.

Martin Charnin, Who Brought ‘Annie’ to the Stage, Dies at 84
He turned the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” into a long-running Broadway musical and wrote the memorable lyrics to a score that included “Tomorrow.”

John Simon, Wide-Ranging Critic With a Cutting Pen, Dies at 94
Prolific, erudite and caustic in his wit, he surveyed the entire cultural landscape — films, plays, books, art — and saw little that he liked.

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.

Jerry Herman, Composer of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and Other Broadway Hits, Dies at 88
His rich melodies and powerful lyrics, also heard in “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles,” dazzled critics and kept audiences returning for more.

Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Reaper of Tonys, Dies at 91
Mr. Prince helped bring to life a stunning lineup of shows: “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd,” and Broadway’s longest-running spectacle, “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Bernard Slade, 89, Dies; ‘Partridge Family’ Creator and Playwright
His “Same Time, Next Year” ran for years on Broadway, was made into a movie and is often described as one of the most-produced plays in the world.

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.

Jo Sullivan Loesser, Singer and Guardian of a Legacy, Dies at 91
She married the composer Frank Loesser and stopped performing after starring in his “Most Happy Fella.” Resuming her career after he died, she emphasized his music.

Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-Winning Star, Is Dead at 86
She was also a familiar face on television and raised millions of dollars to help women in entertainment deal with health problems.

Topics Discussed:

Ruby Rakos as Judy Garland “Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz” at Paper Mill Playhouse

Violet Tinnirello as Shirley Temple “Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz” at Paper Mill Playhouse

Eva Noblezada in Hadestown

Best Music: Ross Golan “The Wrong Man” @ MCC

Best Lyrics: Adam Gwon in “Scotland PA” @ Roundabout

Best Sustained Performance: Mitchell Jarvis in “Rock of Ages”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical: Joshua Henry in “The Wrong Man” @ MCC

Bradford High School Troupe 4982 (Kenosha, WI) gave the premiere high school performance of The Scottsboro Boys.

Andrew Black, choreography, “Over Here” @ The Triad

Noah Brody director for “Merrily We Roll Along”

Tommy Kail director for “The Wrong Man”
Peter calls Kail, “This generation’s Michael Bennett.”

A Christmas Carol (Broadway) with Campbell Scott

Linda Vista by Tracy Letts


Choir Boy @ MTC

My Fair Lady with Laura Benanti

The Ferryman with American Cast

The Play That Goes Wrong @ New World Stages

The Inheritance, Part 1

Druid Shakespeare, Richard III

Aaron Monaghan as Richard III, “was amazing beyond belief…”

The White Chip by Sean Daniels

Judith Ivey in Greater Clements @ LCT

Annette Bening in All My Sons @ RTC

Edmund Donovan in Greater Clements @ LCT

Liza Colón-Zayas in Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven @ Atlantic Theater Company

Judgment Day, directed by Richard Jones
Paul Steinberg, Set Design
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Lighting Design
Antony McDonald, Costume Design
Daniel Kluger, Original Music and Sound Design
Drew Levy, Sound Design
Anjali Mehra, Movement Director

Ragtime on Ellis Island

Seared by Theresa Rebeck @ MCC, with Raúl Esparza and Krysta Rodriguez

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment

Linnéa Hollingsworth in “Three Times A Lady” @ Annual Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, Alaska)

Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of The Cake, written by Bekah Brunstetter

Enter Laughing @ The York, with Chris Dwan and Josh Grisetti

Rags @ NYU

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Marilyn Maye @ 54 Below

Chita Rivera @ 54 Below

54 Loves Cast Albums (@ 54 Below)

Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret @ Birdland

92Y events: Julie Andrews, Bob Mackie

Sweet Charity @ Merkin / Transport Group

The Met Opera Porgy and Bess, La Boheme

God Shows Up

Moulin Rouge Design Team:
The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design).

Scott Siegel’s Broadway Unplugged Series

Scott Siegel’s Broadway’s Rising Stars

The Jimmy Awards

What are we looking forward to in 2020?

A Soldier’s Play


Flying Over Sunset

Girl from the North Country

Rob McClure in Mrs. Doubtfire

Laura Linney in My Name is Lucy Barton

The Lehman Trilogy

The Music Man with Hugh Jackman

West Side Story


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MP: Judgement Day @ Park Avenue Armory @ 643 Park Avenue, through January 10, 2020

A Park Avenue Armory Production
By Ödön von Horváth
Adapted by Christopher Shinn
Directed by Richard Jones

Paul Steinberg, Set Design
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Lighting Design
Antony McDonald, Costume Design
Daniel Kluger, Original Music and Sound Design
Drew Levy, Sound Design
Anjali Mehra, Movement Director

Cast: Alex Breaux, Alyssa Bresnahan, Charles Brice, Cricket Brown, Gina Daniels, Harriet Harris, Maurice Jones, Luke Kirby, Tom McGowan, George Merrick, Andy Murray, Jason O’Connell, Susannah Perkins, Henry Stram, Joe Wegner, Jeena Yi


Film and Television:



Post Script:

Michael’s Music Moment:


Coming Soon: 

Explicit: No


Flowers · Eva Noblezada · Anaïs Mitchell · Hadestown Original Broadway Company

Another Hundred People · George Blagden · Company (2018 London Cast Recording)

Other Music: Memories from

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