This Week on Broadway for April 12, 2020: Hits I Didn’t Love

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about shows that were financial successes, but we didn’t necessarily love.


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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 the founder and editor of 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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With new shows airing daily at 2 PM ET and 8 PM ET, Stars in the House is a combination of music, community, and education (from CBS Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook) located on the Actors Fund YouTube Channel. With musical performances by stars remotely from their home and conversations with Seth and James between each tune, viewers can also donate to the charity and interact with the guests in real time. Stars in the House raised over $50,000 in the first four days of airing. Guests include Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Lithgow, Jason Alexander, Kristen Chenoweth as well as couples confined together like Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Frozen composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, writers Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, and many more. Stars in the House plans to stream daily until Broadway re-opens.

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Hits I Didn’t Love

PF: Man of La Mancha, Carnival, Into The Woods,
Musicals that lead to other shows: Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors: ex, Evil Dead

MP: Camelot, all bio musicals except Jersey Boys and Beautiful, Mamma Mia
European pop operas: Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables

JM: Chicago, Godspell, Hair

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No One Is Alone from Into The Woods (1987)

Finale from Into The Woods (1987)

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