This Week on Broadway for April 19, 2020: Our Desert Island Discs

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere strand themselves on an island with only a handful of recordings. Which ones will they pick?


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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 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

Notes and links for the podcast.


Streaming Review: The Jonathan Larson Project @ 54 Below

The New York Times: Brian Dennehy, Tony Award-Winning Actor, Dies at 81

Streaming Review: Brian Dennehy in Death of a Salesman

Brian Dennehy in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1999 Broadway Revival)
Arthur Miller and Brian Dennehy interview on “Death of a Salesman” (1999)

Streaming Review: Phantom of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.

BC/EFA’s Benefit Stream of Concert Celebrating 25 Years of Disney on Broadway Is Back On!

The stream of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ benefit concert celebrating Disney on Broadway’s 25th anniversary will be rescheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020, after the American Federation of Musicians dropped its opposition to the stream.

The online playback will raise money for Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which is helping everyone in the theater and performing arts community impacted by the pandemic.

BroadwayRadio’s Desert Island Discs, in hommage to the BBC programme

PF: Celebration (1969) by Jones and Schmidt on Harbinger Records

PF: Pins and Needles, originally in 1937 had a 1962 recording for 25th Anniversary Album with Barbra Streisand

Randy Rainbow Interviews Barbra Streisand

PF: In Trousers

PF: Mata Hari

PF: Top Banana

PF: Follies @ Avery Fisher Hall, also Paper Mill

PF: The Decline & Fall of the Entire World through the eyes of Cole Porter

PF: Ambassador (London) Music by: Don Gohman; Book by: Don Ettlinger, Anna Marie Barlow; Lyrics by: Hal Hackady

MP: West Side Story (both OBC and film soundtrack)

MP: The Most Happy Fella, OBC, released on three LPs!

MP: Show Boat (1988 cast album), John McGlinn, conductor

MP: Porgy and Bess 1976 Houston Grand opera. Other notable recording of Porgy is Porgy and Bess (Glyndebourne album) with London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Simon Rattle

MP: Candide, both NYC Opera and OBC

MP: Ragtime, both Concept Recording and OBC

Track-by-Track Breakdown: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Dissect Their Ragtime Score BY LYNN AHRENS AND STEPHEN FLAHERTY

MP: The Golden Apple

Lyric Stage has brought us some incredible productions

MP: Sweeney Todd

JM: Falsettos

JM: My Favorite Year

JM: The Last Five Years

JM: Evita

JM: Jesus Christ Superstar, Australian Revival Cast (1992) with John Farnham

JM: Chess (London)

JM: The Phantom of the Opera (London)

JM: Sweeney Todd (OBC)

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