This Week on Broadway for April 26, 2020: Favorite Songs from Lesser Played Albums

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite songs from albums that do not get played as often as others.


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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

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Michael makes a connection via cast albums

Helon Blount

Riverwind (London Records)

Filichia Features: Go Back to Riverwind (

Fly, Blackbird

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Original Cast Album: Company (1970 Documentary)

In 1970, the Original Cast of Company Went Through Hell to Record Their Album
Despite being out of circulation, the 1970 behind-the-scenes Broadway documentary Original Cast Album: Company remains revered by both film and theater fans.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Lavin, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Laura Benanti Among Latest To Join All-Star Sondheim Birthday Concert

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage on Sunday, May 31 at 7:30 PM. The awards special also will stream on, and Additional details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Tony Awards? Crickets…

TEDxBroadway Organizers to Host Live Streaming Conversation Series:

Benjamin Scheuer, Alton Fitzgerald White, Jennifer Ashley Tepper among those set to address “What’s the best WE can be right now?’

(New York, NY) – Today, TEDxBroadway organizers announced a new series of online conversations with a central theme in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Broadway community — “What’s the best WE can be right now?”

“We’ve tapped a few of our TEDxBroadway alumni with the idea that their topics seem especially meaningful in these tough times, and there’s more to say about them,” says TEDxBroadway Co-Founder, Damian Bazadona of Situation. “Their topics range from service, to facing challenges, to just taking an opportunity to share positivity.”

Each week at 12:30pm ET, the hour-long series will feature guests who will deliver conversations live online and take questions from the audience. Speakers scheduled thus far include:

April 29. Facing Challenges & Difficulties featuring Oshoke Pamela Abalu and Benjamin Scheuer

Oshoke Pamela Abalu is the co-founder of Love & Magic Company, a tech-forward consultancy. An architect and Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, she is reimagining the future of work through ecosystem innovations like “Inclusion & Symphony” and “Smiles Per Square Foot,” where people and technology work side by side to improve lived experiences and amplify human potential.

Benjamin Scheuer is the writer and star of the autobiographical solo show The Lion, which debuted off-Broadway in 2014 following runs in Edinburgh and London. His debut single, “I Am Samantha,” was released March 2020, with more music to come throughout 2020.

May 6. Perspective & Purpose featuring Alton Fitzgerald White and Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Alton Fitzgerald White is a singer, actor and dancer who broke Broadway records with 4,308 performances as King Mufasa in The Lion King. He’s also the author of PRIDE: Mastering Life’s Daily Performance and appeared in 2019’s The Goldfinch.

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation. She is also the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. Tepper was recently named recipient of a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

May 13. Just Freakin’ Positivity featuring Natasha Tsakos and Mark Fisher

Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. Natasha is the President of NTiD, inc: a production company dedicated to inventing possibilities through theatrical experiences. She was voted one of the State of Florida’s “Power Players” by Florida International Magazine.

Mark Fisher is the founder of Mark Fisher Fitness in New York, which has become a de facto fitness destination for Broadway actors. Their tagline, “Ridiculous Humans. Serious Fitness.” sums up their style of innovative and fun workouts.

May 20. Adapting & Innovating featuring Sebastian Herscher and Emily Simoness

Sebastian Herscher is the CEO and co-founder of Parallux and a PhD Candidate at the NYU Future Reality Lab. Parallux delivers world-class immersive experiences to mass audiences, and its mission is to help people experience breathtaking new worlds together in a powerfully social and immersive way.

Emily Simoness is the founder and executive director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program committed to supporting and developing artists and their work. Housed on 130 acres of organic farmland in Brewster, NY, SPACE has quickly become one of the premier centers for new play development in the country.

“There’s so much uncertainty and so many unanswerable questions. We thought this would be a good moment to come together to really ask ourselves as individuals, as a community and as an industry, ‘What’s the best WE can be right now?’ says TEDxBroadway Co-Founder and Goldstar CEO, Jim McCarthy. “And, hopefully, this will help others.”

To register for these free conversations, go to

As for plans for the 9th Annual TEDxBroadway conference scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the event is on hold for the moment. The organizers will make a future announcement soon.

Follow TEDxBroadway on Twitter: @TEDxBroadway.

Shakespeare King Lear 1974 Shakespeare in the Park
James Earl Jones as Lear

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Favorite songs in less played albums

PF: Balancing Act: Saturday

PF: Gilbert & Sullivan: Poor Wandering One

PF: Babes in Toyland:

MP: Starlight Express: title song

PF: Starlight Express: Only He

PF: Big River: Do You Wanna Go To Heaven

PF: Candide: Live is Happiness Indeed

PF: The Norman Conquests in sequence

PF: Eubie!: My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More

PF: Ben Franklin in Paris: Half the Battle

MP: Adam’s Family Theme from TV Show

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A rare show that retooled and flourished after its New York debut, the musical, a decade later, has endured in schools and through international productions.

PF: The Scarlet Pimpernel: Into The Fire

MP: The Scarlet Pimpernel: She Was There

MP: The Scarlet Pimpernel: Storybook

PF: The Civil War: Sons of Dixie

PF: Pippin

PF: Blitz

PF: Salad Days: And We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back

PF: Crooked Mile: If I Ever Fall In Love Again

MP: Me and Juliet: No Other Love

PF: Me and Juliet: Intermission Talk

PF: Me and Juliet: That’s The Way it Happens

MP: Wish You Were Here: Title Song



JM: Blood Brothers: I’m Not Saying a Word

JM: Jekyll And Hyde: Till You Came into My Life

PF: Babes in Arms

Peter’s Trivia Answer

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Post Script:

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Into The Fire (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

Only He (Starlight Express)

There’s Me (Starlight Express)

Till I Hear You Sing (Love Never Dies)

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