This Week on Broadway for May 3, 2020: Favorite Movie Musicals (Originally on Stage)

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite favorite movie musicals that were originally written for the stage.


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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

Six Tips for Listening to Original Cast Recordings By Jesse Green and Ben Brantley
To begin with, don’t call them soundtracks!

Since you can’t attend any live performances at the moment, you have lots of hours to fill with show tunes. But before you combine the Polish recording of “Les Miz” on your playlist with the sad 2010 revival cast album of “A Little Night Music” and cherry-picked highlights from some random “Porgy and Bess,” please heed a few idiosyncratic words of advice from lifelong listeners on how best to make your way through our desert island cast recording lists.

  1. Do get the original cast album.
  2. Don’t shuffle, pause or mutilate.
  3. Do excise any dialogue tracks.
  4. Don’t read the liner notes.
  5. Do choose your listening companions with care.
  6. Don’t play a cast recording as background music at a party.

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What are our favorite movie musicals, meaning ones from Broadway musicals, not ones that originated on the screen.

PF: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

PF: The Boyfriend

MP: 1776

MP: Hair

PF: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

MP: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Music Man


The King and I




Little Shop of Horrors

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

PF: Bells Are Ringing, Dean Martin, one take

Frank Sinatra, one take, Carousel

Note, the NY Philharmonic concert of CAROUSEL is commercially available: Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel DVD

Damn Yankees

Nikki Juvan: What do you think of the original Annie movie? I grew up on it, and when I did the show as a kid, I was surprised at the differences.

If I loved you from Carousel with Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald
Hugh Jackman singing Soliloquy from Carousel

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Is Anybody There? – 1776 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Is Anybody There? – 1776 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Cell Block Tango – Chicago (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Cell Block Tango – Chicago (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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