This Week on Broadway for May 10, 2020: Iconic Mothers on Stage

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the iconic mothers on stage.


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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

MP: Larry Kert Sings Leonard Bernstein @ Library of Congress

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Given that it’s Mother’s Day, why don’t we talk about our favorite mothers in shows?

PF: Mother (Ragtime)

Marin Mazzie as Mother in Ragtime

MP: Rose (Gypsy)

PF: Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mother by Carolyn Quinn

PF: Queen Aggravain (Once Upon A Mattress)

PF: Maria (The Sound of Music)

JM: Nettie Fowler (Carousel)

MP: Anna (The King and I)

MP: Mame

PF: Juno (Juno and the Paycock)

PF: Mother Courage and Her Children

PF: Medea

Grandmothers: Berthe from Pippin, Madame Armfeldt (A Little Night Music), Allegro

A Mother’s Kisses (with Beatrice Arthur)

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Death of a Salesman

Amanda (The Glass Menagerie)

I Remember Mama @ Transport Group / The Gym at Judson

Shogun’s mother in Pacific Overtures

Mrs. Bennet in First Impressions (musical version of Pride and Prejudice)

The Rothschilds

Next to Normal

Jagged Little Pill

Question from Pat Payne: We all associate certain actors with the role they originated, examples are Ethel as Rose, Robert Preston in The Music Man, Patti as Evita… Who of today‚Äôs stars would you like to take back in time and play one of the great roles.

PF: Donna Murphy

MP: Donna Murphy

Mame at Encores?

Question from Anne Kelly: How does we decide what to travel out-of-town to see?

Shelly Winters Caro

Eve (The Apple Tree)

Rosie Bryce (Funny Girl)

Julie Jordan (Carousel)

Amy / Rosabella (The Most Happy Fella)

Joanna’s Mother (Sweeney Todd)

Remembering Shirley Jones in Maggie Flynn by Mark A. Robinson

Nellie Forbush (South Pacific)

Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan)

Beth Fowler @ Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Potts, and in BABY

Guthrie Theater: A Message From Artistic Director Joseph Haj

Peter’s Trivia Answer

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