This Week on Broadway for May 17, 2020: Our Favorite Title Songs

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite Title Songs


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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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I enjoyed last Sunday’s program and just wanted to add that among the favorite mothers I’ve seen on the Broadway stage were Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray” in 2002 and Zoë Wanamaker as Bessie Berger in the 2006 revival of “Awake and Sing!” — John Watson

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Our Favorite Title Songs

PF: Hello Dolly

PF: A Broadway Musical by Strouse and Adams

Jason Graae, Major Attaway – “A Broadway Musical” (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

MP: Applause (+ PF)

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PF: Mame

PF: My Favorite Year

MP: Oklahoma

PF: Do I Hear A Waltz

PF: I Had a Ball

“Anything Goes, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music. Then all the great Sondheim title songs: Sunday, Company, Merrily, Sweeney” — Debbie Shrager

PF: On The Twentieth Century

MP: The Sound of Music

PF: Smile

MP: Kiss Me, Kate

PF: Ragtime

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PF: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

PF: Grand Hotel

“Beauty and the Beast” — Pat Payne

”Grease” — David Herszenson

“What would it take for each of you, on a personal level, to feel comfortable attending theatre?” — Amy Lai

PF: The Happy Time

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Hello, Dolly! · Bette Midler · Hello, Dolly! Ensemble (2017) · Jerry Herman
Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording)
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