Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite Title Songs
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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of CastAlbumReviews.com. 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 FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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Feedback on Mothers
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
“Kim in Miss Saigon, Abigail Adams, Golde, The mom in Big who sings “Stop Time”, ALL the moms in “Baby”, Three Tall Women, Domina in Forum
The Baker’s Wife (Sondheim, not Schwartz), Mrs. Higgins, Meg’s mother who had a Fantastic Wedding Day, The Mother in The Skin Of Our Teeth, Two Mothers in Our Town, The mother in It Should Have Been You, The mother in Torch Song Trilogy, The mother in Angels in America, The mother in RENT, Parthy!!!, George’s mother in Sunday In The Park, The mother in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. And the Surrogate moms: Mary Poppins, Aunt Eller, Martha in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mrs Lovett for Toby, Mama Morton, and Gigi’s Aunt” — Kerr Lockhart
“I’m wondering if the availability of previously unavailable houses will open the door for a whole lot of new voices and things that we would never have seen on Broadway. What do you think of the prospects of many more big shows closing, Do you think I might be right about an exciting, if not revolutionary, period post-Covid?” — David Ezell
Our Favorite Title Songs
PF: Hello Dolly
PF: A Broadway Musical by Strouse and Adams
MP: Applause (+ PF)
PF: My Favorite Year
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
MP: Kiss Me, Kate
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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