This Week on Broadway for May 31, 2020: Larry Kramer, 1936 Show Boat on Blu-ray

Peter Filichia, Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Larry Kramer, Chita Rivera’s 80th Celebration (from 2013), and the 1936 film of Show Boat Blu-ray release.


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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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Jena Tesse Fox has been writing about theater for more than 10 years for numerous publications, including Playbill Magazine,, Time Out New York and She is a voting member of the Drama Desk Awards, and is a contributor to BroadwayRadio

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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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The 2013 concert also featured Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen as well as a video tribute from composer John Kander.

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An author, essayist and playwright — notably hailed for his autobiographical 1985 play, “The Normal Heart” — Mr. Kramer had feet in both the world of letters and the public sphere. In 1981 he was a founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first service organization for H.I.V.-positive people, though his fellow directors effectively kicked him out a year later for his aggressive approach. (He returned the compliment by calling them “a sad organization of sissies.”)

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Topic: The 1936 movie of SHOW BOAT
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