This Week on Broadway for June 7, 2020: Tony Awards Memories

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite moments from previous Tony Awards.


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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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Past Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches:

PF: Ruth Brown, Barbara Harris, Brian Bedford,

Leslie Uggams, Judy Kaye, Dorothy Louden

MP: Hal Linden, Elaine Stritch

Past Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches:

‘Not Just for Gays’: The Year the Tonys Dared to Go There By ERIC GRODE
How Adam Schlesinger and his writing partner created what may be the most outrageous opening number the broadcast has ever seen.

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Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

Past Tony Awards Opening Numbers:

A Chorus Line

best Tony performance ever was Jennifer Holliday singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls” in 1982.

Peter’s Trivia Answer

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Michael Jeter – Grand Hotel – complete Tonys performance and acceptance speech
Jennifer Holliday – And I’m Telling You (1982 Tony Awards, Dreamgirls)

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