This Week on Broadway for July 5, 2020: Not Yet Musicals

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about movies that are not yet musicals, but we would love to see


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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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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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1776 movie

Where to purchase cast recordings?
Footlight Records

Watch 1776 streaming (thanks Robb Johnston!)

Hamilton on Disney Plus

Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson
Opened on Broadway Nov 05, 1980
Closed on Broadway Jan 24, 1982

Christopher Reeve as Kenneth Talley, Jr.
Mary Carver as Sally Friedman
Jeff Daniels as Jed Jenkins
Jonathan Hogan as John Landis
Swoosie Kurtz as Gwen Landis
Joyce Reehling as June Talley
Danton Stone as Weston Hurley
Amy Wright as Shirley Talley

Richard Thomas
Kathy Bates

Peter’s Trivia Section

“Not Yet Musicals”
What properties would we like to see made into a musical?

Judy Garland movie, The Clock

Life With Father


It Should Happen to You

When Harry Met Sally

Miracle on 34th Street (already a musical, but want a different one!)


Forrest Gump

An Affair to Remember

To Be or Not To Be

An American President

Robb Johnston: Sleepless in Seattle

Tony Janicki: 
The original 1939 film was called LOVE AFFAIR. It did have a few songs in it, all sung by Irene Dunne.

A Letter to Three Wives

The Girl Most Likely

Something for Everyone

You Got Mail

Ship of Fools

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Plays adapted as operas
A View From the Bridge
The Crucible
A Streetcar Named Desire
Of Mice and Men
Turn of the Screw
M. Butterfly (a new version)
Angels in America

Steve Bell: 
Seance on a Wet Afternoon — Opera by Stephen Schwarz

Arsenic and Old Lace

Same Time, Next Year

Tony Janicki: 
The Preston Sturges film UNFAITHFULLY YOURS, which starred Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, and Rudy Vallee, might make a good musical.

Les liaisons dangereuses

Nicholas Nickleby

Noises Off

War Horse

The Plays of August Wilson

Dustin Hoffman To Star In Scott Rudin Broadway Production Of ‘Our Town’ Next Year; Bartlett Sher Will Direct

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