This Week on Broadway for July 19, 2020: Summer Reading

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about recommendations for Summer Reading. Also, Peter attends a live performance in NYC! Michael talks about a new musical film, “ODE TO PASSION” and “FIFTH OF JULY”. Michael and Peter also discuss the new documentary, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On!”


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The Coffee House Club @ 20 W 44th Street #601
Monday, July 13, 2020, 1:30–3:30pm

I Can’t Remember Anything by Arthur Miller

I’m Herbert by Robert Anderson

Eichmann In Israel by Daniel Rose

Peter’s Trivia Section

A Broadway star surprises baseball fans with more verses of the National Anthem | Sports Illustrated
“Kinky Boots” star Lena Hall performed an extended rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before a confused yet delighted crowd at a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game.

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“Summer Reading”

Jan Simpson: Theater Books for Summer Reading 2020

Exit Through the Fireplace: The Great Days of Rep by Kate Dunn

Author: Ken Bloom (multiple books)

How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir by Kaye Ballard

Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret by James Gavin

Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise by Sam Irvin

Author: Ethan Mordden (multiple books)

The Season by William Goldman

Once Was Enough by William Torbert Leonard

Broadway Bound: A Guide to Shows that Died Aborning

Sondheim & Co Hardcover by Craig Zadan

Stephen Sondheim: A Life by Meryle Secrest

Sondheim’s Broadway Musicals (The Michigan American Music Series) by Stephen 0 Banfield

Author: Steven Suskin (multiple books)

Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart and Christopher Hart

Gay Plays: The First Collection by William M Hoffman (Editor)

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MP: ODE TO PASSION on Amazon Prime Video

Giuseppe Bausilio

Julia Nightingale

Variety review of ODE TO PASSION


MP + PF: ‘Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On!’ Review – Variety


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Post Script:

The New Group’s The True
Available to watch until Sunday, July 19 at 11:59pm
Originally aired Thursday, July 16 at 7pm EST

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The True stars Edie Falco as Dorothea “Polly” Noonan, the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine. When it comes to Polly, politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning II (Michael McKean), is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life. The True is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics. Written by Sharr White, directed by Scott Elliott and featuring the original 2018 cast including Austin Cauldwell (Intimacy), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Glenn Fitzgerald (Othello), Michael McKean (The Little Foxes), John Pankow (Kiss Me Kate), Peter Scolari (Hairspray), Tracy Shayne (Chicago). The True enjoyed a critically acclaimed world premiere as part of The New Group’s 2018-2019 Season.

Red Bull Theater’s annual Short New Play Festival
Featuring new plays by Jeremy O. Harris and Theresa Rebeck alongside six of today’s up-and-coming playwrights selected through an open submission process: Ben Beckley, Avery Deutsch, Leah Maddrie, Jessica Moss, Matthew Park, and Mallory Jane Weiss

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Summer Nights (Broadway/Original Cast Version/1972)

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