This Week on Broadway for September 6, 2020: Labor Day Plays and Musicals

Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk about “working stiffs”


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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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JAN SIMPSON directs the arts reporting program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, writes for TDF Stages, American Theatre magazine and her own blog Broadway & Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcast Stagecraft.

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Michael: MCC Miscast20

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Peter: Going to Music Theatre of Connecticut to see Matt Densky in Fully Committed

Topic: Working stiffs!

Jan’s piece @ Broadway & Me: A Special Labor Day Salute to All of Broadway’s Truly Essential Performers

Jan: To The Bone

Peter: The Miracle Worker

Michael: Death of a Salesman, The Cradle Will Rock, Waiting for Lefty

Anthony Janicki: SWEAT is a good example of a play about working people.

Anthony Janicki: 
PINS AND NEEDLES is a fine musical revue about working people.

James: 9 to 5: The Musical

James: The Pajama Game

Peter: Working

Studs Terkel Entry #8: Intro, Dolores Dante, and Phil Stallings


The Adding Machine

Glengarry Glen Ross

Skeleton Crew

Peter: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, “Mine ‘Till Monday”


James: American define themselves by their occupation — in essence theatre somewhat reflects this

Anthony Janicki: THE FULL MONTY is about working stiffs.

Cheryl Hodges-Selden: 

Pins and Needles

Cheryl Hodges-Selden: 
Caroline or Change

Michael: Fences and Jitney

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

Emma Goldman in Ragtime


Hands on a Hardbody

Steel Pier


Steven Bell: 
A Catered Affair — the father is a cab-driver who’s trying to save money to buy his medallion and live within his means

Anthony Janicki: THE MOST HAPPY FELLA is about working people. The two main characters in PROMISES, PROMISES are ordinary workers when the show begins.

Cheryl Hodges-Selden: Most Happy Fella, “Ooooooh, my feet!”

She Loves Me

Paul Witte: 
The Life portrays the lengths people will do to survive and scratch out a living.

Elaine Stritch: ‘It’s not the work, it’s the stairs.’

A Chorus Line

The Flick

Jan: Assistance (@ Playwrights Horizons)

Peter: Grand Hotel

Michael: Show Boat

Paul Witte: Pump Boys & Dinettes

Peter’s Trivia Section

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