This Week on Broadway for September 20, 2020: Brandon Victor Dixon

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Brandon Victor Dixon. After talking with Brandon, there is a discussion about Plays that have become Musicals


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Tommy Rall, who appeared on Broadway in seven shows from 1948 through 1970, including a starring role in MILK AND HONEY, and who had major featured roles in such classic film musicals as KISS ME, KATE and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, is recovering from successful heart surgery that was performed the second week in September. He is in good spirits, and will continue to heal for the next few weeks at the Fireside Health Care Center in Santa Monica, CA. He is not currently allowed any visitors or deliveries, but he would love to get cards or well wishes sent to him. Please send to:

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Guest: Brandon Victor Dixon

Brandon Victor Dixon

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Brandon Victor Dixon (WeAre Foundation Co-founder) is a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-nominated Actor, Producer, and Social Advocate. His company WalkRunFly has produced multiple works, including the Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and he is the co-founder of Qurator: The Movie Ratings App. Brandon is a graduate of Columbia University and a recipient of the university’s I.A.L. Diamond Award for achievement in the Arts.

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Michael: Pygmalion –> My Fair Lady

Peter: Chicago (play) –> Chicago

Michael: The Match Maker –> Hello, Dolly!

Michael: Auntie Mame –> Mame

Tony Janicki: 
The musical TAKE ME ALONG is really based on the film version of AH WILDERNESS rather than O’Neill’s original stage play.

Peter: Two for the Seesaw –> Seesaw

Alan Teasley: 
Oklahoma! (from Green Grow the Lilacs) and Carousel (from Liliom) were plays first

Michael: Anna Christie –> New Girl in Town

Alan Teasley: Kander and Ebb’s The Visit? I’d love to hear the panelists view on how that translated. I’ve never seen the source play. (Durrenmatt)

Tony Janicki: The Goodman Theatre version of THE VISIT was much different than the Broadway version also. More complex and more grotesquerie in it.

You know me from The Visit

Peter: Porgy –> Porgy and Bess

Peter: The Bad Seed –> Ruthless

Musical version of Harvey

Paul Witte: 
We can’t forget Merrily (based on the play Merrily We Roll Along). The original production was a miss but after many tries is it still a miss?

Tony Janicki: What about PACIFIC 1860?

Alan Teasley: And Cabaret was from I Am a Camera

Michael: Operas — Of Mice and Men, Regina based on Little Foxes, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Frogs

Peter: The Boys from Syracuse, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me Kate (almost), Shylock

John Rubinstein

Peter’s Trivia Section

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Post Script:

Coming Soon: The best plays and musicals that have focused directly on American politics, such as “The Best Man” and “1776.”

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