This Week on Broadway for October 4, 2020: Netflix film The Boys in the Band and Political Plays and Musicals

Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk about the Netflix adaptation of The Boys in the Band. Michael talks about three things to look for at Broadway Records. In the second half, we continue the discussion with Jan’s topic “Best plays and musicals that have focused directly on American politics”


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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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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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PF + JS: The Boys in the Band @ Netflix (IMDB)
At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.
Starring:Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer

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Best plays and musicals that have focused directly on American politics

Jan: Power Plays: Shows About U.S. Politics


Peter: MacBird!

Michael: Red, White and Maddox

Closing Credits Red White & Maddox

The Pulitzer Prize winners: Fiorello!, Hamilton, Of Thee I Sing

Robb Johnston: The Crucible

Jan: Other Desert Cities

Michael: The City of Conversation

Michael: Farragut North

Anthony Janicki: 
ADVISE AND CONSENT is an excellent old play about politics that has become forgotten, but it’s quite good at explaining how the U.S. Senate works.

Paul Witte: 
For satire of politics and foreign affairs; Call Me Madam (per my wife’s suggestion…I have to give credit where it is due)
 P.S. we saw a lovely production of it at Lyric Theatre Oklahoma starring Beth Leavel

Peter: The Gang’s All Here

Peter: An Evening with Richard Nixon

Sarah Cooper lip syncs Trump

Jan: The Best Man

Michael: Inherit The Wind, Billy Ellot, Chess, Lil Abner


Jan: Hillary Clinton plays

Peter: Clinton The Musical

Juliet Green: 
And All the Way

Jan: The Great Society

Peter: Sunrise at Campabello

Jan: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Peter: An American Daughter

Michael John LaChiusa: First Lady Suite (1993), First Daughter Suite (2015)

Michael: Evita

Jan: It Can’t Happen Here @ Berkley Rep

Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis’ darkly satirical It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. In 2016, Berkeley Rep unveiled a new stage adaptation of Lewis’ prescient novel, one week after that production ended, the presidential election roiled our nation. Now, Berkeley Rep reprises that production with the same director, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election. We’re delighted to welcome back much of the original cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and to have Academy Award nominee David Strathairn join us as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.

The audio drama is being offered free across the country. Berkeley Rep intends for the project to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.

The production debuts on Tuesday, October 13 at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET via YouTube. A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast. The production will be available on demand through November 8.

Coming soon? The Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical!

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