This Week on Broadway for October 11, 2020: A Tribute to Triple-Threat Performers

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere give tribute to triple-threat performers — those who are acknowledged as superbly talented as actors, singers, and dancers.


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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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A Tribute to Triple-Threat Performers

Michael: Tommy Rall

Peter: Hinton Battle


Peter: Jerome Robbins created triple threats; Chita Rivera in West Side Story

Michael: Gwen Verdon

Michael: Jeremy Pope

Michael: James Harkness

Michael: Forbidden Broadway casts

Peter: Kristin Chenoweth

Tim Black: 
Carol Burnett, Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Ben Vereen, Chita Rivera

Amy Lai: 
Tony Yazbeck, Stephanie J Block

Peter: Gregory Hines

Michael: Corbin Bleu, Gavin Creel, Laura Osnes

Robb Johnston: Sutton, Tony Yazbeck, James Monroe Iglehart

Anthony Janicki: 
Helen Gallagher was a triple threat. She won several Emmys for RYAN’S HOPE

Juliet Green: 
Jane Krakowski

Peter: David Carroll, Michael Jeter

Amy Lai: 
Stephanie J in Boy from Oz, Anything Goes …

Tim Black: 
Carol Channing
, Tommy Tune

Michael: Ann Miller

Peter: Ginger Rogers

Amy Lai: 
Shirley MacLaine

Michael: Angela Lansbury became a triple threat through hard work

Nikki Juvan: Robert Fairchild

Peter’s Trivia Section

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