This Week on Broadway for February 14, 2021: Ken Ludwig

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Ken Ludwig.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Encore MagazineMasterworks 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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Guest: Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

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Ken’s plays @ Samuel French / Concord Theatricals

Ken Ludwig has been called America’s preeminent comic playwright. He has had numerous shows on Broadway and London’s West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. Crazy For You won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. He plays include Moon Over Buffalo (starring Carol Burnett), Twentieth Century (starring Alec Baldwin), Be My Baby (starring Hal Holbrook), Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, The Gods of Comedy, A Fox on the Fairway, Leading Ladies, a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express written at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play or Musical of the Year. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and his plays are produced throughout the United States every night of the year.

Opera Buffa became Lend Me A Tenor

Haverford College

At Haverford College he met his future wife, Adrienne George, then a student at Bryn Mawr, who auditioned for one of his shows.

Harvard Law

Steptoe & Johnson

“Dear Jack, Dear Louise”

Ken Ludwig on ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise,’ a long-awaited stage celebration of his parents’ long-distance romance

Arena Stage

McCarter Theatre

Cleveland Play House

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The Old Globe

The Alley Theatre

Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA)

Moon Over Broadway documentary discussed on today’s show

‘He Missed Nothing’: Nathan Lane, Chita Rivera and Others on Joe Allen
The man was taciturn, but his Theater District restaurants were like Broadway clubhouses. Even the posters of flops were placed with affection.

END OF AN ERA ON WEST 46th STREET by Ron Fassler

Peter’s Trivia Section

The Pajama Game new release on Blu-ray

Michael’s Musical Moment:

Leontyne Price in Right As the Rain from Bloomer Girl

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Crazy For You – What Causes That?
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