This Week on Broadway for March 14, 2021: David Zippel

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with David Zippel.


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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: David Zippel

American lyricist David Zippel (b. Easton, PA, May 17, 1954) has, among his many awards and honors, a Tony® (for City of Angels 1989), a Drama Desk Award (City of Angels), two ASCAP Film & Television Awards (the film version of City of Angels 1998 and the animated Disney Hercules 1997), an Annie (in 1998 for Disney’s Mulan), and several nominations (Academy Awards® for Hercules and Mulan, Golden Globes® for the same and The Swan Princess 1995). He has worked with a variety of composers, among them Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Phil Collins, Alan Menken, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He has also written a number of free-standing songs for the pop market (“There’s No One like You”). <more>

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Pamela’s First Musical, written with Coleman and Wendy Wasserstein, based on Wasserstein’s children’s book, received its world premiere in a concert staging at Town Hall in New York City on May 18, 2008.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MCU – In 2011, Zippel wrote the lyrics to the song “The Star-Spangled Man” featured in the film Captain America: The First Avenger. Alan Menken composed the music for the song, which was an affectionate send-up of 1940s Irving Berlin songs.

New Cinderella musical, with a book by Emerald Fennell

Anniversary of West End production of City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse version from 5 years prior)

Barbara Boxer friend, Senator

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

It’s Better With A Band

Zippel’s It’s Better With a Band, With Tunes by Menken, Coleman and More, Begins Sept. 18 (from Playbill, SEP 18, 2002)

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