This Week on Broadway for April 11, 2021: Julie Halston

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Julie Halston.


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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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Guest: Julie Halston

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Miss Halston recently starred as Rita Marshall in the Broadway production of Tootsie.
Other credits include Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line at Lincoln Center and her acclaimed performance as Gay Wellington in the Broadway production of You Can’t Take it With You for which she received The Richard Seff Award and a Drama Desk Nomination.

Other Broadway credits include
On The Town , Anything Goes, The Twentieth Century (Outer Critics Circle Nom) and Hairspray.
She is founding member of Charles Busch‘s legendary theatre company and co-starred with Mr. Busch in numerous productions including The Divine Sister (Drama Desk Nom) Red Scare on Sunset (Drama Desk Nom) and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
Television viewers know her as Bitsy Von Muffling on Sex and The City. Other credits include The Class, Difficult People, Law and Order SVU and most recently Divorce and Almost Family.
She was a frequent co-host on Susan Haskin-Doloff’s Emmy Award-Winning show, Theater Talk and in 2011 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Off-Broadway Alliance.
In addition, Miss Halston was the recipient of the 2015 Special Guest Star Award for her role in The Mentors, the Lewis Black series at the NYCWEB FEST .

Con Ed Power Outage during Tootsie

Period Piece, April 12 at 8PM get tickets at

Broadway actress/comedienne Julie Halston is coming to a laptop near you! After ranting and raving on stages and cocktail parties, the comedy queen will launch “Virtual Halston,” a weekly half-hour gab-fest spotlighting her famous friends. Mario Cantone has signed on as Halston’s first guest, which will premiere Friday May 22, at 5pm EST. “Virtual Halston” is produced by Ruby Locknar and Jim Caruso, with animation and artwork by B.T Whitehill.

Julie doing a play for the next month. Kevin Cahoon directing It’s Only A Play, with Ann Harada and Andy Grotelueschen, ano others, filmed at George Street, release in June.

Money Talks

Addams Family Values (movie)

Grew up in Commack, New York (Suffolk County, Long Island)

Went to Catholic school, inspiration for The Divine Sister

“Everyone Just Knows He’s an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin’s Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive by Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

The 60th anniversary of CARNIVAL! is coming up this week, on April 13.

Chita Rivera’s screen test (probably 1963) for a potential movie version of “Carnival” that never happened. Rivera is assisted and questioned by Gower Champion, who directed Rivera in “Bye Bye, Birdie” and also directed the Broadway production of “Carnival.” The film was supposed to have been an Arthur Freed/MGM production, to be directed by Champion, and Rivera was no doubt being considered for the role of Rosalie. You will note that Chita has clearly been asked to demonstrate both the light and the more serious side of her personality. Easily one of the most bizarre items you will ever see on this site, you may or may not be able to overlook the hints of rascism and sexism that pop up here. And guess what show Chita says she’s thinking about doing in London.

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“You Gotta Get a Gimmick” from the 2003 Broadway cast recording of GYPSY, featuring Julie Halston as Electra

You Gotta Get A Gimmick · 2003 Broadway Cast “Gypsy”
Yes, My Heart (1961 Original Broadway Cast Recording (1989 Remastered)) · Anna Maria Alberghetti · George Marcy · Tony Gomez · Johnny Nola · Buff Shurr
Her Face (1961 Original Broadway Cast Recording (1989 Remastered)) · Jerry Orbach
Her Face (Reprise) · Jerry Orbach · Anna Maria Alberghetti Carnival

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