This Week on Broadway for May 15, 2022: A Case for the Existence of God

Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk about A Case for the Existence of God, Into the Woods @ New York City Center, The Cher Show @ Ogunquit Playhouse, H*tler’s Tasters @ Theatre Row, A Few Good Men @ Bristol Riverside Theatre, Wish You Were Here @ Playwrights Horizons, and Chekhov + Turgenev @ The Sheen Center. We also discuss The 2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Drama: Fat Ham, by James Ijames as well as the 2022 Tony Awards Nominations.


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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His new book, The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes, and Disagreements will be released September 1, 2022 and can now be preordered on Amazon. Peter also has columns at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, Encore Monthly, 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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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway & Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

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Gala honoring Stephen Schwartz @ Merkin Hall


Will Brill and Kyle Beltran in A Case for the Existence of God Photo by Emilio Madrid

JS + PF: A Case for the Existence of God by Samuel D. Hunter @ Signature Theatre Company, through May 29, 2022

News: ‘A Case For The Existence of God’ Named Year’s Best Play By New York Drama Critics’ Circle; ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Best Musical

MP: Into the Woods @ New York City Center (May 4 – 15, 2022)

City Center Seating Capacity:

The theater accommodates a maximum seating capacity of 2,257. (The orchestra pit seats 71, the orchestra seats 608, the Grand Tier seats 209, the mezzanine seats 617, and the balcony seats 752.)

JS + PF: Which Way to the Stage by Ana Nogueira @ MCC Theater, through May 28, 2022

PF: The Cher Show @ Ogunquit Playhouse, through June 25, 2022

Next up @ Ogunquit: The Nutty Professor, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Clue

JS + PF: H*tler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks @ Building for the Arts (Theatre Row), through May 21, 2022

PF + MP: A Few Good Men @ Bristol Riverside Theatre, through May 22, 2022

Coming up next year at Bristol Riverside Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits, A Leg Up

JS + PF: Wish You Were Here by Sanaz Toossi @ Playwrights Horizons through June 5, 2022

Global Forgiveness Day is July 7th (July 7th is also World Chocolate Day!)

PF: Three Sisters and About Love (in Rep) @ Sheen Center

Blueprint Productions presents Chekhov + Turgenev, two Russian classics presented in repertory, and scored in jazz: About Love, a musical play with songs, inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s novella, “First Love”; and Three Sisters, a sparkling new adaptation of the play by Anton Chekhov. Both productions are adapted and directed by Will Pomerantz, and feature an original jazz score by Nancy Harrow, performed nightly by a live jazz quartet. Chekhov + Turgenev plays a four-week repertory, May 10 through June 5 at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) in The Frank Shiner Theater. The official opening is Thursday, May 19.


The 2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Drama: Fat Ham, by James Ijames
A funny, poignant play that deftly transposes “Hamlet” to a family barbecue in the American South to grapple with questions of identity, kinship, responsibility, and honesty.

Nominated as finalists in Drama in 2022:

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, by Kristina Wong
A humorous and moving performance piece detailing how the author became the founder of a homemade face mask operation in the early months of the COVID epidemic, reflecting on the significance of women of color performing an historically gendered and racialized form of labor at a time of rising anti-Asian bigotry.

Selling Kabul, by Sylvia Khoury
A riveting portrait of an Afghan family under extreme wartime duress that explores the agonizing personal choices and human costs of those who aided the effort in Afghanistan at their own peril.

2022 Tony Award Nominations

Diversity women directing trans nominees

Unconscious bias training.

2021-2022 New York Drama Critics’ Circle

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment

Hi, James. Here is a link to audio of a performance of FUNNY GIRL by the
Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre in 1979, of which I was a cast
member. For the opening music, I wanted to include some dance music from
the original show that I’m thinking may not be in the current Broadway
production, so if you start at 13:00 and then play for about a minute or
two, we can use that as the opening excerpt. And for the closer, I’d
like to include “People” from that performance, so you can start
somewhere after 32:52 and play through the end of the song at around 36:05.

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