This Week on Broadway for May 22, 2022: Mr. Saturday Night

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the Flower Drum Song (movie), Marilyn Maye @ York Benefit, Mr. Saturday Night, Funny Girl (with Julie Benko!), Pablo, Mr. Yunioshi @ Soho Playhouse, and Exception to the Rule @ Roundabout Underground.


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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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PF: Flower Drum Song movie

MP: Marilyn Maye @ York Benefit

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Into The Woods transfer from City Center? No info yet.


Julie Benko

MP + PF: Funny Girl without Beanie Feldstein (Julie Benko in)

JM + MP: Mr. Saturday Night @ Nederlander Theatre

PF: Pablo, a backers audition, @ Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Cafe (about Picasso)

PF: Mr. Yunioshi @ Soho Playhouse, through May 29, 2022
Mickey Rooney’s infamous performance as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is often pointed to as the most egregious example of yellowface in the movies.

His over the top characterization is cringeworthy to watch to this day, but it also raises several questions: Should actors really have the opportunity to play any role? Could there ever have been a “right” way for him to play it? And what compels an actor to play a character that they really probably shouldn’t be playing?

Asian-American writer/performer J. Elijah Cho attempts to explore these topics and more in his show, Mr. Yunioshi. (Best Solo Show, 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival).

PF: Exception to the Rule @ Roundabout Underground, through June 26, 2022
Playwright Dave Harris’s new play crackles with humor and suspense—confronting the tactics for surviving institutions that were not built for you.

How do you make it through detention? In the worst high school in the city, six Black students are stuck in Room 111. They flirt. They fight. They tease. Should they follow the rules and stay put, or find an escape? Are the walls keeping them in, or are stronger forces at play?


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$76 standing room tickets to The Music Man

Tony Awards campaigns

Drama Desk: “Due to the realities of Covid, the 2022 Drama Desk Awards ceremony will be different this year. Winners will be announced the week of June 6. The Awards will be presented during an abbreviated ceremony at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street) on Tuesday, June 14 from 3:00 – 6:00PM.”

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment

Ann Morrison: Merrily From Center Stage – Feinstein’s/54 Below (MAY 17, 2022)

Two excerpts from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

For the opener, you can use Track #3 but start around 0:40, where Ann starts to sing, then fade out after a minute or so.

For the closer, you can use Track #10 and start around 0:41 where the song “Bobby and Jackie and Jack” begins, then play to the end.

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