This Week on Broadway for June 5, 2022: The Fantasticks @ Flint Repertory Theatre

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about a possible casino in Times Square and what that means for Broadway. Reviews include The Fantasticks @ Flint Repertory Theatre, Godspell @ The Music Mountain Theatre, …what the end will be @ Roundabout, Mr. Parker @ Theater Row, Mother Courage and Her Children @ Irondale Ensemble Project, and Jacques d’Amboise memorial @ City Center


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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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Gambling in Times Square — what is The Broadway League doing about this?

A Monaco-style casino atop Saks Fifth Avenue, across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A gambling den with East River views, alongside a popular wedding venue. A Hard Rock casino in the center of Times Square.

A Casino Atop Saks? Lobbyists Push for Manhattan Gambling Site, The New York Times, March 31, 2022

If New York City Gets Las Vegas-Style Casinos, What Else Will It Get? By Nicole Hong
Whether casinos deliver on their long-term economic promises has long been debated. Evidence from other cities suggests they rarely do. (The New York Times, June 4, 2022)

5 Things to Know About Casinos That May Be Headed for the N.Y.C. Area By Dana Rubinstein
Yonkers, Queens and maybe Manhattan: The sites for three new casinos have not yet been set in stone. (The New York Times, May 2, 2022)

Is the Chance to Turn Hotels Into Affordable Housing Slipping Away?
As many of the city’s hotels sat empty during the pandemic and homelessness continued to rise, some saw an opportunity to solve both problems. So what happened?

Mayor pushes state plan to convert hotels into affordable housing for city’s homeless population

New York Passes Bill to Make Ticket Prices More Transparent (June 3, 2022)


The Fantasticks @ Flint Repertory Theatre

PF: The Fantasticks @ Flint Repertory Theatre, Flint, MI, through June 19, 2022

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MP: Godspell @ Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville, NJ, through June 12, 2022

PF: …what the end will be @ Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pels Theatre, through July 10, 2022

MP: Mr. Parker @ Theater Row, through June 25, 2022

PF: Mother Courage and Her Children @ Irondale Ensemble Project, through June 5, 2022

MP + PF: Company (revisit)

Claybourne Elder almost missed performance, but NYC pulled together to get him there!

MP: Jacques d’Amboise memorial @ City Center

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’ is a 1983 American documentary film directed by Emile Ardolino about Jacques d’Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Carousel, and who later founded the National Dance Institute, a dance school.

Jacques d’Amboise on YouTube


Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment

Music Mountain Theatre’s GODSPELL opening

Matthew Drinkwater performing “All Good Gifts” (Music Mountain Theatre)

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