This Week on Broadway for September 11, 2022: “Back to the Future: The Musical”


Peter Filichia, Michael Portantiere, and Matt Tamanini talk about “Back to the Future” in London, Scott Siegel’s “54 Saltures Sinatra,” “Julius Caesar” at Shakespeare’s Globe, “Bad Jews” at the Arts Theatre, Gabriel Byrne’s “Walking with Ghosts,” “Jaime Lloyd’s “The Seagull,” the West End’s “Life of Pi,” Mary Rodgers’ memoir “Shy,” and more.

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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 is now available and can be purchased where ever finer books are sold. 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

Bernstein on Broadway: A Celebration @ 54 Below, September 27, 2022 Join us at 54 as we celebrate the Broadway musicals of the genius composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. Produced and hosted by theater journalist and historian Michael Portantiere, with Matthew Martin Ward as musical director/pianist, our event will showcase great songs from Bernsteins first Broadway hit, On The Town, as well as Wonderful Town, Candide, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We will also feature some rarities, including samples of the score for which Bernstein wrote both music and lyrics for a 1950 Broadway production of Peter Pan. The centerpiece of our show will be a tribute to Bernsteins greatest masterpiece, West Side Story, marking the 65th anniversary of that immortal musicals Broadway opening in 1957.

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MATT TAMANINI is a theatre, entertainment, and sports journalist who has been covering theatre for more than a decade. He is the news editor for TheStreamable, the co-managing editor for Land-Grant Holy Land, and is a host and producer for multiple shows on BroadwayRadio.

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Peter’s book is now available!

The Drama Book Shop (212-944-0595): The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes, and Disagreements (Paperback) By Peter Filichia


PF: “Back to the Future: The Musical” at London’s Adelphi Theatre

MP: Scott Siegel’s 54 Salutes Frank Sinatra Next installment will be Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m.

Frank Sinatra in the 1955 Producer’s Showcase Television Production of “Our Town”

PF: “Julius Caesar” at Shakespeare’s Globe
PF: “Bad Jews” at the Arts Theatre
PF: Gabriel Byrne’s “Walking with Ghosts” Pre-Broadway Engagement
PF: “The Seagull” at Harold Pinter Theatre (now closed)
PF: “Life of Pi” at the Wyndham’s Theatre


MP: Reads from Mary Rodgers’ memoir “Shy”

The Drama Book Shop (212-944-0595): Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers (Paperback), by Mary Rodgers, Jesse Green

Michael’s interview with Mary Rodgers from Talkin’ Broadway: “Old Friends: Mary Rodgers shared thoughts about 70 years of knowing Sondheim

The 1960 Tony Awards


Michaels Musical Moments

Opener: “Shy” from “Once Upon a Mattress”
Closer: “The Boy From…” from “The Mad Show”

Peters Trivia Section

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