This Week on Broadway for September 18, 2022: Phantom and Music Man Abandon Broadway


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the James Earl Jones Theater unveiling, closing announcement for Phantom, closing announcement for Music Man, Josh Groban to star in Sweeney, and Floyd Collins is still digging. Reviews include The Importance of Being Ernest @ Phoenix Theater Ensemble, The Fields of Ambrosia @ Surflight Theatre, and One With the Current written by Daniel Damiano @ Theater for the New City, as part of Dream Up Festival 2022

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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.

Thursday, Sept 29, Reading of Peter’s play, :A Chill Up Your Spine,” @ 555 42nd Street.

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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

Sept 22-25: Michael going to be in Guys & Dolls! Call for tickets! 718-442-2900

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: The Importance of Being Ernest @ Phoenix Theater Ensemble, Craig Smith – Producing Artistic Director, Upper Nyack, NY, through September 25, 2022

PF: The Fields of Ambrosia – Beach Haven – Surflight Theatre, through September 24, 2022

Chess was the previous production at Surflight, also directed by Elizabeth Lucas.

When is Chess coming back to Broadway? How about City of Angels?!

PF: “One With the Current” written by Daniel Damiano, directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby @ Theater for the New City, as part of Dream Up Festival 2022

Also in the festival (not reviewed by us): “Nothing But Thunder” written by Duncan Pflaster, directed by Aliza Shane


James Earl Jones Theater unveiling

James Earl Jones Sees His New Broadway Theater for the First Time

Phantom closing Feb 18, 2023 — is that a soft date?

‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s Longest-Running Show, to Close
The theatergoing audience has been slow to return after the pandemic lockdown, and the show hasn’t been selling well enough to defray its running costs.

This is the last Hal Prince production that is currently playing on Broadway

There is construction on 45th next to the Imperial

Josh Groban to Star in ‘Sweeney Todd’ Revival on Broadway
Groban, playing the title character, will be joined by Annaleigh Ashford in a production scheduled to open in March at the Lunt-Fontanne.

Broadway’s ‘Music Man’ Revival Will End Run on Jan. 1
The show’s producers have decided not to recast after stars Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster finish runs of slightly more than a year in the show.

Out of the Box Theatrics announces its fall production of Floyd Collins has been canceled

The Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) revival of Floyd Collins, previously announced for an Off-Broadway production this fall to be directed by Christina Sajous, has been canceled. OOTB was granted a license to produce Floyd Collins but were later informed that the authors, Tina Landau and Adam Guettel, are in the process of revising the musical and do not wish for it to be performed in New York City at this time.

Liz Flemming, Founder and Artistic Director of Out of the Box Theatrics, released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we must announce OOTB’s 2022 production of Floyd Collins has been canceled through no fault of our own. We are heartbroken that this production is unable to be fully realized by our brilliant director Christina Sajous and our incredible creative team, but we are also supportive and understanding of creators Tina Landau and Adam Guettel, who have been revising Floyd Collins for decades. As the authors explained to us, they are now holding off on the granting of rights for a Floyd Collins production in New York City due to rewrites that they have been working on for a New York revival. However, through a series of communication errors, OOTB was granted the rights without the authors’ full knowledge. Although we are unable to produce Floyd Collins this fall, we will continue to be great admirers of this beautiful show and we appreciate the authors’ transparency and collaboration. We will continue looking forward to the future with our mission leading the way as we plan our 2023 season and develop new work we have been planning to nurture this fall through a series of readings.”

Michaels Musical Moments

Opener: Guys & Dolls, 1976 Broadway Revival

Closer: Luck Be A Lady, performed by Frank Sinatra

Peters Trivia Section

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