This Week on Broadway for October 23, 2022: Jeff Harnar on ‘I Know Things Now’; Reviews of ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Melissa Etheridge’


Peter Filichia, Michael Portantiere, and Matt Tamanini are joined by Jeff Harnar to discuss his new album and then review “Guys and Dolls” at the Kennedy Center, “Chester Bailey” at Irish Rep, “Melissa Etheridge: My Window a Journey Through Life,” “peerless” at 59E59, and more.

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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 is now available and can be purchased where ever finer books are sold. Peter also has columns at Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select, Encore Monthly, and many other places.

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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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Jeff Harnar discusses his new album “I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words

Jeff Harnar heard the story of his own life in the songs of the late Stephen Sondheim, the iconic composer and lyricist known for changing the landscape of musical theater. 

Harnar wove over 25 Sondheim songs — from familiar anthems like “Being Alive” and “Losing My Mind” to rarities like “Dick Tracy’s” “Live Alone and Like It” and “More” — into an original narrative, reimagining them for an LGBT+ audience and creating a self-portrait of a proudly gay New Yorker in the contemporary world. Jon Weber, serving as conductor and orchestrator, recast the songs in a jazz idiom: a radical reinvention of Sondheim’s harmonies, one that the composer himself — upon seeing the show onstage — not only endorsed but encouraged. 

Now, PS Classics, Sondheim’s label of choice for his final two decades, offers another jewel in its Sondheim crown: a highly original and personal celebration of the artist’s work.

“A Collective Cy”: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman
Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET at Birdland


MP: “Guys and Dolls” at the Kennedy Broadway Center Stage Series

MP: “The Trip to Bountiful” at Ford’s Theatre

PF + MP: “Chester Bailey” at Irish Rep 

PF: “Chicago” (the play) by the Out of the Box Theatre

PF: “Melissa Etheridge: My Window: A Journey Through Life” 

MP: Marilyn Maye at 54 Below 

MP: Taylor Frye at 54 Below

PF: “peerless” from Primary Stages at 59E59 

PF: Recent shows at NAMT 

Peter’s Trivia Section:

Michael’s Musical Moments:

Opener: “Opening Doors” from Jeff Harnar’s “I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words

Closer: “Old Friends” from Jeff Harnar’s “I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words

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