This Week on Broadway for November 13, 2022: Almost Famous


James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk with Santino Fontana about his upcoming show at 54 Below this week. Reviews include Almost Famous, A Raisin in the Sun @ Public Theater, Jeff Harner @ Birdland, Leslie Uggams @ 54 Below, You Will Get Sick @ Roundabout, and Where the Mountain Meets the Sea @ Manhattan Theatre Club. Michael talks about the Susan L. Schulman tribute.

ALMOST FAMOUS Production Photo by Matthew Murphy

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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

All the Drama: 1921 Pulitzer Prize Winner “Miss Lulu Bett” by Zona Gale

Stagecraft: Joseph Dougherty, Playwright of “Chester Bailey”

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Peter Filichia moving this week. He will return next week!

Guest: Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana

Tony Award® winner Santino Fontana is back in NYC for his first live show since the before times. His sex tape didn’t take off so he’s back at the microphone. Come celebrate a spontaneous, intimate, and bespoke evening of his and your favorite songs- intermixed with hilarious showbiz tales about everything from James Earl Jones to Ryan Gosling.

Your Own Thing Benefit Red Bull Theater, Monday, December 12, 2022

This one-night-only performance will take place Monday December 12th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. The performance will begin at 7:30PM. This concert event is an important fundraiser for Red Bull Theater. Proceeds help to make all of its programs possible. Tickets for this benefit event, which are now on sale, are $81.50 – $121.50 including fees (most tickets include tax-deductible donation). To purchase tickets for this one-night-only event, visit

New Studio Cast Recording of “The Violet Hour” Released November 4

The award-winning songwriting team of Will Reynolds and Eric Price will release a complete 28-track studio cast recording of their new musical, The Violet Hour on Friday, November 4, 2022. With music by Reynolds and a book and lyrics by Price, The Violet Hour is based on the 2003 Broadway play by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out). The album, which will be released on all digital platforms, is now available for exclusive early access download at The musical’s title song, “The Violet Hour” performed by Jeremy Jordan, is now streaming along with an exclusive music video.


MP + JS + JM: Almost Famous @ Bernard B. Jacobs

NPR: Director Cameron Crowe on the opening of his musical ‘Almost Famous’ in New York this week by Scott Simon

NPR Fresh Air (1989) Interviews with Cameron Crowe

JS: A Raisin in the Sun @ Public Theater‘s Newman Theater, through November 20, 2022

MP: Jeff Harner @ Birdland

MP: Leslie Uggams @ 54 Below

Leslie Uggams @ 54 Below photo by Stephen Mosher

JS: You Will Get Sick @ Roundabout Theatre Company Laura Pels Theatre, through December 11, 2022

JS: Where the Mountain Meets the Sea @ Manhattan Theatre Club, through November 27, 2022

The Bengsons

MP: Susan L. Schulman tribute

Saturday November 12 – Backstage Babble & Richard Skipper Celebrates Remember Susan L. Schulman


Peter’s Trivia Section

Peter is out this week. Trivia will return next week.

Michael’s Musical Moments

Santino Fontana “Let It Go” – Broadway Backwards 2017

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