This Week on Broadway for December 11, 2022: Ain’t No Mo’


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the quick closures of KPOP and Ain’t No Mo’, The Met Opera ticketing system gets hacked, and Fat Ham schedules Broadway dates. Reviews include KPOP, Ain’t No Mo’, Downstate, A Sherlock Carol, and the latest incarnation of 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!

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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 wherever 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

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Broadway’s trailblazing ‘KPOP’ musical is abruptly closing. What went wrong? by ASHLEY LEE, Los Angeles Times

‘Ain’t No Mo’’ to Close on Broadway by MICHAEL PAULSON, The New York Times
The play, a biting comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, will have its final performance on Dec. 18, just over two weeks after opening.

Met Opera hacking by Javier C. Hernández, The New York Times
Met Opera, Reeling From Cyberattack, Will Sell Tickets on New Site
The company’s computer systems have been down for more than three days. It will now use a Lincoln Center website to offer $50 general admission seats to some performances.

‘Fat Ham,’ a Pulitzer-Winning Riff on ‘Hamlet,’ Is Broadway-Bound by Michael Paulson
The play, by James Ijames, will be at the American Airlines Theater starting March 21.


MP: KPOP @ Circle in the Square Theatre

Kevin Woo and the cast of KPOP. Photo by Matthew Murphy & Evan Zimmerman

MP + PF + JM: Ain’t No Mo’ @ Belasco Theatre, through December 18, 2022

Fedna Jacquet, Shannon Matesky, Marchant Davis, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ebony Marshall-Oliver. Ain’t No Mo’. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Wiz almost closed early in 1974

MP + PF: Downstate @ Playwrights Horizons, through December 22, 2022

Washington Post Theatre Critic Peter Marks Goes Private on Twitter After Conservative Criticism of Downstate Review BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK
Critics, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, claim Marks’ review praises pedophilia.

PF: A Sherlock Carol @ New World Stages, through January 1, 2023

MP: 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits! Feat. Danny Gardner, Ben Jones, & more @ 54 Below


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