This Week on Broadway for April 16, 2023: The Phantom of the Opera


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the closing of The Phantom of the Opera. Reviews include: Camelot, Fat Ham (Broadway), White Girl In Danger @ Tony Kiser Theater, and Walking With Bubbles @ AMT Theater.

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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 wherever finer books are sold. Peter also has columns at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, 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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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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The Phantom of the Opera
Jan 26, 1988 – Apr 16, 2023
Majestic Theatre, New York, NY
Previews: 16
Performances: 13,973


PF + MP: Camelot @ Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Lincoln Center Theater)

Watch this montage of scenes from Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT. Now playing on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater! Tickets and more info:

Jordan Donica: “If Ever I Would Leave You” (Camelot)

PF + MP: Fat Ham @ American Airlines Theatre (produced by The Public Theater), through August 6, 2023

THIS BE MADNESS. This deliciously funny, Pulitzer prize winning play is bringing the HEAT to Broadway. 🔥 🔥 🔥 Catch a teaser of Fat Ham before you join us at the cookout.

PF: White Girl In Danger @ Tony Kiser Theater (Second Stage Theater, co-production with Vineyard Theatre), through May 21, 2023

“White Girl in Danger” from WHITE GIRL IN DANGER by Michael R. Jackson Performed by Onyie Nwachukwu, Brynn Williams, Sarita Lilly, Larry Cornelius Owens, LaDonna Burns, and James Jackson Jr. MTF @ Joe’s Pub presents: Lift Every Voice – New Works from Artists of Color April 12, 2017

PF: Walking With Bubbles @ AMT Theater, through June 18, 2023

As a Broadway actress, Jessica, and her son ‘Bubbles’ anxiously wait for their playdate in Central Park they our approached by a homeless man. This is their very true story. Jessica’s intimate first-person narrative invites audiences into her seemingly perfect New York City life from center stage on Broadway into the depths of a volatile mental illness. Walking With Bubbles explores how far a mother will go to protect her son, her loved ones, and ultimately herself.


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Peter’s Trivia Section

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Music Opener:

Celebrating 35 years on Broadway, the production’s lead cast members Ben Crawford (The Phantom), Emilie Kouatchou (Christine), and John Riddle (Raoul) sing Think of Me from The Phantom of the Opera.
Accompanied on the piano by Music Director and Conductor David Lai.

Music Closer:

From Phantom of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011): In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.

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