This Week on Broadway for April 23, 2023: Shucked


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Shucked, The Thanksgiving Play, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and Arsenic and Old Lace on Staten Island. We also talk about the passings of Todd Haimes and Barry Humphries.

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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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Todd Haimes, 66, Who Rebuilt the Roundabout Theater Company, Dies
After rescuing the company from bankruptcy, he turned it into a major player on Broadway and one of the largest nonprofit theater companies in the country.

Barry Humphries (Dame Edna to You, Possums) Is Dead at 89
Bewigged, bejeweled and bejowled, Mr. Humphries’s creation was one of the longest-lived characters ever channeled by a single performer.


PF + MP: Shucked @ Nederlander Theatre

“Independently Owned” (Official Video) | Shucked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Music & lyrics by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
Performed by Alex Newell
“Somebody Will” (Official Video) | Shucked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Music & lyrics by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally Performed by Andrew Durand

PF: The Thanksgiving Play @ Hayes Theater, through June 4, 2023

An extended interview from Paul Wontorek’s interview with D’Arcy Carden (THE GOOD PLACE, BARRY, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN) about her Broadway debut in the comedy THE THANKSGIVING PLAY. Original version aired on THE BROADWAY SHOW, the only nationally-syndicated weekly entertainment program about the stars and shows of the stage.

Jan Simpson interviewed FastHorse in 2018: Stagecraft: Larissa FastHorse, author of “The Thanksgiving Play” at Playwrights Horizons

Story of the Week: Is Theater Etiquette Dead? by Zachary Stewart
TheaterMania examines the ever-evolving manners of the theater.

PF + MP: Peter Pan Goes Wrong @ Ethel Barrymore Theatre, through July 9, 2023

Behind-The-Scenes with Peter Pan Goes Wrong

MP: Ghostlight Players production of Arsenic and Old Lace on Staten Island


Sierra Boggess and Santino Fontana Will Star in The Goodbye Girl Off-Broadway
Tony winner David Zippel, who penned the lyrics to the 1993 musical, will direct.
(The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company)

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moments

Peter Pan (1954 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Music Opener: PETER PAN overture (OBC)

Music Closer: Never Never Land

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