This Week on Broadway for May 7, 2023: Tony Award Nominations


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about: the Tony Award Nominations, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! @ New York City Center, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with MasterVoices, and Sugar @ Theater Row

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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.

The historic 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will be held Monday evening, June 5, 2023 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at a Theater Venue TBA.

Hosted annually by well-known theater journalist, Peter Filichia, the 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will be produced by Theatre World Awards, Inc. Board of Directors/Dale Badway.Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora will direct the heralded event with Michael Lavine as Musical Director.

2023 Theatre World Award Honorees
For Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance
during the 2022-2023 theatrical season

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topdog/Underdog
Hiran Abeysekera, Life of Pi
Amir Arison, The Kite Runner
D’Arcy Carden, The Thanksgiving Play
Jodie Comer, Prima Facie
Callum Francis, Kinky Boots
Lucy Freyer, The Wanderers
Caroline Innerbichler, Shucked
Ashley D. Kelley, Shucked
Casey Likes, Almost Famous
Emma Pfitzer Price, Becomes A Woman
John David Washington, The Piano Lesson

14th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award
For Excellence in The Theater
Julie Benko, Funny Girl

2023 Special Award Honorees
Marilyn Caserta – Outstanding Swing (Six)
Dale Badway – Outstanding Contribution to The Theatre World

May 17: Musicals without Music @ Theater Row

Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
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

Coming July 24, 2023: Jerry Orbach’s Broadway, feat. William Michals, Jay Aubrey Jones, & more! @ 54 Below

Coming May 9, 2023: Michael will be interviewing Raul Esparza for Drama Desk
Raúl Esparza, who will soon be starring as Fagin in the New York City Center Encores! production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, will be the focus of an exclusive Drama Desk interview/audience Q&A program on Tuesday, May 9 from 4:00 to 5:30pm. The event will take place at Ripley-Grier Studios (305 West 38th Street) on the second floor (Rm. 210) and will be moderated by longtime Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere (

Admission is free for Drama Desk members, and limited seating is also available for the general public at $5 per person. To request a reservation, please email [email protected] and type “RSVP Esparza event” in the subject line, and please specify in the email whether or not you are a Drama Desk member and how many are in your party.

Matt Tamanini | [email protected] | Twitter | Instagram
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.

James Marino | [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook

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The 2023 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on May 22nd at 7:30pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park), and produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Patricia Watt.

Jared Grimes (Funny Girl) will host this year’s Chita Rivera Awards.

At the Awards, John Kander with receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and BroadwayHD, founded by Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane, with receive the Ambassadors For The Arts Award.

Tickets to the Chita Rivera Awards are available to the general public at

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It’s Awards Season!

Nominations for the 2023 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®
Presented by The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League

The New York Times Coverage of the Tony Award Nominations


The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window By Lorraine Hansberry Directed by Anne Kauffman BAM Harvey Theater Brooklyn, N.Y. February 3, 2023 Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

PF: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window @ James Earl Jones Theatre, through July 2, 2023

PF + MP: Lionel Bart’s Oliver! @ New York City Center, through May 14, 2023

From Left: Emy Zener, Kaitlyn LaBaron, Christine Ebersole, Nicole Eve Goldstein and Phillip Boyin in “Iolanthe”, MasterVoices. Ted Sperling, Conductor and Director. Carnegie Hall, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, Credit Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

MP: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with MasterVoices, May 3, 2023 @ Carnegie Hall

MP: Sugar @ Theater Row, through May 7, 2023 (Eight performances only!)
The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company


Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moments

Music Opener:

SUGAR overture

Music Closer:

“The Telephone Hour” (film)

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