This Week on Broadway for May 14, 2023: Gypsy @ Goodspeed and The Goodbye Girl @ The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the Tony Awards broadcast possibly being cancelled this year. Reviews include Gypsy @ Goodspeed, The Goodbye Girl @ The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company, Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert, Boston Pops, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, The Thanksgiving Play, and Judy on TV!: Celebrating The Judy Garland Show, Lyrics and Lyricists @ 92Y

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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 Theatre World Awards Board of Directors announced today that Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell is the recipient of the 10th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, which will be presented to him at this year’s Theatre World Award ceremony. As previously announced Julie Benko will receive the 14th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater, and 2023 TWA Special Award Honorees, Marilyn Caserta for Outstanding Swing and Dale Badway for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre World.

The historic 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will be held Monday evening, June 5, 2023 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway – Entrance on W. 50th Street.) The after party will immediately follow the ceremony at legendary Hurley’s NYC ( 248 W. 48th Street – between Broadway and 8th Avenue.)

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.

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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

Raúl Esparza interview and Q&A cancelled because of sickness.

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

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.

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It’s Awards Season!

Update and discussion of the Tony Awards not being broadcast due to the WGA strike.

Striking Writers’ Union Denies Waiver, Imperiling Tony Awards Telecast By Michael Paulson and John Koblin (The New York Times)
The Writers Guild of America indicated it would not grant a waiver to allow a live telecast of the Tonys on June 11, threatening one of Broadway’s biggest marketing moments.


PF: Gypsy @ Goodspeed Opera House, through June 25, 2023

Starring: Judy McLane

MP: Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert, Boston Pops @ Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, May 12, 2023

PF: The Goodbye Girl @ The J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company @ Theatre Row, through May 20, 2023

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

MP: The Thanksgiving Play @ Hayes Theater, through June 11, 2023

D’Arcy Carden in THE THANKSGIVING PLAY. Photo by Joan Marcus

MP: Judy on TV!: Celebrating The Judy Garland Show, Lyrics and Lyricists @ 92Y, May 6, 2023

In this Judy Garland centennial year, we look at Garland’s iconic talent through the lens of her landmark 1963-64 weekly television shows.

Award-winning entertainer and music director Billy Stritch leads this Lyrics & Lyricists tribute, written and directed by Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan and joined by a sensational cast of his nightclub and theater friends Aisha de Haas, Gabrielle Stravelli, Alysha Umphress, and Max Von Essen. They reimagine the searing solos and classic duets with Lena Horne, Mel Tormé, and others in songs by Gershwin, Arlen, Porter, and more, for a Judy Garland tribute like no other, built around the show that brought one of Hollywood’s greatest stars into America’s living rooms every week, and further fueled her place in our hearts.


Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moments

Ragtime Original Broadway Cast

Music Opener:

Crime of the Century

Music Closer:

Wheels of a Dream

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