This Week on Broadway for May 28, 2023: Muses @ Theatre East


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the recorded orchestra of Here Lies Love, and the possible recordings of WGA members at the Tony Awards. Reviews include Muses @ Theatre East, Bees & Honey @ MCC, Marilyn Maye @ 54 Below, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!, Waiting in the Wings @ Theatre at St. Clement’s, King James @ Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Trust @ Roundabout Theatre Company, and Jan tells us about interviewing Tina Turner.

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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, 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 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.)

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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

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

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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony

Jan will be interviewing Patrick Hoffman, the director and curator of the Theater of film and Tape archive at the Library for the Performing Arts, at the library next Thursday, June 1, to celebrate Theater of film and Tape’s 50th anniversary

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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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It’s Awards Season!

Here Lies Love will have a pre-recorded orchestra

Tony Awards: WGA Asks Nominated Members Not To Attend Ceremony


PF: Muses @ Theatre East, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City, through June 3, 2023

JF: Bees & Honey, presented by MCC Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project @ MCC Theater’s Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater, 511 W 52nd Street, through June 11, 2023

MP: Marilyn Maye @ 54 Below

MP: Scott Siegel concert event 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits! @ 54 Below, May 27, 2023

The performance on May 27 will feature:

Lianne Marie Dobbs (Man of La Mancha, Always: Patsy Cline)
John & Matthew Drinkwater (Critically acclaimed twin brother vocalists)
Tony Award® nominee Willy Falk (Miss Saigon)
Ben Jones (Musical theater, opera, & symphony concert star)
Kendrick Jones (The Scottsboro Boys, Shuffle Along…)
MOIPEI (Kennedy Center, international concert artists)
Sophie Rapeijko (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)

PF: Waiting in the Wings @ Theatre at St. Clement’s, through June 4, 2023

PF + JS: King James @ Manhattan Theatre Club, through June 18, 2023

PF + JS: Primary Trust @ Roundabout Theatre Company‘s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre Laura Pels Theatre, through July 2, 2023


Tina Turner, Magnetic Singer of Explosive Power, Is Dead at 83 By William Grimes
Hailed in the 1960s for her dynamic performances with her first husband, Ike, she became a sensation as a recording artist, often echoing her personal struggles in her songs.

Jan interviewed both Tina and Ike at the time the movie “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

Peter’s Trivia Section

There’s a play with a two word title. Each word of the title is the same – such as PROMISES, PROMISES. The play opened literally 29 years and one day before a very famous musical that used only one of those two identical words as its title. The play was written by a playwright who also wrote the screenplay for the film version of what was then the second-longest-running musical in Broadway history.

What’s the name of the play, the musical, the playwright, and the film?

Michael’s Musical Moments

Music Opener:

One in a Lifetime

Music Closer:

As Long As He Needs Me

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