Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Days of Wine and Roses @ Atlantic Theater Company, Henry IV, Part 2 @ Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Primary Trust @ Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, The Shylock and the Shakespeareans @ New Ohio Theatre, Broadway Brunch @ ViceVersa, Minty Awards / Catholic High School Theater, PBS’ Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best, and The Little Mermaid Movie
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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 Broadway, Broadway Select, and many other places.
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Coming July 24, 2023: Jerry Orbach’s Broadway, feat. William Michals, Jay Aubrey Jones, & more! @ 54 Below
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PF: Theater World Awards
MP: Sardi’s Drama Desk Awards
Here Lies Love / Musicians Union
Producers of HERE LIES LOVE Announce They Have Reached an Agreement with Local 802
“On behalf of our entire cast, company and creative team, we have reached an agreement with Musicians Union Local 802, per the collective bargaining agreement. We look forward to welcoming audiences to experience the revolutionary musical experience that is Here Lies Love at the Broadway Theatre beginning on Saturday, June 17.”
Producers of Here Lies Love on Broadway.
David Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ Reaches Deal With Broadway Musicians
After the musicians’ union raised objections to the show’s plans to use recorded music instead of a live band, the show agreed to use 12 musicians.
PF: Henry IV, Part 2 @ Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA 18034, through June 11, 2023
PF + MP: Days of Wine and Roses @ Atlantic Theater Company, Linda Gross Theater, through July 16, 2023
Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James
Adapted from JP Miller’s 1962 film and original 1958 teleplay, composer & lyricist Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins) and playwright Craig Lucas (An American in Paris) reunite in their first collaboration since their acclaimed The Light in the Piazza. A world premiere musical directed by Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen).
MP: Primary Trust @ Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, through July 2, 2023
This is the world premiere of Primary Trust by Eboni Booth, directed by Knud Adams. The cast includes Eric Berryman, William Jackson Harper, April Mathis, Jay O. Sanders and Luke Wygodny.
Jan Simpson interviews Ebony Booth on this week’s Stagecraft podcast which will be released on Patreon on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
PF: The Shylock and the Shakespeareans @ New Ohio Theatre (NYC), through June 17, 2023
Untitled Theater Company No. 61
The Shylock and the Shakespeareans
June 1 -17
Written and directed by Edward Einhorn
With: Craig Anderson, Janine Hegarty, JaneAnne Halter, Yael Haskal, Chapman Hyatt, Chase Lee, Stephanie Litchfield, Jeremy Kareken, Nina Mann, Nathaniel Meek, Kingsley Nwaogu, Ethan Fox, Eric E. Oleson, Thomas Shuman
Music: Richard Philbin
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
AD/Sound Design/Assistant Director: Becca Silbert
Set Design: Mike Mroch
Costume Design: Ramona Ponce
Lighting Design: Eric Norbury
Video/live-streaming: Iben Cenholt
A darkly humorous retelling of The Merchant of Venice. The Shylock is a Jewish diamond seller named Jacob, called “shylock” as a slur. The Shakespeareans are a gang of white supremacists, led by Jacob’s former clownish servant, Gobbo. It is a comedy colliding with a tragedy: Jacob’s daughter Jessica loves Lorenzo (here the son of Asian immigrants), Portia loves Bassanio, and everyone can go home happy, just as long as one pesky lawsuit doesn’t dig up anything too ugly.
MP: PBS’ Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best
Enjoy a revue of milestone Broadway shows and songs from 1973 to 2023 hosted by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Features performances by André De Shields, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams and more from Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.
About the Episode
On the occasion of Great Performances’ golden anniversary, enjoy a star-studded revue of milestone Broadway shows from 1973 to 2023, spotlighting songs by legendary composers including Stephen Schwartz, Kander & Ebb, Fats Waller, Stephen Sondheim, Duke Ellington, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many more. Hosted by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, the musical celebration from Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle with Patrick Vaccariallo as music director. Performing works that illustrate the evolution of contemporary Broadway, the show features a tap number from Jelly’s Last Jam performed by Corbin Bleu; a tribute to “A Chorus Line” featuring Tony-winning original cast member Donna McKechnie joined by Robyn Hurder; the original “Wiz” André De Shields performing “So You Wanted To See The Wizard”; “She Used to Be Mine” performed by Sara Bareilles; and Chita Rivera performing her signature song “All That Jazz” from Chicago. Additional stars joining the celebration include Shoshana Bean, Raúl Esparza, James Monroe Iglehart, Ledisi, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Patina Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Mamie Parris, Solea Pfeiffer, Britton Smith, Jessica Vosk and Vanessa Williams. The celebratory concert, recorded on March 23, serves as a testament to how musical theater can resonate so powerfully.
Peter’s Trivia Section
He wrote a famous theme for one of television’s longest running shows as well as a signature song for one of the nation’s most famous singers. He also recorded three songs that reached number-one on the charts. So what does this have to do with Broadway? Well, he did fill in for one week – and one week only – in a Broadway musical that was on its way to a more than 500-performance run.
Who is he? What was the musical?
Michael’s Musical Moments
Music from The Little Mermaid Movie
“Under the Sea,” Meken and Ashman; sung by Daveed Diggs
“Wild, Uncharted Waters,” music by Alan Menken, lyrics by LMM, sung by Jonah Hauer-King
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