This Week on Broadway for July 9, 2023: Good Vibrations: A Punk Rock Musical @ Irish Arts Center


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Good Vibrations: A Punk Rock Musical @ Irish Arts Center, and the Ethan Mordden book, “Gays on Broadway”. Discussion topics include Alen Menken performing “Sheridan Square”, Peter Marks on Regional Theaters, and the passings of Jack Goldstein, Jeffrey Carlson, and Betta St. John.

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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.

TWO Lerner and Loewe Master Classes with Peter Filichia
Just You Wait: Peter Filichia teaches two Master Classes on the artists behind My Fair Lady and Camelot.

The Broadway Maven is offering a summer set of two Master Classes taught by Broadway author and critic Peter Filichia. These Master Classes analyze two classic Broadway musicals, My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as the men who created these wonderful works: lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. Lerner and Loewe’s partnership will be examined from the late 1950s, creating both My Fair Lady and Camelot within a four year span.

Peter will be lecturing on the history, reception, and stories from the stage and screen on the development of these musicals and presenting insight on the lives and efforts of the men who made these musicals part of the musical theater canon.

July 11, Noon to 1:15 pm ET: My Fair Lady

July 18, Noon to 1:15 pm ET: Camelot

After that, the price is $25 for the series. Capacity is limited to the first 99 registrants. No refunds, no partial registrations, no exceptions.

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

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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This past week on BroadwayRadio we had a number of special shows while the crew was on vacation:

All the Drama: 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner “The Flick” by Annie Baker

Roundtable Episode: Breaking Down the theatre and the camp in ‘Theater Camp’

Special Episode: Ricky Rojas on His Type of Weird

Special Episode: Jessica Vosk on the Strategy of ‘Chess’

Jan’s Summer Reading list with Robert W. Schneider Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Some Like It Pop: First Half of 2023 Favorites (Matt and Jenn)


PF: Good Vibrations: A Punk Rock Musical @ Irish Arts Center, through July 16, 2023

PF: Gays on Broadway by Ethan Mordden (Book)

Ethan Mordden

MP: Alen Menken performing “Sheridan Square” at recent Menken/Ashman tribute at 54 Below

PF: Peter Marks on Regional Theaters

Washington Post: Theater is in freefall, and the pandemic isn’t the only thing to blame By Peter Marks (July 6, 2023)
Companies are closing, seasons have been truncated and in New Haven, a revered company is pivoting after giving up its own stage

Chicago Tribune: Lookingglass Theatre will pause shows, lay off staff

Los Angeles Times: Shocking closure at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum reflects a crisis at regional theaters nationwide BY JESSICA GELT (June 17, 2023)

Los Angeles Times: The theatergoing habit is broken. How do venues get people back in seats? BY CHARLES MCNULTY (July 1, 2023)
An audience waits for the red curtain in front of them to open at a theater

Hartford Courant: The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven will vacate its building at 222 Sargent Drive, which it has occupied for 57 years, the theater announced (Feb 24, 2022)


Jack Goldstein, a Savior of Broadway Theaters, Dies at 74
He helped secure landmark status for more than two dozen theaters in the 1980s, then initiated the design competition that led to a new TKTS booth.

Adam Feldman
RIP Jeffrey Carlson, 48, exposed-nerve star of Broadway (Billy in The Goat, Marilyn in Taboo) and TV (the groundbreaking trans character Zoe on All My Children). A powerful actor and a painful loss.

Jeffrey Carlson

Betta St. John


Peter and Michael’s summer plans

Peter’s Trivia Section

A well-regarded production of the 1960s recorded a Broadway revival cast album, which filled a void, for there was no original cast album. For seven performers in the show, it was not the first time they recorded a cast album. 

What was the revival cast album, and who were the seven?

Michael’s Musical Moment

Barbra Streisand Live at the Bon Soir

Opener: “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now”

Closer: “Much More”

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