This Week on Broadway for July 23, 2023: Here Lies Love


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Here Lies Love, Alex Edelman: Just For Us, The Doctor @ Park Avenue Armory, Charles Kirsch’s Backstage Babble LIVE! @ 54 Below, Orpheus Descending @ Theater for a New Audience, and Hamlet @ The Delacorte Theater. We also pay tribute to Tony Bennett.

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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.

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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

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

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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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Michael has added a number of historical reviews to


PF: Here Lies Love @ Broadway Theatre

MP: Alex Edelman: Just For Us @ Hudson Theatre, through August 19, 2023

PF: The Doctor @ Park Avenue Armory, through August 19, 2023

PF + MP: Charles Kirsch’s Backstage Babble LIVE! @ 54 Below, Monday, July 17, 2023

PF: Orpheus Descending @ Theater for a New Audience (TFANA), through August 6, 2023
Scripps Main Stage, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place Brooklyn

The New York Times
Maggie Siff and Erica Schmidt on a Williams Play ‘Shot Through With Desire’ By SARAH BAHR
“Orpheus Descending,” a rarely revived play about the treatment of outsiders, has only become more meaningful for its star and its director.

JM: Hamlet @ The Delacorte Theater, through August 6, 2023

John Douglas Thompson, Solea Pfeiffer, Nick Rehberger, and Laughton Royce in The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet, directed by Kenny Leon, running at The Delacorte Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Delacorte Theater Revitalization

Directed by Kenny Leon
Featuring Ato Blankson-Wood as Hamlet
The Delacorte Theater
June 8 – August 6, 2023

By William Shakespeare
Music & Lyrics by Benjamin Velez
Choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Directed by Laurie Woolery
The Delacorte Theater
August 27 – September 3, 2023



Peter’s Trivia Section

What Sondheim work has a female character singing the first two lines of “I Got Rhythm”?

Michael’s Musical Moment

Tony Bennett

The New York Times
Tony Bennett, Jazzy Crooner of the American Songbook, Is Dead at 96
From his initial success at the Paramount in Times Square through his generation-spanning duets, his career was remarkable for both its longevity and its consistency.

IBDB: Tony Bennett: Steppin’ Out on Broadway

Opener: “Anything Goes”

Closer: “Love, Look Away”

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