This Week on Broadway for August 13, 2023: The Shark is Broken


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review The Shark is Broken, Toros @ Second Stage, Back to the Future: The Musical, A Eulogy for Roman @ 59e59, Rock & Roll Man @ New World Stages, and Theater Camp (Movie). We finish with a tribute to Tom Jones.

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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His new book, Brain Teasers for Broadway Geniuses, which is available for pre-order on Amazon. Peter also has columns at 
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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

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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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Jan Simpson’s All The Drama: Founding Encores! Music Director Rob Fisher on Fiorello!, 1960 Pulitzer Prize Winner, now available to the general public

Lauren Class Schneider’s Class Notes has also published a number of interviews in the past week that are available now as well

Matt is in NYC and his travelogue is available exclusively on Patreon

Ashley Steves two special episodes, the first with with James Ijames playwright of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fat Ham,” and the second with Tamera Tomakili, who is currently starring in Candrice Jones’s “Flex” at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater through Aug. 20.


PF + MP: The Shark is Broken @ John Golden Theatre, through November 19, 2023

PF: Toros @ Second Stage Theater‘s McGinn/Cazale Theater on Broadway at 76th Street, through August 13, 2023

MP: Back to the Future: The Musical @ Winter Garden Theatre

PF: A Eulogy for Roman @ 59e59, through September 3, 2023

PF + MP: Rock & Roll Man @ New World Stages, through November 5, 2023

MP: Theater Camp (Movie)
Directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman
Written by Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman
With Ben Platt, Molly Gordon, Noah Galvin

Molly Gordon IMDB |


MP: Cast for Spamalot revival on Broadway announced.

Christopher Fitzgerald, James Monroe Iglehart, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Ethan Slater, More to Star in Broadway Spamalot Revival BY ANDREW GANS, LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK
The 2005 musical is headed back to the Main Stem following a Kennedy Center run earlier this year.

Tom Jones, Half of Record-Setting ‘Fantasticks’ Team, Dies at 95 By Neil Genzlinger
He wrote the book and lyrics to a little show that opened in 1960 in Greenwich Village and became “the longest-running musical in the universe.”


Peter’s Trivia Section

You’re casting a production of FOLLIES. After many have auditioned for Buddy and have been found wanting, finally an actor comes in and is terrific. When expressing your excitement to your colleagues, you might quote two lines from a song in ONE TOUCH OF VENUS. One is the title; what is the other?

Michael’s Musical Moment

Tom Jones


For the opener, “This Plum is Too Ripe,” you can start at 1:25 and play
through around 2:00

Closer: For the closer, “Melisande,” you can start around 0:38 and play through
the end.

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