This Week on Broadway for August 20, 2023: Uncle Vanya


Peter Filichia, Michael Portantiere, and Matt Tamanini review Uncle Vanya in a loft, The Bridges of Madison County @ Signature Theatre in Washington D.C., Lighthouse: An Immersive Drinking Musical at Soho Playhouse, Fun Home at Studio Theatre, and Baby Foot at The Walkerspace. We also remember Ron Cephas Jones and Chris Peluso.

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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 Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select, and many other places.

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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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Pre: Michael and Peter share stories about the late Tom Jones.


PF: Uncle Vanya in a loft near Union Square through Sept. 3, 2023

Matt interviewed “Uncle Vanya” stars David Cromer and Julia Chan 

MP: The Bridges of Madison County at Signature Theatre in Washington D.C. through Sept. 17., 2023

PF: Lighthouse: An Immersive Drinking Musical at the Soho Playhouse through Sept. 30, 2023

MP: Fun Home at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. through Aug. 27, 2023

PF: Baby Foot at the Walkerspace at Soho Repertory Theatre through Sept. 3, 2023


Emmy Winner, Tony nominee Ron Cephas Jones Dies: 

Broadway, West End Performer Chris Peluso Dies: 


Talkin’ Broadway Down for Past Week: 

Meryl Streep and Ashley Park Sing “Look for the Light” in “Only Murders in the Building”: 

Peter’s Trivia Section:

When a musical was first released on CD almost 25 years after its premiere, the liner notes included this sentence: “To hear the show in its musical entirety, program track 4 to repeat after tracks 5, 6, 10 and 23.”

What was the musical, and what was so special about Track 4 that it should be repeated four times?

Michael’s Musical Moment:

Opener and Closer:Into the Words” from “Forbidden Broadway”

Forbidden Sondheim at Don’t Tell Mama on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 24

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