This Week on Broadway for September 17, 2023: Revisiting & Juliet


James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Robbie Rozelle review The Lieutenant @ Musicals in Mufti at the York, & Juliet, New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story in Concert, The Shark is Broken, Santino Fontana @ 54 Below, Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway @ 54 Below, Josie de Guzman: Back Where I Started @ The Greenroom 42, Here Lies Love, Broadway Brunch @ ViceVersa. We ask: why have the lights of Broadway not been dimmed for Sheldon Harnick? Robbie previews the new cast recording of Guys & Dolls @ The Bridge Theatre (London). Our Musical Moment is a tribute to Michael McGrath.

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Robbie Rozelle is a celebrated entertainer, director, writer and producer. Frequently playing to sold out crowds across Manhattan, his show “Songs From Inside My Locker” was recorded live and released to much acclaim. In 2019-2020, he had a seven-month residency at 54 Below. As a writer and director, he frequently writes and directs solo shows for Broadway’s leading talents. His regular collaborations with Jessica Vosk culminated in her debut album “Wild and Free,” which debuted on four Billboard charts. He also produced the recently released album “Something Stupid” by Broadway couple Patti Murin and Colin Donnell. By day, he is the A&R Director of the Grammy Award-winning Broadway Records. You can follow him at @divarobbie on all platforms.

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Peter is away this week and will return next week!


MP: The Lieutenant (September 9-17) Musicals in Mufti from The York Theatre Company

Coming in the Musicals in Mufti series:
Golden Rainbow (September 23-October 1)
When We Get There (October 7-15)

RR: & Juliet @ Stephen Sondheim Theatre (for his seventh time!)

MP: New York Philharmonic, West Side Story in Concert, @ Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall, September 12–17, 2023

RR: The Shark is Broken @ John Golden Theatre

MP: Santino Fontana @ 54 Below

MP: Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway @ 54 Below

MP: Josie de Guzman: Back Where I Started @ The Greenroom 42

Why have the lights of Broadway not been dimmed for Sheldon Mayer Harnick? (April 30, 1924 – June 23, 2023)

RR: Here Lies Love @ The Broadway Theatre

MP: Broadway Brunch @ ViceVersa, 325 West 51st Street

Cast Albums:

New cast recording of Guys & Dolls @ The Bridge Theatre (London) coming, digital release 9/20

Olivia Rodrigo new album GUTS

Stories from Today on Broadway:

New Musical ‘Ride’ to Premiere at Old Globe

McAdams to Make Broadway Debut, ‘Water for Elephants’ Coming to Broadway in February, ‘Lempicka’ Sets March

‘Devil Wears Prada’ to Play London in 2024

O’Hara, d’Arcy James to Bring ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ to Broadway

Schreck, Neugebauer to Bring ‘Vanya’ to Broadway


Peter’s Trivia Section

Peter is away, so Robb Johnston read a question from Peter’s new book: Brain Teasers for Broadway Geniuses

There’s a very famous character from a nineteenth-century Italian novel that became best known through a Walt Disney animated film.
The character’s famous song in that movie could also be sung by someone who owns an original Broadway (or London) cast album that boasts a 1960s Tony Winning score.
Who’s the character?
What’s his famous song?
How does it apply to the Tony-winning score?

Michael’s Musical Moment

The New York Times: Michael McGrath, Tony Winner and ‘Spamalot’ Veteran, Dies at 65
He clanged coconuts in the Monty Python stage musical in 2005; seven years later, he won a Tony for “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”

Opener: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”

Closer: “Perspective” from the 2016 Broadway revival cast album of SHE LOVES ME

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