This Week on Broadway for September 24, 2023: Nonprofits Changing of the Guard


Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere and Jan Simpson talk about André Bishop’s announcement to retire from Lincoln Center Theater, and the changing of the guard in the nonprofit theaters. Reviews include Mary Gets Hers @ MCC, Golden Rainbow @ Musicals in Mufti, Dig @ 59e59, and Rachel Bloom’s Death, and Let Me Do My Show @ the Lucille Lortel.

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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, Brain Teasers for Broadway Geniuses, is now available wherever finer books are sold. Peter also has columns at 
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Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Theatre 555, 555 West 42nd Street reading of Peter’s play, FOR THE GREATER GOOD, a one-man show starring Dylan Stovall.

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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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Broadway & Me
Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

Pulitzer Prizes Expand Eligibility to Noncitizens
The jury for the memoir category had raised concerns that the citizenship requirement was excluding a large part of American culture.

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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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Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction on Sunday, October 1
Produced by and Benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

André Bishop to step down as Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater at the end of the 2024-2025 season

Carole Rothman to End 45-Year Tenure at Second Stage Theater
The nonprofit, a singular institution in New York’s theatrical ecosystem, has presented acclaimed works like “Between Riverside and Crazy” and “Next to Normal.”

Todd Haimes, 66, Who Rebuilt the Roundabout Theater Company, Dies
After rescuing the company from bankruptcy, he turned it into a major player on Broadway and one of the largest nonprofit theater companies in the country.

Primary Stages Will Celebrate Life of Late Artistic Director Andrew Leynse

Bidding Farewell to His Theatrical Flock
In a 34-year run at New York Theater Workshop, James C. Nicola held that directors and writers are equal partners — and helped send “Rent” and “Hadestown” to Broadway.

Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides Step Down as Directors of Soho Rep
The 2 leaders will leave the influential Off-Broadway theatre after 15 and 8 years, respectively, but not before planning the company’s next 2 seasons.

Tarell Alvin McCraney

‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to Lead Geffen Playhouse
The prominent Los Angeles nonprofit chose the playwright to oversee its artistic programming at a time of crisis for American theaters.


JS + PF: Mary Gets Hers, a Playwrights Realm production @ MCC, through October 14, 2023

PF: Golden Rainbow (September 23 – October 1) Musicals in Mufti from The York Theatre Company
Next in the Musicals in Mufti series: When We Get There (October 7-15)

JS + PF + MP: Dig @ 59e59, through October 22, 2023

Theresa Rebeck

Premiere – Playwright Theresa Rebeck | THEATER: All the Moving Parts

JS + PF: Death, Let Me Do My Show @ the Lucille Lortel, closing September 30, 2023

Rachel Bloom

Peter’s Trivia Section

Listen to any cast album of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, and in one of its songs, you’ll hear two consecutive words that just happen to be the name of a Broadway musical that closed the day the reviews came out.

What was it? What’s the song in which it just happened to be mentioned?

Michael’s Musical Moments

1996 studio cast recording of Good News

Music Opener:

Good News

Music Closer:

The Varsity Drag

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