This Week on Broadway for October 1, 2023: Purlie Victorious


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere and about Purlie Victorious, The 12 @ Goodspeed, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors @ New World Stages, Swing State @ Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre, George Krissa @ Chelsea Table and Stage, and The Jester’s Wife @ 36th Street Theater.

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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 
Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Theatre 555, there was a reading of Peter’s play, FOR THE GREATER GOOD, a one-man show starring Dylan Stovall.

Next week, Peter will be in Chicago seeing a production of Cat’s Cradle @ Lifeline Theatre, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut

Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
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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Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction on Sunday, October 1
Produced by and Benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS


The cast of PURLIE VICTORIOUS – Photo by Marc J. Franklin

PF + MP: Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch @ Music Box Theatre

Leslie Odom, Jr. and Kara Young in PURLIE VICTORIOUS – Photo by Marc J. Franklin

Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

PF: The 12 @ Goodspeed, through October 29, 2023

Jerusalem. The disciples are in disarray. Torn apart by the unthinkable death of their leader, see how twelve ordinary individuals come together to create one of the most powerful movements ever known. Filled with power and passion, The 12 is a universal story of love and how each of us must eventually navigate the loss of whatever we hold most dear. Join us for a profoundly moving musical that you will never forget!

Book & Lyrics by Robert Schenkkan
Music & Lyrics by Neil Berg
Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Design by Japhy Weidman
Sound Design by Jay Hilton
Production Stage Manager Chris Zaccardi
Casting by The Telsey Office
Music Direction by Adam Souza
Music Supervision & Orchestrations by Greg Jarrett
Direction & Scenic Design by John Doyle

MP: Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors @ New World Stages, through January 7, 2024

PF: Swing State @ Minetta Lane Theatre, through October 28, 2023
Swing State, written by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rebecca Gilman and directed by Tony Award Winner Robert Falls.

As with previous Audible Theater shows at the Minetta Lane, Audible will record and release Swing State as an Audible Original, extending its reach to millions of listeners around the world.

MP: George Krissa @ Chelsea Table and Stage, (inside Hilton New York Fashion District) on September 23, 2023

PF: The Jester’s Wife @ 36th Street Theater


Michael Gambon, Olivier winner and founding member of the National, dies aged 82

Michael Gambon, Dumbledore in the ‘Harry Potter’ Films, Dies at 82
After he made his mark in London in the 1970s, he went on to play a wide range of roles, including Edward VII, Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill.

Onstage, Michael Gambon’s Depth Transcended the Unspoken by Ben Brantley
The actor conveyed the gravitational force of mortality, tugging the men he played so commandingly toward a void beyond meaning, our critic writes.

How Dumbledore Became Michael Gambon’s Most Recognizable Role
The great British stage actor was not initially cast as the wizarding headmaster in the “Harry Potter” films, but he made the role his own.

Peter’s Trivia Section

In this Tony-winning musical from last century, this Tony-nominated performer played a character who was in love – but not for long – with a young lass. Her character’s first name was spelled the same as this performer’s actual last name.

In other words, let’s pretend that the performer in Hamilton who was in love with Eliza was named Lin-Manuel E-l-i-z-a. So the answer I’m looking for is the name of the Performer, the character’s name that’s spelled the same, and the Tony-winning musical in which they appeared.

Michael’s Musical Moments

Tribute to Marian Sparago, Michael’s director from high school

Music Opener:

“There Is Nothing Like a Dame” South Pacific (1975)

Music Closer:

“Friendship” Anything Goes (1974) St. John Villa Academy

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