This Week on Broadway for October 15, 2023: Merrily We Roll Along (Broadway)


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Merrily We Roll Along, Dead Man Walking @ The Metropolitan Opera, Otto Frank @ Northwestern University (Chicago Campus), Night Watch @ Raven Theatre Chicago, Cat’s Cradle @ Lifeline Theatre (Chicago), Baked! The Musical @ Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre (Chicago), and Pippin @ Wagner College.

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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, is now available wherever finer books are sold. Peter also has columns at 
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For the next two weeks, Peter will be in Virginia for performance of show he as written: “Larry, the Big-Time Broadway Producer” @ Hope Theatre in Warrenton, VA.

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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
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PF: Merrily We Roll Along @ Hudson Theatre, scheduled (right now) through March 24, 2024

Review: ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ Finally Found in the Dark by JESSE GREEN
Jonathan Groff, supported by Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, is thrillingly fierce in the first convincing revival of the cult flop Sondheim musical.

“Merrily” is thus no longer, as it seemed in 1981, the story of the gradual, almost inevitable dimming of youth’s sweet illusions but rather the story of their falsity in the first place. Frank is only devoted to Mary and Charley when he doesn’t have access to anyone more useful. To think he turned into that monster is a mistake: He always was one, as Sondheim clearly understood. “That’s what everyone does,” Mary sings once the three-way friendship has collapsed. “Blames the way it is/on the way it was/On the way it never ever was.”

— Jesse Green, The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2023

MP: Dead Man Walking @ The Metropolitan Opera, through October 21, 2023

Live HD Broadcast on Oct 21, 2023

PF: Peter was in Chicago over the past week and saw four shows.

Otto Frank @ Northwestern University (Chicago Campus), Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts
Created and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith

Night Watch @ Raven Theatre Chicago
by Lucille Fletcher. directed by Georgette Verdin. October 5 – November 12

Cat’s Cradle @ Lifeline Theatre
September 1 – October 22, 2023
Based on the popular novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member John Hildreth
Directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie

Baked! The Musical @ Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
September 14-October 8, 2023
Book, Music, Lyrics by Jord Liu and Deepak Kumar
Directed by Grace Dolezal-Ng

MP: Pippin @ Wagner College


Peter’s Brainteasers:

What do Daniel Radcliffe and a musical that came from London to Broadway in the last half of the 20th century have in common?

Michael’s Musical Moments


Music Opener:

“Corner of the Sky”, Pippin 1974 Australian Cast

Music Closer:

“Pippin (finale)”, Pippin (Original South African Cast), 1975

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