This Week on Broadway for October 22, 2023: Gutenberg The Musical!


Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Gutenberg The Musical!, Merrily We Roll Along, Patrick Page’s All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain, Chasing Happy, Anne Being Frank, and Scott Siegel’s 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!

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MP + JTF: Gutenberg! The Musical! @ James Earl Jones Theatre, through January 28, 2024

Gutenberg! The Musical! Press Photo by Andy Henderson

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

Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff & Lindsay Mendez Take Lie Detector Tests | Vanity Fair
Original production, November 25, 1981 (video/audio)
Original production, second preview: October 9, 1981 (audio with
production photos)

JTF: Patrick Page’s All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain @ DR2 Theatre

Patrick Page returns to the New York stage in All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain, a new work created and performed by Mr. Page, based on the villains of William Shakespeare. Directed by Simon Godwin, the solo show will play the DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th Street) beginning Friday, September 29, with an Opening Night set for Monday, October 16, for 14 weeks only.

Dubbed “The villain of Broadway” by Playbill, Mr. Page has never shied away from exploring his dark side. Now, with this tour de force show, he turns his attention to the twisted motivation and hidden humanity at the heart of Shakespeare’s greatest villains. Moving swiftly through the Shakespeare canon, Page illuminates the playwright’s ever-evolving conception of evil by delving into more than a dozen of his most wicked creations. Thrilling, biting, hilarious, and enlightening, what Page delivers is a masterclass on the most terrifying subject of them all: human nature.

All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain was originally presented on film through the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2021 and was available for streaming for a limited audience.

Photo by Paul Aphisit

MP: Chasing Happy @ Theatre Row, through November 11, 2023

Pulse Theatre presents Chasing Happy a new comedy by Michel Wallerstein (Flight, Five Women Waiting, Off Hand). Directed by Pulse Theatre co-Founder Alexa Kelly (Strings Attached), the limited engagement will play a limited engagement through November 11, at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, NYC).

Chasing Happy features Spencer Aste (Wake Up, Axis Theatre), Jenny Bennett (City of Ladies, Pulse Theatre), Schyler Conaway in his Off-Broadway debut, Antoinette LaVecchia (Broadway’s Torch Song, A View From the Bridge), and Christopher James Murray (The Falling Season, Theatre Row).

JTF: Anne Being Frank @ 28th Street Theatre, through October 29, 2023

What if Anne Frank had survived the holocaust and did a complete rewrite of her famous diary? Anne Being Frank, by Australian playwright Ron Elisha will have an Off – Broadway World Premiere at 28th Street Theatre in the fall. The 8 week engagement will play September 5 – October 29 with opening night scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm.

The solo show is directed by Amanda Brooke Lerner and features Alexis Fishman as Anne Frank, produced by Emerging Artists Theatre. Anne Being Frank runs in repertory with the plays Doris Day: My Secret Love by Paul Adams and Sex Work/Sex Play by Caytha Jentis. All three plays were previously workshopped at Emerging Artists Spark Theatre Festival NYC (formerly the New Work Series)

MP: Scott Siegel’s 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits! @ 54 Below, October 21, 2023

Ben Jones (Musical theater, opera, & symphony concert star)
Luke Hawkins (Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall with Cirque du Soleil)
Ryan Knowles (The Lightning Thief)
William Michals (Parade, South Pacific)
Sophie Rapeijko (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Benny Rose (Scott Siegel’s Broadway: The Next Generation)
Ann Stein (Scott Siegel’s Broadway: The Next Generation)
Michael Winther (Drama Desk Nominee, Flying Over Sunset)


Peter’s Brainteasers:

What do these musicals have in common? Dracula, The Boy Friend, Sister Act, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Drat! The Cat!?

Michael’s Musical Moments

Music Opener:

Max von Essen, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard
“Show Me”

Music Closer:

Angela Lansbury
“If He Walked Into My Life”

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