This Week on Broadway for November 5, 2023: MasterVoices’ The Frogs


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about MasterVoices production of The Frogs, The Great Gatsby @ Paper Mill Playhouse, I Can Get It For You Wholesale @ Classic Stage Company, The New Group’s production of Sabbath’s Theater, Gingold Theatrical Group’s Arms and The Man, Lea Michele @ Carnegie Hall, and King of the Jews @ HERE

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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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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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Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights in Memory of Sheldon Harnick, Thursday, November 9

The Broadway community honors the memory of four-time Tony Award®-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, whose extensive six-decade career created some of Broadway’s most cherished lyrics and memorable musicals. Mr. Harnick passed away on June 23, 2023, at the age of 99. On November 9, 2023, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute at exactly 6:45pm, in his honor.


MP: MasterVoices presents Sondheim and Shevelove’s musical “The Frogs” with an all-star cast (Nov 3 & 4)
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center
A play written in 405 B.C. by Aristophanes
Freely adapted by Burt Shevelove
Even more freely adapted by Nathan Lane
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Ted Sperling, Director and Conductor

TalkinBroadway: Interview with Douglas Sills By Michael Portantiere

PF: The Great Gatsby @ Paper Mill Playhouse, through November 12, 2023

MP + PF: I Can Get It For You Wholesale @ Classic Stage Company, through December 17, 2023

My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand – Audiobook
Narrated by: Barbra Streisand
Length: 48 hrs and 15 mins

PF: The New Group’s production of Sabbath’s Theater in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre @ The Pershing Square Signature Center, through December 17, 2023

PF: Gingold Theatrical Group’s Arms and The Man @ Theatre Row’s THEATRE TWO, through through November 18, 2023

MP: Lea Michele @ Carnegie Hall, Monday, October 30, 2023

PF: King of the Jews @ HERE, through November 18, 2023


Peter’s Brainteasers:

This illustrious songwriter saw his final Broadway musical open in the ‘50s just two days before an illustrious composer saw the closing of a musical to which he’d contributed melodies.

The name of the last song in first songwriter’s just-opened show rhymes with the title of the second composer’s last Broadway musical.

Who are the songwriters, the musicals in question, and the rhyming titles of the songs?

Michael’s Musical Moments

Pal Joey (1995 Encores Cast)

Music Opener:


Music Closer:


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