This Week on Broadway for December 3, 2023: Wicked (tour in New Orleans)


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Wicked (tour in New Orleans), Maestro (film), Sondheim Unplugged @ 54 Below, Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion @ New World Stages, Sondheim Unplugged @ 54 Below, The Jerusalem Syndrome @ The York Theatre Company, and the Walking With Bubbles Original Cast Recording.

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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
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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Jan Simpson’s All The Drama: “Fences” by August Wilson, 1987 Pulitzer Prize Winner available to Patreon listeners over the weekend. It will be available to the general public next week (Dec. 9)


PF: Wicked (tour in New Orleans) tour cast

Wicked movie countdown!

Matt Tamanini: Tell Me More | Episode 63: Stephen Schwartz on the Timely Message of ‘The Prince of Egypt’

MP: Maestro (film)
Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein
This love story chronicles the lifelong relationship of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.

‘Maestro’ Is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Reverse
Editor Michelle Tesoro talks about finding the rhythm of “Maestro” with Bradley Cooper and turning to color to confront “harsh reality” in the Leonard Bernstein biopic.

PF + MP: Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion @ New World Stages, through March 3, 2024
Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion stars original company members Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer and is based on a character originally created in Magic Goes Wrong by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller. The company also includes Bartley Booz, Brandon James Ellis, and Tom Wainwright.

MP: Sondheim Unplugged @ 54 Below (November 26, 2023)
Hosted by Broadway wit Rob Maitner, with music direction from John Fischer
Ramona Mallory (Anne, A Little Night Music Broadway revival)
Ann Morrison (Merrily We Roll Along‘s original Mary)
Bruce Sabath (Company Broadway revival)
Lucia Spina (Into the Woods Broadway revival)
Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along‘s original Frank)
Natalie Douglas
Rob Maitner
Jon-Michael Reese

PF: The Jerusalem Syndrome @ The York Theatre Company, through December 31, 2023

Wikipedia: Jerusalem syndrome

PF: Walking With Bubbles Original Cast Recording

Peter’s review of the production of Walking With Bubbles can be heard in this episode:
This Week on Broadway for April 16, 2023: The Phantom of the Opera


Peter’s Brainteasers:

She sang the title song in a musical that opened on her birthday. Later she performed this title song on The Ed Sullivan Show. As for the show itself, it wasn’t very good, which may be why Columbia, RCA Victor and Capitol — the big three record companies that routinely did cast albums at the time –– let another company have it.

Who’s the singer, what’s the musical that opened on her birthday, and what record label did the cast album?

Michael’s Musical Moments

West Side Story symphonic dances from 1960 conducted by Bernstein

Music Opener:


Music Closer:

“The Rumble”

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