This Week on Broadway for December 10, 2023: Lone Star


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Lone Star @ Theater Row, Mad Women of the West @ Actors Temple Theater, United Nations: The Other West @ 154 Christopher St (formerly The New Ohio), Christine Pedi: Snow Bizness @ 54 Below, Dreamgirls @ Goodspeed, and Ragtime @ Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA)

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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

JANUARY 25, 2024
Back for an encore by popular demand after a sold out show last summer! Join us at 54 as we celebrate Jerry Orbach, the beloved performer who started out Off-Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and The Fantasticks, then went on to become a leading man in such Broadway shows as Carnival, Promises, Promises, Chicago, and 42nd Street before beginning a brilliant final chapter in his career that included work in films and, of course, his iconic television role of Lt. Lennie Briscoe in “Law & Order.”

Our cast is headed by Broadway veterans William Michals (Parade, South Pacific, etc.) and Jay Aubrey Jones (Cats, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), along with rising star Nikita Burshteyn (Romeo & Bernadette, Bernstein on Broadway at 54 Below). Our special guests for the evening will be Anita Gillette, who played opposite Jerry Orbach in Carnival on Broadway and in Guys & Dolls at New York City Center; Lee Roy Reams, who co-starred with Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street; and Jerry’s sons, Chris Orbach and Tony Orbach. This show is conceived, directed, and hosted by Michael Portantiere, with Matthew Martin Ward as musical director/pianist.

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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 + MP: Lone Star @ Theater Row, through December 23, 2023
Written by James McLure
Directed by Joe Rosario

MP: Mad Women of the West @ Actors Temple Theater, through December 31, 2023
Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Marilu Henner (Taxi), Melanie Mayron (thirtysomething) and Brooke Adams (Days of Heaven) star in a rip-roaring new comedy by Sandra Tsing Loh (NPR). Welcome to Jules’ stunning Brentwood mansion, where hangry (she’s sugar-cleansing) Marilyn is throwing a surprise birthday brunch for Claudia, who hates birthdays. Champagne corks pop—and tempers flare—when their long-estranged celebrity friend Zoey crashes the party, fresh from her TED Talks. Expect hilarity, outrageous opinions and unexpected wisdom about what it means to be a woman (no matter what pronouns you use) in the 21st century.

Matt Tamanini: Tell Me More | Episode 62: Marilu Henner on Bringing ‘Madwomen of the West’ Back East

PF: Thirdwing and Out of the Box Theatrics present United Nations: The Other West @ 154 Christopher St (formerly The New Ohio), through December 10, 2023
Written and directed by Cameron Darwin Bossert

MP: Christine Pedi: Snow Bizness @ 54 Below, December 5 and 29, 2023

PF: Dreamgirls @ Goodspeed, through December 30, 2023

JM: Ragtime @ Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), through January 7, 2024

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Peter’s Brainteasers:

Jonathan Larson taught us that a year contains 525,600 minutes. What musical theater character, seen and heard in three Broadway productions, is looking forward to something that will happen in 603 minutes – well, 603 minutes and a couple of seconds?

Michael’s Musical Moments

“Silent Night” for the opener and “The Christmas Song” for the closer

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