This Week on Broadway for December 24, 2023: Appropriate


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Appropriate @ Hayes Theater, Buena Vista Social Club @ Atlantic Theater Company, La Femme Theatre Productions’ Night of the Iguana @ Signature Center, and The Fred Barton Broadway Band: Miracle on 54th Street @ 54 Below

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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
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 | [email protected] | Facebook
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

Thursday, January 25, 2024 @ 7PM
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.”

This performance will also be livestreamed. For tickets and more information, click here.

Matt Tamanini | [email protected] | Twitter | Instagram
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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Let’s have your opinion on this. My girlfriend Linda approached a well-known lyricist at a party and said she loved a certain song of his, and that it was one of her all-time favorites—and even with her putting her hand over her heart, the lyricist barely nodded in response. I theorized that when people speak of their favorite songs, they almost always mean the music, and maybe he felt that she was really complimenting the composer. She disagreed, and said that favorite songs mean the lyrics to people who, like her, care about words. So I ask you, in a variation of the question posed in MERRILY, when it comes to songs, what comes first in your heart: the music or the lyrics?


PF: Appropriate @ Hayes Theater, through March 3, 2024

MP + PF: Buena Vista Social Club @ Atlantic Theater Company‘s Linda Gross Theater, through January 21, 2024 (extended)

MP + PF: La Femme Theatre Productions’ Night of the Iguana @ Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, through February 25, 2024

MP: The Fred Barton Broadway Band: Miracle on 54th Street @ 54 Below, Saturday, December 23, 2023 @9:30 pm



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Peter’s Brainteasers:

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Michael’s Musical Moments

Barbra Streisand’s Christmas albums

JAMES: The song I Don’t Remember Christmas was written by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. and was first performed by George Lee Andrews from Starting Here, Starting Now (Original Cast Recording)

Music Opener:

Music Closer:

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