This Week on Broadway for December 31, 2023: The Best of 2023


BroadwayRadio Listeners join Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere to talk about the best of 2023.

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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 
Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

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

Cast Album of HERE WE ARE, coming from Concord Theatricals Recordings

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.

James Marino | [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook

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Juliet Green: English @ Berkley Rep (2023)

Previously at Berkley Rep Swept Away (2022)

Looking forward to Galileo Musical MAY 5–JUN 16, 2024

Tony Janicki: The Nacirema Society (by Pearl Cleage) at the Goodman

Jeffrey Hatcher’s revisal of Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder at Northlight.

Bright spots in Chicago Theater – Specifically Paramount Theatre (North Aurora) and Timeline Theatre (Chicago), both of which had terrific seasons.

Shawn Logan: A Doll’s House (Jessica Chastain)

Jody Comer Prima Facie

Sean Hayes Goodnight, Oscar

Alex Newell in Shucked

Merrily We Roll Along

Audra McDonald Kansas City Symphony

Shawn is looking forward to coming to NYC in March 2024: Hell’s Kitchen, The Who’s Tommy

Robb Johnston: Come From Away tour in Hershey, PA

All the Sondheim everywhere: Sweeney Todd and the tour of Into The Woods

Peter Filichia: Bohemian Progeny and Appalachian Christmas

Kelli O’Hara & Donna Murphy

The 12 by Neil Berg

Golden Rainbow, Benjamin Pajak

Jennifer Simard

Goin’ Hollywood @ WaterTower Theatre (Addison, TX)

Summer Stock @ Goodspeed

Via Galactica Galt MacDermot

The Doctor (Juliet Stevenson)

Henry IV Part 2 @ PA Shakes

John Tutor @ Sabbath’s Theater

Bob Cuccioli in Tempest

Sarah Paulson Appropriate

Patrick Page All The Devils Are Here

Laura Bell Bundy

Alex Brightman The Shark is Broken

Walter Marks

Cate Murray in Larry The Big Time Broadway Producer

Great Gatsby sets and costumes

Oscar Isaac Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Jeremy Pope in The Collaboration

Charles Kirsch

Skye Papa


Marilyn Maye

Liz Callaway

Ben Jones

DC: Ragtime @ Signature, Fun Home @

Sweeney Todd, Josh Groban singing

Merrily We Roll Along


I Can Get it for you Wholesale @ Classic Stage Company, Santino Fontana

The Sign in Sydney Brustein’s Window

The Frogs @ Master Voices

Parade @ Encores and Broadway

Purlie Victorious

Here Lies Love

Just for Us Alex Edelman


David Staller’s Arms and The Man

Prima Facie

Shucked: closing soon! (Jan 14, 2024)


Peter’s Brainteasers:

In the 1976 musical REX, Sheldon Harnick wrote a song called “Elizabeth” in which he noted the many nicknames for that name: Bess, Bessie, Betty, Bessie, Beth, Lizbeth, and Lizzie. That reminded me that two women known as Betty both won Tonys for the same musical in the same year. Who were they and what was the musical?

Michael’s Musical Moments

Frank Sinatra sings “Soliloquy” from CAROUSEL

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