This Week on Broadway for March 3, 2024: Oh, Mary! @ The Lucille Lortel


James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk about Oh, Mary! @ The Lucille Lortel Theater, The Connector @ MCC, The Seven Year Disappear @ New Group / Signature Center, The Almeida Theatre’s production of The Hunt @ St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Sunset Baby @ Signature Center

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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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54 Loves Cast Albums! 2nd Edition
March 7, 2024
People love cast albums! Join us as we celebrate more than 80 years’ worth of recordings of some of the most beloved musicals ever written, showcasing performances by honored musical theater veterans and rising stars in the second edition of 54 Loves Cast Albums!

Featured in the cast of our show will be Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel), Jay Aubrey Jones (Cats, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Gerard Alessandrini (creator of Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Sondheim, etc.), Christine Pedi (a frequent star of the Forbidden Broadway series), Robbie Rozelle (A&R Director of Center Stage Records), and John Griffin and George Anthony Papas from the 2022 production of Guys & Dolls at the historic St. George Theatre on Staten Island. 54 Loves Cast Albums! will be co-hosted by Michael Portantiere and Charles Kirsch, with Matthew Martin Ward as musical director/pianist.

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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

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Broadway Theatres to Dim All Lights in Memory of Hinton Battle, March 12

Correction from last week — Second Stage is on 43rd and 8th.

Next week we shift to daylight saving time.

The Washington Post is looking for a new theater critic!

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking an exceptional theater critic to be the paper’s leading voice on the artform, helping us rethink our coverage while writing trenchantly and imaginatively on productions in Washington, New York and beyond.

We’re looking for a curious, discerning and lively audience surrogate whose recommendations consumers will trust, as well as a journalist who will be immersed in two vibrant theater towns. One who’s eager to take some big swings: We want this writer to enrich readers’ thinking about the American stage, from new works to revivals, from dramas to musicals, and on the surprising ways that theater manifests across the culture.

We’re eager to shape this role around the successful candidate, though we’ll expect you to widen the aperture of the job, both in terms of the kinds of works a critic considers and the way that one considers them. It’ll be fun. But you tell us what a Washington Post theater critic should – and could – be in 2024.

Oscars next week. They are the film version of The Tony Awards.

Peter (Filichia) is in St. Louis today. He will return next week.


JS: Oh, Mary! @ The Lucille Lortel Theater, through May 5, 2024


MP + JS + JM: The Connector @ MCC’s The Newman Mills Theater through March 17, 2024

The Connector Is Getting a Cast Recording by Linda Buchwald
The album will be released in late spring by Concord Theatricals Recordings.

JS + MP: The Seven Year Disappear @ New Group, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre The Pershing Square Signature Center, through March 24, 2024

JS: The Almeida Theatre’s production of The Hunt @ St. Ann’s Warehouse, through March 24, 2024

Es Devlin

JS: Sunset Baby @ Signature Theatre The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, through March 10, 2024



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Peter’s Brainteasers:

Some musicals get unfortunate nicknames. The Red Shoes, with Jule Styne’s final score, was known as Jule’s Last Jam. Such spoofy nicknames are usually reserved for big flops, but there’s one that was foisted upon a successful production. That nickname just happens to be the actual name of a 1940s film that was based on a story with a different title. The original stry’s hero was a famous fictional lawyer who would later be seen as the title character in not one, not two, but three different TV series.

What’s the name of the film, which is also the disparaging nickname given the successful production? And who’s the famous fictional lawyer?

Michael’s Musical Moments

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