This Week on Broadway for March 10, 2024: Corruption @ Lincoln Center Theater


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about The Ally @ The Public, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits, FIVE: The Parody Musical, Brooklyn Laundry @ MTC at New York City Center, Titanic @ Professional Performing Arts School, and Corruption @ Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

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Michael’s show 54 LOVES CAST ALBUMS last week.

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Correction: Cole Escola goes by They / Them. We apologize for the mispronouning.

Jan Simpson’s newest episode of All the Drama: Next to Normal was released yesterday to the public

All The Drama: “Next to Normal” by Brian Yorkey, 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner


PF: The Ally @ The Public, through April 7, 2024
Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit) returns to The Public with the world premiere of THE ALLY, a fierce drama that gives voice to some of the most contentious and important questions of our time.

When college professor Asaf (Josh Radnor) is asked by a student to sign a social justice manifesto, what seems at first like a simple choice instead embroils him in an increasingly complex web of conflicting agendas that challenge his allegiances as a progressive, a husband, an artist, an academic, an American, an atheist, and a Jew. With tensions at an all-time high, Asaf is forced to confront the age-old question: “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer (Appropriate), THE ALLY is a passionate, provocative, and unflinching new play about the vanishing line between the personal and the political.

MP: 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits, (another Scott Siegel show!) March 9, 2024

The performance on March 9 featured:
Stephanie Bacastow (A Little Night Music at Barrington Stage)
Luke Hawkins (Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall with Cirque du Soleil)
Ben Jones (Musical theater, opera, & symphony concert star)
Ryan Knowles (The Lightning Thief)
Tyler McCall (Fiddler on the Roof national tour)
MOIPEI (Kennedy Center, international concert artists)
Marina Yiannouris (Scott Siegel’s Broadway: The Next Generation)

Upcoming shows!
Sat, Mar 23 :9:30 pm / 9:00 pm
Mon, Apr 1 :9:30 pm / 9:00 pm
Sat, Apr 6 :9:30 pm / 9:00 pm
Sat, Apr 20 :9:30 pm / 9:00 pm

PF: FIVE: The Parody Musical @ Theater 555, through April 21, 2024
Look out SIX, here comes FIVE: The Parody Musical. Henry VIII and his six wives had nothing on Donald, the 45th, and these five ladies. Poised to make America laugh again, FIVE is an irreverent musical comedy revue starring some of the women in the life of America’s past (and hopefully not future) President. Ivana, Marla, and Melania are joined by crowd favorite Stormy and daddy’s girl Ivanka as they each take the spotlight and sing their hearts out for your vote.

PF: Brooklyn Laundry @ Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center – Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, through April 14, 2024

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, the cast features Florencia Lozano (“One Life to Live”), Cecily Strong (“SNL”), Andrea Syglowski (Pass Over) and David Zayas (The Cost of Living, “Dexter”).

John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning author of Doubt and the Oscar®-winning writer of Moonstruck, returns to MTC with this world premiere of a new play. Sometimes big things start from little things; in this case, a bag of laundry. Shanley’s latest is about three sisters, a guy who runs a laundry in Brooklyn, and the sometimes savage tricks life plays on them. Tragic and funny by turns, this story will remind you what is important in life… and the sorrow and joy of fully embracing adulthood.

MP: Titanic @ Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) (328 W 48th Street), March 6 – 9, 2024

Photos on their Instagram page:

Note: Peter’s review of Corruption will be available after opening on Monday night. (March 11, 2024)

PF: Corruption @ Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street), through April 14, 2024

CORRUPTION features Dylan Baker, John Behlmann, Saffron Burrows, Anthony Cochrane, Sanjit De Silva, K. Todd Freeman, Eleanor Handley, Robyn Kerr, Sepideh Moafi, Seth Numrich, Michael Siberry, T. Ryder Smith, and Toby Stephens.

Based on the book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman, CORRUPTION tells the story behind the story of the phone hacking scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in 2011, stunning the world and upending British politics. When Parliament member Tom Watson is maliciously smeared by the newspapers of Murdoch’s News International, he decides to fight back – taking on its larger-than-life leader Rebekah Brooks. But what he uncovers is far more insidious than he ever imagined. As Watson and a small band of journalists, lawyers, and politicians struggle to expose the endemic criminality at the heart of this media monolith, they risk their careers and, at times, their very lives. Epic in scope and often startlingly funny, CORRUPTION tells a true-life David and Goliath story of ordinary men and women trying to find a way to save their democracy before it’s too late.


Spamalot and Days of Wine and Roses announce early closings

Teeth cancelled


Hinton Battle Lights Dimming

Hinton Battle, the three-time Tony Award®-winning actor regarded as one of Broadway’s leading versatile and trailblazing actors, dancers, and singers. Mr. Battle passed away on January 30, 2024, at the age of 67. On March 12, 2024, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim all the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute at exactly 6:45pm, in his honor.

“After further consultation among the Committee of Theatre Owners and reflecting on the impact of Hinton Battle, the Committee has shared with his family that all Broadway theatres will dim their lights in his honor on March 12, 2024, at 6:45pm for one minute,” said Jason Laks, Interim President of The Broadway League. “As we continue to remember Mr. Battle’s remarkable talent and array of roles, the decision was made to dim all lights as the most appropriate way to recognize his legacy on Broadway and within our community.”

Peter’s Brainteasers:

First play “A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing” on the 1968 original Broadway cast album of PROMISES, PROMISES right to the end.

Then play the first minute of the overture of the 1963 musical HERE’S LOVE.

After you’ve experienced both, the name of what musical will come to mind?

Hint: it was produced in a season that also saw one of those two musicals I named above.

Michael’s Musical Moments

Jason Robert Brown remembers Steve Lawrence (Facebook link)

Music Opener:

OPENER: “A Room Without Windows”

Music Closer:

CLOSER: “Golden Rainbow”

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