This Week on Broadway for March 24, 2024: Water for Elephants


The cast of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS – Photo by Matthew Murphy

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Water for Elephants, An Enemy of the People, Eddie Izzard in Hamlet, The Notebook, Back to the Future: The Musical, A Toast To Steve & Eydie, Metropolitan Opera Artifacts, and Me and My Girl @ Wagner College

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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 
Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

This Tuesday night, March 26th, join Peter at The Drama Book Shop (266 West 39th Street) for Brain Teasers for Broadway Geniuses
Join us at the Drama Book Shop for a Broadway brain breaking event. Test your skill. Learn the tales behind the trivia as Peter Filichia talks us through his newest book.

AND THE WINNER IS … YOU! On Wednesday, April 10th at 7 p.m. at Theatre 555, at 555 West 42nd Street, Please RSVP at [email protected]
For – in all seriousness – AND THE WINNER IS … YOU! also functions as a glorification of the common person. Which of us hasn’t dreamed of getting an award in front of theater full of applauding people? How many of us have had our acceptance speeches ready to go since childhood? This show allows a part of the dream to come true in the midst of a good time.

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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

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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
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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Jessica Molaskey was interviewed by Jena Tesse Fox in a new Spotlight episode! It is available now on Patreon, and will be released to the general public next week.


Paul Alexander Nolan, Isabelle McCalla, and Grant Gustin – Photo by Matthew Murphy

PF: Water for Elephants @ Imperial Theatre

PF + MP: An Enemy of the People @ Circle in the Square Theatre, through June 16, 2024

PF: Eddie Izzard in Hamlet @ The Orpheum Theatre, 126 2nd Ave, following its sold-out engagement at the Greenwich House Theater, through April 14, 2024

MP + JM: The Notebook @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Dorian Harewood and Maryann Plunkett

PF: Back to the Future: The Musical @ Winter Garden Theatre

MP + PF: A Toast To Steve & Eydie, March 18 @ Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Starring David Lawrence and Debbie Gravitte

MP: Metropolitan Opera Artifacts

MP: Me and My Girl @ Wagner College


News: Tammy Faye musical will be re-opening Palace Theatre (after Ben Platt concert)

Tammy Faye
1st Preview: Oct 19, 2024
Opening Date: Nov 14, 2024

Peter’s Brainteasers:

An actor and an actress made five films together, one of which became a musical.

This was in the early ‘60s.

The musical had a different name from the film.

It wasn’t a hit, although the entire score was written by a lyricist who had won a Best Song Oscar.

This ‘60s musical in question happened little more than a year after the actress in question had starred in a different musical that wasn’t a hit, either.

As for the actor, he never appeared in a Broadway musical, but he is mentioned in one, thanks to a lyric in a Jerry Herman song.

Who are they?

In what film did they appear?

What was the name of its musical version of it?

In what musical did she star?

In what Jerry Herman song is he mentioned?

Michael’s Musical Moments

Eydie Gorme

Music Opener:

OPENER: “If He Walked Into My Life” from MAME

Music Closer:

CLOSER: “What Did I Have” from ON A CLEAR DAY

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