This Week on Broadway for March 31, 2024: The Who’s Tommy


(l-r) John Ambrosino (Uncle Ernie), Bobby Conte (Cousin Kevin), Ali Louis Bourzgui (Tommy),
Alison Luff (Mrs. Walker), Adam Jacobs (Captain Walker) and the company of THE WHO’S TOMMY Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about The Who’s Tommy, Water for Elephants, Philadelphia, Here I Come! @ Irish Rep, Jersey Boys @ John W. Engeman Theater, The Wicked Stage: Songs About Show Business Hosted by Christine Pedi @ 54 Below, and La Rondine @ Metropolitan Opera with Jonathan Tetelman as Ruggero.

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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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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 for everyone!


(Center) Bobby Conte (Cousin Kevin) and the ensemble of THE WHO’S TOMMY Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

PF: The Who’s Tommy @ Nederlander Theatre

MP: Water for Elephants @ Imperial Theatre

PF: Philadelphia, Here I Come! @ Irish Rep, through May 5, 2024

Philadelphia, Here I Come!, presented by Irish Repertory Theatre. Philadelphia, Here I Come! is the third production in The Friel Project, a retrospective of the work of renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel, celebrating Irish Rep’s 35th Anniversary. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly (Endgame), Philadelphia, Here I Come! will begin previews on Saturday March 16, 2024, with an opening night set for Sunday March 24, for a limited run through Sunday May 5, 2024, on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage at Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street).

Is Brian Friel and Irish version of Arthur Miller?

MP: Jersey Boys @ John W. Engeman Theater (Long Island), through May 26, 2024

MP: The Wicked Stage: Songs About Show Business, Hosted by Christine Pedi @ 54 Below, March 25, 2024
Christine Pedi, musical theatre comedienne & Sirius XMs On Broadway channel daily presenter will host and perform and music director and rare music archivist Michael Lavine will be at the piano. They will lead an incredible cast of musical theatre folks to be announced who will perform in this unforgettable evening!

Featuring: John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Anastasia), Grammy Award nominee Marilyn Maye (“The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” ” Cabaret”), Zal Owen (Harmony), Christine Pedi (Chicago), and Tony Award® nominee Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street, The Producers)

MP + PF: La Rondine @ Metropolitan Opera, through April 20, 2024

Jonathan Tetelman is Ruggero in La Rondine


Ariana DeBose To Host Tony Awards For Third Consecutive Year by Greg Evans

Ariana DeBose Will Host the 2024 Tony Awards BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK

The gig will mark DeBose’s third consecutive time hosting the Broadway’s top honors, placing her in an esteemed list of other three-time Tony hosts that include Julie Andrews, Bud Collyer, Rosie O’Donnell, and James Sauter. DeBose’s record will only be bested by four-time hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane, and Robert Preston; and reigning champion five-time host, Angela Lansbury.

Peter’s Brainteasers:

What do these Broadway musicals have in common? WISH YOU WERE HERE in the ‘50s. COCO in the ‘60s, DUDE in the ‘70s, JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY in the ‘80s, PASSION in the 90s and AVENUE Q in this century.

Michael’s Musical Moments

Jersey Boys

Music Opener:

OPENER: “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Music Closer:

CLOSER: “Who Loves You?”

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