This Week on Broadway for April 7, 2024: Tuesdays with Morrie @ Sea Dog Theater


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the passing of Christopher Durang. Reviews include Tuesdays with Morrie @ Sea Dog Theater, The Who’s Tommy, Teeth @ Playwrights Horizons, Brynolf & Ljung in Stalker, Corruption @ Lincoln Center Theater, Appropriate @ Belasco, Spring Awakening @ The Center at West Park, and Ellen’s Stardust Diner partners with Luv Michael

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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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Jan Simpson’s All The Drama: “Strange Interlude” by Eugene O’Neill, 1928 Pulitzer Prize Winner released on Patreon, next week to the general public.

Christopher Durang (1949-2024)

Christopher Durang, Playwright Who Mixed High Art and Low Humor, Dies at 75 By Alexis Soloski
In a career spanning more than 40 years, he established himself as a hyperliterate jester and an anarchic clown.
Christopher Durang in 2008. “He was a very, very funny writer,” said André Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, “but what he wrote about and what lay underneath those plays was quite serious.”

Christopher Durang, the Surrealist of Snark
In works like “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the playwright would force you to laugh, not to dull the pain but to hone it.

Her Personal Playwright

Dysfunctional Since Before It Was Cool

Michael’s interview with Chris Durang in 2007
Everybody Comes to Rick Shaw’s by Michael Portantiere
Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick bring their film noir parody musical Adrift in Macao to Primary Stages.


PF: Tuesdays with Morrie @ Sea Dog Theater, 209 E. 16th Street, through April 20, 2024
Tuesdays with Morrie is the humorous and poignant story of career-obsessed journalist Mitch Albom, who sixteen years after graduation serendipitously learns that his former sociology professor Morrie is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. What starts as a simple visit, turns into a weekly pilgrimage and the last class in the meaning of life.

MP + JM: The Who’s Tommy @ Nederlander Theatre

PF: Teeth @ Playwrights Horizons, through April 28, 2024 (extended)
Dawn O’Keefe is an evangelical Christian teen with a powerful secret not even she understands – when men violate her, her body bites back. Literally. From Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winner Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop) and Anna K. Jacobs (POP!), Teeth, based on the cult classic film of the same name, is a fierce, rapturous, and savagely entertaining new musical crackling with irrepressible desire and ancient rage – a dark comedy conjuring the legend of one girl whose sexual curse is also her salvation.
Book and Music by Anna K. Jacobs
Book and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly
Directed by Sarah Benson

MP + PF: Brynolf & Ljung in Stalker, produced by Penn & Teller @ New World Stages, through September 1, 2024

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

PF: Appropriate @ Belasco, through June 23, 2024
(Peter saw it at the Hayes in December 2023)

MP: Spring Awakening @ The Center at West Park, 86 & Amsterdam
Produced by Breaking Borders International Performing Artists

PF: Ellen’s Stardust Diner partners with Luv Michael
Luv Michael is a Non Profit 501c3 dedicated to training, educating, and employing autistic adults and improving the lives of the autistic community beyond the lives of their parents.


Kate Shindle stepping down as AEA president

Joe Iconis and Lauren Marcus Welcome Their First Child

Peter’s Brainteasers:

The Show-Me The State, The Bluegrass State, and The Land of Lincoln could very well bring to mind a musical theater character. How?

Michael’s Musical Moments

The Who’s TOMMY Concept Album

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