The Big Bajour

It’s Thomas with a Z., Not Thomas with a 2 By Peter Filichia

So did you know that when the original cast album of Bajour was recorded that one singer didn’t finish her song? At the end of the show’s big romantic ballad “Must It Be Love?” Nancy Dussault gave way on the final phrase to another singer. No, I didn’t know it, either. But that’s the type […]

Irene: A Musical Comedy – Broadway Revival 1973

Irene, Debbie, Carrie and George By Peter Filichia

If you’re anything like me – and mind you, I’m not suggesting you should be – two weeks ago you may very well have played the 1973 revival cast album of Irene. Those who did were undoubtedly paying tribute to three of its cast members who, in one unfortunate fell swoop, died in a three-day […]

Pal Joey – Broadway Revival Cast Recording 1952

Musical Theater’s New Year’s Resolutions By Peter Filichia

As I post this, it’s January 3, 2017, which means that in the past forty-eight hours you’ve broken your New Year’s Resolutions. Still, at nearly two days, that diet lasted longer many others you’ve attempted, didn’t it? Well, there’s still time to make some musical theater resolutions. If you’ve been saying “soundtrack” when you’re referring […]


One of the most delightful songs in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is “Little Known Facts,” in which Lucy explains to Linus that a fir tree gives fur; elms grow into oaks; clouds make the wind blow and seven other pieces of mis-information. I hope I’m more accurate than Lucy in detailing what I […]


Who’d expect that a contemporary Dutch playwright would take time in one of her plays to cite a song from Candide? While I watched The Origin Theatre Company’s production of Lot Vekemans’ arduous but moving Poison, I was astonished to hear “It Must Be So” mentioned. Still, a reference to that excellent short song was […]

Peter Filichia is the theater critic emeritus for the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey and News 12 New Jersey.

He is a columnist each Friday for and

Filichia is the author of Let’s Put on a Musical, now in its third printing; Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit of the Season / The Biggest Flop of the Season and Broadway Musical MVPs 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Last 50 Seasons. His new book, Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks will be published in May, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

He has been a columnist for Playbill,, Theatermania and Theater Week.

Before joining the Theatre World Awards in 1996 as host and head of the selection committee, Filichia served four terms as president of the Drama Desk. He has served on an assessment panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music and the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program.