When West Side Story Was Romeo


Here was Grover Dale, more than sixty years after originating the role in Snowboy in West Side Story, telling us his recollections of the famous classic. So it’s true. When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.   Dale was on a panel I was moderating at BroadwayCon. Also on hand were Joey […]

Stephen Schwartz on His Creative Process: New Legends of Broadway Video

Stephen Schwartz’s Recommendations By Peter Filichia

If only the powers-that-be at RCA Victor had listened to Stephen Schwartz. The story he told me while we traveled to a children’s musical theater festival in Atlanta made me tremendously sad. It’s about to make you sad, too. The discussion started because I had only recently discovered The Pipe Dream, a 1969 RCA Victor […]


The Start of A Chorus Line By Peter Filichia

Were fifteen in attendance, twenty-two or some number in between? Accounts vary among those who participated. Only one thing is for sure: January 26, 1974 — forty-four years ago this week – saw a group of Broadway pros meet at the Nickolaus Exercise Center on Third and East 23rd. In the words of Thommie Walsh, […]

Cabaret’s Sui Generis Cast Album

Three Fiftieth Anniversaries By Peter Filichia

Three wonderful scores and a trio of Tony-winning performances were first – or last – heard on Broadway a full fifty years ago. January 18, 1968 was the opening of The Happy Time, the first of two Kander and Ebb scores that would debut that year. Zorba would be the other. It may be Kander […]

A New "Twelve Days of Christmas"

Up in Smoke By Peter Filichia

“L&M to Lucky Strike.” So goes a lyric in “Here’s Love,” the title song from Meredith Willison’s 1963 musicalization of Miracle on 34th Street. I listen to it every holiday season, for it takes place during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas — and I’ve always adored its title song. “Here’s Love” is first and […]

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.