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Guest Blog: When Are They Going To Release… ?

Guest Blog: When Are They Going To Release… ?

By David Foil Get together a group of Broadway musical fans, bring up the subject of cast recordings, and, sooner or later, you’re going to hear an impatient question that begins with the words, “When are they going to release… ?” Meet “they” – at least as far as the Masterworks Broadway catalogue is concerned. […]

What a Bonus!

What a Bonus!

By Peter Filichia Wasn’t that Anyone Can Whistle Encores! concert last week sensational? Yes, the book once again let us down — though you have to admire that Arthur Laurents went out on a limb and wrote in a style unlike any he’d tried before or since. But, oh, that Stephen Sondheim score! Goddard Lieberson […]

Welcome to the Wondies

Welcome to the Wondies

First, there were the Jekkies – the fervently devoted fans of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde. Throughout the show’s long 1995 cross-country tryout, they kept appearing at the various theaters, sparing no expense to see their beloved musical. And the Jekkies begat the Pimpies, who equally celebrated Wildhorn’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. They in turn begat […]

Guest Blog: No second acts in American lives? Take that

Guest Blog: No second acts in American lives? Take that, Scott Fitzgerald!

By David Foil Call it a tipping point. Call it a watershed. Call it, by all means, a “magic moment.” However you characterize it, Barbara Cook’s concert at Carnegie Hall on January 29, 1975, was a kind of joyous pivotal event in our love affair with classic American songs. Columbia Masterworks’ live recording of the […]

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 www.mtishows.com and www.kritzerland.com.

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, Theater.com, 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.