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What Cast Albums Give That Soundtracks Don’t

So the film version of Nine didn’t do so well, did it? For many of us, the biggest problem was that so much of the score was cut. “Only with You, “The Grand Canal,” “Simple,” “Not since Chaplin,” “The Bells of St. Sebastian,” “Be on Your Own,” “The Germans at the Spa,” “Getting Tall” and […]

The Broadway Sports Quiz

The Broadway Sports Quiz

Spring training has just begun for all 30 major league’s baseball teams. And why does this concern a musical theater enthusiast? Because baseball – as well as many other sports – wend their way into our minds, thanks to many lines and lyrics. So even if you don’t know a balk from a walk, or […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!

All right, you promised yourself last year that this year you’d finally go way down yonder to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. And now, this year and Mardi Gras are here, and once again, you didn’t make it. Well, as Cyril Ritchard sings in The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the […]

Hello

Hello, Hazel!

Of course you know the song, “Hello, Dolly!” But do you know the song, “Hello, Hazel?” It comes midway through the first act of Hazel Flagg the musical adaptation of the 1936 movie Nothing Sacred. (And you thought making musicals from movies was a recent development!) That’s the film where New York Morning Star reporter […]

Willkommen

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to MasterworksBroadway! I’m Peter Filichia. I’ve been an original cast aficionado for quite some time. For those of you who share my passion for show albums – be they original cast, revival cast or even studio cast – this is the site for us. While Masterworks Broadway doesn’t quite have an inventory of […]

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.