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Charting the Original Cast Albums

Charting the Original Cast Albums

By Peter Filichia – Fifty years ago, Camelot was in the middle of its six-week reign as The #1 Record Album in the land. Not The #1 Musical Theater Record Album in the land. The #1 Record Album in the land — period. In other words, no other album from January 23 through March 2, […]

Songs for February 2

Songs for February 2

By Peter Filichia — So this is the week we celebrate Groundhog Day, which has taken on a new and different meaning ever since that Bill Murray movie debuted in 1993. In case you’ve missed it – and I hope you haven’t – Murray portrays Phil Connors, a weatherman on a one-day assignment in Punxsutawney, […]

Sweet Music

Sweet Music, Lyrics — and Star

By Peter Filichia — Once The Small World of Charity was announced in early 1965, all Broadway was looking forward to this new Bob Fosse musical that would star Gwen Verdon. But there was never anything small about any Bob Fosse musical, so the name of this Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musicalization of Fellini’s Cabiria was […]

One of My Old Fav'rite Songs from Way Back When

One of My Old Fav’rite Songs from Way Back When

By Peter Filichia — Since MasterworksBroadway and Arkiv have made concerted efforts to re-release a number of stage recordings of yore, I’ve found that my friends have been most looking forward to Originals: Musical Comedy, 1909-1935. To be frank, I was a little surprised. Most of my buddies get enthusiastic about recordings of full scores. […]

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

By Peter Filichia — It’s one of the worst-kept secrets of musical theater. Many a song that was written for one musical wound up dropped – but some time later wound up in another show. I’m not counting interpolated songs that went into already existing properties; for example, when 42nd Street came to the stage […]

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.