Before There Was Sweet Charity

Before There Was Sweet Charity, There Was Sweet Irma

By Peter Filichia — Who’d expect that Irma La Douce could still be bought 50 years after she reached New York? True, Irma, who arrived here on Sept. 29, 1960, isn’t seen very often anymore. Says Mel Miller, who produced Irma La Douce at his Musicals Tonight! in 2008, “It took me 10 years to […]

The Show Almost Called You're in Town

The Show Almost Called You’re in Town

By Peter Filichia — This week, all of us wish that we wouldn’t have to mark the ninth anniversary of Urinetown’s Sept. 20th opening. How much better the world would be if we could have celebrated it nine days earlier. Alas, Urinetown had originally been set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 at the […]

Your (Make a) Wish Is Granted

Your (Make a) Wish Is Granted

By Peter Filichia — Does the musical based on The Good Fairy have a “Good Fairy” on its side? After all, almost 60 years after the premiere of Make a Wish at the Winter Garden, its original cast album is back in print. For a musical that had a three-month Broadway run, the theory that […]

Follies – Avery Fisher Concert 1985; Stavisky – Soundtrack 1974

Follies Is Still Here

By Peter Filichia Twenty-five years ago this week, a few thousand people had one of the greatest Broadway experiences of their lives – and they weren’t even in a Broadway theater. No, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center proved to be the center of the Broadway universe on September 6 and 7, 1985, when Follies […]

Labor Day Listens

Labor Day Listens

By Peter Filichia — So how will you spend your Labor Day? As summer is a-going out, you may have one last chance to enjoy it. Leave the work to the people in musicals. While you’re on a nice long drive, hear The Producers try to produce. Catch up with photographer Jacques in The Happy […]

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.