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Chicago The Broadway Musical Revival 1996

DONNA MARIE ASBURY: TWENTY HAPPY YEARS IN CHICAGO By Peter Filichia

The performer who’s played June for more than twenty Junes decided to leave this June. On the third of the month, Donna Marie Asbury abdicated her role in the Broadway production of CHICAGO. She’d spent most of the last two decades as June, the accused killer in “Cell Block Tango” who insists her husband was […]

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THE PROM GOES VINYL By Peter Filichia

It’s now becoming a badge of honor for any Broadway musical. And THE PROM has received it. No, we’re not talking about Tony nominations, although the show now at the Longacre Theatre recently received seven of them. Of course they’ve been more than welcomed by the show’s performers, staff and crew. However, these days a […]

Gypsy - 50th Anniversary Edition

GYPSY: INDEED A FABLE By Peter Filichia

“A musical.”  “A new musical.” Hundreds if not thousands of Broadway shows have used these terms to define themselves. But sixty years ago this week, Broadway received one of its greatest properties with an atypical description after its title: “GYPSY: A musical fable.” That disclaimer took the pressure off librettist Arthur Laurents to tell the […]

New Faces of 1952 – Original Cast

Here Lies Leonard Sillman’s NEW FACES OF 1952 By Peter Filichia

Did you celebrate the sixty-seventh anniversary of the opening of NEW FACES OF 1952 last week? Yes, on May 16, 1952, Leonard Sillman opened the fourth of his eventual seven revues that featured then-unknown performers. Some became stars (Henry Fonda, 1934; Van Johnson, 1936) while others simply were relegated to a single listing on ibdb.com […]

By Jupiter

BY JUPITER GETS ANOTHER ORBIT By Peter Filichia

Quick! Which Rodgers and Hart show enjoyed the longest run in its original production? PAL JOEY? No, that ran 374 performances, and the show we’re looking for clocked in at 427. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE? Close at 418. THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE? Only 235. We’re going backwards. No, R&H — the first R&H, that is — […]

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.