Perhaps the situation didn’t play out this way, but I’d like to think it did. Daisy Prince meets a young songwriter named Jason Robert Brown. She hears what he has to offer, is greatly impressed with his work – but is most taken with one song: “Just One Step.” She tells him “My father has […]

Two Birdies in the Hand By Peter Filichia

The question was recently asked on Facebook. “Should I get the Broadway cast album of BYE BYE BIRDIE or the soundtrack?” Bless the poster for knowing the difference! Broadway stage musicals have cast albums; recordings from movies are soundtracks (for a film has a track of sound). And given that this week is the fifty-fifth […]

Black (Musical Theater) History Month

In Honor of Bob Fosse’s Ninety-First Birthday By Peter Filichia

“Was I ever eager, pushy, needy, scared, hungry, confident. I felt there was nothing I couldn’t do.” So said Bob Fosse in 1985. Considering that this was one year before he brought one new musical to Broadway – and a revival only five days later – he should have said “There’s still nothing I can’t […]

Gwen Verdon: The Merely Marvelous Big Deal By Peter Filichia

I’ve lately been spending a good deal of time with Gwen Verdon. Not literally, of course; sad to say, the legendary star left us nearly eighteen years ago. But through two different media, Gwen Verdon is getting the chance to return into our hearts and minds — or be introduced to them. For decades, we’ve […]

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.