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MISTAKES WERE MADE By Peter Filichia

If you’re traveling through the Southwest and saunter into a Navajo gift shop, you may decide to buy a handsome rug only moments before you decide not to. After careful examination, you may notice a tiny flaw in it. Check another rug and you’ll discover a defect in that one, too – and the next […]

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SONDHEIM’S WORST ENEMY By Peter Filichia

He’s done it again. Stephen Sondheim has a way of minimizing his achievements. It’s not false modesty. It isn’t even modesty. It’s hyper-criticism of his own work. Even those who have only come to know musicals in the past few months probably know that that Sondheim has been highly critical of his work on WEST […]

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SATURDAY REVIEW’S SURVEY By Peter Filichia

“The American Theatre ’64: Its Problems & Promise.” So read the cover of the Feb. 22, 1964 issue of SATURDAY REVIEW. With its fifty-sixth anniversary coming up later this week – which ironically will again be a Saturday – let’s review its four-page article called “The American Musical – 1964.” It offered a survey that, […]

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OSCAR SINGS! By Peter Filichia

How to get into the right mood for Sunday night’s Oscars? I spent the week listening to Academy Award winners who’d appeared in musicals from Paul (WATCH ON THE RHINE) Lukas to Jose (CYRANO DE BERGERAC) Ferrer in THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER to Kevin (A FISH NAMED WANDA) Kline in ON THE TWENTIETH […]

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MARIAN SELDES’ OFF-HOUR By Peter Filichia

Jordan Schildcrout has two eye-opening surprises for us in his marvelous new book IN THE LONG RUN. In his analysis of fifteen of the twenty-six Broadway plays that have managed to run over 1,000 performances, Schildcrout gives us two little-known facts about DEATHTRAP. Both involve Marian Seldes. No essay on Ira Levin’s terrific thriller would […]

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.