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Juno – Original Cast Album 1959

Do You Know Juno? By Peter Filichia

Seeing the excellent current production of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK at the Irish Repertory Theatre reminded me of the stunning musical version of the Sean O’Casey play. Last month was the sixtieth anniversary of its opening when it didn’t get the money reviews it needed. Don’t let the fact that it closed in two weeks […]

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ROMEO FIRST AND FOREMOST By Peter Filichia

To celebrate The Bard’s 453rd birthday last week, I watched SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. The 1998 Oscar-winning film shows the world’s greatest playwright struggling to write ROMEO AND ETHEL, THE PIRATE’S DAUGHTER. Of course he eventually turned it into ROMEO AND JULIET, which is still arguably his most popular play. Screenwriters Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman […]

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SAY HI TO HIGH BUTTON SHOES By Peter Filichia

With HIGH BUTTON SHOES about to have a revival at Encores! (May 8-12), Masterworks Broadway is now making the 1947 original cast album digitally available.  In 1946, popular novelist Stephen Longstreet had penned THE SISTERS LIKED THEM HANDSOME, a reminiscence of his own family. On the flyleaf he wrote “I can remember when there had […]

1776: Not Just for the 4th of July

AND THE TONY GOES TO … 1776 By Peter Filichia

Fifty years ago this week Broadway witnessed an event it never expected – especially considering what had happened only seventy-one days earlier. On Feb. 8, 1969, 1776 began its out-of-town tryout in New Haven to little enthusiasm. On April 20, 1969, it won the Tony Award as Best Musical. The show had been kicking around […]

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LADY IN THE DARK Comes into the Light By Peter Filichia

Let’s hope another quarter-century doesn’t have to pass before we see LADY IN THE DARK. Do the math: nearly twenty-five years to the day will have passed since Encores! resurrected the groundbreaking – nay, earth-shattering – show in its first-ever season. But if the next airing of LADY IN THE DARK does take an inordinate […]

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.