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N.Y.C.: A THREE-HOUR TOUR By Peter Filichia

“New York, New York, a helluva town,” according to lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Broadway first heard this proclamation seventy-five years ago this week when their ON THE TOWN opened with Leonard Bernstein’s music to boot. When ON THE TOWN was filmed, “a helluva town” was deemed too profane by the censors. So the […]


When Strava, a social network for athletes, did some research on peoples’ New Year’s resolutions, it found that the best laid plans of men and women are usually abandoned by January 12th. Statistics also show that people who join gyms and then don’t show up to use the exercise equipment waste $1.8 billion a year. […]

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: The Ultimate Jukebox Musical By Peter Filichia

As we approach January 16 – the anniversary of Ethel Merman’s birth – let’s look at her biggest triumph. Merman often said Rose in GYPSY was her favorite role – and we can all understand why. Nevertheless, Irving Berlin’s ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was her longest-running hit. As Annie Oakley, she played virtually all of […]



Adding them all up, there weren’t all that many Jerry Herman songs that Broadway would ever get to hear. A mere dozen in MILK AND HONEY, MACK & MABEL and HELLO, DOLLY! Only eleven in MAME, DEAR WORLD, THE GRAND TOUR and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  There were five others as a result of Herman’s […]

New Legends of Broadway Video with Hal Prince


At the Harold Prince Memorial, which of the esteemed producer-director’s many musicals was represented by the most songs? If you weren’t at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 16, you might guess THE PAJAMA GAME, DAMN YANKEES, WEST SIDE STORY or FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. After all, they were among Prince’s biggest household-name hits. Here’s betting, […]

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.