DESPERATE MEASURES Measures Up By Peter Filichia

“These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for.” So says Sweeney Todd to his soon-to-be-partner-in-culinary-crime. The times we’re now living in may or may not be desperate depending on your point-of-view, but there’s no question that in these days of musical theater, DESPERATE MEASURES is called for. Not “are” called for, but “is” called for, […]

JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY Is Alive and Well By Peter Filichia 

I’ve often felt bad for musical theater aficionados who were born after 1991. Ditto to the ones who only became interested in this art form after that year came and went. For I’ve assumed that if these young‘uns have the goal of seeing a production of every Tony-winning musical — and which of us does […]

Happy Birthday, Kristin Chenoweth! By Peter Filichia

I won’t tell you how old she is, but I will tell you that July 24th is Kristin Chenoweth’s birthday. An ideal way to celebrate tonight is by playing “Tonight” via the recording that she made with Hugh Panaro. It’s on A PLACE FOR US – A TRIBUTE TO 50 YEARS OF WEST SIDE STORY. […]


Manhattan theaters have played host to THE THREE SISTERS in Russian, RUGANTINO in Italian and PACIFIC OVERTURES in Japanese. So with New York City as home to more Jews than Tel Aviv has, is it any wonder of wonders that we should now have a production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish? The National […]

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.