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There aren’t many people who are able to make the claim that Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin can. In fewer than two years, this composer-and-lyricist team has been able to boast of having both an original cast album and a soundtrack album of the same show. THE PROM, which opened at the Longacre in November, […]

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Sixty years ago this week, one of the most anticipated events in the history of television took place: PETER PAN in color. The first two broadcasts of the musical version of the James M. Barrie classic in 1955 and 1956 had to settle for black and white. But by 1960, color TV had made its […]

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JUNO – AND NOT THAT 2007 TEEN MOVIE By Peter Filichia

“How could a musical that boasted what many have called Blitzstein’s most melodic, accessible music have failed?” So asked Jeff Godsey in 2007. He was writing a paper on the 1959 musical JUNO for a historiography class at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He shared it with me, and I’m glad he did, for we all […]

CLOSE BUT NO TONY By Peter Filichia

Which races were the closest in Tony history? We could ask this question of all two-dozen plus categories that have come, gone or stayed during the awards’ august seventy-four-year history. But for today, let’s limit it to musical performers in their four slots. This list isn’t intended to imply that those who wound up winning and […]

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The Butlers Did It By Peter Filichia

While listening to the splendid original cast album of LITTLE ME – in honor of the show’s fifth-eighth anniversary on Nov. 17 – I started thinking about a certain occupation that’s made its mark on Broadway. Butler. That may seem to be a strange thing to take away from LITTLE ME, given that anyone listening […]

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.