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Stephen Sondheim on Anyone Can Whistle: New Legends of Broadway Video

OR ARE YOU IN THE MIDDLE WHEN IT COMES TO LINES By Peter Filichia

Last week we talked about Columbia record producer (and sometimes president) Goddard Lieberson’s preference in allowing very few lead-in pieces of dialogue when he recorded a show song. Now — what decisions did he make about including lines of dialogue that occurred during a song? Lieberson was a little more liberal there. Needless to say, […]

DO YOU KNOW YOUR LINES? By Peter Filichia

So — do you agree with Goddard Lieberson on the dialogue issue? Although he’s still regarded as the all-time guru of original cast albums (and probably always will be), the former Columbia Records president decided early on that the original cast albums he’d produce would go easy on the spoken word. Producers of cast albums […]

NOW THAT “HEY, LOOK ME OVER!” IS OVER … By Peter Filichia

Most of the theatergoers who attended Hey, Look Me Over! at Encores! last week told me that they had a great time. Well, what’s not to like, with songs from vintage Broadway musicals? Most of them were from the ‘60s, a few from the ‘50s and ‘70s and a grand finale from 1904. In case […]

GROUNDHOG DAY’S DAY By Peter Filichia

The decision wasn’t hard to make last Friday. Each morning means a search through my original cast album collection to find the one I most want to hear. My choosing one from the thousands-or-so that I have in my collection turns out to be a daily time-consuming struggle. Not this past Feb. 2nd, though. What’s […]

When West Side Story Was Romeo

GROVER DALE REMEMBERS IT ALL FOR YOU By Peter Filichia

Here was Grover Dale, more than sixty years after originating the role in Snowboy in West Side Story, telling us his recollections of the famous classic. So it’s true. When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.   Dale was on a panel I was moderating at BroadwayCon. Also on hand were Joey […]

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.