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A Historical Novelist’s Look at 1776 

Like so many of us, I spent The Fourth of July watching the film of 1776 – the first laserdisc version, of course, which restores much material that had been cut. True, “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” looks a little weird with the conservatives looking as if they don’t quite know how to dance. But Sherman […]

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IN THIS BIG WONDROUS CITY OF FUN By Peter Filichia

For those of us who were around then, the wait seemed interminable. Fifty-three years ago this month, all nineteen Broadway productions and ten road shows closed because of an Actors Equity Association strike. On that dark June 17th day, we wondered if Broadway would ever return. It did, on June 20. Needless to say, considering […]

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MUSICAL THEATER PRIDE By Peter Filichia

Now that we’re approaching Pride Week, let’s listen to the musical theater songs that will keep it gay. Including, of course, “Keep It Gay” from THE PRODUCERS, where we meet flamboyant Roger De Bris and Carmen Ghia. That was in 2001, by which point full out-of-the-closet gays were routinely seen on the Broadway stage. But […]

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IRENE AND OTHER CINDERELLAS By Peter Filichia

Although it closed 100 years ago this week, its logo is on the front cover of a brand-new book. Dan Dietz’ THE COMPLETE BOOK OF 1910s BROADWAY MUSICALS details 312 book shows from that decade. Thus, any one of them could have been pictured on its cover: HOP O’ MY THUMB, THE MELTING OF MOLLY, […]

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VERY GOOD, EDDIE SHAPIRO! By Peter Filichia

NINETEEN WONDERFUL GUYS would be a more apt title. Yet Eddie Shapiro, author of A WONDERFUL GUY, used the singular when naming his 358-page tome of “conversations with the great men of musical theater.” Actually, after you read his new book from Oxford University Press, you might up that nineteen to twenty. For Shapiro – […]

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.