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On Tuesday, I turned on the TV and just came in at the end of some TV commercial – I don’t even know what it was for – and heard the familiar strains of a song I’ve long admired. I had the same experience on Wednesday, although this time I heard even less of the […]

What Is JEOPARDY By Peter Filichia

Last week, I pointed out that the fourth iteration of JEOPARDY, which debuted on September 10, 1984, celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary. In the spirit of the game, I gave thirty-five answers to which you were challenged to respond with thirty-five questions. Unlike contestants who must buzz in a split-second after they think they know the […]

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Its TV Revival Began Thirty-Five Years Ago This Week. By Peter Filichia

In case you overlooked the title of this article, may I reiterate? Its TV revival began thirty-five years ago this week. That’s the answer. Now what’s the question? What is JEOPARDY? The most erudite of all game shows had its fourth iteration debut on September 10, 1984. Since then, the show that has its contestants […]

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This week marks the birthday of someone who was as interested in theater as we are. Not musical theater, no, because that art form hadn’t yet been born when Queen Elizabeth I of England was on September 7, 1533. But as we approach the 486th anniversary of her coming into the world, let’s celebrate this […]

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AND THE 1946-47 TONY FOR BEST SCORE GOES TO… by Peter Filichia

Quick! What score was the first to win a Tony Award? Given that we’re talking about the 1946-47 season, Lerner and Loewe’s BRIGADOON is a good guess. After all, it had three hit songs: “Almost Like Being in Love,” “The Heather on the Hill” and “There but for You Go I.”  But it didn’t win. […]

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.