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Victorious Regina

Victorious Regina

By Peter Filichia It’s turning out to be a good year for Lillian Hellman’s Hubbard family. This fall, The Little Foxes – the 1939 play that made them famous – is getting a production at the New York Theatre Workshop. Another Part of the Forest, Hellman’s 1946 prequel about the greedy Alabama brood, just had […]

Wish You Were Here – Original Broadway Cast 1952

Glad It’s Still Here

by Peter Filichia “Having wonderful time. Wish you were here.” That’s always been the ultimate cliché that vacationers write on their postcards to the folks back home. In 1937, Arthur Kober (once Lillian Hellman’s husband) wrote a comedy about young men and woman seeking love at Camp Karefree, a Catskills resort. He called it “Having […]

Opening the Vault of Cast Recordings

Opening the Vault of Cast Recordings

By David Foil At long last, the celebrated 1958 recording of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina will enter the digital era when Masterworks Broadway releases it on July 20, for digital download and disc-on-demand through Arkivmusic.com. The release of Regina will be the first in a long-range plan to issue a “new” classic Masterworks Broadway title each […]

1776: Not Just for the 4th of July

1776: Not Just for the 4th of July

By Peter Filichia If you’re like me and my friends, you watch the film version of 1776 each 4th of July – and then follow it up by listening to the 1969 original cast album for the next week. For a while there, the recording was unavailable. Now it’s back in a CD set in […]

Gypsy - 50th Anniversary Edition

Gypsy Makes History

By Peter Filichia Extra! Extra! Hey, look at the headline! Historical news is being made! The original cast recording of Gypsy was among 25 recordings selected this year for the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. Those who follow Broadway musicals aren’t surprised. After all, The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 annually has the […]

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.