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BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: THE MUSICAL By Peter Filichia

When Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was all the rage in 1967, many listeners were very glad that “Within You, Without You” was the first song on the second side. These people, who weren’t fond of the song’s Hindustani sound, found it easier to position the needle on the second song on the second […]

Additions That Really Added Up

Happy 50th Birthday, SWEET CHARITY By Peter Filichia

This Friday, January 29, I’ll step into the Palace Theatre to see An American in Paris. It’ll be precisely fifty years since I entered the Palace for the first time to see a musical. That was January 29, 1966, when a teenaged me attended the opening night of Sweet Charity. I bought an F 28 […]

The Broadway Sports Quiz

I’m in the Middle on This by Peter Filichia

“Don’t you find it pretentious that so many writers, directors and performers today use their middle names?” This was the question not asked by Gilbert Gottfried, who does an entire five-minute routine complaining about “The Land of the Three-Named People. It was by a buddy whose anonymity I’ll protect by calling him John. And John […]

Runaways – Original Cast Recording 1978

Remembering Elizabeth Swados by Peter Filichia

The first Broadway show she ever saw was The Boy Friend with Julie Andrews. “I thought it was phenomenal,” she said. So she became interested in musicals and community theater. “I was June in Gypsy,” she said with a smile. “To tell the truth, Gypsy may be my favorite of anything in the entire world.” […]

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MERRILY IT MOVES ALONG By Peter Filichia

One of the nicest aspects to a New Year is that we all tend to look forward. It’s a policy to which creators of musicals have adhered for more than the last three-quarters of a century. In that time, Broadway lyricists have not only written funny songs or lovely ballads, but have also created numbers […]

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.