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Gypsy - 50th Anniversary Edition

HI, EVERYBODY! HER NAME IS JUNE – AND LANE BRADBURY By Peter Filichia

Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Here’s Lane Bradbury! She hasn’t made a Broadway appearance in fifty-three years, but many musical theatre aficionados immediately recognize her name. Bradbury was, after all, the original Dainty June in Gypsy. On the (absolutely great) original cast album, she can be heard in “If Momma Was Married” […]

Hair Series

WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS HAIR By Peter Filichia

As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s cite a musical that mentions the famous date albeit in one of Broadway’s most anti-government shows. But there it is in “Going Down” in Hair: “Forgive me if I don’t cry; it’s like the Fourth of July.” The context? Teenager Berger feels that this is his personal Independence Day […]

Damn Yankees – Original Broadway Cast Recording 1955

IT’S THE WRONG SONG IN THE WRONG PLACE By Peter Filichia

Don’t misunderstand. The songs I’m about to cite here are all musical theater songs that I dearly love. Out of context, that is. However, whenever I look at the shows for which they were written, I always think that they’ve been put in the wrong places. This again occurred to me last month when I […]

Ron Fassler Brings Back the Musical Memories By Peter Filichia

Ron Fassler undoubtedly agrees with John Rushton, the little tyke who insists, “Gee, it’s neat to be a newsboy,” in Working. For many of his early teenage years – roughly late 1967 to early 1973 – Fassler did that same job. Rushton never told us how he spent his earnings, but Fassler has: he attended […]

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.