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OSCAR SINGS! By Peter Filichia

How to get into the right mood for Sunday night’s Oscars? I spent the week listening to Academy Award winners who’d appeared in musicals from Paul (WATCH ON THE RHINE) Lukas to Jose (CYRANO DE BERGERAC) Ferrer in THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER to Kevin (A FISH NAMED WANDA) Kline in ON THE TWENTIETH […]


Jordan Schildcrout has two eye-opening surprises for us in his marvelous new book IN THE LONG RUN. In his analysis of fifteen of the twenty-six Broadway plays that have managed to run over 1,000 performances, Schildcrout gives us two little-known facts about DEATHTRAP. Both involve Marian Seldes. No essay on Ira Levin’s terrific thriller would […]

N.Y.C.: A THREE-HOUR TOUR By Peter Filichia

“New York, New York, a helluva town,” according to lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Broadway first heard this proclamation seventy-five years ago this week when their ON THE TOWN opened with Leonard Bernstein’s music to boot. When ON THE TOWN was filmed, “a helluva town” was deemed too profane by the censors. So the […]


When Strava, a social network for athletes, did some research on peoples’ New Year’s resolutions, it found that the best laid plans of men and women are usually abandoned by January 12th. Statistics also show that people who join gyms and then don’t show up to use the exercise equipment waste $1.8 billion a year. […]

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: The Ultimate Jukebox Musical By Peter Filichia

As we approach January 16 – the anniversary of Ethel Merman’s birth – let’s look at her biggest triumph. Merman often said Rose in GYPSY was her favorite role – and we can all understand why. Nevertheless, Irving Berlin’s ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was her longest-running hit. As Annie Oakley, she played virtually all of […]

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.