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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SID RAMIN! By Peter Filichia

Sid Ramin’s birthday is apparently approaching – but when? Depending on what you read, the orchestrator might be 100 on January 22nd, as Wikipedia claims. Or is Ramin a mere ninety-five, as says the website for Columbia University where many of Ramin’s papers are stored? There’s a third possibility which I’m most inclined to believe […]

REMEMBERING CAROL CHANNING By Peter Filichia

I’ve always wondered what got her on Richard M. Nixon’s famous Enemies List. In fact, some years back when I interviewed Carol Channing for the Theatre on Film and Tape Archives at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, I even began the taping by mentioning the condemnation. For a while, Ms. Channing […]

THE PROM: BETTER THAN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DANCE By Peter Filichia

Once again, I wish that the Tonys would give an award for Best Song. It really should, you know. Note that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dispensed an annual Oscar for Best Song since 1934. You’d think that the Tonys, which has a Best Musical category – which the Oscars don’t […]

WAITING AROUND FOR THE BALL TO DROP By Peter Filichia

Ever since moving to New York, I’ve more often than not sauntered into Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the fabled ball drop. So this past Monday night, while en route to my destination, I passed by the locale where the 1962 TV special JULIE AND CAROL AT CARNEGIE HALL was taped. (That’s […]

ONCE IN LOVE WITH IN-ONES By Peter Filichia

When TAKE ME ALONG recently marked its fifty-ninth anniversary, Elliot J. Cohen went to Facebook and posted pictures from the original Broadway production. One of them had Jackie Gleason and Walter Pigeon strutting their stuff while performing the nifty title song. They were close to the edge of the stage, for right behind them was […]

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.