Filichia Features

When parents come to the school where their child is enrolled, they’re usually prepared to hear bad news. What’s she done now? How badly has he behaved? Am I about to meet teachers who’ll list multiple breaches of etiquette that will result in our kid’s getting suspended? Maybe the best we can hope for is [...]

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Whether you loved or loathed PETER PAN LIVE! on Dec. 4, you may well have been reminded of all the pleasures that the 1954 musical has to offer. As a result, you’ve decided to give the vintage musical a serious look toward producing it. At Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, New Jersey, director-choreographer Michael Blevins [...]

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Of course we all wish that Adolph Green were here to celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 2, 2014, but we’ll have to do it for him. Green did live to be 87, until Oct. 23, 2002 — a sad day for musical theater. Betty Comden, his now-and-forever writing partner, was still alive, so there [...]

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Filichia Features: DOGFIGHT Wins

by Peter Filichia on November 28, 2014

in Dogfight,Filichia Features

Here’s a story about “The Three B’s” that has nothing to do with Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Instead, this trio of young men can be called The Three Little Pigs who deserve three “F’s” for their behavior. But three writers – librettist Peter Duchan and songsmiths Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — get three “A’s” [...]

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Once a musical is cast and its performers know what they have to do, you’ll find they’ll split up into two camps. Some will listen intently to the original cast album. Some will completely avoid it, lest they be swayed by the interpretations given by the original artists. But wait! While those who opt to [...]

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You’re the drama director at an all-boys’ school who’s looking for a musical that requires far more young men than young women. Oh, a show with a few female roles is fine, for you can borrow bodies from a nearby all-girls’ school. But still, there aren’t many shows that meet your requirements. After all, you [...]

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More and more I continue to value LEGALLY BLONDE as a significant musical. Yes, significant. Not just fun: significant, with many positive messages. Granted, many originated in Amanda Brown’s 2000 novel as well as the 2001 screenplay by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith. But bless Heather Hach’s book and the score by Laurence O’Keefe and [...]

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The ads proclaimed “SHE LOVES ME in Concert,” but as we’ve all learned, “in concert” can mean many different things. Would this presentation at 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, New Jersey offer us some or all of the songs that composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick wrote for their 1963 masterpiece? Would some, all [...]

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The most enduring song from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is, of course, “Sunrise, Sunset.” Since late 1964, has there ever been a wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah where it hasn’t been played? Its theme is how “swiftly go the days.” Indeed they do, Sheldon Harnick agrees. The lyricist of the Tony-winning classic “can’t believe” [...]

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The laughs were long, hard and genuine guffaws after most jokes. The applause was strong and hard after all songs. The opening night crowd couldn’t contain its enthusiasm — and had no desire to. And the show was BIG. Eighteen years ago, BIG had the misfortune to open just as RENT was taking Broadway by storm, [...]

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