Filichia Features

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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Too bad there isn’t a meter to measure civic pride. If there were, Mason City, Iowa – the real River City that bookwriter-composer-lyricist Meredith Willson fictionalized in his Tony-winning 1957-58 musical THE MUSIC MAN – would score high. Now the town with 28,000 people has bought more than 2,000 tickets to two nights of Shirley [...]

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It all started from a casual, off-the-cuff story. “About a half-dozen years ago,” says Patrick Cassidy, “I was Harold Hill and Mom was Mrs. Paroo in a full production of THE MUSIC MAN at the Bushnell in Hartford.” “Mom,” not so incidentally, is Shirley Jones, who has a history with THE MUSIC MAN. She was, [...]

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Fifty years ago this week, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opened at the Imperial Theatre and wound up becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history. Granted, now that we’re in an era of much longer runs thanks to New York tourism and fewer Broadway productions, FIDDLER now merely occupies 16th place on the long-run list; THE [...]

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He’d called and said he’d be a little late for the 10 a.m. rehearsal, so even when the clock struck 10:15 and Bernie Yvon hadn’t yet arrived, no one gave it much of a thought. By 10:30, a few started to worry. By 10:45, most everyone was concerned. Then someone heard on the radio that [...]

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