Filichia Features

The selfies have been taken, the gift shop has been perused, the impromptu dancing to “Under the Sea” has finished, and many a “Break a leg!” has been advised. Now that 8:45 a.m. is near, everyone who’s come to perform this Saturday morn at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta must get to one of 13 [...]

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Most people like to sleep late on a Saturday morning, but on Jan. 17, more than 4,000 people, ranging from tweens to seniors, are wide awake not long after the crack of Saturday’s dawn. That’s been the case in Atlanta for the last ten years each third Saturday in January. At the Renaissance Waverly Hotel [...]

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One created “Mission: Impossible.” The other composed the themes to “General Hospital” and “The Marvel Super-Heroes” (meaning Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor and Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner). Those credits wouldn’t lead anyone to assume that these two writers would pen a musical version of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s “The [...]

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May this be your favorite year. It could be if you and your theater company stage MY FAVORITE YEAR. Granted, when the musical by bookwriter Joseph Dougherty, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens debuted in 1992, it wound up playing more previews (45) than official performances (36). When it shuttered, I had a theory [...]

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It’s a new year, which we’re all hoping will be the best we’ve ever had. One way to make that happen is to make good New Year’s Resolutions. And keep them. This year, don’t merely make vows to lose weight, drink less and smoke not at all. If you produce, direct or perform in musical [...]

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“You saw some of it on TV. Now see all of it on stage.” That’s one way you could advertise your production of ELF during the 2015 holiday season. After all, the recent animated NBC special — although funny, charming and touching — was a mere hour long and offered only a fraction of Thomas [...]

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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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