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Filichia Features: JOHN & JEN & JOHN

by Peter Filichia on February 27, 2015

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Here’s what I’ve observed about brothers and sisters. They fight like mad when they’re young, but as time goes by, they start to see the other’s virtues. That leads to their truly loving each other. What makes JOHN & JEN a more compelling musical than most is that it shows the opposite scenario. The 1995 [...]

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So, after seeing a stunning performance of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at New York University, I was suddenly in the company of three men of great importance. Bookwriter Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty and John Simpkins, the show’s director, surrounded me on a panel I moderated. I commenced by a McNally line in THE [...]

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Audiologists tell us that we lose a little bit of our hearing, however slight, each and every time we hear a loud noise. Those who annually attend Junior Theater Festival hope this isn’t true. Just imagine 4,000-plus kids who scream in the main ballroom of the Waverly Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta. They reach decibel levels [...]

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While there’s been plenty of singing and dancing at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, now it’s time for a ton of talk. For after Saturday morning’s presentations of kids performing various Jr. musicals (and an all-too-quick lunch), learned teachers will now learn more at workshops. Many of their shirts and blouses are bisected by red [...]

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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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