Filichia Features

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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It was an inspired notion. Ten years after Sandy Wilson had struck gold as the bookwriter, composer and lyricist of THE BOY FRIEND, he decided to revisit those “perfect young ladies from finishing school” that he’d created. Now he’d imagine how they’d fare a decade later with the boy friends who’d become their husbands. As [...]

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Living to be 90 represents a generous life span. Most of us, if we could, would sign a contract today if we were assured we’d be able to last that long. And yet, even after we see someone has attained nonagenarian status, we’re still saddened when he leaves us. Nevertheless, Sandy Wilson, who died at [...]

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The thought occurs to me while I’m driving to Cranford, New Jersey, to see The Theatre Project Jr.’s production of BUGSY MALONE, JR. This was minutes after I’d finished watching Alan Parker’s 1976 film, a spoof of Prohibition-era speakeasies and the gangsters and molls who loved them. Parker’s gimmick was that children would play all [...]

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They’re still talking about your wildly successful production of THE MUSIC MAN, aren’t they? Oh, that dynamic actor who played Harold Hill! Ah, that equally potent actress as Marian Paroo! Why not pair them again in LEAP OF FAITH? LEAP OF FAITH’s Jonas Nightingale is described as “charismatic, complex and wired” in the stage directions. [...]

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