Filichia On Friday:’McCasland Takes on Tallulah, Tennessee, Laurette, and Billie’

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts.


McCasland Takes on Tallulah, Tennessee, Laurette, and Billie

Peter Filichia.

Peter Filichia is the New York-based theater critic emeritus for The Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger newspaper and News 12 television station. He is also the author of Let’s Put on a Musical (Back Stage Books, 2007), now in its third printing; Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hits /The Biggest Flops of the Season (Applause Books, 2010); and Broadway Musical MVPs 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Last 50 Seasons (Applause Books, 2011), chosen one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Performing Arts titles of 2011. His new book, Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks: A Very Opinionated History of the Broadway Musicals That Did Not Win the Tony Award, will be published in May, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

Peter has been a columnist for Playbill,, Theatermania and Theater Week. He blogs weekly at; and writes Filichia Featuresfor Musical Theatre International’s Web site The Marquee, and Filichia on Friday for Kritzerland Records’ Web site.

Before joining the Theatre World Awards in 1996 as host and head of the selection committee, Peter served four terms as president of the Drama Desk. He has served on an assessment panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program.

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One Response to Filichia On Friday:’McCasland Takes on Tallulah, Tennessee, Laurette, and Billie’

  1. John Ellis August 24, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Poor Angela. From the live tape, she sang the songs in the same high keys as Constance Towers and hit the notes, but it took the color out of her voice. I still think it’s odd that since Brynner had done the film so many people wanted to see him repeat the role on stage, but then at that time videos (and DVDs) weren’t pervasive. I wonder if that could happen today? Even in the 80s I would run into people who would claim that Lansbury was not a star (usually Rosalind Russell fans) and I suppose that just supported their contention.