Filichia on Friday: ‘Give Us Liberty Smith!’

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

This Week: Give Me Liberty Smith!

61sI5KY+GTL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Purchase Peter Filichia’s New Book The Great Parade: Broadway’s Astonishing, Never-to-Be-Forgotten 1963-1964 Season HERE.

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Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles

August 14, 2015: The 2015 Broadway University Entrance Exam.

August 7, 2015: The Wiz That the Wiz Was and Is

July 31, 2015: July’s Leftovers and August’s Brainteaser

July 24, 2015:  It’s Kristin’s Birthday!

July 17, 2015: July, 2015; July, 1977; November, 1965; June, 2014

July 10, 2015: Something Wonderful vs. Something Rotten!

July 3, 2015: The Return of RUTHLESS!

June 26, 2015: June’s Leftovers and July’s Brainteaser.

June 19, 2015: A Classic(s) Saturday.

June 12, 2015: Hail to Thee, North Shore Music Theatre!

June 5, 2015: Welcome 2015-2016!

May 29, 2015: May’s Leftovers and June’s Brainteaser.

May 22, 2015: The answers to The 2015 Broadway University Final Exam.

May 15, 2015: Give Your Regards to Cagney and Creighton.

May 8, 2015: The 2015 Broadway University Final Exam.

May 1, 2015: April’s Leftovers and May’s Brainteaser.

April 24, 2015: Paris Makes Me Thorny.

April 17, 2015: Gigi’s New Gigi.

April 10, 2015: Two Notorious Theatrical Performances.

April 3, 2015: If You Insist on Hearing My Opinion

Peter Filichia.
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, Theater.com, Theatermania and Theater Week. He blogs weekly at MasterworksBroadway.com; 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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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, Theater.com, Theatermania and Theater Week. He blogs weekly at MasterworksBroadway.com; and writes “Filichia Features”for 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.