Monday, February 8, 2016

The Great Parade: Peter Filichia, and this date through the years!

Fanny Brice: Where I come from, when two people... well, sort of love each other... oh, never mind.
Nick Arnstein: Well? What do they do when they "sort of love each other"?
Fanny Brice: Well, one of them says, "Why don't we get married?"
Nick Arnstein: Really?
Fanny Brice: Yeah, and sometimes it's even the man. 

Happy February 8th!
Happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the monkey. 
February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 327 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today, I am looking at Februar8 th and all that it holds with a special emphasis on this date in 1963.
One of my horoscopes tells me and my fellow Aquarians to analyze a situation deeply because we just desire to make sure the outcome is what we desire.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

A person born on this day will be 53 years old today. If that same person saved a Penny every day starting at age 6, then by now that person has accumulated $171.66 today. That is, assuming this person is still alive and kicking.
On this date in 1963, travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba
are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
 February 8th 1963 was Friday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of February people in US were listening to Hey Paula by Paul and Paula. In UK The Next Time / Bachelor Boy by Cliff Richard was in the top 5 hits. The Raven, directed by Roger Corman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963.
There was a UFO sighting in Los Angeles on this date in 1963. Read MORE.
King Vidor was born on this date in 1894. Although, he is not officially credited, he directed the black and white portions of The Wizard of Oz. If nothing else, I applaud his expert staging and filming of Over the Rainbow.

Entertainment News

Broadway doesn't always get invited to the Grammy party. In fact, it is rarely included in the annual ceremony, despite the fact that a musical-theater album is awarded a statue every year. However, continuing its unprecedented dominance in the world of Broadway and beyond, the (Grammy-nominated) cast of Hamilton will contribute to the 58th awards ceremony, performing live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre.(Read MORE)

Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
It’s all about the Radio Audience and a bunch of Legends. Ann Hampton Callaway taped two segments of her Radio Program “This Is Cabaret” at the legendary Birdland last night. Jazz/Pop legends Kurt Elling and Marilyn Maye were her special guests, and the standing room only Birdland crowd got to hear a wonderfulrecently received a Legends Award from the legendary radio personality Dick Robinson at a Legends Radio sponsored audience appreciation concert in Florida.Stay tuned for the air dates to listen to all these legends.

evening of conversation and music from these great artists. Ann

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On Wednesday, February 10, Michael Feinstein will welcome recent winners of the Songbook
Academy to join him onstage at Carnegie Hall for the latest installment of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein. Aptly titled “Blame It on My Youth”, the performance will feature Songbook Youth Ambassadors Nick Ziobro (2012), Julia Goodwin (2013), Madelyn Baillio (2014) and Lucas DeBard (2015). Tickets are available at
The Songbook Academy was founded by Michael Feinstein in 2009. It is the only summer music intensive for students that is dedicated to the music of the Great American Songbook. To learn more about this program, visit
Barefoot in the Park opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on October 23, 1963 and closed on June 25, 1967 after 1,530 performances. This was Neil Simon's longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast starred Elizabeth Ashley (Corie), Robert Redford (Paul), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Banks), and Kurt Kasznar (Victor Velasco). The scenic design was by Oliver Smith, costumes by Donald Brooks and lighting by Jean Rosenthal. The play was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards, and Mike Nichols won the award for Best Director (Dramatic).

On Saturday afternoon, February 13th, I will be interviewing Peter Filichia in celebration of his book, The Great Parade: Broadway's Astonishing Never to Be Forgotten 1963-64 Season. (See Details at the bottom of this blog) 
I thought it would be fun to conduct mini interviews here with our cast to introduce them to you! I hope you enjoy.

Celebrating Peter Filichia 
What are the best qualities you inherited from your parents, and the worst?
Best: generosity. Worst: naivete

Favorite theater?

The Winter Garden (The Winter Garden Theatre was dark on February 8th, 1963)

Could you tell me what your creative process is like?
I just work all the time. Whenever I get home, it's right over to the computer.
When I see a show, I take copious notes. For the recent FIDDLER, I filled TWO Playbills worth of notes. When I come home, I transcribe to the computer. Then I just go back to the top, read them all, find what notes can link to others, and do this all the way down to the bottom, when I go back to the top and start again -- and then
I'll find that MORE sentences link. I repeat the process and eventually I have an
article (and a few sentences left over that I simply delete).

If you could get rid of one thing, what would it be? 
A day that ONLY encompasses twenty-four hours. I LOVE that day in October when we turn back the clocks and I get the extra hour to work.

Do you think that Barbra Streisand should have beat out Carol Channing for the Best Actress in a Musical Tony - -and do you feel that FUNNY GIRL should have beaten HELLO, DOLLY! for Best Score.
No to both. Learn more on Saturday at American Popular Song Society. (See below).

Thank you, Peter Filichia,for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,


Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!


Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   

Martin Beck Theatre 1963

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Sep. 18, 1963 - Dec. 28, 1963
Keeping Entertainment LIVE!

Richard Skipper,

Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at:

February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine

Anita Gillette and an all star cast
join  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season
Talk/Performance/Book Signing

Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
Many surprises are in store. 
Please contact me if any questions.
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Admission is Free for Members/$15.00 for Non-Members .

Doors open at 12:30 for those who want to buy sheet music Also members can take tables and sell their stuff. 2:30 -1:30 "Flea Market" 1:30 seating - showtime: 1:45 - 3:30.

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