No Matter How Vile, the Theatre Fraternity Will Protect Its Members

No Matter How Vile, the Theatre Fraternity Will Protect Its Members

Last week, BroadwayRadio critic, Peter Filichia body-shamed performers in his review of Camp Morning Wood on his weekly podcast segment. His comments included repeatedly calling a performer “substantially overweight” and mocking the genitalia of performers who appeared nude in the show. Obviously, there was swift backlash with many calling out Filichia for his comments. But something I found equally surprising and disappointing was not how much support Filichia was receiving, but from where the support was coming from.

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Critic Under Fire Has History of Problematic Comments in His Reviews

Critic Under Fire Has History of Problematic Comments in His Reviews

BroadwayRadio critic, Peter Filichia recently body shamed performers on their weekly podcast. Many have called out the longtime critic while others have defended him by stating this isn’t indicative of him as a writer. However, when looking at some of his previous reviews, Filichia appears to have a history with making these types of comments. They range from racist to describing people with fat phobic terminology.

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BroadwayRadio Critic Body Shames Performers in Review

BroadwayRadio Critic Body Shames Performers in Review

On this past week’s episode of BroadwayRadio’s “This Week on Broadway”, critic Peter Filichia, decided to including body shaming in his review of Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical, going as far as to comment on the size of the performers’ genitals and repeatedly calling one of them, “substantially overweight.”

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The Jimmy Awards is Just the Beginning

The Jimmy Awards is Just the Beginning

Monday could very well be the most important night of their lives.

After bopping around through an exuberant, five-minute mash of songs from currently running Broadway shows – “Tootsie,” “The Cher Show” and “Be More Chill,” to name a few – the 86 nominees stood grinning and red-faced.

“That was an adrenaline run,” said choreographer Keisha Lalama.

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PLEASE Remember at the Stage Door that Colleen Ballinger is Not Your Personal 'Miranda Sings' Puppet!

PLEASE Remember at the Stage Door that Colleen Ballinger is Not Your Personal 'Miranda Sings' Puppet!

The news just went out that Colleen Ballinger, who is famously known for creating the internet sensation Miranda Sings, will be making her Broadway debut as Dawn in Waitress for a four week run from August 20th through September 15th. I think that is wonderful.

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Are Some Roles Too Iconic For Broadway?

Are Some Roles Too Iconic For Broadway?

I’ve noticed something of a trend at the Winter Garden Theatre over the past few years. Three of the last four productions that have played there have been musicals based on movies with iconic central characters. The one production that did not was about icons, but of a very different sort. The historical figures depicted in “Wolf Hall” are iconic, but not from movies, not from being embodied by a singular actor. Rocky, from “Rocky,” Dewey, from “School of Rock,” and Beetlejuice, from “Beetlejuice,” are very closely tied to the actors who played them originally, actors who were a big part of why the movies were so popular that they were adapted into musicals. As each one of these musicals has come to Broadway, most recently “Beetlejuice,” taking up residence in the Winter Garden this spring, I’ve had the same apprehension: the material may be good for the musical theatre treatment, but who’s going to get stuck toeing the fine line between doing his own thing and imitating an icon?

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