The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes and Disagreements is purposely meant to start arguments and to settle them. Broadway musical fans won’t always agree with the conclusions musical theater judge Peter Filichia reaches, but the best part of any drama is the conflict. Among lovers of musical theater, opinions are never in short supply, and Filichia addresses the most dividing questions and opinions in one book. What will you say when he asks, “What is the greatest opening number of a Broadway musical?” Will your answer be “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King, “Heaven on Their Minds” from Jesus Christ Superstar, or “Beautiful Girls” from Follies?
Will you agree with his answer to “Whose Broadway performance in a musical was later best captured on film?” Did you immediately think of Robert Preston in The Music Man or Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl?
More questions that will add to the fire include “What song from a musical is the most beloved?” and “What’s the worst song that a Broadway musical ever inflicted on us?”
They’re all in The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes and Disagreements. Let the arguments begin!
Peter Filichia has written six books on theater and has written for Playbill, Theatermania, Broadway Select, Encore, and more. He serves on the nominating committee for Lucille Lortel Awards, Theater World Awards, and Drama Desk Awards, the latter of which he was president for four terms. He’s been a National Endowment for the Arts assessor and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music critic-in-residence. Currently, he is the musical theater judge for ASCAP’s awards and a Broadway Radio commentator.