Peter Filichia on the play

"When you're a theater critic, you see A CHRISTMAS CAROL quite a bit in December. There's always one extravaganza, one musical, one solo-show and almost always one update where there's an Ebenezer Scrooge (or even an Eleanor Scrooge) living in the present day. And yet nobody in the update says, 'Hey, you've got the same name as that Dickens' character.' I wondered if there were any way to update A CHRISTMAS CAROL where this wouldn't be an issue. Once I started thinking along those lines, I envisioned a character who isn't named Scrooge and an entirely new plot in which the arts makes this old man a better person."

Peter Filichia (Playwright)

is the theater critic emeritus for the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey and News 12 New Jersey.  He writes a weekly column for Musical Theatre International.  A frequent contributor to theater publications and the writer of many cast-album CD liner notes, he lives in New York City.


Before joining the Theatre World Awards in 1996 as host and head of the selection committee, Filichia 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-Conservatory of Music and the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program.


  World Premiere  production of 


   Adam's Gifts


  

   Written byPeter Filichia


   Directed by Daniel Neiden


  


Filichia is the author of "Let's Put on a Musical," now in its third printing; "Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit of the Season / The Biggest Flop of the Season and Broadway Musical MVPs 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Last 50 Seasons."  His new book, "Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks: A Very Opinionated History of the Broadway Musicals That Did Not Win the Tony Award," was published in May, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.  That company will publish his next book, "A Great Parade on Broadway," in 2015.

He has been a columnist for Playbill, Theater.com, Theatermania and Theater Week.  He writes a column for www.masterworksbroadway.com each Tuesday as well as for www.mtishows.com and www.kritzerland.com on every Friday.

Charles Strouse has called Peter Filichia, "One of our most important theater writers," and Fiddler On The Roof's, Joseph Stein, called Peter, "The finest interviewer I have ever encountered."