Adam's Gift - About Peter Filichia (Playwright)
Peter Filicia (Playwright) - Peter Filichia is the former New York-based theater critic for The Newark Star Ledger newspaper in New Jersey and New Jersey's television station News 12.
In addition, Filichia has two weekly columns at Masterworks Broadway and Kritzerland, and also writes regular entries for the Music Theatre International Marquee blog. He wrote a regular column, "Peter Filichia's Diary," for the website TheaterMania.com from November 2001 until October 2011, and previously for the website BroadwayOnLine.
Filichia was born in June 1946. He is the author of the books Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks: A Very Opinionated History of the Broadway Musicals that Did Not Win the Tony Award, Let's Put on a Musical!: How to Choose the Right Show for Your School, Community or Professional Theater, Broadway Musicals: the Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season, 1959 to 2009, Broadway MVPs 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons and the forthcoming.
He served four terms as president and chairman of the nominating committee of the Drama Desk. He has also been a member of the nominating committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards and is currently the host and head of the selection committee of the Theatre World Awards. He has also written the liner notes for many Broadway cast albums, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Fade Out - Fade In, and is the critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has served on an assessment panel for the NEA and is the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program. He has appeared on television with Sally Jessy Raphaël, Phil Donahue, and on Saturday Night Live. In 2004 and 2005, he hosted with Matthew Murray the live theatre discussion show Bitch or Brag About Broadway at New York's 45th Street Theatre.