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Trish Causey Talks Social Awareness in Musical Theatre

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Musical Theatre has been a platform for exploring topics of social justice and social awareness since its beginnings. Musical productions have pushed the boundary of what is comfortable for audiences from Show Boat, to West Side Story, through Hair, Cabaret, Chicago, La Cage, and in to the modern musical age with Ragtime, Rent, Fela!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and even the current hit Kinky Boots.

Today's guest is Peter Filichia.  He is a columnist for www.masterworksbroadway.com as well as www.mtishows.com and www.kritzerland.com.  He has been a columnist for Playbill, Theater.com, Theatermania and Theater Week.
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 was published in May, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.
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.

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