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Pretty Filthy - 2015 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

Inspired by a tradition of classic musicals about show business, Pretty Filthy is the untold showbiz musical, based on interviews with adult entertainers. Armed with their notepads and recorders, The Civilians crossed the mountain range that divides Hollywood from the "other Hollywood"—the San Fernando Valley, world capital of porn. The artists conducted interviews and visited sets to get an insider's glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visible parts. The Civilians' time in the Valley captured a singular time in our culture; this digital era that's radically transformed the business of sex. Pretty Filthy is ultimately a story about trying to make a life and a living in an ever-changing world—a task that's all the more complicated when your work is so intimately tied to customer "satisfaction."


Original Production
Run Type:Limited Run
Previews: February 08, 2015
Closing:March 01, 2015

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Pretty Filthy Off-Broadway Cast

by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022
Show business tour de force and 10-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back to New York's famed Birdland, Monday, October 3rd, at 7:00 p.m.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 24, 2021
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Unknown Soldier: Original Cast Recording – one of the final scores from the beloved late Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman – is available in digital and streaming formats today, Friday, September 24, which would have been Friedman’s 46th birthday.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 24, 2019
Rehearsals are underway for the Alliance Theatre's upcoming production of the Off-Broadway hit comedy and 2016 Critics' Pick SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, by Drama Desk Award Winner Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy). 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022
Johnny Berchtold will join the cast of the New York Premiere production of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new play from Tony Award-nominee BESS WOHL (2ST’s Grand Horizons and Make Believe), directed by Tony Award-winner DAVID CROMER (The Band’s Visit, 2ST’s Man from Nebraska) at Second Stage Theater.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2021
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Unknown Soldier: Original Cast Recording – one of the final scores from the beloved late Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman – will be released in digital and streaming formats on Friday, September 24, the date that would have been Friedman’s 46th birthday.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2020
Wesleyan Universitya??'s a??Theater Departmenta?? presents a??'Re-Evaluating the Ground on Which We(s) Stand(s): An Evening of August Wilson with Broadway's Crystal Dickinson and Brandon Dirden,' on a??Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:30pm on Zoom. Registration is required for access to this free virtual event.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022
59E59 Theaters and The Civilians have announced the full cast & creative team for The Unbelieving by Marin Gazzaniga (So Close) and directed by Steve Cosson (Whisper House). The Unbelieving begins previews October 20, 2022, in Theater B and opens October 27 for a run through November 20, 2022.  
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2021
This event will also be available via livestream. This outdoor Hermitage event is presented in partnership with the Asolo Rep, which will host the regional premiere of Wohl’s play Grand Horizons starting in January of 2022. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 27, 2022
The Civilians is presenting the newest members of The R&D Group, marking the Group’s 12th season. The R&D Group is comprised of playwrights, composers, and directors who work together as a writing group for nine months to develop new plays and musicals.
by Stage Tube - Oct 23, 2019
Andy Grotelueschen is no stranger to profanity, as he gets to perform the now iconic 'Jeff Sums It Up' in Broadway's Tootsie every night at the Marquis Theatre. Now he's taking his character's trademark irreverence to the next level... by recording a solo album? Watch below as the whole Tootsie cast takes part in a hilarious film made by Andy's co-star, John Behlmann, and find out what Broadway's most treasured songs might sound like with a Grotelueschen twist.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 18, 2019
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and THE CIVILIANS have announced that the first three premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection, will be available for streaming and download today, Friday, October 18. The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City are all written (or co-written) and directed by Steve Cosson and feature music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 17, 2019
Songwriter Michael Friedman died in 2017, but his work will live on. According to The New York Times, nine albums of his unreleased work will soon be released.
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 17, 2019
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and THE CIVILIANS will release the first three premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection- available for streaming and download on Friday, October 18. The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City are all written (or co-written) and directed by Steve Cosson and feature music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. This extraordinary long-term project will eventually comprise the premiere recordings of nine musicals from the beloved late Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman. The albums will be available at
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2019
The Civilians, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Steve Cosson and Managing Director Margaret Moll, announces the members of its 2019-20 R&D Group, comprised of writers, composers, and directors who are creating new works derived from creative inquiry.  
by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2021
Bess Wohl will keep the controversial 1934 play in it's original time setting but will dive deeper into the court case, the community surrounding the school, and the psyche of the accuser.
by Rialto Chatter - Oct 12, 2018
The loss of Michael Friedman hit the Broadway community hard as a great talent was swept from the stage. According to social media personality Laura Heywood/BroadwayGirlNYC, the Vineyard may have an unheard musical by the late composer-lyricist in development.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 23, 2021
The Civilians has announced programming for its 20th anniversary season which includes a return to in-person events. The season, running December 13, 2021 – June 6, 2022, celebrates the vital and necessary human connections that have made The Civilians thrive for two decades.
by David Clarke - Nov 20, 2019
Prolific theatrical songwriter Micheal Friedman died at age 41 from AIDS related complications in 2017, leaving many bereft as the theater community recognized his vibrant creativity was snuffed out too soon. To preserve his legacy and work, Ghostlight Records is partnering with The Civilians to record nine albums of Friedman's previously unrecorded music for THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION. This past October, the first trio of albums was released.
by Stephen Mosher - May 9, 2022
The popular songwriting extravaganza returns to The Green Room 42 for the second episode in their residency.
by A.A. Cristi - May 9, 2022
The Green Room 42, presents MUSEMATCH XIV: A Musical Theater Blind Date on Sunday May 15th at 7pm.
by A.A. Cristi - May 28, 2020
Piano man Michael McAssey hosts Piano Bar Live! this Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:15 pm ET, following New York City's 7 O'Clock Cheer. This week's guests will be Luba Mason, Phyllis Pastore, Nina Gabianelli, Bob Egan, Adam Rennie, Melvina Rose Johnson and a weekly secret guest!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2021
After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, proprietors Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel have announced that “Broadway’s Supper Club” Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen its iconic red door for live performances on June 17, 2021. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 9, 2022
Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for the online benefit reading Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure, presented in collaboration with R/18 Collective. This benefit reading in celebration of Women’s History Month is “Pay What You Can.” All of Red Bull’s current online-only programs are FREE.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 29, 2019
The new comedy musical, Tootsie begins performances on Broadway tonight, March 29th, with an opening night of Tuesday, April 23rd. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by Alan Henry - Mar 29, 2019
Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full cast for the world premiere of Kiss My Aztec! John Leguizamo teams up with Artistic Director Tony Taccone for this musical comedy, following their collaboration on the hit one-man show Latin History for Morons, which received its world premiere at Berkeley Rep before heading to Broadway. Leguizamo will serve as co-writer and co-lyricist only for Kiss My Aztec! - 11 other talented actors will perform in this production. Taccone will also direct.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 27, 2019
Atlanta's nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre and Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth are pleased to announce the productions of the Theater's 51st season.  Since opening in 1968 the Alliance has been dedicated to expanding hearts and minds on stage and off with diverse programming for all ages.  The 2019/20 season marks the Alliance's first full season back in its transformed performance space, the newly opened Coca-Cola Stage.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2022
Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto premiere of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, running April 8th - 10th, 2022 at The Red Sandcastle Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2020
Piano man Michael McAssey hosts Piano Bar Live! this Tuesday, June 9th at 7:15 pm ET, following New York City's 7 O'Clock Cheer. This week's guests will be Luba Mason, Phyllis Pastore, Nina Gabianelli, Bob Diamond, Bob Egan, Jovan E'Sean and a weekly secret guest!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2022
Second Stage Theater has announced two new productions for its upcoming 2022-23 Season. Tony Award-nominee Bess Wohl will return to the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) this Fall with the New York premiere of CAMP SIEGFRIED. Spring 2023 will see the Broadway premiere of Larissa FastHorse's THE THANKSGIVING PLAY,
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2020
Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) honors the life and legacy of Emmy-nominated, Obie-Award-winning actress and comedian Georgia Engel with a new namesake Award for a playwright in comedy. The inaugural recipient is Bess Wohl (a?oeGrand Horizons,a?? a?oeSmall Mouth Sounds,a?? Make Believea??). 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 26, 2022
The New York premiere production of Los Otros, a musical in one act with book & lyrics by Tony Award nominee Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind, Paradise Found) and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant), will star Luba Mason and Caesar Samayoa.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2022
The GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY will present the Tony Award-nominated GRAND HORIZONS next in the lineup of its 2022 season. Robert Walsh returns to Gloucester Stage to direct this thought-provoking comedy of marital malaise by award-winning playwright Bess Wohl, running from July 29 to August 21.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 31, 2020
Casting Directors Geoff Josselson, C.S.A., and Katja Zarolinski, C.S.A., announced today the launch of JZ Casting, a New York-based casting office, with over 25 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry. Their new offices are located at 226 West 37th Street, Suite 604.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2020
Grand Horizons officially opened on January 23 at The Hayes Theater, where it will play a limited 10-week engagement. Directed by Leigh Silverman, Grand Horizons stars Jane Alexander (Nancy), James Cromwell (Bill), Priscilla Lopez (Carla), Ben McKenzie (Ben), Maulik Pancholy (Tommy), Ashley Park (Jess), and Michael Urie (Brian). The brilliant mind behind this original play belongs to none other than playwright Bess Wohl, who may be making her Broadway debut with Grand Horizons but is far from a stranger of the stage.
by Stephen Mosher - Feb 1, 2022
A Musical Theater Blind Date: An evening of original music created by artists of all races, genders, and sexual orientations benefitting the Musical Theatre Factory.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 1, 2022
NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Dean Allyson Green today announced that Justin Townsend will be leading the Department of Design for Stage and Film as Chair starting in August 2022 and will join the faculty immediately.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 4, 2019
Super Woman Luba Mason is breaking out with a return of her one-woman musical cabaret, a new cd and a return to Broadway. It's About Time.
by Julie Musbach - Dec 3, 2018
From January 4 through February 2, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage will proudly present the Boston Premiere of the hit Off-Broadway comedy SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl.  
by Stephi Wild - Dec 10, 2018
See the jukebox musical, The Donna Summer Musical, with 2 tickets, then go backstage with cast member Jared Zirilli in New York City.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 6, 2020
The second installment of world premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection, will be available for streaming and download on Friday, August 14. Two new titles, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch and Paris Commune, follow the first three - The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City - that were released last year.
by Stephen Mosher - Aug 4, 2021
The edgy, inquisitive, exploratory actress is ready to go out on her biggest artist limb yet, creating her first-ever cabaret show for 54 Below, and, boy, is she ready.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 30, 2022
The HADESTOWN North American Tour is coming to St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre October 11-23, 2022. Produced by Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy, Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 Broadway season.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 27, 2020
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and THE CIVILIANS will host an online interactive listening party to introduce the two new world premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection on Thursday, August 27 at 8:00 PM Eastern.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2022
Second Stage Theater will kick off its 44th Season with the New York Premiere of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new play from Tony Award-nominee BESS WOHL, directed by Tony Award-winner DAVID CROMER. The production will feature SAWYER BARTH and LILY McINERNY, both of whom will be making their off-Broadway stage debuts.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 11, 2021
On August 6, Maria-Christina Oliveras brought her gift of storytelling and unique style to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her debut cabaret, The Glory of Love.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 9, 2019
The Civilians, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Steve Cosson and Managing Director Margaret Moll, is proud to present the world premiere of Paul Swan is Dead and Gone by Claire Kiechel, a former member of The Civilians' R&D Group where the play was first developed. Directed by Cosson and starring Tony Torn as the real-life Paul Swan, the production marks Kiechel's New York debut and runs April 25 - May 19, with an opening night set for May 1. For an audience of only 30, the intimate and immersive performance takes place at Torn Page (435 West 22nd Street, Manhattan), a salon-style performance space located inside a historic Chelsea townhouse originally purchased by Torn's parents, Geraldine Page and Rip Torn.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 5, 2019
Tune into Bagels and Broadway this Saturday, April 6th, as Award winning media personality and producer/host, Valerie Smaldone, welcomes Network's Nicholas Guest, The Other Josh Cohen's Steve Rosen, and the director of After and founder and Artistic Director of Penguin Rep, Joe Brancato, to her weekly radio show. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 4, 2022
The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced four new community programs in May with Hermitage Fellows specializing in music, writing, multimedia, and theater, including an event with Tony Award-nominated playwright Bess Wohl (Grand Horizons, Small Mouth Sounds).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022
The Green Room 42 has announced their May line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 11, 2022
The Civilians (Steve Cosson, Artistic Director; Margaret Moll, Managing Director), the award-winning New York-based theater company, will honor actor-manager and co-founder of NAATCO Mia Katigbak and Obie Award-winning director and arts leader Les Waters at The Civilians 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. The event, which takes place on Monday, May 23 at 6:30pm at City Winery (25 11th Ave), will celebrate two decades of creative investigation into the richness and complexity of life.

Pretty Filthy Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Pretty Filthy been nominated for?
Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Pretty Filthy and Outstanding Musical (The Lortels).

What productions of Pretty Filthy have there been?
Pretty Filthy has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2015.