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Friday, February 4, 2022

MJ at the Neil Simon Theatre by Richard Seff

My professional life has been spent in live theatre, film, television–as a playwright, actor,  memoirist , librettist, reviewer, and grateful member of  the audience. My interest in musi…

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire at the Sondheim Theater by Richard Seff

When it comes to musical theatre, I admit I am more ‘then” than “now.” It’s how I was trained, and I go back to a different time to the plays and musicals of the 1940s when there w…

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood by Richard Seff

The York Theatre Company, which is committed to giving life to new and revised musicals, has been doing so under the direction of designer James Morgan as Producing Artistic Director for the…

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Company at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

Saturday, December 2, will now become a red letter day for me. I arrived at the theatre at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre at 1:15 for a 2:00 matinee preview of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”…

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Trouble in Mind by Richard Seff

Seated in the American Airlines Theatre at a recent matinee, I had the feeling that I was not watching a show but was instead privileged to be observing a cast of fine actors as they went ab…

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Fairycakes by Richard Seff

Douglas Carter Beane was Artistic Director for the Drama Department at Greenwich House Theatre for ten years and in recent times has written a number of merry plays including “The Little …

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The Lehman Trilogy by Richard Seff

This three act play runs three hours and fifteen minutes, and it is–in a word–a Blockbuster! From start to finish it is eloquent, informed, imaginatively staged, and brilliantly acted b…

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Lackawanna Blues by Richard Seff

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an extraordinary actor, and he is using his gifts to our advantage in this one-man play at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on Broadway. Ably supported by music compose…

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Six by Richard Seff

Here we have it, an early offering after the Pandemic drought, a new musical playing eight performances a week in a Broadway theatre. That in itself  is big news since the theatre district …

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Broadway Returns with “PASS OVER” by Richard Seff

A playwright with a powerful voice and a director of taste and imagination have joined forces to end the 18 month drought on Broadway of plays, musicals, revues, and other forms of live enli…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

“West Side Story” is reborn by Richard Seff

Full disclosure: I still vividly remember the night the original company of this masterful musical opened on Broadway. It was September 26, 1957; and I was there because I, as a young agent,…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

“The Confession of Lily Dare” at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright and actor Charles Busch is back among us offering a new comedy with serious undertones which takes aim at the “weepy” film genre that was popular from the days of silent films…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

“A Soldier’s Play” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

Dealing as it does with the incipient integration of black servicemen in the Army in 1944 (The Armed Services were formally integrated in 1948), this new production of Charles Fuller’s Pul…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

“Paradise Lost” at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

From John Milton’s 1667 epic poem in blank verse, playwright Tom Dulack has created his own 100 minute one-act play also called “Paradise Lost.” Currently playing out a limited run tha…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

“My Name is Lucy Barton” at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

There is a photo of Laura Linney on the cover of this play’s Playbill—a photo that is luminous and wistful and wise. Her eyes are focused on the distance outside the frame; her lips are …

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Friday, January 3, 2020

From Jersey City to his start on Broadway, little known stories of Jerry Herman by Richard Seff

Broadway lights will dim on January 7, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. for Jerry Herman, who died on Thursday, December 26 at the age of  88, and at the end of a year that saw at its beginning the death …

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

“London Assurance” at the Irish Repertory Theatre by Richard Seff

Dion Boucicault lived through seventy years of the 19th century and spent fifty of them writing plays. He was only twenty-one when he delivered this stylish comedy of manners;  it was  his…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

“Harry Townsend’s Last Stand” at New York City Center, Stage 2 by Richard Seff

Younger audiences may prefer their theatre either as a seven hour epic or as a neatly-tied, ninety-minute, one-act bundle; but George Eastman’s play takes the middle of the road aiming to …

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

“A Bright Room Called Day” at the Public Theatre by Richard Seff

Tony Kushner wrote this play in 1985 when he was 29 years old. It deals with the early 1930s in Germany, the years in which the Weimar Republic was beginning to crumble, and Adolf Hitler was…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

“The Inheritance” at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself if you plan to see both parts of Mr. Lopez’s play at matinee and evening in the same day. It can be done at 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM. Make certai…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

“Tina: the Tina Turner Musical” at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by Richard Seff

  If you happen to be passing the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 46th Street any evening around 9:30 (some nights at 10:30), and you hear a roar emanate from the  theatre’s lobby, don’t be a…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

“Little Shop of Horrors” at the Westside Theatre by Richard Seff

To get right to it—there is an anticipatory glow, even as we settle into our seats, that shouts at us from the house curtain with the musical’s title splashed across it in all its gory g…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

“The Sound Inside” at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

There are actors who begin their careers with training and early professional outings in regional and stock theatres as understudies  and bit players. Many use live theatre as training grou…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

“The Rose Tatoo” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

Broadway will soon have to change its name to “Revival City” for the number of new works (except for juke box musicals and seven hour “events”) has narrowed down to two or three play…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

“Linda Vista”, a not so pretty view by Richard Seff

Tracy Letts,  who established himself as a playwright with “August: Osage County,”  is a gifted writer  and actor who has an uncanny ear for the unique rhythms, accents, and insights …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

“The Great Society” at The Beaumount Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

“All the Way” by Robert Schenkkan dealt with Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to influence the 88th U.S. congress to vote in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It first appeared in 2012 at the Oreg…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

“Fern Hill”, a play by Michael Tucker by Richard Seff

Artists often prepare sketches to guide themselves through the process of creating a painting. Architects draw blueprints which are subject to change before committing to building.  And Pla…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

“Betrayal” at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

Master playwright Harold Pinter has left us a fistful of fascinating plays, and their highly original tales will be with us for many years to come. “The Birthday Party,” “The Homecomin…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hal Prince As I Knew Him by Richard Seff

Top drawer producer-director Hal Prince died on July 31st in the unlikely city of Reykjavic, Iceland. In his case, come to think of it, nothing was unlikely, as he had spent his working life…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

“Sea Wall/A Life” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

The Hudson Theatre on Broadway is playing host presently to two star actors with two playwrights (Simon Stephens and Nick Payne) delivering two acts of delicate magic. On a virtually bare st…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

“LOVE, NOËL” The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward by Richard Seff

Let’s take a moment to stroll down memory lane. For some of you it will be more of a history lesson, but join us anyway as we think about a time when New York had something called “café…

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