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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

BROADWAY’S JAKE RYAN FLYNN releases “GOOD MORNING QUARANTINE” by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Rather than sit around and mope, Flynn wrote “Good Morning, Quarantine”—setting his own new lyrics to the familiar melody of “Good Morning, Baltimore,” composed by Marc Shaiman (wi…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

ON THE TOWN WTH CHIP DEFFAA: THE CORONAVIRUS VERSUS THE THEATER.… by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Will people--especially people who are older or have pre-existing health issues (and many theatergoers are older and have such heath issues)--be willing to gather in packed theaters or conce…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

On The Town…. with Chip DeFFaa: Count Basie and Louis Jordan by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I'm very glad that a friend and I were able to enjoy the high-spirited, fast-moving revue "Five Guys Named Moe," which is currently playing   at Westchester Broadway Theatre.    A lot o…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

ON THE PASSING OF THE NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL… by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

The festival has given birth to musicals that have gone on to Broadway ("Next to Normal," "Chaplin," "[title of show]," "In Transit") and Off-Broadway ("Altar Boyz," "The Other Josh Cohen,"…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

On The Town … with Chip Deffaa: Jerry Herman and Michael Feinstein by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Composer/lyricist Jerry Herman was, of course, a Broadway legend.   He gave us such unforgettable shows as "Hello, Dolly!," "Mame," and "La Cage Aux Folles." These musicals were all  huge…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

DAVID CASSIDY… BEHIND THE SCENES by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

David Cassidy’s autobiography “C’Mon Get Happy”–which I ghost-wrote for him at his request–has now come out as a Kindle E-book, with a brand new afterword by me. (It’s availabl…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

On The Town … With Chip Deffaa, Nov 2, 2019 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Chasing Rainbows has an exceptionally appealing cast. This is one of those rare productions where even the smallest roles are vivid. The show itself is not perfect.  There are fixes that ne…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

ON THE TOWN with CHIP DEFFAA, August 26th 2019 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I'm stunned and saddened by the passing of one of the best music directors I've known--and one of the nicest gentlemen-- Hubert Tex Arnold. He died suddenly, unexpectedly of a brain aneurism…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

ON THE TOWN … with CHIP DEFFAA, February 18, 2019 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Westchester Broadway's Ain't Misbehavin'--the 208th offering at this venerable dinner theater--is indeed in good hands. For starters, it is directed by none other than Richard Maltby Jr., w…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

“RENT” ON FOX TV — An Evaluation by Chip Deffaa by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Adapting Broadway shows for "live" TV is never easy. And this production was hampered by some extraordinary bad luck. One of the stars, Brennin Hunt, ("Roger") broke his foot at the last min…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

CAROL CHANNING… A Personal Remembrance by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

She encouraged me to dream big, grab opportunities when they came, and work full steam--and not to wait, because none of us know how much time we have. (I thought she'd live forever.) When…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

ON THE TOWN… with Chip Deffaa, January 6, 2019 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

No one loves Berlin's music more than I do. But the creators of this stage adaptation have tried to jam too many well-known songs into the show. I think that cutting a couple of the songs…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

ON THE TOWN… with Chip Deffaa …. October 28nd, 2018 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

The generous spirit of Jonathan Larson (1960-1996) certainly was felt in New York's great supper club, Feinstein's/54 Below, the night I went to see The Jonathan Larson Project (which filled…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

ON THE TOWN WITH CHIP DEFFAA… for Aug 3rd, 2018 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Today’s column will be focusing on theatrical rights. The first rule in the theater, for anyone contemplating presenting a play: make sure you have the right to present the work. That …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ON THE TOWN… with CHIP DEFFAA, February 3, 2018 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

If you’re in the mood for a night of laughter, “The Outsider”—a new comedy by Paul Slade Smith, receiving its East Coast premiere in January and February at the Paper Mill Playhouse-…

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

David Cassidy …. A Personal Remembrance by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I'm sorry to note the passing of David Cassidy. And I want to share a few  remembrances of him--as a performer and as a person. He was capable of conveying magic in his concerts--a "Peter P…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

ON THE TOWN…. with CHIP DEFFAA , November 8, 2017 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Memo to Broadway producers: You need to do everything you can to hook the next generation while they're young. I got hooked on theater because I saw the greatest performers, the greatest sh…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

On The Town…With Chip Deffaa…Sept 9, 2017 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

In the first half of her career, Barbara Cook was a top leading lady in musical theater, famously originating roles in such Broadway shows as “The Music Man” and “She Loves Me.” (Dec…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

ON THE TOWN… With CHIP DEFFAA by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I’ve seen “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” many times, many places.  I didn’t see the original Broadway production, alas–although I loved the cast album–but I…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

ON THE TOWN… With CHIP DEFFAA by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I am so happy I got to see my longtime friend Victoria Leacock Hoffman--a very special person; kind, smart, instinctive, and “giving” by nature--honored by the Keen Company in New York C…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ON THE TOWN WITH CHIP DEFFAA…. January 3rd 2017 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

The three new albums are “The Chip Deffaa Songbook” (39 of my theater songs, from shows I’ve written over the years); “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin Revisited” (featuring rare, and…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ON THE TOWN with Chip Deffaa … for November 13th, 2016 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

There were a number of fine performances on the stage. But the performance I enjoyed the most was given by the fellow who, I noted last year, gave the most commanding performance of any fell…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ON THE TOWN with Chip Deffaa …. for July 5th, 2016 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I’ve always liked Andrew Keenan-Bolger's work. He was a memorable child actor, playing leads on Broadway in shows like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Seussical," when he was around 13 or 14 y…

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

A “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” GREETING FOR EDITH O’HARA, IN HER 100TH YEAR… by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

  This month, the 13th Street Repertory Theater will kick off its celebration of Founder/Artistic Director Edith O’Hara’s 100th year. Appropriately–since O’Hara has spent so muc…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

On The Town … With Chip Deffaa .. April 4, 2016 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

it’s significant that Steve Martin has won five Grammy Awards for albums he’s made–two in the category of “comedy,” and three in the category of “music.” He loves to play the…

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Monday, February 29, 2016

“ON THE TOWN WITH CHIP DEFFAA….” (February 29, 2016)     by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Man! There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a brand new musical that works. I was enthralled from beginning to an end by A Bronx Tale–currently getting its world-premiere production…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ON THE TOWN … with CHIP DEFFAA (Dec. 21, 2015) by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

It did my heart good to see Matanya Solomon dancing all-out after being pretty much sidelined as a "Nutcracker" dancer, due to injury, for the last two years. I greatly admire all good dance…

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

ON THE TOWN WITH CHIP DEFFAA…. Oct. 31st 2015 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

This post is by Chip Deffaa, Editor-at-Large I’m glad I got to attend the opening night of “The Bandstand”–an intriguing, ambitious, original musical--at Paper Mill Playhouse. Does t…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

On The Town … With Chip Deffaa REFLECTIONS ON THE 2015 TONY AWARDS…. by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

This post is by Chip Deffaa, Editor-at-Large Tommy Tune, just walking down the aisle to his seat in the orchestra, had more style and grace and class than much of the broadcast. I couldn't h…

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

On The Town with Chip Deffaa … for May 18th, 2015 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

This post is by Chip Deffaa, Editor-at-Large The Visit “The Visit”–with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and book by Terrence McNally, based on the play by Fri…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ON THE TOWN with Chip Deffaa, March 31st, 2015 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

This post is by Chip Deffaa, Editor-at-Large Although I usually focus on performances in New York in this column, this week I’m leading with commentary on a couple of shows I’ve just cau…

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