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Saturday, March 18, 2017

‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Three: ’70 Girls 70,’ ‘Chicago,’ by Richard Seff

ACT TWO. Two years later, in 1970, I once again tried to put together a package of my clients – in the show that became 70 Girls 70 – for I’d enjoyed looking after Chita Ri…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: ‘Come From Away’ at The Schoenfeld Theatre by Richard Seff

One thing is certain about this new musical, now on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre – it had the youngsters in the audience hooting and hollering and having themselves a fine time f…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: ‘The Gravedigger’s Lullaby’ at TACT NYC by Richard Seff

Jeff Talbott established himself as a writer of great promise with the MCC Theater production of his first play The Submission in 2011. This excellent actor/playwright joined The Actors Comp…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: ‘Evening at the Talk House’ at Pershing Square Signature Center by Richard Seff

With the spate of openings in March, I wasn’t able to get to Wallace Shawn’s new play, the New Group’s production which played  a strictly limited engagement through March…

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Review: ‘The Price’ at Roundabout Theatre Company at The American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

This is one of Arthur Miller’s successes, and though it’s been revived three times on Broadway since it first appeared in 1968, it has never attracted the audiences that flocked …

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: ‘Linda’ at Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

I don’t know all the works of author Penelope Skinner, but based on The Village Bike and the currently running New York production of Linda, I suspect she is now on the short list of t…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Two: ‘The Curtain Rises’: ‘Flora, the by Richard Seff

John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Richard Seff at a dinner honoring Harold Prince. Photo courtesy of Richard Seff. THE CURTAIN RISES One of the properties for which I tried to get this new team hir…

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Review: ‘If I Forget’ at The Laura Pels Theatre in the Steinberg Center by Richard Seff

I know Playwright Steven Levenson only from his work as librettist on the musical Dear Evan Hansen, so this for me is his first play. It more than fulfills the promise shown in the musical, …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part One – The House Lights Dim by Richard Seff

COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:  Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff OVERTURE. John Kander and Fred Ebb have written some fifteen musicals for Broadway as well a…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

‘Come Hear The Music Play’-A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Kander and Ebb’s Musicals by Their Agent Richard Seff Begins Tomorrow on DCMetroTheaterAr by Richard Seff

On March 18th composer John Kander will mark his 90th Birthday and to honor that happy occasion I’m going to unearth some of the memories I have of  the twenty years in which I repres…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: ‘Jonah and Otto’ at The Lion Theatre by Richard Seff

Robert Holman is a British playwright whose plays have been done under the auspices of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he’s had productions of his many plays at…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: ‘Kid Victory’ at Vineyard Theatre by Richard Seff

John Kander, who will soon be celebrating his 90th birthday, has now confirmed that his collaboration with 39 year-old playwright Greg Pierce, is on solid ground, and offers us great promise…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at The Palace Theatre by Richard Seff

The Palace Theatre is back in business with a big time headliner on the bill. It’s Glenn Close, returning to the role of Norma Desmond, direct from her recent great success in it at Lo…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: ‘Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose’ at The Loft at the Davenport Theatre by Richard Seff

There is a delightful surprise in store for any of you who can manage to get to the Davenport’s 75-seat Loft Theatre to watch Ed Dixon’s one-man play in which he brings to vivid …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: ‘The Originalist’ at Asolo Repertory Theatre by Richard Seff

Playing now in repertoire with The Great Society, a stunning new play that New York has not yet seen, called The Originalist, is keeping the good citizens of Sarasota who clearly love good t…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: ‘Yours Unfaithfully’ by Miles Malleson at Mint Theater Company by Richard Seff

I regret to say that until I saw Mint Theater Company’s production of Miles Malleson’s comedy Yours Unfaithfully, I wasn’t aware of the author, hadn’t heard of him. A…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: ‘Jitney’ at Manhattan Theatre Club at The Samuel J Friedman Theatre by Richard Seff

A remarkable new production of August Wilson’s play Jitney is now available to us all, thanks to the Manhattan Theatre Club, which has staged it on Broadway as the last of the Wilson…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: ‘The Present’ at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

In the beginning there was a play by Anton Chekov that was simply called “a long play without a title”. He’d written a first draft of it in 1878, later called it Fatherless…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Review: ‘Ride the Cyclone’ at The Lucille Lortel Theatre by Richard Seff

In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote that ‘the times they are a-changin’, and he might just as well have been referring to the musical theatre in America as he was to the war in Vietnam. Ever sin…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: ‘In Transit’ at Circle in the Square Theatre by Richard Seff

I first ran into this musical which deals with the lives of several New  York subway commuters in 2010 when it first bounced into town onstage at the 59 East 59th Street Theatre off/Broadwa…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at The Music Box Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

This highly imaginative and moving musical was presented off Broadway by the Second Stage company in May of this year. It enjoyed a sold out run for a month, and was honored by a dozen award…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’ at The Longacre Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

Chazz Palminteri’s career as actor and writer was given a big boost when his one-man play A Bronx Tale began its life off Broadway with the author as its star. The material was honed f…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: ‘A Name for a Ghost to Mutter’ at Urban Center by Richard Seff

In the summer of 2008 a group of artists, business people and supporters gathered to talk theatre, which led to the formation of Theatre East and an inaugural benefit in July 2009. Its core …

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’ at the Imperial Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

A most elaborate and tastefully glamorous musical has arrived in town to brighten the holiday season. That’s Natasha, Pierre and their sisters and  their cousins and their aunts plus a fe…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review: ‘Falsettos’ at The Walter Kerr Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

We must thank Andre Bishop and his staff at Lincoln Center Theatre for gifting us with  a very early Christmas present called Falsettos, composer William Finn’s musical with a book he…

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review: ‘Les Liasons Dangereuse’ at The Booth Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

Christopher Hampton’s play, Les Liasons Dangereuse, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, a story presented through a series of the characdters’ personal letters, was first…

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Front Page’ at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

This three act comedy – The Front Page –by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, currently packing them in at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, is the best revival ever from the day…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Review: ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at The Actors Company Theatre at the Clurman Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

Anglo-Irish Playwright Oliver Goldsmith’s “laughing comedy”- She Stoops to Conquer- was first performed in London in 1773. It’s been a favorite for study in English …

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review: ‘HEISENBERG’ at Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

Let’s get the title out of the way for starters. Simon Stephens, the author of this play, uses it to remind us that the German physicist Werner Heisenberg introduced his Werner Heisenb…

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: “Oh, Hello on Broadway” at the Lyceum Theatre in NYC by Richard Seff

I imagine there is a first time for everything. There I was, sixth row on the aisle at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, at an early performance of an evening called Oh, Hello On Broadway. I d…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: ‘Holiday Inn’ at Studio 54 in New York City by Richard Seff

The late gifted director Michael Blakemore once said, “When the curtain goes up, the audience is in trouble.” What he meant was that we out front want to know what we’re i…

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