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Monday, May 9, 2022

INTO THE WOODS at Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

What a way to go! As  the final entry in the 2022 season of  Encores!, Artistic Director Lear Debessonet has taken the reins herself and led a company of miraculous performers to the best …

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Friday, May 6, 2022

AMERICAN BUFFALO at the Circle in the Square Theater by Richard Seff

A smashingly vital revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo’” is heating up Broadway in a rare revival at the Circle In The Square Theatre. That space has an elliptical playing are…

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MR. SATURDAY NIGHT with Billy Crystal at the Nederlander Theater on W 41st Street by Richard Seff

BILLY  CRYSTAL was born in 1948 and spent most of his childhood in Long Beach, New York. His father, Jack Crystal, was a  prominent figure in the world of Jazz and ran a classic jazz recor…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

Once upon a time one of the popular phrases was : “The times they are a changin.” Well, they’ve changed. A successful run on Broadway used to mean one of 300-400 performances. Prolific…

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

Mary Louise Parker and David Morse along with their director Mark Brokaw have decided to have another go at Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning one act play that deals with the rarely ex…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

FUNNY GIRL at the August Wilson Theatre by Richard Seff

For starters–If you happened to see it, it is wise to forget the original production of this Jule Styne-Bob Merrill-Isobel Lennart musical which enjoyed a run of over 1200 performances in …

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

THE MINUTES at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

In his new Broadway play, Playwright/Actor Tracy Letts has invited us  in to witness the reading of the minutes at a November weekly meeting of the City Council of the town of Big Cherry. M…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

HANGMEN at the John Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

It seems to me a very odd time to be bringing back Martin McDonagh’s play,  written and first produced in the mid 1960s, yet here it is at the Golden Theater on Broadway, in a smashingly …

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

THE LITTLE PRINCE at The Broadway Theatre by Richard Seff

If you think you have an inner child within you, one who has been yearning  to emerge, you might find something to engage, stimulate, enlighten, and entertain you in “The Little Prince,…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Birthday Candles by Richard Seff

Todd Haimes, the Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, tells us in the Playbill for this production that the play first went into rehearsal on March 3, 2020.  Because of  th…

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC at the Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, CITY CENTER by Richard Seff

Once you unravel and then connect the on and offstage characters, you will find much to admire in Joshua Harmon’s new play, a major new work from this gifted playwright. It is helped enorm…

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Friday, February 25, 2022

THE DAUGHTER IN LAW at the The Mint Theater Company in City Center, Stage II by Richard Seff

I’ve held back my review of this revival of a play by D.H.Lawrence for a day in order to research its history, because it was written in 1913 and put away by Lawrence without a produc…

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Friday, February 18, 2022

INTIMATE APPAREL in The Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

Andre Bishop and the Lincoln Center Theater are presenting a new opera called “Intimate Apparel.” It’s an adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s play of the same name and carries an opera sco…

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THE MUSIC MAN at the Winter Garden Theatre by Richard Seff

Meredith Willson’s “Music Man” first blew into River City, Iowa, in 1957 with Robert Preston and Barbara Cook along for the ride, and now he’s back 45 years later with Hugh Jackman …

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Tap Dance Kid at Encores! in City Center by Richard Seff

I could sense the air of anticipation as we waited for the matinee on February 6 to begin. Encores!, the much loved series that City Center in New York introduced in 1994, was about to re…

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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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