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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

“Head Over Heels” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

I admit that forty years ago, when the Go-Go’s female rock stardom was in full bloom, when their punk scene was all the rage amongst the hip, I was very happy with musical theatre as it wa…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

“Straight White Men” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

I was confused when I entered the small Helen Hayes Theater for I thought I’d entered the wrong building. I was ushered into the small foyer, and from the auditorium I could hear ear split…

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Monday, July 30, 2018


Once again, we have a new production of an old success from the school of “And Then I Wrote…” musicals. This time out the writers are Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who, over the course…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

“Conflict” at the Beckett on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

The Mint Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Bank, has an uncanny eye for the best of the old obscure plays that deserve a crack at a contemporary audience for re-examination. A perf…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

I sponsor an award by Richard Seff

I was introduced to professional theater when I was twelve. A friend of my parents worked for the owners of a Broadway playhouse and she invited my mother and me to a matinee of a long runni…

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“Dan Cody’s Yacht” at The Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center Stage One by Richard Seff

The Manhattan Theatre Club has opened this new play by Anthony Giardina, and director Doug Hughes has cast it impeccably, staged it fluidly with help from John Lee Beatty’s rapidly tur…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

“The Beast In The Jungle” at the Vineyard Theatre by Richard Seff

The Vineyard Theatre off Broadway has once again delivered a worthy new musical play created by uptown talents John Kander, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson and inspired by a Henry James no…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“The Will Rogers Follies” at the Goodspeed Opera House; East Haddam, CT by Richard Seff

The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, rises majestically over the Connecticut River. Its mission is to take popular musicals from the past, dust them off, and shape them up …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

“Me and My Girl” at Encores! At New York’s City Center by Richard Seff

If I were asked to come up with a snappy slogan for Noel Gay’s musical “Me And My Girl”— something that might fit on the sides of buses or on the wall of a subway car—IR…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

“My Fair Lady” at the Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

“I have often walked down this street before.” Freddie Eynsford-Hill sings those lyrics as he begins his romantic ode to Eliza Doolittle to whom he is wildly attracted after just…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

“Hello Dolly!” At the Shubert Theatre on Broadway by Richard Seff

Once again, Dolly is back where she belongs, lighting up the sky with her dazzling radiance distilled through the many gifts of Bernadette Peters who is her current inhabitant. Ms. Peters re…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

“A Brief History of Women” at 59E59 Theaters by Richard Seff

At 79, still active as a playwright and director, Alan Ayckbourn here gives us his 81st work for the theatre. He’s been supplying us with material since 1959; and his new play is as fr…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

“HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD” at the Lyric Theatre by Richard Seff

If you are among those who are not familiar with the names Draco and Scorpius Malfoy, Cedric Diggory, Dudley Dursley, Uncle Vernon, Severus Snape, Amos Diggory, Albus Dumbledore, Aunt Petuni…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

“Carousel” at The Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

It gives me so much pleasure to be able to begin a review of a Broadway musical from the inside out. By that I mean that in recent weeks, in covering this season’s arrivals, I’ve…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

“Mean Girls” at the August Wilson Theatre by Richard Seff

The new musical “Mean Girls”, currently playing at the August Wilson theatre on Broadway, is a tough one to write about. There are two ways to approach it as I see it. It’s…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

“Lobby Hero” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

I’ve often found it difficult to feel much empathy for characters who have little or no redeeming features. The exception that might well prove that rule is the current revival of Kenn…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Three Tall Women” at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

By now you may well have heard that Glenda Jackson has made a sensational return to the stage as a character simply called “A” in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

“Angels in America” at the Neil Simon Theatre by Richard Seff

Tony Kushner’s masterpiece has arrived on Broadway. As it did after its great success twenty-five years ago, it comes to us from London where it was received very well once again. In 1…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

“Frozen” at the St. James Theatre by Richard Seff

The long wait is over. The Disney company has finally delivered the much anticipated stage version of its animated blockbuster film Frozen. A great deal of money has been spent, some of it f…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

“Grand Hotel” by Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

I wasn’t going to review this Encores! production because it was only presented for 7 performances and it will have closed (on March 27th) before you have a chance to see it. But I mu…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

(Half of) “The Low Road” at the Public Theatre by Richard Seff

On this pleasant Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing the first half of Bruce Norris’ play The Low Road at the Public. I say “half” because one of the actors becam…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

“ADMISSIONS” at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

The New York theater season has evolved from the so-called Golden Age, when virtually all new plays meant Broadway, to the current series of not-for-profit productions by the huge list of Of…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

“Escape to Margaritaville” at the Marquis Theatre by Richard Seff

First there was Grand Opera. Then along came Light Opera and finally Operetta. In 1866, because a ballet troupe was left stranded, a new form called “Musical Theater” was born. T…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“LATER LIFE” at The Clurman Theatre by Richard Seff

A.R.Gurney, who was called “Pete” by all who knew him, passed away at the age of 87 in 2017. He died in his apartment in New York surrounded by his family, which is how he wanted…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

“Three Wise Guys” at the Beckett Theatre by Richard Seff

In his own time, Damon Runyon (1880-1946) was a sports writer and columnist for the Hearst newspapers but was perhaps best known as the creator of Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide, Jedediah Sky…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

“GOOD FOR OTTO” at the Pershing Square Signature by Richard Seff

David Rabe’s Good For Otto, directed by Scott Elliot and presented by The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street, is a very absorbing play, running almos…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

News: A Farewell Letter from DCMTA Writer Richard Seff by Richard Seff

I didn’t want to slink off into the night without saying so long to you very lovely DC fans at DC Metro Theater Arts. It was time to go, and I’m grateful for the space in which t…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: ‘Fire and Air’ at Classic Stage Company by Richard Seff

Terrence McNally has been a steady contributor as a playwright ever since his first play, And Things That Go Bump In The Night landed on Broadway in 1963. It didn’t bump for long; it p…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: ‘Hey, Look Me Over!’ by Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the very successful Encores! series threw us a party by offering its seven audiences (February 7–11) a potpourri of book scenes and musical numbers from …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: ‘Hindle Wakes’ at Mint Theater Company by Richard Seff

Long buried in a box marked “forgotten” was this remarkable play, now unearthed by Jonathan Banks’ Mint Theater Company, which has brought it back to shimmering life for a …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ at Ensemble for the Romantic Century by Richard Seff

Robert Fairchild, a lead dancer with the New York City Ballet Company, burst upon the Broadway scene two years ago by playing the lead in the stage version of An American In Paris. He was im…

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