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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ at the August Wilson Theatre by Richard Seff

Andy Karl is a delightful musical theatre leading man, but he’s been having a bit of bad luck lately. During a late preview of Groundhog Day, his latest outing on stage, he suffered se…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at the Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

John Guare’s masterpiece from 1990 solidly launched his career, earning a run of 155 performances off-Broadway which extended to a run at the Beaumont Theatre on Broadway of 485 additi…

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Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

I’ve seen this play so many times. As a youngster of 19 I played “Horace” at NYU in a production that helped me along in my burgeoning acting career. Someone saw me in it, …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Shubert Theatre by Richard Seff

I’m going to tell you a short story before I get to my review of Hello, Dolly! which is now playing at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. I do so to give what’s now called “t…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Cort Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Paula Vogel has been writing plays for almost forty years, in which she has dealt with issues that fueled her life. She’s been particularly interested in exploring the need …

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: ‘War Paint’ at the Nederlander Theatre by Richard Seff

This project began with a fine title, one that conjurs up a fun musical once you know it’s about the battle for supremacy in the field of female skincare and beauty. It sounded like ev…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘Oslo’ at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

I had only dim memories of the 1993 agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which had been secretly arranged by a Norwegian couple, who had spent from April 1992 until September…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: ‘Daniel’s Husband’ at The Cherry Lane Theatre by Richard Seff

Family plays have changed so in the past few decades. They once concerned themselves with sibling rivalry for power and control (The Little Foxes), long held lies that are finally unearthed …

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: ‘Present Laughter’ at the St. James Theatre by Richard Seff

It doesn’t take much to create a smash Broadway hit. All you need for starters is a  witty script that isn’t in a hurry (not a 90-minute mini-play, but a full-size evening that keeps yo…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at The Lyceum Theatre by Richard Seff

The Lyceum Theatre on Broadway is playing host to a most unusual guest.. It has brought in the Cornley University Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor and because of…

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Review: ‘ AMÉLIE’ at The Walter Kerr Theatre by Richard Seff

Based on a charming French film, Amélie the musical begins with a narrator letting us know we’re going to be in Paris and its surroundings for the next 90 minutes, and as he and the music…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: ‘Sweat’ at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

It took a while, but the Oregon Shakespeare Festival helped by staging this remarkable play in the summer if 2014. It caused enough of a stir for the Public Theatre in New York to pick it up…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Belasco Theatre by Richard Seff

This is the play that introduced me to the writings of Tennessee Williams long ago, in 1945! That was the original production at the Playhouse Theatre on Broadway, and it contained the now l…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: ‘The New Yorkers’ at New York City Center’s Encores! by Richard Seff

Producer Jack Viertel and his merry band of music makers at Encores! have unearthed another great example of the beginnings of American dominance in the field of musical theatre. Our heritag…

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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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