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Monday, August 14, 2023

THE SHARK IS BROKEN at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

This comedy by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon is currently running at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway. It serves as a good example of the current trend of new work being presented by a consor…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The COTTAGE at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

The cover of the playbill for The Cottage, now playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway, is most promising. It is a painting of an English country cottage burgeoning with a group of wa…

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Sunday, July 9, 2023

The Days of Wine and Roses at the Linda Gross Theatre by Richard Seff

There was once a play called The Days of Wine and Roses by J.P. Miller, and in 1962 it was filmed starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Now, sixty years later, Adam Guettel has written musi…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR at the Belasco Theater on W44th Street by Richard Seff

I watched Oscar Levant on tv–primarily on the Jack Paar Show where he was an almost permanent guest, so popular  were his many visits. Paar himself loved to chat with him about the mos…

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! At Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

The original production of  this British musical is one I thoroughly enjoyed when i saw it in 1960. The New York City Center has now offered it to us again in its “Encores! series for a b…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Camelot at the Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

Just as I was about to write off this season on Broadway’s Musical Theatre Scene after many months of second rate offering in that category—shows that are so busy catering to rock and o…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

The Summer of 1976 at the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street by Richard Seff

David Auburn’s play breaks new ground opening with two women seated at the ends of a large table but facing us, the audience. Each individually recalls how their very dear friendship bega…

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

New York, New York at the St. James Theatre by Richard Seff

This musical tribute to “the city that never sleeps” is a love letter now running at the St. James Theatre on West 44th Street. It has some imperfections as does the city it celebrates; …

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Chita: A memoir by Richard Seff

Chita Rivera with Patrick Pacheco When I was a “baby agent” back in 1954, my job as a new recruit was to discover young performers, composers, writers. directors, and any others with tal…

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

FAT HAM at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street by Richard Seff

There is an article in the Playbill for Fat Ham on Broadway that quotes the play’s author James Ijames. In adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he tells us he only “intended to disrupt the s…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ at the Music Box theatre by Richard Seff

I don’t have the vocabulary to properly describe the miraculous work being done 8 times a week at the Music Box, where Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is currently in residence. A company of 22 …

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

BAD CINDERELLA at the Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

Andrew Lloyd Webber has had his finger on the audience pulse since 1969; and in the following half century, he has become the longest-running composer in Broadway history.  Joseph and the …

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

DEAR WORLD at Encores! At City Center by Richard Seff

I spent a happy afternoon on Saturday at the Encores! matinee of Jerry Herman’s Dear World… which did not have a great success in 1968 when it first opened to very mixed notices and lim…

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

A planned visit to a Broadway show now requires a new sort of preparation. When I learned that a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” was heading our way, I delighted i…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

BECOMES A WOMAN at the Mint at City Center on 55th Street by Richard Seff

Jonathan Bank has been Producing Artistic Director of Off Broadway’s Mint Theatre for many years, and he has made it his mission to search out and rediscover plays which were written in an…

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Friday, February 24, 2023

PICTURES FROM HOME at Studio 54 on W 54th Street by Richard Seff

Jeffrey Richards and his many associates here offer us a one-set, 95 minutes visit with an elderly couple and their middle aged son who is visiting them in their Southern California home. Ba…

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Friday, February 10, 2023

ENDGAME at the Irish Rep on W22nd Street by Richard Seff

New York’s jewel of an off Broadway theatre company called the Irish RepTheatre continues to offer new insights into memorable works like this gem from Samuel Beckett, which first provok…

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Monday, January 23, 2023

THE COLLABORATION at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Richard Seff

The Manhattan Theatre Club is offering its subscribers and the general public its production of this play first done at the Old Vic in London and now cast here in New York with the origina…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

KIMBERLY AKIMBO at the Booth Theater on 45th Street by Richard Seff

David Lindsay-Abaire wrote a similarly titled play some seasons back, and Jeanine Tesori joins him now as composer of the new musical on which it is based. This lively entry boasts an exce…

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

OHIO STATE MURDERS at the James Earl Jones Theater by Richard Seff

An assortment of gifted theatrical talents have combined to restore Adrienne Kennedy’s play “Ohio State Murders” to the current season on Broadway  Originally mounted in 1991 this rev…

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

SOME LIKE IT HOT at the Shubert Theater on 44th Street by Richard Seff

It took some twenty-odd producers plus the Shubert Organization, Neil Meron, MGM On Stage, and  Executive Producer S. Moynihan to bring this musical comedy to the stage on Broadway. With a…

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

& JULIET at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre by Richard Seff

A new musical has arrived at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre making its bid for acceptance by the press and the public with a list of ten new names adorning its Playbill title page as producer…

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Almost Famous at Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

The times are no longer a-changin’; they have already changed. What used to be called “Musical Theatre” is weathering the change as best it can, and the most recent example of the new …

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

YOU WILL BE SICK at The Laura Pels Theatre by Richard Seff

Todd Haines, as Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, has made the brave decision to mount this challenging new work by Noah Diaz as part of  the Roundabout Season in New Yor…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

Once upon a time… in the period affectionately known as The Golden Age, there was an opportunity for all to discover the mysteries and magic of something called “Broadway.” Some of us�…

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1776 at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

In Oscar Hammerstein’s book and lyrics for “The King and I,” there is a phrase used by the King whenever his own behavior seems to contradict itself causing him confusion. The phrase w…

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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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