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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

NINA’S DAD by Ron Fassler

Self-portrait of Al Hirschfeld at his drafting table in his Koken barber chair.The artist Al Hirschfeld, a theatrical treasure of the highest order, was born 119 years ago today. Chroniclin…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

THE SCOTTISH PLAY by Ron Fassler

On this day twenty-two years ago, a new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth opened at the Music Box Theatre. Directed by former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Terry Hands, it w…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

AND THE WINNER IS… by Ron Fassler

Jaquel Spivey, John-Michael Lyles and James Jackson, Jr. at the first Broadway preview curtain call for “A Strange Loop” (Photo: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times).I’ve been handicap…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO by Ron Fassler

Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’ “The Telephone Hour” from “Bye, Bye Birdie” (1960).Composer Charles Strouse was born on this date ninety-four years ago. His more than thirty stage …

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

50 YEARS AGO ON BROADWAY by Ron Fassler

During the height of my teenage theatergoing years, which occurred between 1969 and 1973, I was never happier than when I would pore over the New York Times’ ABC’s Directory in order to …

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Friday, May 20, 2022

WHAT MAKES A CAST ALBUM PERFORMANCE GREAT? by Ron Fassler

Julie Andrews singing “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” at the recording session for “My Fair Lady” (1956).Having listened to a steady stream of Broadway original cast recordings over the…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

IT’S TONY SEASON by Ron Fassler

Harold Prince, victorious with Tony #20 for “Showboat,” with Gregory Hines (1995).Now that the 2022 Tony Awards nominations have been announced and campaigning is in full swing, as usua…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

BOBBY BABY BOBBY BUBI BOBBY by Ron Fassler

Robert Morse as J. Pierrepont Finch in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (1961).It’s with a heavy heart I attempt to put into words what Robert Morse meant to me as a…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

AN ACTOR’S LIFE IN PLAYBILL by Ron Fassler

It’s a funny thing about an actor’s resume: they’re never complete and always a work in progress. In the constant act of selling themselves, an actor’s career needs continual updatin…

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Friday, April 1, 2022

CHILDREN WILL LISTEN by Ron Fassler

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “I Do! I Do!” released in 1966.As young kids, I’m sure most Broadway loving-types have all had the same experience. Long before our vocabularie…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

“THE BEDROCK OF BROADWAY” UNDERSTUDIES, STANDBYS & SWINGS by Ron Fassler

That tiny slip of paper every theatregoer knows (btw, Christian Dante White was terrific).A common question I see posted from time to time on theatre blogs asks what the difference is betwee…

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Friday, March 11, 2022

THE 1944 TONY AWARDS by Ron Fassler

Vintage Tony Award, prior to its eventual pedestal.Okay, there was never any such thing as a 1944 Tonys. But the awards junkie in me had this thought and decided, for the fun of it, to attem…

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Monday, March 7, 2022

LEIGH WHIPPER: “I TOOK A LOVE FOR ACTING.” by Ron Fassler

Leigh Whipper, depicted in the painting “Dans un Café a Paris” by Lois Mailou Jones (1939).Not many actors have their portraits on the walls of a museum, so imagine my surprise when I …

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

TONY WALTON: PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW by Ron Fassler

Tony Walton (1934–2022).Anthony John Walton has passed away at the age of eighty-seven. This is a personal loss for me as from the first moment I met him, I melted. He was one of those rar…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

THE GREAT GUNTON, Part 2 by Ron Fassler

Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” (1989).“You have to love a character to play him” — Bob Gunton. And yes, that of course includes …

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Friday, February 25, 2022

THE GREAT GUNTON by Ron Fassler

Bob Gunton as Juan Peron and Patti LuPone as Evita in “Evita” (1979).When he was a young man, the actor Bob Gunton took joy in settling in front of the TV with his dad to watch reruns o…

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

“ON THE 20th CENTURY” — A LILY BLOOMS by Ron Fassler

“ON THE 20th CENTURY” — A LILY BLOOMS Judy Kaye and Kevin Kline in “On the 20th Century” (1978).For part three of the saga of On the 20th Century, we begin with the Varietyre…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall Theater Guide: 10 Reasons to See a Show This Season by Ron Fassler

Author Ron Fassler shares his fall Broadway & Off-Broadway picks

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Now Opening: ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ and the Legacy of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ by Ron Fassler

‘Up In the Cheap Seats’ author Ron Fassler on the new documentary about the classic musical

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Tribute to Broadway’s Prince by Ron Fassler

‘Up In the Cheap Seats’ author Ron Fassler looks back on Hal Prince’s immeasurable contribution to Broadway.

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Now Opening: ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge on Broadway by Ron Fassler

The Public Theater’s star-studded monologues come to Broadway

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Now Opening: ‘Moulin Rouge’ Arrives on Broadway by Ron Fassler

The Broadway musical of the hit film incorporates over 70 pop songs

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tony Awards Watch: Predicting the 2019 Tony Award Winners by Ron Fassler

‘Up in the Cheap Seats’ author Ron Fassler predicts all 26 winners

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Now Opening: Tony Winner Glenda Jackson in ‘King Lear’ by Ron Fassler

The living legend tackles one of theater’s toughest roles.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Now Opening: ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’ on Broadway by Ron Fassler

The Temptations jukebox musical is already drawing a crowd.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Now Opening: 'Be More Chill' Upgrades to Broadway by Ron Fassler

The Broadway musical powered by online fans opened on March 10th.

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