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Actor, Playwright, Librettist, Agent, reviewer, and Broadway icon Richard Seff reviews NYC shows and offers us a taste of the Golden Age of Broadway, in which he played a supporting role.


In the Moment: A Look at Jack Viertel’s “The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built”

Revealing the concealed underpinnings and durable structures of American musicals is no easy undertaking. Let alone covering and analyzing the past seven decades of musical theater history. But, Broadway veteran Jack Viertel provides an invaluable, breezy, quite personal accounting of Broadway’s Golden Age up to the current mega-hit Hamilton. It all appears in his new book, […]

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Broadway Producer Donald Trump and DCMetroTheaterArts’ NYC Reviewer/Columnist Richard Seff’s Play ‘Paris is Out!’ by Michael Paul in the NY Times

In yesterday’s NY Times, Michael Paul’s article called For a Young Donald J. Trump, Broadway Held Sway talked about how Donald Trump dabbled in becoming a Broadway Producer when he invested in DCMetroTheaterArts’ Richard Seff’s play Paris is Out! Here’s a Synopsis of Paris is Out! from Richard Seff’s website. “Hortense and Daniel, a married couple of over […]

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Review: ‘Hughie’ at The Booth Theatre in New York City

Jason Robards first played the central  character in this Eugene O’Neill one-act mood piece; that was in 1964. That character isn’t “Hughie” — no, he’s gone to his reward just before first curtain. But he remains a force, a presence, as “Erie Smith” stumbles into the ramshackle hotel where Hughie had long been the night […]

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Erik Ransom Discusses his Staged Reading of ‘More Than All the World’ on March 15th at York Theatre Company in New York City

Known for his bold cutting-edge artistry and glam-rock/drag personae, Erik Ransom commands the stage as a singer, musician, and actor, and behind the scenes as a composer, lyricist, and playwright. Among Ransom’s past successes, as both creator and star, are Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions, in which he takes an irreverent post-modern look […]

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Review: ‘Prodigal Son’ at Manhattan Theatre Club

John Patrick Shanley is a prolific and gifted playwright who’s had a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for his hugely successful play Doubt. He also wrote its screenplay and directed the film which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. He’s won many other awards and his plays and films reflect the wide […]

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Reviews: ‘All the Way’ and ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida

As a way of plugging in to the national conversation addressing issues of change in the United  States, this highly regarded regional not-for-profit theatre has put several plays in to its current season. Beginning with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Schenkkan political drama All The Way, which deals with racially charged issues confronted by President Lyndon […]

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Review: ‘Our Mother’s Brief Affair’ at Manhattan Theatre Club at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in NYC

Richard Greenberg’s new play is of the school from which the story “The Lady or the Tiger?” sprang. It has enigmatic hints of Harold Pinter in it as well, though Mr. Greenberg’s ear for his New York upper middle class and blue collar characters is alluringly accurate. This Manhattan Theatre Club production offers us Linda […]

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Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at The Broadway Theatre in NYC

I am so glad that Sheldon Harnick, the last surviving member of the creative team of the original production of Fiddler on the Roof, has been able to participate in this glorious revisical. His late collaborators (Jerry Bock, Jerome Robbins, and Joseph Stein) would, I’m certain, have been  thrilled at the reception given this latest production […]

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‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Metropolitan Opera

The Barber of Seville turns 200 years old in two months. Performing it in English translation works best when it helps show American audiences how similar the elements of effective comedy are across all forms of entertainment, no matter what century we’re in. The Metropolitan Opera gets most of the way there with the comic […]

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