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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.

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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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‘On Your Feet’ at The Marquis Theatre in New York City

On Your Feet joins its fellow juke box musicals Jersey Boys and Beautiful in the growing list of this new genre that delivers a full evening’s entertainment using pop hits of another era to tell a story of those who wrote or performed them when the world was younger. Gloria and Emilio Estefan certainly warrant […]

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‘Sylvia’ at The Cort Theatre in New York City

AR Gurney is the rolling stone playwright that is certainly gathering no moss. As recently as August of this year I reviewed a new Gurney offering, Love and Money which deftly dealt with a matriarch’s difficulties in distributing her estate when she is suddenly confronted by someone claiming to be a relative about whom she […]

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‘Dames at Sea’ at The Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City

Way back in the dark ages (circa early 1930s) when musicals were musical comedies (if you don’t know what I mean, listen to “Musicals,” the showstopper in the light-hearted hit Something Rotten!), the writers and composers’ aim was simply to entertain, not to comment (except with a wink) on the then current world outside, not […]

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