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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: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at Second Stage Theatre in NYC

In the rush of incoming Broadway and off/Broadway productions mid-season, I somehow missed the 2nd Stage mounting of this original and quite remarkable new musical by a new trio of writers. Dear Evan Hansen  is the creation of Steven Levenson on book, and composer-lyricist Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, three names new to me, but well […]

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Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at The Lyceum Theatre in NYC

As  I gleefully watched Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s brilliant tour de force performance in this one man telephone marathon called Fully Committed, I pictured him  playing so many leading characters from years gone by. What a Music Man he would make, how tragicomically he would capture Pseudolus the Slave in A Funny Thing Happened On The […]

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Review: ‘American Psycho’ at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in NYC

From what would seem to be the most unlikely source material, Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have fashioned a dazzling and original musical theatre piece. The source is Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and, though slight adjustments have been made to make it palatable for a Broadway audience, it remains startling and entertaining throughout. Rupert Goold has […]

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Review: ‘In the Secret Sea’ at The Beckett Theatre in NYC

A company called Wellington Road, LLC has produced this 80-minute play by Cate Ryan at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row on 42nd Street, with a company of five featured players, under the direction of Martin Charnin. Charnin was the original lyricist and director of the very popular musical Annie, made his authentic theatrical debut […]

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Review: ‘The Father’ at Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC

Floria  Zeller, the French playwright might have called his play The Father In Winter, for The Lion in Winter was already taken. In this one act and 90-minute tragedy, adapted from the French by Christopher Hampton, a former giant of a father figure has, at the play’s start, begun his slide down the slippery slope […]

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Review: ‘The Crucible’ at The Walter Kerr Theatre in NYC

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play has been resurrected by Producer Scott Rudin and 20 cohorts in a production staged by Ivo Van Hove, who performed similar service to Miller’s A View From The Bridge  earlier this season. Once again, Van Hove has taken a powerful script and infused it with visions of his own. The  Crucible […]

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Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at Studio 54 in NYC

I once heard the late director Moss Hart say that when a show is a great hit, there were omens that predicted its future. “For example,” he said, “when we were fine tuning My Fair Lady  in Philadelphia prior to opening in New York, there was a day when it poured rain, and as  I […]

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Review: ‘DISASTER!’ at The Nederlander Theatre in NYC

If you’re in the mood for a visit with a shipload of fun loving actors, many of whom you’ve seen and enjoyed in shows like Guys and Dolls (Faith Prince), The Producers (Roger Bart), Rent (Adam Pascal), The Addams Family (Kevin Chamberlin) and the like, then you can have a swell time enjoying this unpretentious […]

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Review: ‘Eclipsed’ at the Golden Theatre in New York City

Danai Gurira, the author of this white hot very topical play about sexual slavery in Nigeria, has made a remarkable start to a major career as playwright and actor. Perhaps best known as star of the series The Walking Dead, she has written another play, Familiar, on currently at Playwrights Horizons off Broadway. Eclipsed opened […]

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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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