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Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Shubert Theatre

I’m going to tell you a short story before I get to my review of Hello, Dolly! which is now playing at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. I do so to give what’s now called “transparency” to my words in praise of it. In the last days of the so-called Golden Age of musicals (circa […]

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‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Two: ‘The Curtain Rises’: ‘Flora, the Red Menace,’ ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Zorba,’ and ‘The Happy Time’

John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Richard Seff at a dinner honoring Harold Prince. Photo courtesy of Richard Seff. THE CURTAIN RISES. One of the properties for which I tried to get this new team hired was the Theatre Guild’s upcoming The Unsinkable Molly Brown which had Richard Morris as book writer. The Guild wanted a […]

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Review: ‘La Cage aux Folles’ at City Theater Company

Wilmington’s City Theater Company ushers in its 23rd season with lots of glitter for the holidays. But it’s not the usual tinsel on the tree, it’s the fabulous drag fest that is La Cage aux Folles! Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, the story, which inspired a 1978 European […]

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‘Love Can Build a Bridge’: An Anti-Violence Charity Concert: Interviews With Actors and Musicians

The violence in the US and overseas has rattled millions of people, making many of us feel vulnerable. Sarah Gafgen, well-known actor, singer, and director, took the initiative and, with the help of the Philadelphia theater community, initiated the first Love Can Build A Bridge charity concert to support three organizations that actively work toward […]

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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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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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‘Mame’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

Riverside Center Dinner Theater presents Mame, the musical sensation based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play Auntie Mame, by Lawrence and Lee. With the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Dann Dunn directs and choreographs this classic Broadway musical. Riverside Center’s status continues […]

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‘Mame’ with Sandy Bainum, Sally Struthers, and Kathy Halenda Opens on Sunday, November 15th at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

The Riverside Center Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg, VA announces the opening of the Broadway classic Mame starring Sandy Bainum and featuring Sally Struthers, at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts- 95 Riverside Parkway, on November 15th. The show plays through January 17, 2016. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Jerome […]

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Signature Theatre Announces its 2015-2016 Season

Signature Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season  Season features two world premiere musicals: Cake Off and Girlstar  plus  The DC Premiere of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner The Flick  The DC Premiere of Bathsheba Doran’s 2015 Play The Mystery of Love & Sex  Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show  The return of Dempsey and Rowe’s The […]

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‘The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)’ at Damascus Theatre Company

Do you love classic Broadway theatre? Do you love the work of legendary Broadway composers? Do you love clever satire, glittering costumes, and talented performers? If so, you will absolutely love The Damascus Theatre Company’s production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). With music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and book by Rockwell […]

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