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Review: ‘Chicago’ at ArtsCentric at Motor House

The city of Chicago is “Hog Butcher for the World… City of the Big Shoulders,” as poet Carl Sandburg wrote just over a 100 years ago. Much the same could be said of certain elements of the press, which sensationalizes and grants celebrity status to human interest subjects and stories far and wide. The 1920s […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at The Kennedy Center

Cabaret, the blistering musical satire written more than 50 years ago by John Kander and Fred Ebb, stormed into The Kennedy Center this week with a performance that had the audience on its feet, and roaring with approval at curtain. The response is resounding proof that the show – both in its original form, created […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at the Academy of Music

Some shows never get old or lose their impact. The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret, making its Philadelphia premiere for a limited run this week at the Academy of Music, is still as stunning as the original by Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), and Fred Ebb (lyrics) was when […]

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‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Three: ’70 Girls 70,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Rink,” ‘The World Goes Round,’ ‘The Act,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ and ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

ACT TWO. Two years later, in 1970, I once again tried to put together a package of my clients – in the show that became 70 Girls 70 – for I’d enjoyed looking after Chita Rivera, Ron Field, Kander and Ebb, other writers, and even an actor or two in Cabaret and Zorba!. For some […]

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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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‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part One: The House Lights Dim’

COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:  Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff OVERTURE. John Kander and Fred Ebb have written some fifteen musicals for Broadway as well as an Industrial Show for General Electric, and their musical material was staged in revue form off-Broadway by others twice. Three of their […]

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‘Come Hear The Music Play’-A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Kander and Ebb’s Musicals by Their Former Agent Richard Seff Begins Tomorrow on DCMetroTheaterArts

On March 18th composer John Kander will mark his 90th Birthday and to honor that happy occasion I’m going to unearth some of the memories I have of  the twenty years in which I represented him as his agent. I’ve had a vicarious kick out of the next forty years of his illustrious career, but […]

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Review #2: ‘Kid Victory’ at Vineyard Theatre

When seventeen-year-old Luke returns home to small-town Kansas after being missing for a year, he must come to terms with what transpired and face the aftermath with his family, church, and community, and, most importantly, with himself. The latest collaboration from John Kander (music and story) and Greg Pierce (book, lyrics, and story), Kid Victory […]

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Review #1: ‘Kid Victory’ at Vineyard Theatre

John Kander, who will soon be celebrating his 90th birthday, has now confirmed that his collaboration with 39 year-old playwright Greg Pierce, is on solid ground, and offers us great promise for more worthy work ahead. Kid Victory is their current offering at the Vineyard Off Broadway and it’s a major achievement. Its story is by […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

In Act One of Cabaret, Cliff Bradshaw tells Sally Bowles that he loves Berlin because it feels like a city full of children behaving badly, getting wilder and wilder because they know that at any moment their parents will be home and the party will be over. The year is 1931 and the ‘children’ are […]

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Come to KAT’s ‘Cabaret’: Part 5: Meet Liz Weber

In Part 5 of a series of interviews with the cast of Kensington Arts Theatre’s (KAT) Cabaret, meet Liz Weber. Where have local theatergoers seen you perform before on our local stages? What roles have you played? Most recently I performed at the Arts Barn in the Kentlands in The Drowsy Chaperone, and before that in Quilters. I […]

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Chatting with Rupert Holmes About Landless’ Symphonic/Metal Version of his Musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

He’s a triple threat! He’s won Tony awards for writing the book, score, and lyrics for his Tony award-winning Best Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  not to mention Tony nominations for the musical Curtains and his play Say Goodnight, Gracie. Now he has given Landless Theatre Company his blessing to create a symphonic/metal arrangement of his score. I asked Rupert Holmes […]

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‘The World Goes ‘Round’ at Creative Cauldron

Heartbreak, dark humor, desperation, raucous fun, and biting commentary are just a few of the words one could use to describe the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The World Goes ‘Round, presented by Creative Cauldron at Artspace Falls Church, is a collection of the duo’s collaborative works that span over 26 years. The […]

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‘Cabaret’ at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater

In a moving production and stark departure from its usual light-hearted dinner theater offerings, Cabaret at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater is brilliantly directed by Shawn R. Martin and musically directed by Daniel Speis. This delightfully dark and visceral musical is brought to life by powerhouse performances and outstanding staging and […]

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