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WINNER of Best of Fest and HOKU Award 

at Maui Fringe 

 

Critical praise for Seeger

Orlando Sentinel

By: Matthew J. Palm

Randy Noojin reminds us about a lot of things in his highly enjoyable and informative one-man show “Seeger.”  Of course, he’s reminding us of Pete Seeger, that great American folk singer who died in 2014.  But he’s also reminding us of the power of music, the importance of following your conscience, the ability of one person to effect change and the constitutional freedoms we should never take for granted. Noojin doesn’t preach about any of that; it just comes through naturally and brilliantly in his tribute to the great troubadour. It’s the early 1980s — Ronald Reagan is a new president, who won by promising to Make America Great Again — and Seeger is performing at a fundraiser for the Foundation for U.S.-Cuban Normalization.  Noojin embodies the singer with an appealing quiet strength as he relates significant moments in his life, such as being targeted in the McCarthy-era Communist witch hunt, sings Seeger’s greatest hits — “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn!” and more — and tells self-deprecating banjo-player jokes of the best dad-joke variety.  This isn’t just an entertaining stroll down memory lane for old-timers; there’s a strong contemporary message of courage and hope for activists of any age — especially those wearied by the unrest of the past few years.  As Seeger, Noojin exhorts the audience to sing out (We’re doing our best, considering we’re masked!) — but it’s just as powerful to feel the music touch your heart. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” may be more than 60 years old, but it still packs an emotional punch.

 

TheaterLife.com*****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Pete Seeger may have been taken from us over two years ago, but Randy Noojin brings him so much to life in his solo show it seems as if the great singer and activist never died . . . should not be missed by anyone who loves Seeger or good music or our right and duty as Americans to stand up for justice.

HyReviews.com *****

By: Hy Bender

 

In all honesty, I'm not a fan of solo bio-musical shows. The chances of a non-celebrity doing justice to a superstar singer are tiny. I came to this show mostly because it happened to fit a slot in my Fringe schedule.

 

I was therefore blown away when Randy Noojin came on stage and effectively resurrected Pete Seeger. Not only is Noojin a dynamite folk singer who performs around a dozen Seeger classics, he's written a brilliant script that perfectly captures the spirit, personality, and passions of Pete Seeger.

 

There are thousands of creative decisions that go into a show. In virtually each case, Noojin has somehow managed to make the perfect choice. The result is not only the finest musical of the festival, but a stellar production ready for a commercial run as is.

Curtainup.com*****

By: Deirdre Donovan

Noojin disappears into Seeger's persona and whisks us back and forward in time through the American 20th Century.

 

No question that Noojin has the audience under a spell as he croons out the various songs and invites everybody to join in.  Anybody who is a Seeger fan should make a bee-line to wherever this song-fest is humming.

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PAST SHOWS

August 21, 2021 at 8:00 PM - The Connamessett, Falmouth, MA, 311 Gifford St, Falmouth, MA,  $35

Crossroads Repertory Theatre at ISU, Terre Haute, IN, June 4, 5, 6, 2021

2021 Orlando Fringe Festival, Orlando, FL, Gold Venue: May 22 at 2, May 26 at 7:15, May 27 at 8:15, May 29 at 4:30, May 30 
at 1:30

Players Circle Theatre,  Fort Myers, FL - November, 12-15, 2020

San Miguel Playhouse, San Miguel de Allende, MX - January 16-19, 2020

Teatro Angela Peralta, Mazatlan, MX -
January 5, 2020

East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY -
November 17, 2019

Rutgers University, Global Education Conference, New Brunswick, NJ - March 30, 2019

North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, CA - March 18, 2019

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ - November 13, 2018

Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken, NJ - 
September 15, 2018

North Hall, Huntington, MA - July 21, 2018

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mars Hill, NC - June 21 - July 1, 2018

Cuesta College, San Luis Obisbo, CA - 
March 2 and 3, 2018

Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland, OR - 
February 20, 2018

Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX - February 2, 2018

El Recreo, Mazatlan, MX, February 6 and 7, 2018

North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, CA - January 29, 2018

Gloucester State, Gloucester, MA - August 14, 2017

Chanango River Theatre, Greene, NY - July 17, 2017

SUNY-Delhi, NYSSSA - July 16, 2017

Echo Park United Methodist Church, LA, CA - 
July 8, 2017

North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, NC - 
June 14-25, 2017

Piccolo Spoletto, PURE Theatre, Charleston, SC
- June 2-10, 2017

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - April 26, 2017

East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY -
March 19, 2017

Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo, NY - September 28, 2016

Chekov International Fringe Festival, Ridgefield, CT - September 22, 2016

New York International Fringe Festival, NY, NY - August 14-24, 2016

SUNY-Delhi, NYSSSA, July 17, 2016

North Hall, Huntington, MA - July 9 and 10, 2016

Oklahoma Chautauqua Tour, Altus, Tulsa, Enid, and Lawton, OK - June 4-25, 2016

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