Part of FringeNYC: Sing-along with folksinger/activist Pete Seeger at a benefit for U.S.-Cuban normalization where he uses his greatest songs to tell of his adventures with McCarty-era witch-hunters, the Blacklist, Peekskill riots, and how a sailboat helped clean the Hudson. More…
Categories: Multi-Media, Solo Show, Local. Written by Randy Noojin. Directed by Mary Beth Easley.
FROM THE ARTIST:
After touring his solo show about Woody Guthrie, Hard Travelin' with Woody (www.HardTravelinShow.com) all over the country, Edinburgh, Mexico and Canada, Randy Noojin brings us SEEGER, a new multimedia solo show about Pete Seeger. Sing-along with Pete for free speech and unity at a benefit for U.S.-Cuban normalization where he uses his greatest songs to tell the story of his battles with McCarthy-era witch hunters, the Blacklist, fascists at the Peekskill Riots, and how a sailboat helped clean up the Hudson River!
“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...Seeger believed the right song at the right time could change history. ‘Seeger’ shows that the right show at the right time can make your day.” Full Review
"Noojin came on stage and effectively resurrected Pete Seeger. Not only is he 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 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...Not only the finest musical of the festival, but a stellar production ready for a commercial run as is." Full Review
"While the sing-alongs were heart-warming, it was when Noojin shared the particulars of Seeger's life story that the audience really leaned in. Noojin pinpoints some of Seeger's life-changing moments…True, Noojin isn't saying anything strikingly new about Seeger in his solo show. But how he says it is memorable. Anybody who is a Seeger fan should make a bee-line for the Huron Club, where this song-fest is humming." Full Review
"There is little nuance to the singer as a personality, nor is there much of a plot. Because Noojin places Seeger on a pedestal, it is almost impossible for him to provide a truthful portrayal of the man...'Seeger' is great fun if you know your mid-twentieth-century folk music and are looking for some sweet nostalgia, but if you’re seeking a dynamic story, then this one-man show may leave you wanting more." Full Review
See it if You are liberal and a fan of 60s folk music and history
Don't see it if You are a right wing conservative who opposes creativity and freedom of the human spirit and equality of all peoples
See it if You are a child of the 50s, 60s, 70s or know and love anyone who is. Or if you've ever sung a single folk song. Or if you never have.
Don't see it if If you think the House Un-American Activities Committee and Joe McCarthy were doing God's work. No, Y'know what? See it anyway.
See it if you want to sing, laugh, and learn about pop culture and politics in the era of McCarthyism
Don't see it if you're not a fan of audience participation, or if you hate banjos!
See it if You're a fan of folk music of the 50's, and 60's, want some history interwoven with your entertainment and appreciate big talent.
Don't see it if If you were a fan of Joseph McCarthy, Roy Cohn, and the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities. You won't like it!
See it if Youre interested in learning about the life of Pete Seeger, enjoy a well written and intelligent script, and appreciate a great performance.
Don't see it if you do not like Pete Seeger or if you do not like being captivated by an outstanding performance.
See it if * you like an intimate concert vibe * you like detailed research and acting * you like folk music * org. labor & civil rights matter to you
Don't see it if * you want children's theater, big production values, jokey sketch comedy, or revivals * you're a Trump fan, I would guess
See it if You believe in the power of song and activism to change the world. Seeger's beacon for us all and this show exquisitely captures his spirit
Don't see it if you don't like solo shows
See it if you'd like a well-written one-man show about Pete Seeger that reaches both Seeger's fans and people who don't know his work and life.
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of folk music and/or liberal politics.
See it if You want to see Randy Noojin beautifully channel Pete Seeger, on a journey of activism, & participation. Kudos to director Mary Beth Easley
Don't see it if You don't like folk singing
See it if You love how music and one man's perseverance can inspire people of all generations. The "Rainbow Race" should be sung by kids everywhere!
Don't see it if You feel funny singing along
See it if Randy's genius pick of songs show the man behind the music. Elated by the emotions the combo of monologue, songs, & photos brought out in me
Don't see it if You're a conservative right wing fascist ultra-religious racist nutsack living in a perpetual bible-camp of judgement and hatred.
See it if you're interested in history (McCarthyism/blacklisting, peace protests of 1960s) and civil rights; you enjoy folk music
Don't see it if you don't enjoy historical pieces (it's as if you're watching a live documentary unfold)