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The Verdict The Verdict: Critics Review Act One, Starring Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Andrea Martin Act One, the new stage production based on the memoir of Broadway playwright, director and lyricist Moss Hart, officially opened on Broadway April 17 at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub
Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub Photo by Joan Marcus

Adapted and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Into the Woods, Passion, Sunday in the Park With George), the production is based on Hart's 1954 memoir "Act One," chronicling the life of the famed playwright-director from his poor Bronx beginnings to becoming Broadway royalty. Previews began March 20.

Santino Fontana (Cinderella, Billy Elliot), Tony Shalhoub (Golden Boy, Lend Me a Tenor) and young actor Matthew Schechter (Newsies) inhabit Hart at different stages of his life.

They are joined by two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin, My Favorite Year), Bob Ari (Frost/Nixon, The Constant Wife), Bill Army (Relatively Speaking), Will Brill (Tribes), Laurel Casillo (Off-Broadway's Bryan and Kim), Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life), Steven Kaplan (Off-Broadway's Book Club), Will LeBow (The Merchant of Venice at A.R.T.), Mimi Lieber (I'm Not Rappaport), Charlotte Maier (The Columnist), Noah Marlowe (Mary Poppins), Greg McFadden (The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial), Deborah Offner (LCT's Everett Beekin), Lance Roberts (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher), Matthew Schechter (Newsies), Jonathan Spivey (Richard III), Wendy Rich Stetson (A Free Man of Color), Bob Stillman (Dirty Blonde) and Amy Warren (August: Osage County).

The critics have filed their reviews and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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Tickets, priced $77-$137, are available via or by visiting A limited number of tickets priced $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21-35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit

The Vivian Beaumont Theater is located at 150 West 65 Street.

Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin and Santino Fontana Star in Moss Hart Theatrical Memoir Act One on Broadway

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