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Thursday, July 18, 2019

How Encores! gives new life to fading Broadway musicals by Michael Riedel

After 20 years, Jack Viertel is giving up the job that everyone who loves musical theater covets: producing Encores! at City Center. As I shouldn’t have to remind my readers, Encores! pres…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Elizabeth Ashley: Hard-living Rip Torn was like ‘broken crystal’ by Michael Riedel

The first person I called after hearing Rip Torn died on Tuesday was Elizabeth Ashley, who knew him well. “I’m seeing so many R.I.P.’s for Rip,” the actress told me. “Are you f- …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tom Hiddleston to make Broadway debut in ‘Betrayal’ this summer by Michael Riedel

Loki is coming to Broadway this summer. Tom Hiddleston, the villain of Marvel’s “Avengers” movies, will star in a revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” The production won raves …

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Moulin Rouge!’ has all the elements of a Broadway hit by Michael Riedel

Sad news that “The Prom,” an original and delightful show, is closing Aug. 11. Had it won the Tony for Best Musical, it might have eked out a year or so. But it was probably doomed from …

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ didn’t deserve face slap from Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

What little drama there was at Sunday’s low-rated Tony Awards telecast centered on “Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis’ struggling musical. When James Corden, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony Awards offered little surprise, a lackluster James Corden by Michael Riedel

A Tony Awards that had the potential to deliver some jaw-dropping upsets delivered nothing but a lackluster telecast hosted by James Corden, who, though he did a brilliant job three years ag…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tony Awards 2019 predictions: Prepare for some big surprises by Michael Riedel

A top Broadway executive e-mailed the other day to say, “I really think the only winner during this period of time is the pharmaceutical industry, as the demand for beta blockers and anxie…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tony Awards favorites: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ could pull off upset win by Michael Riedel

Broadway’s roaring into the homestretch with the Tonys next weekend, and I’ve never seen so many nervous people in Shubert Alley. Many races are up in the air, which should make for an e…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Almost Famous’ musical is almost ready to rock Broadway by Michael Riedel

It’s going to be Cameron Crowe vs. Alanis Morissette at the Tonys next year. Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” begins previews in the fall at the Broadhurst Theatre. But it could be …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Cinderella’ musical gives Prince Charming a gay twist by Michael Riedel

Broadway’s power brokers took time out from Tony season this week to fly to London to see “Cinderella,” the new musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber. The heat is intense on this one, not o…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Catfight erupts among theater critics over ‘Hadestown’ by Michael Riedel

Critics are always sniping at something, but the real fun begins when they start sniping at one another. The members of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle got into a heated exchange last w…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Tootsie’ writer went from garbage collector to Tony nominee by Michael Riedel

Robert Horn, Tony-nominated for his snappy book to “Tootsie,” knows all too well what it’s like to scrape out a living in New York while trying to break into the theater. He never play…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 Tony Awards predictions: Which shows will be nominated or snubbed? by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” and “Ink” scurried in this week to make the Tony deadline and have upset everyone’s brackets. The nominations come out Tuesday, and you can bet both shows will be uncorki…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lehman brothers play tracks fraud collapse, bankruptcy by Michael Riedel

You have only Friday night and Saturday to see the hottest play in town: “The Lehman Trilogy” at the Park Avenue Armory. Alas, you’re going to need Lehman brothers money (well, before …

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo never hit Broadway by Michael Riedel

Disney is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Broadway this month with three hits that mint money: “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” That last, with a worldwide gross of $…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Is Broadway’s edgy ‘Oklahoma!’ revival brilliant or just bizarre? by Michael Riedel

Who’d have thought the most controversial show this spring would be . . . Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”? A revival of the 1943 musical opening Sunday is dividing audience…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ is a backstage ‘viper’s nest’ that needs more chill by Michael Riedel

There’s tumult behind the scenes this week at “Be More Chill,” the social-media phenomenon that’s become a Broadway musical. Concerned that their show isn’t gaining traction in the…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ preview features flying vomit, broken seat by Michael Riedel

It was a wild night at Tuesday’s “Ain’t Too Proud” preview. The critics were in the house for the new The Temptations musical, so the producers and creators were on edge. They almost…

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‘The Prom’ is courting Tony Awards after financial rescue by Michael Riedel

The winter months were tough on “The Prom,” and some on Broadway feared it might fold. But the show got an infusion of cash from its investors and is now set to run through the Tony Awar…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Revamped ‘Beetlejuice’ still may not have the juice for Broadway by Michael Riedel

A Washington Post critic sprayed a can of Raid on the out-of-town tryout of “Beetlejuice” last fall. Peter Marks called the $20 million musical “overcaffeinated, overstuffed and virtua…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a sleeper hit off-Broadway by Michael Riedel

The biggest little hit in town right now is “Fiddler on the Roof,” which has lifted the curse from the Shubert Organization’s Stage 42, an off-Broadway theater on far West 42nd Street.…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Revisiting the pervy ‘Lolita’ musical that never hit Broadway by Michael Riedel

You have only until Sunday to see one of the strangest musicals ever conceived for the stage: “Lolita, My Love,” a 1971 flop based on Vladimir Nabokov’s sensational novel about a colle…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Queen should totally steer clear of this Princess Diana musical by Michael Riedel

Princess Diana may have stolen the show at Buckingham Palace, but it’s Queen Elizabeth II who’s stealing “Diana,” the new musical that started previews this week at San Diego’s La …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Glenda Jackson thought Brits would scoff at her as King Lear by Michael Riedel

“Would you like a cup of tea?” an assistant asks Glenda Jackson as she leaves a rehearsal room in Times Square. “What I would like,” says this great lady of the theater, “is a …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Tortured’ play gets dragged by critics by Michael Riedel

It was shaping up to be the most talked about — and salacious — theater event of the new year: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and “Game of Thrones” star Stephen Dillane steaming up the …

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘West Side Story’ revival will be more like ‘West Side Gory’ by Michael Riedel

Ivo van Hove certainly divides audiences and critics. Champions love the Belgian director’s stylized, ferocious whirling dervish productions. Detractors bristle at all the special effects,…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Could ‘Twilight Zone’ become the hottest ticket on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

It is a blend of faithful adaptation and fanciful splicing. It is the middle ground between artistry and commercialism, between reasonable prices and premiums, and it lies in London right no…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

These 2 plays are vying to win over Broadway this spring by Michael Riedel

The play’s the thing this spring on Broadway. To the competitive roster of non-musicals I spoke about last week — all-star revivals of “King Lear” and “All My Sons” among them …

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

10 don’t-miss Broadway divas, debuts and dramas for 2019 by Michael Riedel

Ring out the old, ring in the new: Here’s my countdown to the 10 personalities, shows and backstage dramas I’m looking forward to in 2019. 10. Glenda Jackson delivered an unforgettable p…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Neil Simon and other Broadway legends we lost in 2018 by Michael Riedel

Broadway lost some boldface names in 2018. Let’s give them an encore, in their own words. William Goldman made his name in the movies, writing the screenplays to “Butch Cassidy and the S…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Meet the veteran Broadway showgirl finally getting her big break by Michael Riedel

An array of Broadway types populates the new musical comedy, “The Prom”: the self-absorbed diva, the exasperated press agent, the vain leading man. And then there’s the jaded chorus gi…

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