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Thursday, November 16, 2017

‘Marian’ director shuts down charges of exploitation by Michael Riedel

“Marian,” a documentary about Marian Seldes that upset many theater people because it shows the actress in the grip of dementia, will be screened on Saturday as part of the Williamsburg …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

‘42nd Street’ revivals may duke it out for a spot on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Call it the battle of those dancing feet: Two acclaimed productions of “42nd Street” may soon go tap-to-tap for a shot at Broadway. The splashy revival that just ended at London’s Thea…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How a Hell’s Kitchen artists’ haven transformed the neighborhood by Michael Riedel

In the 1970s, Hell’s Kitchen was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. Residents walked in the middle of the streets at night to avoid the muggers, junkies, hookers and drug…

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Broadway fans will be wasting away soon in ‘Margaritaville’ by Michael Riedel

Jimmy Buffett says he was going to be on Broadway one way or another because of his mother. “She was the Southern version of Auntie Mame,” Buffett says, “and she made me audition for …

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Meat Loaf musical might actually end up on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Last week I wrote about three shows that are trying to slip onto Broadway stages before the Tony cutoff date in April: “The Honeymooners,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and “H…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Actors say rude audiences are destroying Broadway by Michael Riedel

Reed Birney was beginning to smolder. Every time the actor came on stage as O’Brien, the chief torturer in “1984” at the Hudson Theatre, a group of theatergoers giggled. “The laughte…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Donna Summer, ‘Honeymooners’ musicals could hit Broadway this season by Michael Riedel

Call it Broadway Monopoly — the game producers, landlords and other insiders love to play when theaters suddenly open up. With so many shows circling the Great White Way, two or three coul…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Check into the real-life hotel of horrors that inspired ‘The Shining’ by Michael Riedel

Happy Halloween! Is there any better place to go ghostbusting than the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. (from $189)? Believers in the paranormal say there are more spirits hanging about th…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Andrew Lloyd Webber show that flopped is back from the dead by Michael Riedel

Two showbiz legends — Mel Brooks and Andrew Lloyd Webber — are turning their painful flops into crowd-pleasing hits. Brooks just returned from London clutching raves for his snappy new …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Amy Schumer is an even bigger Broadway star than predicted by Michael Riedel

Back in August, I reported that Amy Schumer, the star of Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” was shaping up to be Broadway’s biggest box-office draw this fall. After she sold $1…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg is back on Broadway by Michael Riedel

The biggest star in Lincoln Center’s upcoming revival of “My Fair Lady” isn’t playing Eliza Doolittle or Henry Higgins: She’s playing Mrs. Higgins, Henry’s elegant mother. Diana …

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The surprising role Cher will play in the ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel by Michael Riedel

“The Cher Show” is rehearsing here in New York at the New 42nd Street Studios, but somebody key to the entire enterprise is missing: Cher. She can’t be here because she’s in London a…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Broadway buffs are flocking to DC for ‘Mean Girls’ previews by Michael Riedel

Tickets for “Mean Girls” went on sale last week at the August Wilson Theatre, and Tina Fey was there to hand out cheese fries. The p.r. stunt was, well, cheesy — but effective. Inspire…

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Gwyneth Paltrow refused Harvey Weinstein’s money for Broadway project by Michael Riedel

Harvey Weinstein was at Gwyneth Paltrow’s townhouse last year when she unveiled “Head Over Heels,” the musical she’s producing about the 1980s girl band the Go-Gos. Weinstein, source…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Springsteen’s Broadway takeover could earn him a special Tony Award by Michael Riedel

The Playbill for “Springsteen on Broadway” reads “Written and Directed by Bruce Springsteen” — which means the Boss could be eligible for Tony Awards for both Best Book and Best Di…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Harvey Fierstein is adapting ‘Torch Song’ for today’s short attention spans by Michael Riedel

The buzz around the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” at Second Stage Theater is so good, there’s talk of a move to Broadway in the spring. But don’t tell Fierstein. “St…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

If you can scream loudly, you might be perfect for Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ by Michael Riedel

WANTED: An actress who can scream like Fay Wray eight times a week. The creators of the “King Kong” musical are town this week looking for Ann Darrow, the beauty that’ll kill their bea…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Broadway love story of two kings of the Great White Way by Michael Riedel

July 3, 2015, was a heartbreaking day for many people who work in the theater. That afternoon, they received an e-mail from Rick Elice, the Tony-nominated co-writer of “Jersey Boys,” let…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Broadway insiders horrified by documentary on theater icon’s sad final days by Michael Riedel

Marian Seldes was beloved: an elegant, talented, wonderfully eccentric actress and teacher whose students included Christopher Reeve, Patti LuPone and Kevin Spacey. She died in 2014, at 86. …

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

How the Bee Gees went from No. 1 to national pariahs by Michael Riedel

In June 1979, the Bee Gees were on top of the world. Months before, their “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, featuring songs written and/or performed by the Australian trio, had won a Gr…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Investor demands answers from shuttered ‘Great Comet’ by Michael Riedel

Fallout from the crash and burn of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” continues to rain down on Broadway. A group of disgruntled investors in the $14 million production — …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

First look at ‘Frozen: The Musical’ already melting hearts in previews by Michael Riedel

DENVER — Disney is opening its Broadway-bound “Frozen” Thursday night to a sea of Elsas. Easily one-third of the audience for the last month of previews has arrived in long blue gowns …

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pricey revivals are driving Broadway producers crazy by Michael Riedel

Prospective backers for the upcoming revivals of “Angels in America” and “M. Butterfly” are getting sticker shock when they see the price tags. These are big, bold and potentially th…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

How Trump’s tweets will shape Uma Thurman’s upcoming Broadway show by Michael Riedel

President Frank Underwood called me the other day to tell me about a play that I haven’t been paying much attention to: “The Parisian Woman.” It’s a terrible title, but when FU calls…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

These British shows could be breakout Broadway hits by Michael Riedel

The big shows for the new theater season are set. We’ll be singing “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” toasting the wit of Tina Fey in “Mean Girls,” enjoying the charms of “The Band…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Michael Moore was mugged in NYC as a teen — but he still loves Broadway by Michael Riedel

Put aside the politics, the polemics and the president. Michael Moore, nestled into a booth at a bar in the theater district, wants to talk about something else: his lifelong love affair wit…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New ‘Young Frankenstein’ electrifies in UK run by Michael Riedel

Not only is it alive, it’s a hit. Mel Brooks spent the past year in the laboratory repairing his 2007 flop “Young Frankenstein” and, by all accounts, succeeded: The show is slaying the…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Theater geeks are freaking out about Sondheim’s lavish London ‘Follies’ by Michael Riedel

Pull up a chair, Stephen Sondheim fans: I’ve got eyewitness reports from the National Theatre of London’s first preview of “Follies.” Directed by Dominic Cooke, this lavish productio…

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Word from West End says ‘Follies’ revival is jolly good by Michael Riedel

Pull up a chair, Stephen Sondheim fans: I’ve got eyewitness reports from the National Theatre of London’s first preview of “Follies.” Directed by Dominic Cooke, this lavish productio…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jerry Lewis’ dislike for Lynn Redgrave nearly ruined his stage career by Michael Riedel

Jerry Lewis, who died this week at 91, scored in just about every branch of show business: nightclubs, radio, television, concerts, movies and records. But it was only relatively late in lif…

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring by Michael Riedel

Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in “The Iceman Cometh,” The Post has learned. A 14-week run of Eugene O’Neill’s drama, to be directed by two-time Tony winner Ge…

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