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Thursday, December 13, 2018

New ‘Mary Poppins’ songs stay true to the originals by Michael Riedel

Like many theater-mad kids who grew up in the ’60s, songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman know every note and word from “Mary Poppins.” “I listened to, and continue to listen to…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ nearly got nixed by Harper Lee estate by Michael Riedel

“It would have been the first play ever to open and close in the Southern District Court.”

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘North Country’ producers stunned by Broadway theater change by Michael Riedel

“Girl From the North Country,” the brooding musical fashioned around Bob Dylan songs, is moving to Broadway this season, but not to the theater it wanted. The producers of the show, whic…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Boss is paving the way for big musicians on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Bruce Springsteen has paved the way for a host of legendary music acts to play the Great White Way in 2019. A group of powerful entertainment companies — Live Nation, Creative Artists Asso…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Critics beat up ‘King Kong,’ but producers aren’t pulling the plug by Michael Riedel

Never mind those Curtiss Helldiver fighter planes circling the Empire State Building in “King Kong.” The real threat to Broadway’s big ape may be those vicious drama critics. They stra…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is headed off-Broadway by Michael Riedel

I’m going to be a yenta and give you the plotke on “Fiddler on the Roof.” The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s revival down at the Museum of Jewish Heritage is headed uptown to …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gender-bending Sondheim revival is coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

The ladies who lunch are booking a table in New York. The gender-bending revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” which won rave reviews in London, will open on Broadway next fall, sev…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The most magnificent monsters on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Just in time for Halloween, there’s no shortage of monsters and villains lurking around Shubert Alley. My Tony for Best Baddie goes to Mr. Muldoon, the sinister IRA boss in Jez Butterworth…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Could Temptations musical be Broadway’s next ‘Dreamgirls’? by Michael Riedel

A little tip if you want to see a show before it takes off and prices go sky-high: It ain’t too soon to grab tickets to “Ain’t Too Proud.” This new musical, about the Temptations, ha…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tituss Burgess is bringing another Whitney Houston movie to the stage by Michael Riedel

Tituss Burgess, enjoying small-screen fame as the struggling actor of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is also the driving creative force behind “The Preacher’s Wife,” a ne…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bob Dylan’s music may take over The Boss’ Broadway theater by Michael Riedel

Bob Dylan has signed off on moving “Girl From the North Country,” a new musical fashioned around his song catalog, to Broadway in the spring, sources tell The Post. The musical, which de…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tony winner Katrina Lenk sparks revival talk for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Song and Dance’ by Michael Riedel

The American Theatre Wing threw a jolly bash Monday night honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, who’s endowed a program to bring arts into schools. Lloyd Webber had the best line of the night when…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The hottest ticket for theater lovers is 86-year-old Elaine May by Michael Riedel

Tourists have King Kong, Daniel Radcliffe and a show about Cher this season. Theater buffs and lovers of classic comedy have something even better: Elaine May’s first Broadway appearance i…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Early Tony buzz for Broadway-bound ‘Tootsie’ musical by Michael Riedel

With only a couple of previews in Chicago under its corset, “Tootsie” is shaping up to be a hit. Buzz was building during rehearsals for Santino Fontana, as the main character, and it ex…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Penn Badgley: My character in ‘You’ is really ‘creepy’ by Michael Riedel

Penn Badgley didn’t mean to step away from the spotlight for six years. But since “Gossip Girl” ended in 2012, he hasn’t had another starring TV role until now. “I didn’t anticip…

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The buzziest shows on Broadway this season by Michael Riedel

Time to raise the curtain on the shows headed to Broadway this season. Here are some notable titles: Get tickets now Kenneth Lonergan’s plays age well. Last season’s revival of “Lobby …

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

When Neil Simon nearly gave up on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Neil Simon was the most successful playwright in Broadway history, racking up some 9,000 performances — and many millions of dollars — with hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “The Suns…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

How these late theater greats changed Broadway forever by Michael Riedel

Not to drop a name, but I was at a dinner party once with Robert De Niro (thump!) who said the actress he admired most was Barbara Harris. De Niro was a student at the Actors Studio in New Y…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

What could be the hottest show on Broadway still lacks star power by Michael Riedel

Without a star above the title, it’s hard for a new American play to get to Broadway. That’s the number-one gripe that producers, agents, investors and actors have about the business. Ye…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

What will happen to the Tonys if Les Moonves leaves CBS by Michael Riedel

Les Moonves, the embattled head of CBS, once told me: “The Tony Awards are part of this network’s heritage. The telecast is a money-loser for CBS, but there are certain things that are m…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The hype around ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is growing by Michael Riedel

Moolah-la: They’re sure spending a lot of money on “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s vertigo-inducing movie musical is budgeted at $30 million — a…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ is on thin ice by Michael Riedel

Broadway producer Gwyneth Paltrow skipped Thursday night’s opening of her show, “Head Over Heels,” the Go-Go’s musical, at the Hudson Theatre. Word is she stayed in Montauk, making w…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Inside ‘Chicago’ actor’s final rehearsal before suicide by Michael Riedel

How bad was the rehearsal that some say caused Jeff Loeffelholz, the longtime standby at “Chicago,” to kill himself? The actor’s handwritten notes, which friends spearheading a “Just…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Backstage drama won’t stop Armie Hammer’s Broadway debut by Michael Riedel

What in the world is going on with Broadway’s “Straight White Men?” Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy, opening this month at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, lost two of its leading men in…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off by Michael Riedel

Lauren Ambrose, the Tony-nominated star of Lincoln Center Theater’s hit revival of “My Fair Lady,” finds the role of Eliza Doolittle too taxing to perform eight times a week. So she’…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This DC musical was a must-see for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rudy Giuliani by Michael Riedel

Most of the top titles from Broadway’s Golden Age were revived over the past decade or so, with one exception: “Camelot.” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 musical about Kin…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Will Tina Turner join Donna Summer and Cher on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

The era of the jukebox musical, epitomized by the sensational “Jersey Boys,” is winding down. Now it’s time to bow down to the diva musical. Critics threw rocks at “Summer: The Donna…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘The Band’s Visit’ bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

Broadway thumbed its nose at Tina Fey and touristy musicals Sunday night by showering “The Band’s Visit,” a lovely, human show, with 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its sweep o…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Here’s when Bruce Springsteen will perform during the Tonys by Michael Riedel

Here’s the gossip coming out of Radio City Music Hall about Sunday night’s Tony telecast on CBS: If you want to see the Boss but can’t afford those thousand-dollar seats for “Spr…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The unsexy way Tina Fey seduced her husband by Michael Riedel

It took them 20 years to get here, but Jeff Richmond and his wife, Tina Fey, are finally where they’ve always wanted to be: Broadway. “We’re theater people who got detoured,” says Ri…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

David Mamet is making a play about Harvey Weinstein by Michael Riedel

David Mamet hasn’t written a hit play in years, but the one he’s just finished has the potential to be a blockbuster. It’s about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who’s exp…

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