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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This theater’s chaotic history includes a Titanic survivor, the ‘Tonight’ show and porn by Michael Riedel

In the spring of 1912, Henry B. Harris and his wife went to London, looking for plays to produce for the Hudson Theatre, the showpiece of his thriving Broadway empire. Built in 1903, the Gre…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Danny Devito used to be a New Jersey beautician by Michael Riedel

Broadway loves an overnight sensation — a newcomer heralded by critics and adored by audiences. The fresh face this season belongs to . . . Danny DeVito. OK, so he’s not exactly an u…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monopoly is becoming a musical by Michael Riedel

Broadway loves brand-name titles, from movies (“Groundhog Day”) to books (“Wicked”) to television shows (a “Wonder Years” musical is in the works). So why not . . . board gam…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Meet the ‘fierce’ heiresses wielding unchecked power on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Broadway has always been a boys’ club. Sure, there are some powerful female producers — Daryl Roth (“Kinky Boots”), Lynne Meadow (the head of the Manhattan Theatre Club) and Fran Wei…

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How driving ambulances during World War I inspired Hemingway by Michael Riedel

When it comes to visionaries, give war a chance. Several major artists and innovators of the 20th century served as volunteer ambulance drivers during World War I, shaping their experiences …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A hit ‘80s play is coming back to Broadway by Michael Riedel

When Mark Medoff attended a reading on Monday of his Tony Award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God,” he was apprehensive: He hadn’t seen the play in a few years and was worried it …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Playwright Terrence McNally is living NYC history by Michael Riedel

Most people in the theater world run to the spotlight. Not Terrence McNally. Modest, shy and industrious, he’s let his work speak for itself. Fortunately, his plays — “Lips Together, T…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Liberace’s sordid life story is hitting the stage by Michael Riedel

After the high ratings and great reviews for “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s 2013 ghoulish but absorbing bio about Liberace, producer Jerry Weintraub wanted to turn it into a Broadway m…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Robert Evans’ tempestuous Hollywood tenure takes the stage by Michael Riedel

If Norma Desmond is ready for her Broadway close-up, surely Robert Evans is, too. Hollywood’s suntanned, sunglasses-wearing legend is putting the finishing touches on the stage adaptation …

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rip Torn’s daughter salutes her actress mother by Michael Riedel

Angelica Page developed her one-woman show about her mother, Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page, at the Actors Studio in New York. It was a fitting place to work, since her mother was a me…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

‘Mean Girls’ musical is searching for its star by Michael Riedel

Tina Fey and “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels are revving up for what they’re calling a “developmental lab” of their “Mean Girls” musical. The script, wh…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

‘Devil Wears Prada’ is this comedy legend’s first musical by Michael Riedel

Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest writers around. Reading his collected plays the other day, I burst out laughing at lines from “I Hate Hamlet,” starring the vainglorious ghost of John…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Agatha Christie’s ‘Orient Express’ steaming toward B’way? by Michael Riedel

There’s something for everybody on Broadway this spring: comedies (“The Play That Goes Wrong”), dramas (“Sweat”), star vehicles (“War Paint”) and revivals (“Hello, Dolly!…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Broadway’s two best performances can’t win Tonys by Michael Riedel

The two performances Broadway’s raving about — Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard” and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sunday in the Park With George” — are ineligible for Tony Awards. For C…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A new play’s cast has some harsh words for Michael Riedel by Michael Riedel

My column last week about the nonmusical plays struggling at the box office prompted all sorts of e-mails and calls from producers imploring me to give them a chance. Nobody likes to come ou…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

How Churchill engineered one of the world’s first ‘dirty’ wars by Michael Riedel

Bletchley Park is one of the most famous World War II sites in England. Tourists flock to the estate, where Alan Turing cracked the Nazis’ Enigma machine, enabling the Allies to read secre…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

New plays on Broadway are already in danger by Michael Riedel

There are plenty of nonmusical plays coming to Broadway this spring, but producers are fretting that few of them are selling. Three of those plays — “Sweat,” “Indecent” and “Sign…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Disappointed Josh Groban fans are sobbing on Broadway by Michael Riedel

If you want to see 1,000 women burst into tears, hand them a piece of paper that says, “We regret to inform you that Josh Groban is unable to appear in today’s performance of ‘The Grea…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

‘1984’ is popular again, and coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

I have no idea why, but in this era of Make America Great Again, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” have skyrocketed. The book, first published in 1949, is topping best-seller lists at Am…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Broadway producer, a convicted felon, is yellin’ at rehearsal by Michael Riedel

Things are getting tense up there in Toronto, where disgraced impresario Garth Drabinsky is plotting his comeback with the new musical “Sousatzka.” Drabinsky’s temper was legendary dur…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

What does Cher think of the musical about her life? by Michael Riedel

You didn’t hear this from me, but this week Cher was at the very first read-through of a new musical based on her life. I’m going to give you a few details, but I’m begging you: Don’…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

London’s ‘Dreamgirls’ is eyeing Broadway by Michael Riedel

London theatergoers are pretty staid: applauding songs politely, sipping their white wine at the “interval” (translation: intermission) and never, ever giving a standing ovation. But the…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inside John Kander and Susan Stroman’s new musical by Michael Riedel

“The Scottsboro Boys” was one of my favorite musicals of the past 10 years, so I’m happy to report that the people who created it are at work on a new show. Director Susan Stroman,…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nathan Lane is still the biggest draw on Broadway by Michael Riedel

And the box office champ of the fall is — Nathan Lane in “The Front Page.” The revival recouped its $4.8 million production cost at the end of December, and is on track to make a tidy…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The must-see Broadway shows of 2017 by Michael Riedel

As we swing into 2017, let’s look at the people, shows and events certain to make news on Broadway in the months ahead. Hello, $$$! Bette Midler is shaping up as the No. 1 box-office draw …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Inside Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ life on Broadway by Michael Riedel

The Broadway League was scrambling Tuesday for its members to authorize dimming the lights in honor of Debbie Reynolds and, perhaps, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds is probably a sure bet, since she…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The legends Broadway lost in 2016 by Michael Riedel

Broadway will be dimming its lights a lot in the coming weeks. Dick Latessa, who won a Tony for “Hairspray,” died Dec. 19. Soon after, the theater lost Willa Kim, who designed the stylis…

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Remembering Broadway’s Dick Latessa by Michael Riedel

When Harvey Fierstein slipped on a housecoat to play Edna in “Hairspray,” his co-star, Dick Latessa, told him he wasn’t the first to do a musical in drag: “We did a number in the out…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

The onstage — and offstage — drama of Broadway’s most famous theater by Michael Riedel

As musical-comedy shrines go, it’s hard to top the staircase off the lobby of the St. James Theatre. Every night in the spring of 2001, Mel Brooks and his creative team sat on those steps …

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Will ‘Band’s Visit’ make the jump to Broadway? by Michael Riedel

On the menu today: Some Shubert Alley scuttlebutt. Everybody’s wondering if “The Band’s Visit,” the new critics’ darling down at the Atlantic Theater, will move to Broadway in the …

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Garth Drabinsky, Broadway impresario-turned-con, meets the press by Michael Riedel

Disgraced impresario Garth Drabinsky kicked off his comeback campaign in Toronto by hosting a press preview last week of his new musical, “Sousatzka.” With the confidence of a veteran hu…

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