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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Inside Broadway’s biggest disaster: ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ turns 10 by Michael Riedel

Ten years after the ill-fated “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” opened on Broadway, Michael Riedel takes a look back at the most expensive — and ill-fated — show in Broadway history.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:14PM
Friday, February 5, 2021

Christopher Plummer’s tortured relationship with ‘The Sound of Music’ by Michael Riedel

Christopher Plummer had a complicated relationship with "The Sound of Music" -- he even threatened to walk off the picture, which won the 1966 Oscar for Best Picture, at one point.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:31PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Remembering Philip J. Smith, a behind-the-scenes Broadway power player by Michael Riedel

About once a month for a number of pre-COVID years, producer Scott Rudin, Philip J. Smith, the chairman of the Shubert Organization, and I would meet for dinner at Sette Mezzo on the Upper E…

SOURCE: broadwaynews.com at 06:00AM
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Remembering Broadway’s shining stars who died in 2020 by Michael Riedel

Never in its 125 years has Broadway suffered the way it has in 2020.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:03PM
Saturday, November 7, 2020

How 9/11 brought Broadway to a standstill — until NYC’s mayor revived it two days later by Michael Riedel

Like the coronavirus pandemic, 9/11 brought Broadway to a standstill — until NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani took incredible steps to save it.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:19PM
Thursday, April 2, 2020

‘Company’ producer strives to keep it together by Michael Riedel

Like every theater producer, Chris Harper, who’s behind the buzzy London revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” is bucking up his cast, holding his investors together, and waiting …

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:53PM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Terrence McNally loomed large through ups, downs on Broadway by Michael Riedel

The coronavirus continues to devastate Broadway. Two highly anticipated plays — “Hangmen” and the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — have been scuttled. Actors are …

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:35PM
Thursday, March 19, 2020

For once, Broadway isn’t going to quickly bounce back by Michael Riedel

As Broadway grapples with the coronavirus crisis, producers have concluded that the Great White Way will not reopen in April, as they’d hoped. The best-case scenario right now is the summe…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:04PM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The show will go on: How Broadway will survive coronavirus by Michael Riedel

With the coronavirus outbreak, Broadway is facing its worst crisis since 9/11. But it got a lifeline, albeit a thin one, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who yesterday prohibited gatherings of more t…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:16PM

Broadway shutting down all productions over coronavirus pandemic by Michael Riedel

Broadway will shut down four to six weeks beginning tonight, due to the coronavirus outbreak, several sources told The Post.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:48PM
Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Beetlejuice’ on Broadway loses its Lydia by Michael Riedel

Sophia Anne Caruso, the talented young star of “Beetlejuice,” surprised a lot of the musical’s fans when she announced on Instagram last week that she’d performed her last show. Acto…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:07PM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Matthew Broderick, SJP revive Neil Simon comedy ‘Plaza Suite’ by Michael Riedel

Boston theatergoers recently said they had “the best time of their lives” at the play.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:28PM
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Antônio Carlos Jobim’s music finally coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

As far as I can tell, the one and only time an Antônio Carlos Jobim song was heard on Broadway was in Twyla Tharp’s “Come Fly Away.” The song was “Wave,” which, as I write this, m…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:40PM
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Inside a storied Broadway legend’s life and tragic death by Michael Riedel

Bob Avian will never forget the moment Michael Bennett told him he had AIDS. The two had been friends since 1959, when they met as dancers on a tour of “West Side Story.” “We were like…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:18PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Writers strike back against New York Musical Festival by Michael Riedel

The New York Musical Festival was created to give new writers a start. So isn’t it “ironic,” says Josh Canfield, whose “Alive! The Zombie Musical” played NYMF last year, that it …

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:51PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Neil Diamond ‘visibly moved’ by Broadway bio musical by Michael Riedel

The show may stand out because of its writer — Anthony McCarten, who's up for a 2020 Oscar for his movie "The Two Popes."

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:51PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Stephen Sondheim’s in good ‘Company’ with Marianne Elliott by Michael Riedel

Stephen Sondheim has been a fan of director Marianne Elliott’s ever since he saw her production of “Saint Joan” in London at the National Theatre in 2007. Sondheim knows a great direct…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:00PM
Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Hee Haw’ gets closer to Broadway by Michael Riedel

Ready for my favorite “Hee Haw” joke? Q: What do you call a man who doesn’t believe in birth control? A: Daddy! Exactly six years ago, I was picking up good buzz about “Moonshine,”…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:33PM
Thursday, January 2, 2020

‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a classic, but Jerry Herman loved ‘La Cage aux Folles’ by Michael Riedel

It’s been a week since the death, at 88, of Jerry Herman, whose scores to “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame” defined the brassy, sassy sound of a musical comedy at the tail end of Broadway…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:21PM
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Don Imus was abrupt, harsh and a one-of-a-kind, fearless talent by Michael Riedel

If you tried too hard to be funny, Don Imus wouldn’t help you with fake laughter. If you tried to poke fun at him and he wasn’t in the mood, he’d flatten you.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:29PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019

The theater legends we lost in 2019: From the creator of ‘Annie’ to Rhoda by Michael Riedel

The theater lost three giants in 2019: Hal Prince, Franco Zeffirelli and Carol Channing. Here, in their own words, are several other greats worth remembering. Diahann Carroll Diahann Carroll…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:29PM
Thursday, December 19, 2019

How and why ‘Beetlejuice’ got evicted by its Broadway theater by Michael Riedel

Its weekly grosses were so low, the Shuberts exercised the stop clause.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:54PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber talks ‘Cats’ movie starring Taylor Swift and Judi Dench by Michael Riedel

When Andrew Lloyd Webber read the screenplay for “Cats,” he knew something was missing: a song for Victoria, an abandoned cat who wasn’t in his stage musical. “She had no voice at al…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:18PM
Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical producers dogged by ‘Tootsie’ Broadway failure by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” flopped on Broadway. It’s a terrific show, but its early closing is scaring the hell out of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” another musical whose leading man is also a leading lady. Ba…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:26PM
Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ struggles at Broadway box office by Michael Riedel

It may not recoup its $9.5 million investment.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:42PM
Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Tootsie’ was a Broadway flop because theater is fickle: insiders by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” had everything going for it: great title, terrific reviews, star-making turn by Santino Fontana, snappy score by David Yazbek and a hilarious book by Robert Horn. And yet one o…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:48PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Run if you want to see Ian McKellen on stage by Michael Riedel

The delightful Ian McKellen, who turned 80 this year, has a message for anybody who wants to see him on stage: “Run!” New Yorkers have that chance Tuesday at the Hudson Theatre, where Mc…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:54PM
Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘The Crown’ couple heating up the stage in London by Michael Riedel

The buzziest show in London right now is “Lungs,” starring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Or, as they’re known in real life, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, the royal couple of Netfl…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:51PM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Eileen Atkins gives her usual brilliant performance in ‘The Height of the Storm’ by Michael Riedel

Eileen Atkins is the only Dame of the English theater who hasn’t been invited to lunch with the Queen at Sandringham House. All the other Dames — Judi (Dench), Maggie (Smith), Diana (Rig…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:03PM
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Brian Cox used ‘muscle memory’ to tackle ‘The Great Society’ role by Michael Riedel

Brian Cox had no intention of tackling a meaty character like Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society.” He’d moved away from big theater roles to focus on part…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:03PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cameron Crowe discusses making his new musical, ‘Almost Famous’ by Michael Riedel

Cameron Crowe ran into Elton John last year at a party thrown by David Geffen. “I hear you’re doing a musical version of ‘Almost Famous,’” John said. “I love Tom Kitt” – Crow…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:31PM

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