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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘Tootsie’ musical is coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

After years of delays, lawsuits and changes to the creative team, “Tootsie” is back on its high heels. Producers Scott Sanders and Carol Fineman, whose revival of “The Color Purple” …

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Roger Moore was an underrated treasure by Michael Riedel

A lot of hardcore James Bond fans turned up their noses at Roger Moore. He’s no Sean Connery, they’d say, calling him a lightweight 007 whose big talent was looking dapper in a blue blaz…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Two-time Oscar winner heads to Broadway by Michael Riedel

Glenda Jackson, the celebrated British actress and politician, will return to Broadway next season in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” The 81-year-old — a two-time Oscar winner (…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Theater producers are wooing out-of-town Tony voters with sweets by Michael Riedel

The Kings of the Road have arrived in New York, and Broadway is welcoming them to town as if they were a bunch of Dolly Levis returning to the Harmonia Gardens in Act 2 of “Hello, Dolly!…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spacey doesn’t mind being ‘25th person asked’ to host Tonys by Michael Riedel

Kevin Spacey, a tennis fanatic, rarely misses the US Open if he can help it. But last fall, as he watched Phil Collins perform at the opening ceremonies at Arthur Ashe Stadium, he had a thou…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

These star-studded London plays could be coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

Let’s give the Tonys a rest for a minute and look to London, where three productions — past, present and future — may be Broadway-bound. Everybody’s talking about Nathan Lane, pl…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Will Kevin Kline win a Tony Award without campaigning? by Michael Riedel

Can you win a Tony Award without campaigning? It looks as if Kevin Kline is going to try. Kline, 69, was nominated this week for his portrayal of an aging matinee idol in “Present Laughter…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our bets for the 2017 Tony race by Michael Riedel

We are off and running with the Tony nominations, announced Tuesday, and while it’s easy to predict some of the winners, a lot of categories are up for grabs. “Natasha, Pierre and the Gr…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

It’s time to place your bets for Tony nominations by Michael Riedel

Tony nominations are out Tuesday, so let’s read the tea leaves. Producers are gnawing their nails over Best Musical. So many shows, only four (maybe five) slots. “Come From Away” and …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broadway’s biggest drama is happening right now in a courtroom by Michael Riedel

Who knew “Rebecca,” the musical at the center of a civil trial now playing at the New York State Supreme Court Theater, was the next “Phantom of the Opera”? Lawyers for “Rebecca”…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

‘Frank Serpico’ catches up with the NYC cop who made Al Pacino famous by Michael Riedel

Nearly 50 years after Frank Serpico exposed endemic corruption in the New York City Police Department, his name still divides people. For some, especially those on the left, Serpico is a whi…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Barry Manilow: ‘I cannot spot a hit song — even if I write it’ by Michael Riedel

In 1976, just as his career as a pop superstar was taking off, Barry Manilow moved into an apartment in the San Remo on Central Park West. His neighbor was Broadway’s Fred Ebb, the lyricis…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For a ‘15th choice,’ Spacey’s a pretty smart pick for the Tonys by Michael Riedel

In Washington, DC, the name Frank Underwood inspires fear and loathing. But on Broadway, he’s a hero! Underwood, otherwise known as Kevin Spacey, swooped in Tuesday and saved the Tony Awar…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’ star suffers painful injury during show, finishes anyway by Michael Riedel

The new musical “Groundhog Day’’ had its own “Spider-man’’ moment Friday night when its star, Andy Karl, suffered a painful injury during a preview and finished his performance o…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

With just weeks to go, the Tonys still can’t find a host by Michael Riedel

Tina Fey turned down an offer to host this year’s Tony Awards, and now Broadway’s scrambling to find a ringmaster in time for the June 11 telecast. Fey, who’s working on a musical adap…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

‘Crazy For You’ may be returning to Broadway by Michael Riedel

It played only one night, but the concert version of “Crazy For You” was such infectious fun, there’s talk of a Broadway revival next season. The concert, which Susan Stroman staged Fe…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

This off-Broadway musical should have fabulous costumes by Michael Riedel

Anyone who’s been knocking around theater in New York as long as I have surely has fond memories of Howard Crabtree’s “When Pigs Fly.” That campy revue opened at the Douglas Fairbank…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

You’ll never get tickets to these shows after the Tonys by Michael Riedel

As the April 27 cutoff for Tony eligibility approaches, the season is heating up. Here’s a snap shot of the terrain: We may have to throw a pity party for “Amélie,” which just opened …

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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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