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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Broadway is bringing back the ABBA musical you never knew existed by Michael Riedel

I don’t know if the Russians have infiltrated the White House yet, but they were all over the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, last weekend for “Chess.” So what did they think of that…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jimmy Buffet almost wasted away in ‘Austin, Texasville’ by Michael Riedel

It took Jimmy Buffett just six minutes to write the song on which he built an empire — and a Broadway musical. He was in Austin, Texas, some 40 years ago, visiting a woman he was dating, a…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bernadette Peters is as good as Bette Midler in ‘Hello Dolly’ by Michael Riedel

It’s no mean feat replacing Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” Midler was the No. 1 attraction on Broadway in 2017, racking up weekly grosses of $2.5 million and winning the Tony Awar…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

‘Three Billboards’ writer is Broadway-bound by Michael Riedel

Martin McDonagh may well win the Oscar for his screenplay for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” And now he may also be a contender for a Tony for Best Play — though he’ll …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘To Wong Foo’ may be Broadway’s next drag spectacular by Michael Riedel

It’s hard to outfox a movie studio, but Broadway’s Douglas Carter Beane seems to have done just that. The Tony-nominated playwright has long wanted to turn his 1995 cult movie “To …

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘Despacito’ singer Luis Fonsi eyed for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ by Michael Riedel

Luis Fonsi brought down the house at Clive Davis ’ Grammy party Saturday, performing his infectious hit “Despacito.” I hear that among the VIPs impressed with Fonsi’s vocal chops and…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Go-Go’s reunite to herald Broadway blockbuster by Michael Riedel

The Go-Go’s are on the go-go! Reunited for the first time in years, the ’80s girl group performed to a packed house Monday night at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a kickoff party for their …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Patti LuPone and Andrew Lloyd Webber finally bury the hatchet by Michael Riedel

One of Broadway’s juiciest, longest running feuds may have just ended. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Patti LuPone haven’t spoken to each other since the composer fired the diva from “Sunset …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Broadway’s Jonathan Groff is the next Hugh Jackman by Michael Riedel

I have found the next Hugh Jackman. And he is . . . Jonathan Groff. Everybody — and I mean everybody on Broadway — is talking up his performance in “The Bobby Darin Story” at the…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

James Corden is odds-on favorite to host the Tonys by Michael Riedel

CBS is wasting no time lining up a host for this year’s Tony Awards. I hear the offer is out to James Corden, who hosted the telecast to great acclaim in 2016. Sources say the host of “T…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ hooker gets a feminist twist on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Even in 2016, Garry Marshall knew that what worked for his 1990 hit film “Pretty Woman” wouldn’t work in a musical. Times had changed, and Vivian and Edward — the characters played b…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Can Bryan Cranston be lured back to Broadway for ‘Network’? by Michael Riedel

Bryan Cranston is winning raves as wild-eyed anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of “Network” at London’s National Theatre. The “Breaking Bad” star was a major box-offic…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow actually got a Go-Go’s musical to B’way by Michael Riedel

Sorry, Go-Go’s: My lips are not sealed: “Head Over Heels,” a new musical featuring songs by the ’80s girl band, will open this summer at the Hudson Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow is produc…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

‘SNL’ alum heading to Broadway … for Gershwin? by Michael Riedel

Here’s a blast of heart-warming good cheer on a cold winter day — “Crazy for You” is headed back to Broadway. Susan Stroman, who directed “The Producers” and “The Scottsbor…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter’ are set to rule Broadway by Michael Riedel

Here are the people, shows and events sure to grab Broadway’s attention in 2018. Abracadabra: The “Harry Potter” carnival is headed to town, and tickets are going fast: Every time a ne…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

The top shows, stars and theater scandals of 2017 by Michael Riedel

With a nod to Oscar Hammerstein II: Bette at the Shubert Bruce Springsteen on Broadway Garth Drabinsky starts yelling and Mandy says “No way” Michael Moore dances and even sings These ar…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How these giants we lost in 2017 made their mark in theater by Michael Riedel

Let’s salute a few showbiz folks who took their final bows this year. Several were Broadway fixtures, while others found fame on TV or in Hollywood but couldn’t resist the lure of th…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘The Band’s Visit’ is already a Tony favorite by Michael Riedel

Broadway musicals are getting more expensive every season, but there’s still plenty of money to be made on a shoestring budget. One of the biggest hits so far this season is “The Band’…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

How P.T. Barnum pulled off one of the world’s biggest hoaxes by Michael Riedel

Twentieth Century Fox is shelling out $100 million to turn “The Greatest Showman” — the movie/musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum — into a three-ring media circus. Jackman a…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Donna Summer musical producers are scared of Cher by Michael Riedel

Someone left the show out in the rain — but it’s on its way to B’way. A giant disco ball called “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” is headed to Broadway earlier than expected. The …

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

‘Moulin Rouge!’ will bring sensual cabaret to Broadway by Michael Riedel

The big event on Broadway this week is taking place on the Lower East Side, where “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is having a no-expense-spared workshop. Heavy-hitters, including Broadway’…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Will Hugh Jackman help bring ‘Barnum’ back to Broadway? by Michael Riedel

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus packed up for good this year — but P.T. Barnum is still the toast of the town, thanks largely to Hugh Jackman. You can’t turn on the TV …

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The ‘SpongeBob’ musical could be a surprise hit by Michael Riedel

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” scrambled aboard a lifeboat Tuesday and it looks as if it could float — at least until the Tony Awards in June. The $20 million musica…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ floats back onto Broadway by Michael Riedel

James Cameron’s “Titanic” has been rereleased in movie theaters, and Broadway’s getting out its lifeboats as well. A revival of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a 1960 musical about…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Broadway’s most heartbreaking flop rises from the dead by Michael Riedel

A few Broadway misfires, as Ken Mandelbaum called them in “Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops,” can be called “heartbreakers and cream”: These are shows that, while…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There’s one big thing missing from the ‘Mean Girls’ musical by Michael Riedel

Tina Fey celebrated the opening of “Mean Girls” in Washington, DC, Sunday night with an upbeat but politics-free party at the Atrium at Old Ebbitt Grill. Fey and her producers, “Saturd…

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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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