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Thursday, July 27, 2017

David Mamet flips his lid about audience Q&As by Michael Riedel

David Mamet sparked a furor with his recent threat to slap a $25,000 fine on any theater that holds post-performance discussions of his plays. It sounds extreme, but if you’ve ever seen a …

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The spectacular rise and tragic fall of the real-life ‘Last Tycoon’ by Michael Riedel

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald dragged himself back to a place he hated “like poison” — Hollywood. He’d tried his luck in sunny California twice before, earning fat paychecks but accom…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Get ready for a new musical about Tom Jones — sort of by Michael Riedel

What’s new, pussycat? A new musical about Tom Jones called — whoa, whoa! — “What’s New Pussycat?” When I say Tom Jones, I don’t mean pop singer Tom Jones, but the fictional…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

More details emerge about Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway debut by Michael Riedel

Bruce Springsteen fans eagerly await ticket information for his gig this fall at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. I know, because not a day goes by when I don’t hear from them. Sources sa…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Robin Hood and his Merry Men are galavanting toward Broadway by Michael Riedel

About a year ago, Douglas Carter Beane was enjoying a posh lunch with Andrew Lloyd Webber, who asked him what his next project was. Beane smiled and said, “A musical about Robin Hood!” L…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

‘Passing Strange,’ the best musical to not win a Tony, is back by Michael Riedel

High on my list of the best musicals of the past 10 years is “Passing Strange,” by songwriters Stew and Heidi Rodewald. It opened on Broadway in 2008, won plenty of critics’ awards and…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

People will fight for tickets to these upcoming Broadway musicals by Michael Riedel

It’s only summer, but two Broadway-bound shows are already generating buzz. First, “The Band’s Visit,” a pocket-size musical that won a bunch of awards during last year’s sold-…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

How a forgotten film star became a Broadway hit at 61 by Michael Riedel

Grandmother and retiree Ruby Keeler, 60, was living a quiet life in a small apartment in Southern California when, in 1970, she got an offer she never expected: a starring role in a Broadway…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Broadway still pleading for Colin Firth to star in ‘My Fair Lady’ by Michael Riedel

Since “My Fair Lady” is my favorite musical, I’m looking forward to Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of it next spring. But Lincoln Center and director Bartlett Sher are having some …

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ryan Murphy to reboot ‘Boys in the Band’ on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Ryan Murphy, one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, may make a run at Broadway. Murphy, the creator of “Glee” and “Feud,” has optioned “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crow…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Princess Di the musical is bound for Broadway by Michael Riedel

The wedding was a fairy tale. The marriage was a nightmare. The musical could be a smash. “Diana” is percolating this summer at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College. A reading the w…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Bruce Springsteen heads to Broadway this fall by Michael Riedel

The Boss is Broadway bound. Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run in the fall, The Post has learned exclusively.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Steve Martin wants Amy Schumer for new B’way show by Michael Riedel

Amy Schumer is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” theater sources tell The Post. Her co-star is likely to be the lovely Laura Benant…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Broadway’s first Tony victims get the ax by Michael Riedel

The fallout from Sunday’s Tony Awards was swift and brutal. Two shows that went home empty-handed, “Sweat” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” posted closing notices on Tuesday. Criti…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Tony Awards’ biggest winners and losers by Michael Riedel

“Dear Evan Hansen,” an original American musical about a troubled teen caught up in a web of lies on social media, swept the Tonys Sunday night, winning six awards, including Best Musica…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Post predicts this year’s Tony Awards winners by Michael Riedel

Predicting tonight’s Tony Awards is a fool’s errand, but I’m a fool, so here it goes: Best Musical The race is between “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away.” Both have champi…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Could a new Temptations musical help us forget ‘Motown’? by Michael Riedel

Let’s take a break from the Tonys — my predictions will be in Sunday’s Post, if you can stand the wait — and see what else is happening around Broadway these days. The astonishin…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Inside the desperate, last-minute race for Tony wins by Michael Riedel

I went out on a limb last year and predicted a big night for “Hamilton” at the Tony Awards — and did pretty well in the office pool. This year some of the races are so close that, afte…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hugh Jackman in a mad search for next Broadway hit by Michael Riedel

Hugh Jackman is on the hunt for a new Broadway show — and it’s not going to be a musical comedy romp like “The Boy from Oz.” Sources say Jackman, one of Hollywood and Broadway’s to…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why this year’s Tony Awards may be ‘a little muted’ by Michael Riedel

As the Tony Award telecast starts to come together, there’s concern that the June 11 show might be, as one Broadway insider puts it, “a little muted.” CBS, which broadcasts the Tonys, …

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Is ‘Groundhog Day’ musical in trouble? by Michael Riedel

Jujamcyn Theaters is in talks to bring the London National Theatre’s revival of “Angels in America,” starring Nathan Lane , to New York next season, sources say. But what theater will …

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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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