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Saturday, September 23, 2017

How the Bee Gees went from No. 1 to national pariahs by Michael Riedel

In June 1979, the Bee Gees were on top of the world. Months before, their “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, featuring songs written and/or performed by the Australian trio, had won a Gr…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Investor demands answers from shuttered ‘Great Comet’ by Michael Riedel

Fallout from the crash and burn of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” continues to rain down on Broadway. A group of disgruntled investors in the $14 million production — …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

First look at ‘Frozen: The Musical’ already melting hearts in previews by Michael Riedel

DENVER — Disney is opening its Broadway-bound “Frozen” Thursday night to a sea of Elsas. Easily one-third of the audience for the last month of previews has arrived in long blue gowns …

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pricey revivals are driving Broadway producers crazy by Michael Riedel

Prospective backers for the upcoming revivals of “Angels in America” and “M. Butterfly” are getting sticker shock when they see the price tags. These are big, bold and potentially th…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

How Trump’s tweets will shape Uma Thurman’s upcoming Broadway show by Michael Riedel

President Frank Underwood called me the other day to tell me about a play that I haven’t been paying much attention to: “The Parisian Woman.” It’s a terrible title, but when FU calls…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

These British shows could be breakout Broadway hits by Michael Riedel

The big shows for the new theater season are set. We’ll be singing “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” toasting the wit of Tina Fey in “Mean Girls,” enjoying the charms of “The Band…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Michael Moore was mugged in NYC as a teen — but he still loves Broadway by Michael Riedel

Put aside the politics, the polemics and the president. Michael Moore, nestled into a booth at a bar in the theater district, wants to talk about something else: his lifelong love affair wit…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New ‘Young Frankenstein’ electrifies in UK run by Michael Riedel

Not only is it alive, it’s a hit. Mel Brooks spent the past year in the laboratory repairing his 2007 flop “Young Frankenstein” and, by all accounts, succeeded: The show is slaying the…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Theater geeks are freaking out about Sondheim’s lavish London ‘Follies’ by Michael Riedel

Pull up a chair, Stephen Sondheim fans: I’ve got eyewitness reports from the National Theatre of London’s first preview of “Follies.” Directed by Dominic Cooke, this lavish productio…

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Word from West End says ‘Follies’ revival is jolly good by Michael Riedel

Pull up a chair, Stephen Sondheim fans: I’ve got eyewitness reports from the National Theatre of London’s first preview of “Follies.” Directed by Dominic Cooke, this lavish productio…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jerry Lewis’ dislike for Lynn Redgrave nearly ruined his stage career by Michael Riedel

Jerry Lewis, who died this week at 91, scored in just about every branch of show business: nightclubs, radio, television, concerts, movies and records. But it was only relatively late in lif…

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring by Michael Riedel

Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in “The Iceman Cometh,” The Post has learned. A 14-week run of Eugene O’Neill’s drama, to be directed by two-time Tony winner Ge…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Theater geeks are freaking out about Amy Schumer on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Just call her Amy $chumer. Out of the gate in this new Broadway season, the No. 1 box office draw is a 36-year-old stand-up comedian. Can Amy Schumer sing? Can she dance? Who knows? Who care…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’ is the latest casualty on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Bill Murray popped up at “Groundhog Day” last week, triggering some fun publicity and boosting ticket sales. Alas, the boost was too little, too late. Despite its seven Tony nominations,…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The costumes in ‘Frozen’ the musical are nothing like you’d expect by Michael Riedel

Disney’s readying “Frozen” for Broadway and here, exclusive to The Post, are two of designer Christopher Oram’s new costumes for Anna. The green robe this princess of Arendelle w…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It’s official: ‘Great Comet’ will close Sept. 3 by Michael Riedel

“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” the acclaimed Broadway musical engulfed in a racial firestorm, will close Sept. 3, The Post has learned. The cast and crew were told shortl…

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Broadway legend Barbara Cook dead at 89 by Michael Riedel

Barbara Cook, legendary star of the Broadway musicals “The Music Man,” “She Loves Me” and “Candide,” died this morning at 89. The cause was respiratory failure, her son Adam LeGr…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Without Groban and Patinkin, vultures are circling ‘Great Comet’ by Michael Riedel

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is in danger of closing within weeks, felled by a social-media backlash that hit the show when it was announced that Mandy Patinkin wo…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How Sam Shepard channeled his ‘surly’ childhood anger onto the stage by Michael Riedel

Broadway will dim its lights for Sam Shepard on Wednesday night, a gesture that, if he’s looking down on Times Square from that big ranch in the sky, should bring a wry smile to his weathe…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Don’t cheer Mandy Patinkin leaving ‘Great Comet’ just yet by Michael Riedel

The actors and activists appalled that Mandy Patinkin was going to replace a black actor in the Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” scored a victory on Frida…

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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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