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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo never hit Broadway by Michael Riedel

Disney is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Broadway this month with three hits that mint money: “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” That last, with a worldwide gross of $…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Is Broadway’s edgy ‘Oklahoma!’ revival brilliant or just bizarre? by Michael Riedel

Who’d have thought the most controversial show this spring would be . . . Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”? A revival of the 1943 musical opening Sunday is dividing audience…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ is a backstage ‘viper’s nest’ that needs more chill by Michael Riedel

There’s tumult behind the scenes this week at “Be More Chill,” the social-media phenomenon that’s become a Broadway musical. Concerned that their show isn’t gaining traction in the…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ preview features flying vomit, broken seat by Michael Riedel

It was a wild night at Tuesday’s “Ain’t Too Proud” preview. The critics were in the house for the new The Temptations musical, so the producers and creators were on edge. They almost…

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‘The Prom’ is courting Tony Awards after financial rescue by Michael Riedel

The winter months were tough on “The Prom,” and some on Broadway feared it might fold. But the show got an infusion of cash from its investors and is now set to run through the Tony Awar…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Revamped ‘Beetlejuice’ still may not have the juice for Broadway by Michael Riedel

A Washington Post critic sprayed a can of Raid on the out-of-town tryout of “Beetlejuice” last fall. Peter Marks called the $20 million musical “overcaffeinated, overstuffed and virtua…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a sleeper hit off-Broadway by Michael Riedel

The biggest little hit in town right now is “Fiddler on the Roof,” which has lifted the curse from the Shubert Organization’s Stage 42, an off-Broadway theater on far West 42nd Street.…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Revisiting the pervy ‘Lolita’ musical that never hit Broadway by Michael Riedel

You have only until Sunday to see one of the strangest musicals ever conceived for the stage: “Lolita, My Love,” a 1971 flop based on Vladimir Nabokov’s sensational novel about a colle…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Queen should totally steer clear of this Princess Diana musical by Michael Riedel

Princess Diana may have stolen the show at Buckingham Palace, but it’s Queen Elizabeth II who’s stealing “Diana,” the new musical that started previews this week at San Diego’s La …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Glenda Jackson thought Brits would scoff at her as King Lear by Michael Riedel

“Would you like a cup of tea?” an assistant asks Glenda Jackson as she leaves a rehearsal room in Times Square. “What I would like,” says this great lady of the theater, “is a …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Tortured’ play gets dragged by critics by Michael Riedel

It was shaping up to be the most talked about — and salacious — theater event of the new year: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and “Game of Thrones” star Stephen Dillane steaming up the …

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘West Side Story’ revival will be more like ‘West Side Gory’ by Michael Riedel

Ivo van Hove certainly divides audiences and critics. Champions love the Belgian director’s stylized, ferocious whirling dervish productions. Detractors bristle at all the special effects,…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Could ‘Twilight Zone’ become the hottest ticket on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

It is a blend of faithful adaptation and fanciful splicing. It is the middle ground between artistry and commercialism, between reasonable prices and premiums, and it lies in London right no…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

These 2 plays are vying to win over Broadway this spring by Michael Riedel

The play’s the thing this spring on Broadway. To the competitive roster of non-musicals I spoke about last week — all-star revivals of “King Lear” and “All My Sons” among them …

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

10 don’t-miss Broadway divas, debuts and dramas for 2019 by Michael Riedel

Ring out the old, ring in the new: Here’s my countdown to the 10 personalities, shows and backstage dramas I’m looking forward to in 2019. 10. Glenda Jackson delivered an unforgettable p…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Neil Simon and other Broadway legends we lost in 2018 by Michael Riedel

Broadway lost some boldface names in 2018. Let’s give them an encore, in their own words. William Goldman made his name in the movies, writing the screenplays to “Butch Cassidy and the S…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Meet the veteran Broadway showgirl finally getting her big break by Michael Riedel

An array of Broadway types populates the new musical comedy, “The Prom”: the self-absorbed diva, the exasperated press agent, the vain leading man. And then there’s the jaded chorus gi…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

New ‘Mary Poppins’ songs stay true to the originals by Michael Riedel

Like many theater-mad kids who grew up in the ’60s, songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman know every note and word from “Mary Poppins.” “I listened to, and continue to listen to…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ nearly got nixed by Harper Lee estate by Michael Riedel

“It would have been the first play ever to open and close in the Southern District Court.”

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘North Country’ producers stunned by Broadway theater change by Michael Riedel

“Girl From the North Country,” the brooding musical fashioned around Bob Dylan songs, is moving to Broadway this season, but not to the theater it wanted. The producers of the show, whic…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Boss is paving the way for big musicians on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Bruce Springsteen has paved the way for a host of legendary music acts to play the Great White Way in 2019. A group of powerful entertainment companies — Live Nation, Creative Artists Asso…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Critics beat up ‘King Kong,’ but producers aren’t pulling the plug by Michael Riedel

Never mind those Curtiss Helldiver fighter planes circling the Empire State Building in “King Kong.” The real threat to Broadway’s big ape may be those vicious drama critics. They stra…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is headed off-Broadway by Michael Riedel

I’m going to be a yenta and give you the plotke on “Fiddler on the Roof.” The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s revival down at the Museum of Jewish Heritage is headed uptown to …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gender-bending Sondheim revival is coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

The ladies who lunch are booking a table in New York. The gender-bending revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” which won rave reviews in London, will open on Broadway next fall, sev…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The most magnificent monsters on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Just in time for Halloween, there’s no shortage of monsters and villains lurking around Shubert Alley. My Tony for Best Baddie goes to Mr. Muldoon, the sinister IRA boss in Jez Butterworth…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Could Temptations musical be Broadway’s next ‘Dreamgirls’? by Michael Riedel

A little tip if you want to see a show before it takes off and prices go sky-high: It ain’t too soon to grab tickets to “Ain’t Too Proud.” This new musical, about the Temptations, ha…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tituss Burgess is bringing another Whitney Houston movie to the stage by Michael Riedel

Tituss Burgess, enjoying small-screen fame as the struggling actor of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is also the driving creative force behind “The Preacher’s Wife,” a ne…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bob Dylan’s music may take over The Boss’ Broadway theater by Michael Riedel

Bob Dylan has signed off on moving “Girl From the North Country,” a new musical fashioned around his song catalog, to Broadway in the spring, sources tell The Post. The musical, which de…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tony winner Katrina Lenk sparks revival talk for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Song and Dance’ by Michael Riedel

The American Theatre Wing threw a jolly bash Monday night honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, who’s endowed a program to bring arts into schools. Lloyd Webber had the best line of the night when…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The hottest ticket for theater lovers is 86-year-old Elaine May by Michael Riedel

Tourists have King Kong, Daniel Radcliffe and a show about Cher this season. Theater buffs and lovers of classic comedy have something even better: Elaine May’s first Broadway appearance i…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Early Tony buzz for Broadway-bound ‘Tootsie’ musical by Michael Riedel

With only a couple of previews in Chicago under its corset, “Tootsie” is shaping up to be a hit. Buzz was building during rehearsals for Santino Fontana, as the main character, and it ex…

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