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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Inside ‘Chicago’ actor’s final rehearsal before suicide by Michael Riedel

How bad was the rehearsal that some say caused Jeff Loeffelholz, the longtime standby at “Chicago,” to kill himself? The actor’s handwritten notes, which friends spearheading a “Just…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Backstage drama won’t stop Armie Hammer’s Broadway debut by Michael Riedel

What in the world is going on with Broadway’s “Straight White Men?” Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy, opening this month at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, lost two of its leading men in…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off by Michael Riedel

Lauren Ambrose, the Tony-nominated star of Lincoln Center Theater’s hit revival of “My Fair Lady,” finds the role of Eliza Doolittle too taxing to perform eight times a week. So she’…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This DC musical was a must-see for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rudy Giuliani by Michael Riedel

Most of the top titles from Broadway’s Golden Age were revived over the past decade or so, with one exception: “Camelot.” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 musical about Kin…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Will Tina Turner join Donna Summer and Cher on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

The era of the jukebox musical, epitomized by the sensational “Jersey Boys,” is winding down. Now it’s time to bow down to the diva musical. Critics threw rocks at “Summer: The Donna…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘The Band’s Visit’ bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

Broadway thumbed its nose at Tina Fey and touristy musicals Sunday night by showering “The Band’s Visit,” a lovely, human show, with 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its sweep o…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Here’s when Bruce Springsteen will perform during the Tonys by Michael Riedel

Here’s the gossip coming out of Radio City Music Hall about Sunday night’s Tony telecast on CBS: If you want to see the Boss but can’t afford those thousand-dollar seats for “Spr…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The unsexy way Tina Fey seduced her husband by Michael Riedel

It took them 20 years to get here, but Jeff Richmond and his wife, Tina Fey, are finally where they’ve always wanted to be: Broadway. “We’re theater people who got detoured,” says Ri…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

David Mamet is making a play about Harvey Weinstein by Michael Riedel

David Mamet hasn’t written a hit play in years, but the one he’s just finished has the potential to be a blockbuster. It’s about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who’s exp…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Even Tina Fey isn’t above groveling for Tony votes by Michael Riedel

Theater owners and producers from around the country came to town this week for their annual convention — and the big get is a selfie with Tina Fey. The “Mean Girls” creator has been h…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

How Stephen Fry helped jazz up a dated Broadway musical by Michael Riedel

The comedy in “musical comedy” started to go missing in the 1980s as shows about felines seeking redemption (“Cats”) and students manning the barricades (“Les Misérables”) steam…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

William Friedkin dishes on the original ‘Boys in the Band’ by Michael Riedel

An all-star cast began previews this week in “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s 1968 play about a group of gay men who throw a party — and plenty of bitchy zingers. So it seemed …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ is the one to beat at this year’s Tonys by Michael Riedel

The Tony Award nominators are like Regina in “Mean Girls.” And while they don’t all wear pink, their power is absolute — which is why they’ve got the theater world on edge until Tu…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Can hosts Groban and Bareilles stop a Tony ratings nosedive? by Michael Riedel

They’re not going to sing and dance like Hugh Jackman or get big laughs like James Corden, but Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban just might expand the Tony telecast demographic beyond the…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why ‘Carousel’ was a problem before #MeToo by Michael Riedel

“Carousel” is a great American musical. But it doesn’t come without baggage. A first-class revival starring Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry opened on Broadway Thursday night traile…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

How two seedy old bars inspired a Broadway classic by Michael Riedel

The most depressing place in American drama may well be Harry Hope’s Saloon, where “The Iceman Cometh,” Eugene O’Neill’s descent into dipsomania, takes place. “It’s the No Chan…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Remembering the impresario behind Andrew Lloyd Weber’s success by Michael Riedel

In his engaging new memoir “Unmasked,” Andrew Lloyd Webber resurrects a mogul who dominated showbiz in the 1960s and ’70s — and then vanished. Robert Stigwood, an impresario from Aus…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Three Billboards’ playwright won’t get his Broadway show by Michael Riedel

Martin McDonagh may well win an Oscar Sunday night for his screenplay for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But his chance at a Tony will have to wait. The transfer of McDonag…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Meet the guy behind Olaf in Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ by Michael Riedel

Frosty the Snowman has a corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made of coal. Olaf — the big-hearted sidekick of Disney’s “Frozen” — is made out of different stuff: carbon fiber,…

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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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