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Michael Riedel


Michael Riedel

Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. New York magazine has called his column a “must-read” for the theater world. Michael began his radio career as regular on the "Imus in the Morning" show in 2011. In 2017, WOR, New York’s oldest and highest-rated station, asked him to cohost its morning show with well-known sportscaster Len Berman. The "Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning" show is the highest-rated morning radio program in the New York City area. Michael’s book RAZZLE DAZZLE: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman’s celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, THE SEASON. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael lives in the West Village.

Michael Riedel

Books by Michael Riedel

by Michael Riedel - Nonfiction, Performing Arts

The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the ’90s, the British invasion of Broadway was in full swing, as musical spectacles like "Les Miserables," "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera" dominated the box office. But Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Sunset Boulevard" soon spelled the end of this era and ushered in a new wave of American musicals, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini’s opera La Bohème as the smash Broadway show "Rent." Michael Riedel presents the drama behind every mega-hit or shocking flop, bringing readers into high-stakes premieres, fraught rehearsals, tough contract negotiations, intense Tony Award battles and more.

by Michael Riedel - History, Nonfiction, Performing Arts

Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentator pulls back the curtain on its stars, producers and mega-hits to reveal all the shocking drama, intrigue and power plays that happened off stage. RAZZLE DAZZLE is a no-holds-barred narrative account of the people, money and power that reinvented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way --- and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory.