Michael Riedel

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    February 10, 2014

    And Now, the Answers to Our 2013 News Quiz, Plus the Super Smart Contest Winner

    At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Six Skin-Crawling Passages from Sandra Guzman's Complaint Against the New York Post

    BOO. Happy Halloween! In honor of today's holiday, we figured we'd share some creepy crawlies of our own, culled from the pages of Sandra Guzman's civil complaint against The New York Post and its editor Col Allan. Guzman is suing the paper and its head over alleged employment discrimination on the ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    I Contour My Lips On TV Tonight!

    I'm really ruling PBS this week. First, the documentary about performer/writer Charles Busch, which I appear in, aired a whole bunch of times. The doc about the legendary Florent restaurant, which I similarly blab throughout, is also getting shown this week. And now I'm caught dramatically doing ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    My Tony Predictions Will Air Tonight On Theater Talk

    Tonight at 1 A.M. on Channel 13, the long-running Theater Talk presents its usual array of experts offering educated guesses as to who'll cop the Tony awards on June 10. Jesse Green (New York magazine), Patrick Pacheco (LA Times, NY 1), and I offer our picks as to whether it'll be:

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    February 9, 2012

    How's This For A Happy Face?

    Whenever I see a TV camera approaching, my face lights up like a Halloween pumpkin and all the hanging skin inflates like a Thanksgiving Day float based on a long-running animated character. I basically become a holiday parade float of a giant, gay, papier-mâché suckerfish.

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    June 17, 2011

    My Salmon Jacket Looks Great On Theater Talk Tonight

    ​Isn't it a theatrical experience unto itself? And beyond that, Patrick Pacheco (NY 1, L.A. Times), Jesse Green (New York magazine), and I offer sparklingly dramatic and in fact award-worthy comments about last Sunday's Tony Awards telecast, the best one in ages.

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    April 6, 2011

    Chris Rock's F**king Title Problem

    ​No-holds-barred comic Chris Rock is currently starring on Broadway in a gritty play called The Motherf**ker With The Hat. It's a title that's simultaneously raunchy and coy, and according to today's Michael Riedel column in the Post, the producers originally thought it would work for them as ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    All of the Mean Words in the New York Times Review of the Spider-Man Musical

    ​Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark sounds like a disaster. Practically a national tragedy at this point, the new, super-expensive musical has yet to be officially released, trapped in the purgatory of "previews," in which a Broadway show works out all of its kinks. This one might be hopeless, if early ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 2, 2011

    'Spider-Man' Dish From Its Biggest Hater

    Chatting with the Post's Michael Riedel about the show he loves to hate

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    January 25, 2011

    How Did I Do As The Lion?

    ​Last night was my big performance in Project Shaw's all-critics reading of Androcles and the Lion at the Players Club, performed after one rehearsal. Instantly, I could tell why they cast me as the king of the jungle--they needed someone with sharp claws! And I thought I did pretty well in ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Streisand In Talks To Do Gypsy!

    ​It's a gay man's wet dream. Singer, Oscar winner, star, and Donna Karan wearer Barbra Streisand is in negotiations to play the fiercely tunnel-visioned Mama Rose in a movie of Gypsy, according to The Post's Michael Riedel. Normally I'd say "Enough with Gypsy!" but the chance to see Streisan ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    The New York Post Reads Runnin' Scared!

    ​We'd like to congratulate our intern, Leslie Minora, whose last today with us is sadly today. You know you've made it when the New York Post is just openly jacking your shit without attribution.

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    August 18, 2010

    'Sondheim' Won't Do Coke Anymore

    ​The upcoming HBO series The Miraculous Year has a lead character who is a sophisticated, gay Broadway composer who lives in a townhouse, writes acclaimed but not always solvent shows, and suffers a heart attack sparked by coke abuse. But that last part has been cut out, according to the Post ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Tony Awards Dish Coming on Theater Talk

    left to right: Healy, Riedel, Green, Haskins, me​On this Friday night's Theater Talk (1230 that night on PBS), legendary thesper Marian Seldes appears to talk about her illustrious career. Marian's the one who gave no acceptance speech at all for her special Tony--she simply looked bemusedly ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    I'm The Deposed King of Broadway!

    ​This Friday night at 1230 on PBS, Theater Talk engages me in a Tony predictions conversation with hosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel and fellow guests Patrick Pacheco and Jesse Green. And what we agree on is... virtually nothing, except the fact that the omission of my ballot from the vo ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    I Helped Crown The New Dame Edna

    ​Yesterday morning, I judged a p.r. stunt, I mean a contest, whereby an honorary understudy for Dame Edna was chosen out of an array of gladioli-wielding drag queens, all to promote Broadway's upcoming All About Me show starring Edna and Michael Feinstein. There were also two biologically fem ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Tony Awards Committee Drops Critics from Voter Rolls

    The Tony Management Committee has stopped letting critics vote on the Tony Awards for achievements in Broadway theater, on the grounds that the reviewers have a conflict of interest -- as opposed to actual theater artists and producers who, we guess, monkishly abstain from allowing personal relation ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Who Should Play Bridget Jones on Broadway?

    Bridget Jones's Diary may be turned into a stage musical, possibly with a score by Elton John, according to the New York Post's Michael Riedel. So assuming this happens, who should play Bridget this time around? Remember all the media fuss about how the screen Bridget, Renee Zellweger, wasn't actua ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 4, 2009

    Porn Stars! Strippers! And More Jeremy Piven Dish!

    Who says Montreal is cold? It's hot, baby.

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    October 10, 2008

    Me Alert! I'm Back On Theater Talk!

    The sight of my face popping up on the ultra serious Channel 13 is so potentially jarring that it absolutely commands you to watch it! And tonight at 1 A.M., you can see that very punim spewing all sorts of opinions about the coming Broadway season on Theater Talk, the long-running show cohosted by ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Will Shrek Be Dreck? So Says Needling Riedel

    Riedel with Theater Talk cohost Susan Haskins On the set of the always rousing Theater Talk, I just asked The New York Post's Michael Riedel what he's most looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season as well as what he's least looking forward to. Riedel—who's the most powerful man writing ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008

    Me Alert! I'm On Educational TV!

    Did you ever think you'd see my trash-talking carb face on Channel 13? Well, brace yourselves, kids. I will appear on Theater Talk, the wildly informative show about Broadway happenings, hosted by Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel, on that very channel! Twice! This Wednesday night (technically Thursd ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    Rent Star Lives La Vie Boheme

    Daphne Rubin-Vega at Joe's Pub, photo by Broadway World The probing and lively Theater Talk is the go-to show for Broadway buzz, with your yin-yang hosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel serving as your proverbial ushers. I just shot a segment for them with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent's original Mimi, ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 24, 2007

    Male Parts, Female Parts—Parts for Everyone

    Not only in Lady Chatterley, but also in Lake's and Polley's latest. (And even a role for tiny me.)

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