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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 soon after, a new wave of American musicals was ushered in, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini’s opera La Boheme as the smash Broadway show Rent.
With the drama behind every mega-hit or shocking flop, theater columnist Michael Riedel joins us with tales from Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, of shows that changed the history of American theater. In conversation with Broadway producer David Stone, Riedel brings us into high-stakes premieres, fraught rehearsals, tough contract negotiations, tough Tony Award battles, and more. American musical comedy made its grand return culminating in The Producers, while plays staged a powerful comeback with Angels in America. From the bitter feuds to the surprising collaborations, he packs all the intrigue of a revolutionary era in the Theater District into this livestream presentation. Don’t miss this extraordinary story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of industry-changing shows. In a moment where the future of performing arts is uncertain, Riedel presents a poignant reminder that Broadway has triumphs and disasters, but the show always goes on.
Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. He began his radio career as regular on the Imus in the Morning show in 2011. In 2017, WOR asked him to co-host its morning show with sportscaster Len Berman. Riedel’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015.
David Stone is one of Broadway’s leading producers and is currently represented around the world by productions of Wicked. He has also produced over a dozen other Broadway hits including The Boys in the Band, War Paint, If/Then, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and more. Stone serves on the boards of The Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. He also serves on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre.
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