Riedel: Broadway Lost Great American Musical
The New York Post’s Michael Riedel on the kid-friendly trend on The Great White Way.
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- Date Jan 2, 2013
The New York Post’s Michael Riedel on the kid-friendly trend on The Great White Way.
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Storage until you're writing a book I am yeah yeah I've got a book idealist Simon and Schuster it's due in August I -- get cracking on it.
And I want to tell the story of Broadway in New York City in the late sixties and early seventies when -- -- was falling apart.
Virtually bankrupt oil and as you know the city was was literally bankrupt.
And were -- guys who came together back then and they saved Broadway they saved the theaters the political -- -- schubert's fall the near Landers.
And in so doing they helped lift the fortunes of Broadway Times Square and ultimately New York City because today Broadway is a multi billion dollar global business which shows like we did in Jersey boys in cats.
But back in the late sixties it was an industry that was on its last legs -- around -- Now I mean the whole listen rock and roll had kicked in so that kind of destroyed the great American musical theater.
The city was was was dangerous Times Square was dangerous so they lost half their audience in the sixties.
The red white flight back then went all the white people in the city were fleeing the city -- not coming in anymore.
So it was a real treacherous dangerous time and I'm fascinated by on how empires are built.
And today Broadway is one of the most important economic engines of Broadway.
That was -- Times Square was -- background.
Ethnic and -- at a restaurant or some memories of that -- Mickey Mouse and tourists now well that's the you're actually right about that there's the flip side of all this.
Which is that it has been it -- -- -- and -- from my money I think that the shows are not too oriented towards kids.
So you've lost -- -- the really great American musical.
Things like My Fair Lady carousel these -- shows for adults written by adults for adults now it's all for for kids so I think I think you have a good point -- we've gone too far.
So -- get a few more drug dealers and prostitutes paring back neighborhood we could swing it back the way -- Else caught thought there was some don't want to -- -- rocket vigils on American anyone in America owes the American individual for kids there well -- were recent shows another for their for Smart kids and and adults -- that kind of music -- rock -- -- is.
Not the greatest show in the world but American idiot -- a very Smart sophisticated -- rock musical a -- twice.
Sort of more replies on the ground I mean how many -- you -- see Beauty and the -- Little Mermaid.
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Cheesy elements are limited because everything like those are black case president Donald Michael -- that are about it doesn't have much of last season of -- -- -- and I was there it was really lame -- -- this last full.
And I resolve this by New Year's resolution to attack.
Viciously and without quarter.
Every bad broadly show and cost producers who put on these shows millions of dollars each anything coming up government decision -- out there are couple things 1000 -- new news usually start.
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And I am old enough to have gotten the newspaper racket -- Mike Bakalar and a Kinky Friedman friend.
I don't know he's been passing away for a -- -- Apollo fifteen years PLO at least fifteen you know I don't stuff the government debt.
But you got caught the tail end of you remember when newspapers had those great New York columnist Sharon voice of New York else -- as Lian.
-- Matt Chapman all those guys are actually great and in fact out.
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Negative stuff for his column where I remember when yet their career we view and then after you picked a mocking his pick remotely know what always you become bigger what we got fired and MSNBC.
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Want to -- -- -- are things so they were letting him oh is taking -- -- networks and that but to point well I don't accord was -- de -- 01 of the few people who stood by him.
And I was -- -- number but -- I remember clearly -- And -- when you and it's probably didn't stand by you.
And we we did and so we went on to a fox.
Well is -- what he's political things he's again I suggest -- really works for the competition.
Tells us Tom Paxton Arafat that is -- -- -- hello.
-- and out supply and and Tom plays Mike Michael -- and it's about you know Mac Larry had some trouble toward the end of his life you may remember that he.
He did a column in which a woman who said she'd been raped he said -- made it up for political reasons and he was wrong about that.
And so deals -- that and also deals with.
Frankly that last heyday of New York newspapers when the papers really had the the pulse and the heartbeat of the city and guys like Breslin -- -- Hillary or without a senator Barbara prisoners there was he was absolutely you know it's great writer troops are -- -- son of Sam on -- level.
-- thing broke 100 chaplain almost all come on Downey doubt that that's I really can't think of a newspaper columnist around today who is the voice of your -- media advertiser and our -- the post.
She's good she's tough but can you think of -- a Larry -- -- working their today.
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It yet and he's good he's good and and -- the course was abruptly there's a -- like.
In my life is better on sports and politics but.
While -- -- a whiny little abortions are born in 201.
Problem and played your street he's got on sports and that a broadly you don't wanna hear my -- and fiscal cliff networks.
Our -- -- -- side and government is gonna come which yet as a musical coming in from London called Matilda based on a wonderful Ronald doll children's story which is really kind of grotesque and scary yes on London last year.
That should be good and it's about parents who hate their child aren't really hate it shops on -- -- Quarterly go to -- that let me I don't know.
That's that's -- before -- order book -- So that's I would look -- to that and also I have to say I think the biggest event of broadly is going to be Imus on Broadway.
Which I think is February 11 right.
I don't know.
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While you're gonna volumes and again offered her words great.
Value or parents and I still gonna get you to sing a duet with no underdog and other.
Whole global what his last time I was here are -- to leasing romantic -- on until we'll say we're -- you -- -- -- -- -- -- I can do anything you can I can do better argument I'm sure you can't help you have to do is say no you can't.
Anxiety I think I did do you can do better -- -- Washington home.
It's not -- -- expect -- I didn't sell Washington.
I just announced in my column has signed on to do a revival of raisin in the sun.
A great Lorraine hands very that I turning very -- -- was in fences a couple of seasons ago salary and was terrific just gadgets -- -- want -- yes that was all -- man absolutely and you want Tony Awards show and -- were of great August Wilson -- But Lorraine hands -- a raisin in the sun is a groundbreaking breaking play the first I think.
African American play that really made an impact on Broadway -- -- 6059.
And it's play that Denzel feels very important to black culture into the American theater.
And he's gonna come back in its and I think in the spring of next year -- done.
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