Michael Riedel’s Backstage Broadway Book To Become TV Miniseries

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Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway reveals the politics behind Broadway’s boom times.
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New York Post Broadway gossip columnist Michael Riedel will see his 2015 book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway turned into a TV miniseries, according to the Post's PageSix.

The 432-page tome, which was released by Simon & Schuster, reveals the politics behind Broadway's recent boom times.

The Post story contains few details about the project, other than that the screenplay is being written by Doug McGrath (Beautiiful The Carole King Musical) for RadicalMedia. No premiere date or casting was announced.

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Razzle Dazzle is a “provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented 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.

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“In the mid-1970s Times Square was the seedy symbol of New York’s economic decline. Its once shining star, the renowned Shubert Organization, was losing theaters to make way for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup amidst corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations. Once Jacobs and Schoenfeld solidified their power, they turned a collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world, ultimately backing many of Broadway’s biggest hits, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! They also sparked the revitalization of Broadway and the renewal of Times Square.”

Riedel also co-hosts the PBS talk show "Theater Talk."

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