Michael Riedel Will Uncover "The Battle for Broadway" in New Book | Playbill

News Michael Riedel Will Uncover "The Battle for Broadway" in New Book Broadway gossip columnist Michael Riedel, who pens a bi-weekly column for The New York Post, has authored a new book, due in October, about the recent history of Broadway.

Titled "Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway," the 432-page tome is due Oct. 6 from Simon & Shuster, according to Amazon.com. "Razzle Dazzle," according to Amazon, 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.

"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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