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Michael Riedel Discusses Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway at the Library of Congress

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Razzle Dazzle (Simon & Schuster) is a vivid biography of Broadway itself, told through a history of the venerable Shubert Organization. It is full of larger-than-life characters, like Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, who took over leadership of the production company in the 1970s, when both Broadway and New York City were at low points. They went on to revitalize Times Square, change the face of New York, and produce many of Broadway’s most iconic productions. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, Riedel creates a comprehensive insider’s look, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and of course, scintillating gossip.

PUBLIC EVENT: Razzle Dazzle Author Michael Riedel  in Conversation with Post Critic Peter Marks

Michael Riedel, recipient of the tenth annual Marfield Prize, discusses his book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, in a lively conversation with Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks on May 18, 2016. Following the interview, Riedel answers audience questions and signs copies of his book for $29 (hardcover).

Michael Riedel has been a theater critic for the New York Post since 1998 and is the cohost of Theater Talk with PBS. His column has been called “a must-read for the city’s theaterati” (Chicago magazine) and “a guilty pleasure” (New York magazine). Razzle Dazzle is his first book.

Peter Marks has been chief theatre critic of the Washington Post since 2002. He spent a decade at the New York Times, where he served as a drama critic, wrote the “On Stage, and Off” column, reported on Long Island news, and covered the 2000 presidential campaign.

Philip Gefter Discusses Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe at the Library of Congress

Interview at Library of Congress

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“The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” is now celebrating 38 years on air, founded and still produced by poet Grace Cavalieri.
This recorded program features an interview with 2014 Marfield Prize Winner Philip Gefter who discusses the life of photography collector Sam Wagstaff with selected readings from the winning book Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe.




A Judge’s Notebook, Grace Cavalieri,, Mar 2014

A New Writing Prize in American Letters, Karren LaLonde Alenier, Scene4 Magazine, Feb 2014

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