Broadway is booming, much of its success fueled by out-of-town audiences who join with New Yorkers in their collective anticipation of each new season's plays and musicals. Tapping into, and even influencing, this enthusiasm is this remarkable public television series. Co-hosted by Michael Riedel, the influential Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series producer Susan Haskins, it is a unique forum for the New York theater scene, featuring conversations with the actors, directors, playwrights and other artists whose work makes live theater so exciting. Video excerpts highlight the in-depth interviews with these outspoken personalities about their shows. In addition to featuring each season's current crop of plays and musicals, the series also showcases authors and historians discussing theater legends and masterpieces, as well as New York's top critics and reporters on the latest productions (with insightful, blistering or hilarious comments virtually guaranteed).
The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld and Drop Dead Perfect (#901) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Guests are curator/historian David Leopold, author of The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age and Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, the artist's widow who organized an exhibition, now at The New York Historical Society, which covers nine decades of the legendary theater caricaturist's work. Also on the program, Joe Brancato, director of the Off Broadway comedy hit Drop Dead Perfect and actor Everett Quinton, star of the production.
Razzle Dazzle (#902) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
A discussion of co-host Michael Riedel's new book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway (just released by Simon & Schuster) with Riedel, producer Albert Poland (a key character in the book) and critic Jesse Green of New York Magazine.