Beyond the Bio — TEDxBroadway Speaker Michael Riedel

Before we meet up at New World Stages on Tuesday, February 27 for TEDxBroadway (get your tickets here!), we wanted to take you beyond the bio to meet this year’s speakers. Meet Michael Riedel:

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  • He has covered Broadway for 20 years — 10 of them for the New York Post.
  • He’s the author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway.

We asked Michael …

Q: What’s the first show you ever saw?
A: Annie — I saw it in 1977 when I was 10. Andrea McArdle was great, but I was knocked out by Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan. Tom Meehan, who wrote Annie, told me Dorothy was perfect for the part because she hated children. So do I.”

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: “The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. I’d never read her, but I came across a clip of Jeremy Irons reading from the book on the BBC and was riveted. I proposed it to my book club and we’re plunging in, so to speak. It’s about an old actor who’s had it with the theater and retires to a remote corner of England to write his memoirs. He’s as much of an egomaniac as I am.”

Q: What’s your idea of the perfect meal?
A: “A glass or three of a good New Zealand sauvignon blanc with a dozen Sydney rock oysters and a fresh green salad with a wedge of blue cheese. And one more sauvignon blanc for dessert.”

Q: What’s the last song you listened to?
A: “Donna Summer’s version of ‘MacArthur Park.’ I wrote a snippy column about the Donna Summer musical coming to Broadway this spring. The producer emailed to say that I was being a little unfair since I hadn’t seen the show. That led me to YouTube and Donna Summer singing ‘MacArthur Park’ live at the Proms in London. Sensational. I can’t wait for the musical.”

Q: What’s your personal motto?
A: “‘Life’s a funny old thing. Man’s lucky if he gets out of it alive.’ –W.C. Fields”

Learn more on Twitter @MichaelRiedelNY and Facebook.

See Michael and more amazing speakers at TEDxBroadway 2018! Grab your tickets here, before they sell out.

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