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Riedel Analyzed - Worth a Read...

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re: Riedel Analyzed - Worth a Read...#1
Posted: 6/4/03 at 12:06pm
Great! I don't believe in the "sacred cows" theory that a lot of Broadway people subscribe too.

That some people or some shows are "untouchable" no matter what they do, good or bad.

I remember when the film version of "Chicago" was released, there were people incensed that they didn’t cast “Broadway Types” such as Karen Ziemba or Ruthie Henshall, in the leads.

$45 million on Karen Ziemba?

A Technicolor close up of Karen Ziemba?

Moviegoers in Montana, waiting in the cold, to see Ruthie Henshall?

Hello! Nap time is over!

Of course when the film grossed $160 million and won every award in sight and had been seen and appreciated by hordes of people who would never sit through a Broadway Musical…. well, they shut up!

True, there are people who have earned their success and their legend but their show stinks or if they stink in the show…why should the gloves stay on, so to speak.

He's shaking things up and in turn, making people listen to what’s happening on Broadway.

A straight, baseball loving, male co-worker of mine, who knows nothing about theatre, commented to me, off hand, that he heard Bernadette Peters "never shows up" for her "show"..

He would never have mentioned her name or her "show" otherwise.

It maybe bad publicity, but it IS publicity.

..And if Bernadette gives fantastic performances every night and never misses another show, then she wins!

Everyone wins!
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I don't think Riedel is good for the world of theater at all. He's a hack gossip columnist more concerned with his own ego than with theater. He's succeeding though, because he has us all talking about him.

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Well put my dear KB!

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Mr Reidel is a legend in his own mind
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I guess I'm not missing much by not reading his stuff? Or is it worth the read?
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Fools!#6
Posted: 6/4/03 at 11:46pm
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.

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