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VIDEO: Preview - Riedel & Beane Talk Gossip Columnists on Theater Talk

Theater Talk is the TV series featuring in-depth conversations with actors, directors, writers and others working in the New York theater. The show is co-hosted by Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and the show's Executive Producer, Susan Haskins, and is jointly produced by Theater Talk Productions and CUNY TV, the station of The City University of New York. In an upcoming episode, Riedel and Haskins discuss the truth behind gossip columnists - like those portrayed in Mr. & Mrs. Fitch - with the play's scribe, Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed, Give It Up!). BroadwayWorld brings you a preview of the conversation.

Mr. & Mrs. Fitch is currently in previews at Second Stage Theatre, opening on February 22, 2010. The production runs through Sunday, April 4. In the show, audiences meet gossip columnists Mr. & Mrs. Fitch. When the social circuit no longer provides any scandalous news, they find that great celebrity can appear out of thin air. The new comedy is a scathing look at who is in, who is out and who may not even exist at all. For tickets and more information, visit

Second Stage Theatre, which produced the world premiere of Beane's Tony-nominated play The Little Dog Laughed. His other works include the book for the Tony-nominated musical Xanadu (Tony nomination, Drama Desk winner), As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle, Gassner Award), Music From a Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar, The Cartells. Musicals: The Big Time and the upcoming Lysistrata Jones and The Bandwagon. Revues: Mondo Drama and White Lies. Screenplays: Advice From a Caterpillar (Aspen Comedy Festival Best Feature); To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. As Artistic Director of the Drama Dept., he produced more than 40 productions including revivals of As Thousands Cheer, June Moon and The Torchbearers and world premieres by Paul Rudnick, David Sedaris and Wendy Wasserstein.

Theater Talk is taped at CUNY-TV Studios in New York City. The Executive Producer for CUNY TV is Bob Isaacson, the Producer of Theater Talk is Steven Doloff and Associate Producers are Rossmary Cruz and Vanessa Mourner. It is directed by Adam Walker with engineering by John Harvi and lighting design by Jonathan Belcher. The show is edited by Larry Guo, Quan Ou and Sylvester Lukasiewicz.

Theater Talk, a weekly expose of world theater, airs on PBS Friday nights (PBS/Thirteen) and 5 times weekly on CUNY TV. Theater Talk is also telecast every Thursday night on PBS Station NJN, which is available to all over-the-air digital and cable TV viewers in the NYC area.

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