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Michael Riedel Biography
Michael’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the 2015 Marfield Prize for arts writing. It is widely considered to be the successor to The Season, William Goldman’s classic 1967 book about Broadway. Currently he is researching his second book.
Michael’s skewering of Broadway shows and personalities in his column have made him a controversial and often feared figure on the New York theater scene. He has been called “the enfant terrible of the New York press”.
Michael Riedel Age
Michael was born on December 24, 1966, and grew up in Geneseo, New York.
Michael Riedel Family
Michael was born and grew up alongside his sister in Geneseo, New York. His father was the athletic director for SUNY Geneseo and his mother was a grade-school librarian. He has been described as a “smart, sarcastic kid” who joined the Young Republicans at 12 and originally planned to become a lawyer and politician. Michael was picked on quite a bit for being the small guy and the intellectual,” his sister says, adding that he “always used his verbal ability to beat someone at their own game, whether teasing or bullying.”
Michael Riedel Education
Initially Michael enrolled at Johns Hopkins University, but transferred after a year to Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, he acted in plays and regularly appeared on a radio show devoted to musical theater. The summer after his sophomore year, Michael interned for Liz McCann while she was producing the Broadway production of Les liaisons dangereuses. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in History in 1989.
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Michael has been living alone since a four-year romance ended in 1996, when his then-girlfriend moved to Los Angeles.
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Michael has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998 and is the most influential Broadway columnist in the United States. Riedel co-hosted the PBS-TV show “Theater Talk” for 24 years, and he is the author of The New York Times bestseller “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway.”
Currently he is researching and writing his second book scheduled for a 2019 release. Since 2011, Riedel has been a regular guest on Imus in the Morning. His radio resume also includes National Public Radio, the BBC, and guest hosting for WOR’s Mark Simone. He also played himself on several episodes of “Smash”, the NBC-TV series about Broadway, with Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.
After graduating from Columbia, Michael served as Managing Editor of the now-defunct TheaterWeek magazine, which he attempted to make more literary by hiring highly respected theater figures such as critic Eric Bentley to write articles. , He was hired as a gossip columnist for The Daily News in 1993 and subsequently launched his now-famous column reporting the latest news and speculation about the Broadway theater scene
Len Berman And Michael Riedel In The Morning
Michael is the co-host of “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” on 710 WOR in New York City, weekdays 6-10am. Riedel and Berman provides tristate listeners with a four-hour variety show, showcasing the most important stories of the day to New Yorkers, including local news, entertainment, humor, political stories, and interviews with newsmakers and celebrities.
In view of his notorious reputation as a theater columnist, Michael was referred to as a “Napoleonic little Nazi” in the premiere episode of the NBC musical drama Smash on February 6, 2012. Later he made cameo appearances as himself on episodes “Hell on Earth,” “The Fallout,” and “The Nominations.” He also appeared regularly on the “Imus in the Morning” program, “The Mark Simone Show,” “The Mike Gallagher Show” and Fox News’ “Red Eye.
Michael Riedel Theater Talk
In the majority of Michael’s columns in the last few months, he has clearly showed a vicious contempt for Hamilton. I’m not saying Hamilton should be immune from any sort of criticism in any fashion, but his comments seem to be coming from something of an irrational place.
Michael Riedel David Leveaux
Michael was the subject of considerable press himself in 2005 when he was in an altercation with English director David Leveaux at the Manhattan theater hangout Angus McIndoe. Michael, who later admitted to being “tipsy,” insulted David by claiming that English directors often ruin classic American musicals. While rumors circulated that David hit Michael so hard that the columnist had to go to the emergency room, the truth is that Micheal was merely shoved to the floor and was not injured.
Michael Riedel Salary | Michael Riedel Net Worth
Michael’s estimated net worth is under review. He has not yet disclosed his annual salary which he receives from his job at WOR.