Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway

Title:Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781451672169
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:447 pages

Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentator pulls back the curtain on its stars, its producers, and its mega-hits to reveal all the shocking drama, intrigue, and power plays that happened off stage.

Razzle Dazzle is a provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way—and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory.

In the mid-1970s Times Square was the seedy symbol of New York’s economic decline. Its once shining star, the renowned Shubert Organization, was losing theaters to make way for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup amidst corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations. Once Jacobs and Schoenfeld solidified their power, they turned a collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world, ultimately backing many of Broadway’s biggest hits, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! They also sparked the revitalization of Broadway and the renewal of Times Square.

Now Michael Riedel tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that re-built a city in grand style, revealing the backstage drama that often rivaled what transpired onstage, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and—of course—scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion.


    Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway Reviews

  • Jessica Jeffers

    I love theater, but I don't know as much about it as I would like to. I don't really know a lot about any of the shows that were a thing before I was a teenager, for instance, but I want to change tha...

  • Jennifer

    Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway is written by New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. The book is full of stories about the Shubert Organization and the Broadway shows that they were in...

  • Jack

    OK, this may be a bit too much inside baseball for the civilian reader. I arrived in NYC for my second stint in 1985, just as the British invasion was fully taking hold; my first big shows were LES MI...

  • Anna

    What would the theatre be without egos and tantrums and entanglements?Michael Riedel masterfully chronicles the highs and lows of Broadway - Times Square - New York through the triumphs, plights and s...

  • Russell Sanders

    With Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, theater columnist Michael Riedel has provided us theater nuts with a very satisfying look at the last six decades of Broadway, throwing in a bit of history...

  • Charlie Smith

    Original review available at my blog, HereWeAreGoing, here: https://herewearegoing.wordpress.com/...Saw this in the New Releases section at the library and hesitated. In that fantasy world in which I ...

  • James

    Chronicle of the birth of New York's Broadway that careens through the years starting with The Schubert family and their control of real estate theater property, the personalities of all these charact...

  • Hayley Vomund

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and I am SO excited!! I can't wait to read it!!Won this book last October. Never received my copy. Never received a reply when inquiring about it. Disappointed....

  • Tom

    The hysteria over Hamilton drove home to me that I know almost nothing about the history of American musical theater. Razzle Dazzle was recommended to me by a friend who is looking to get into the the...

  • Philip

    Your enjoyment of the book will depend on your love for Broadway and for New York City. I love both dearly, and I was very interested to learn about the history of the numerous Broadway theatres that ...