Podcast Episode #6 – The Man people love to hate: Broadway Gossip Columnist Michael Riedel

There’s a scene in the Howard Stern movie Private Parts where a Producer exclaims that while fans of Howard Stern listen to each show for a good amount of time, the people who hate Howard Stern listen to him even longer!

That’s Broadway’s relationship with Michael Riedel in a nutshell.

If you don’t know Michael and his twice weekly gossip column in the NY Post, well, you’re going to be hooked now.  Every Wednesday and Friday, the entire biz scoops up the Post just to read his scoopy column, where he breaks news, busts chops, and builds careers . . . all in a couple hundred words or less.

But there’s a lot about Michael that you may not know, which is why I sat down with the writer for Episode 6 of my podcast.  And over a 45 minute chat, Michael talked about:

  • Why he never wanted to be a reviewer.
  • What it was like having Arthur Miller work for him.
  • Where he gets his gossip.

As you can imagine, Michael isn’t afraid to name names throughout the podcast, and tell it like it is.  He has made a career of not playing the political game that so many of us have to play, and it’s refreshing to hear him let loose about his perspective on Broadway.  Oh, and he even makes fun of me in the first minute.

But I, like most of us in the business, take it in stride, because there’s one thing about Michael that is as obvious as the glasses on his face . . . Michael loves the theater as much as we all do.  And maybe even more.

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  • Kevin says:

    Was excited to listen to this podcast, but man it’s tough to hear anything Riedel says. Ken, highly recommend you invest in a real mic if you’re going to make regular podcasts.

  • Jed says:

    He hosts a pbs theater show with another woman, don’t know her name. But he is really mean to her. And she can never get a word in, edgewise.

  • Jay says:

    Love listening to these podcasts but the quality of the audio makes it impossible to decipher – made it 5 minutes in and I couldn’t listen any further. If the podcasts are going to keep happening (and I hope they do) it’d probably be a good move to get some reliable audio equipment and maybe even a junior mixer.

    • Ken Davenport Ken Davenport says:

      Sorry, guys . . . this was in a different location than I had used before. I promise the next ones will be better!

  • Philip Hall says:

    Like most, I love to hate Michael Riedel. His overly-snippy take on all things Broadway is hard to stomach on THEATRE TALK, especially when he laughs constantly at his own quips. He comes off as a man who has nothing but disdain for the theatre. BUT THIS PODCAST SHOWED ME A NEW SIDE OF RIEDEL. He’s smart as a whip, and he knows his stuff. And his takes on the critics and the business are razor sharp. I’ll buy his book and I’ll continue to watch THEATRE TALK and I’ll listen to another Reidel podcast – holding my nose all the way.

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