The Battle for Broadway
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 6, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction History
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.
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
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.
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