Friday, August 17, 2007

Riedel's Deep Abby Normal?

Riedel's Deep Abby Normal?

New York Post theatre gossip wag Michael Riedel's been having lots of fun with Young Frankenstein and its Seattle tryout by quoting a "Deep Abby Normal."

Although he says today that he hinted last week who his mole is, in re-reading that column, I couldn't detect a trace of whom that might be. But his column today would suggest it's none other than Christopher Fitzgerald, or at least that's what I surmise by "I already hinted at this, but I'll refresh her (Susan Stroman) memory: He lives in Transylvania, and he has a hump."

By the way, Playbill has some halfway decent initial pics of the show, including one of Fitzgerald more than capably filling Marty Feldman's shoes as Igor. In case you missed my comments the other day, I said, "If there is just one Tony nominated performance from Young Frankenstein -- and I personally believe there could very well be at least four or five -- it will be Christopher Fitzgerald. He (is) exceptional."

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 17 August, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that Riedel is so eager to reveal the source of his leaks. Even if Fitzgerald's role in the show is secure, this leak will get him ill will from Stro and Mel. I'm not sure Riedel will be fed more leaks in future Broadway productions if he's going to revel his sources

At 17 August, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, I agree wholeheartedly.

His description made it very easy to connect the dots, which is exactly why I hastened to add that Fitzgerald's performance was the one I'll remember the most -- and I think Tony voters will, too.

At 17 August, 2007, Anonymous e said...

Surely the quote about "lives in Transylvania and has a hump" is a red herring. Either that or he HATES Christopher Fitzgerald. This is the kind of stuff that ruins careers...

At 17 August, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

e - Let's hope Christopher Fitzgerald isn't spooked by all this.

At 17 August, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

I just read Reidel's column, and it is highly unusual, to say the least, for a reporter to reveal a source like that. I mean, I know it's the New York Post, but still ... Besides being a pretty serious ethical breach, who would ever talk to him now?

And at the risk of sounding incredibly superficial, Christopher Fitzgerald is incredibly cute. Thanks for the nice picture Steve! I'm really looking forward to seeing him as Igor.

At 18 August, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther - Perhaps Riedel is throwing us all for a loop as a ruse?


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