How did Broadway go from being a fabulous invalid to a mint? That’s the story the New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel tells in his very entertaining new book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway.

Riedel begins his story with the Shubert Brothers, the challengers and successors to the Theater Syndicate run by Edward Albee’s grandfather, Edwin Franklin Albee II. The Syndicate dominated the booking of popular performers sent about the country during the period of Vaudeville.

The Shubert brothers

Natives of Syracuse, the Shubert brothers were...


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