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Monday, March 4, 2019

Injured Andrea Martin drops out of Broadway’s ‘Gary’ by Barbara Hoffman

Andrea Martin, who safely flew through the air in Broadway’s “Pippin” revival six years ago, broke four ribs rehearsing her new Broadway show. That said, Nathan Lane will have a new co…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Westminster’s King makes Broadway debut in ‘Pretty Woman’ by Barbara Hoffman

Obviously, it wasn’t enough to take Westminster’s “Best in Show” award: This top dog walked off with a Broadway show the next day. On Wednesday night, fewer than 24 hours after being…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Mockingbird’ star refused to be part of the Broadway backdrop by Barbara Hoffman

LaTanya Richardson Jackson makes Calpurnia a force to be reckoned with in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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Friday, January 18, 2019

From noodles to antipasto, Joey McIntyre eats NYC alive by Barbara Hoffman

Some 20 years ago, when he was a New Kid on the Block living in Tribeca, Joey McIntyre considered Riverside Drive “no man’s land.” But last summer, after 15 years in Los Angeles, the 4…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The new Maria from Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ shows off her pipes by Barbara Hoffman

“West Side Story” director Steven Spielberg finally found his Maria — on the very far west side of Manhattan. Make that New Jersey. Rachel Zegler, a 17-year-old high-school student fro…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Carole King makes surprise cameo at ‘Beautiful’ birthday by Barbara Hoffman

Yep Carole came — and conquered. It was a “Beautiful“ Broadway moment: Who better to perform the title song of her life story than Carole King herself? That’s what happened Saturday …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

How a box of forgotten letters became a Holocaust jazz opera by Barbara Hoffman

After their widowed father died in 1995, jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal and his sister packed up the family home in Great Neck, LI. They didn’t know what that box of letters, all written in Ge…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Comedian Mike Birbiglia says Brooklyn is the Boise of NYC by Barbara Hoffman

“I graduated from Georgetown in 2000 and started off sleeping on my sister Gina’s couch in Carroll Gardens,” says comedian Mike Birbiglia. “And 18 years later, I live in Carroll Gard…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Rachel Dratch’s son is a weekend waffle warrior by Barbara Hoffman

For nearly a decade, Rachel Dratch has read aloud from the musings of Madonna, Ethel Merman and Burt Reynolds’ secretary. Lately, the “SNL” alum and others have shared all that and mor…

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This wacky musical was inspired by Mario Kart and Neil Diamond by Barbara Hoffman

One of this season’s funniest musicals got its start from . . . Mario Kart. So say David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, the writers and stars of off-Broadway’s “The Other Josh Cohen.” …

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Check out bold twists on the Grinch, ‘Nutcracker’ and more by Barbara Hoffman

Christmas in the city: Rockefeller Center’s tree, Radio City’s Rockettes, New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” But let’s say you’ve already been there, seen that: Are you actin…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Alvin Ailey guru likes his weekend mornings hot, steamy by Barbara Hoffman

“When I first came here, the city was wonderful and scary at the same time,” recalls Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Florida native was 17…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘The Dead’ star Melissa Gilbert on the ‘essentials’ of living in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

She’s gone from a “Little House on the Prairie” to a pied-à-terre in the city, and Melissa Gilbert couldn’t be happier. “Everything’s here — grocery shopping, the park, amazin…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

These six-month-olds are Broadway’s youngest stars by Barbara Hoffman

Forget the falling chandelier of “Phantom” or the 20-foot-tall ape puppet of “King Kong.” The single greatest special effect on Broadway these days is the real live baby in “The Fe…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Meet Broadway’s biggest leading man: King Kong by Barbara Hoffman

He can’t dance, can’t sing or even talk, yet he’s the biggest musical star of the season. Meet King Kong, the 2,000-pound gorilla of Broadway. The Great White Way has never seen anythi…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Weekend forecast: Al Roker eating pizza in the Staten Island Ferry terminal by Barbara Hoffman

“As a singer,” says Al Roker, “I’m a great weatherman.” That hasn’t stopped the 64-year-old “Today” show veteran from performing in the Broadway musical “Waitress,” throu…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Stage star Angelica Page gets smacked with leaves at Turkish baths by Barbara Hoffman

“I grew up with my legendary parents in the Chelsea brownstone that had ‘Torn Page’ as the nameplate on our buzzer,” says Angelica Page. These days, the 54-year-old actress daughter …

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The secret behind Mandy Patinkin’s stylish beard game by Barbara Hoffman

Before he became Saul on TV’s “Homeland” — even before his Inigo Montoya pledged vengeance in “The Princess Bride” — Mandy Patinkin was a creature of the theater. With a tenor …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

That time Audra McDonald went into labor at brunch by Barbara Hoffman

Audra McDonald didn’t get to Carnegie Hall until she was at Juilliard, when she saw Ella Fitzgerald sing there. “A friend of mine calls it an upside-down wedding cake,” she recalls of …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Broadway star Janet McTeer to #MeToo offenders: ‘I’d punch you!’ by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind that Sarah Bernhardt — the towering actress of her day — was scarcely more than 5 feet tall. Janet McTeer stands nearly 6-feet-1, but that hasn’t stopped her from playing Be…

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Why playing black cops is ‘important’ to Denzel’s actor son by Barbara Hoffman

He was the go-getter police detective of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” Now John David Washington, 34, is back in blue as the conflicted cop of “Monsters and Men.” Out Friday, the S…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Broadway lights will dim for ‘Odd Couple’ Pigeon sister by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday night for Carole Shelley, the Tony-winning actress who — despite playing dozens of roles in her storied career — will probably be remembered best a…

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Al Roker headed back to Broadway with singing role in ‘Waitress’ by Barbara Hoffman

The forecast for Broadway this fall: Al Roker with a sprinkling of pie. The venerable “Today” weatherman is the latest to join the cast of Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress.” From Oct. 5 t…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ star dishes about having ‘sex’ on stage by Barbara Hoffman

It’s not every woman who could pull on Julia Roberts’ thigh-high, vinyl boots night after night (and some afternoons), but Samantha Barks is doing just that in Broadway’s “Pretty…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

How ‘Carousel’ star Renée Fleming relaxes between shows by Barbara Hoffman

Opera great Renée Fleming has four Grammys and the distinction of inspiring a dessert: a chocolate confection Daniel Boulud dubbed La Diva Renée. These days, the 59-year-old soprano’s be…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Actors recall living in fear of Jerome Robbins -- yet dying to work with him by Barbara Hoffman

It’s a legend that even now, 20 years after Jerome Robbins’ death, threatens to define him: While berating his actors, he stepped farther and farther back on stage until he toppled into …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why Daveed Diggs is never going back to ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Hard to believe that it’s been two years since Daveed Diggs pulled off his “Hamilton” boots and headed for Hollywood. Now, several commercials, albums, voice-overs and TV series later …

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The cast of the new ‘Fiddler’ had to learn Yiddish from scratch by Barbara Hoffman

Imagine doing a big, beloved Broadway musical … in Yiddish. Sounds crazy, no? Not when that show is “Fiddler on the Roof.” Since its 1964 debut, the story of Tevye and his daughter…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Nanny’ star: Marilyn Monroe gave me the craziest diet tip by Barbara Hoffman

For as long as she can remember, Renée Taylor has been on a diet. We’re talking seven decades, because Taylor — who among other things played Fran Drescher’s mom on “The Nanny” …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

This actor’s butt is the star of his off-Broadway show by Barbara Hoffman

Off-Broadway’s long been the place to discover fresh faces. Now and then, along comes something cheekier: a dashing derrière. That last belongs to Trey, the young hottie of the Roundabout…

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This elaborate costume was made out of a trash can by Barbara Hoffman

Since 1972, when Mummenschanz began, the troupe’s been making masks and costumes from just about anything: plastic, toilet paper, foam rubber, Slinkys … pastry dough! That last figur…

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