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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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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meet the guy who makes Nathan Lane look so dapper by Barbara Hoffman

At the Tony Awards this month, when Nathan Lane collected his third statuette, he gave an emotional shoutout to Andrew Garfield, his “Angels in America” co-star, to Devlin Elliott, his h…

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Glenda Jackson’s playing a man on Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

If you missed her as a woman, you can catch her as a man: Glenda Jackson, hot off a Tony Award for “Three Tall Women,” will return to Broadway next spring as the title character of a gen…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Bagels were the inspiration for a ‘Frozen’ song by Barbara Hoffman

They met in 1999 at a musical-theater workshop and haven’t let go of each other since. Now the Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are up for …

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‘Band’s Visit’ star traveled to Israel to study her role by Barbara Hoffman

She played a bouncy Czech in “Once: The Musical” and a Polish lesbian in “Indecent.” Now Katrina Lenk is up for a Tony as a world-weary Israeli in “The Band’s Visit.” And to th…

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How Broadway superfans see their favorites dozens of times by Barbara Hoffman

How much does Vivian Carlson love “Come From Away”? Let’s just say she’s seen it more than 25 times. The office manager/photographer, who goes by the name Viv Jean, buys $25 to $50 r…

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Gina Gershon is ready to play a sexy grandma by Barbara Hoffman

“There are some days I feel 102 years old, and other days, like I’m 14,” says Gina Gershon, who falls somewhere in between. “I just think we’d be a much happier society if there we…

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NYC ballet dancer shares his favorite city rooftop by Barbara Hoffman

“Dancers do eat!” says Justin Peck, and he should know: He’s been dancing with the New York City Ballet since 2006. He started with tap lessons at 9 before switching to ballet and …

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‘Harry Potter’ star was once kicked out of school by Barbara Hoffman

Most theatergoers come for Harry, Hermione and Ron, only to end up cheering for … Scorpius Malfoy? That’s what happens at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Set 19 years after …

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tony nominees dish on how they fell in love with theater by Barbara Hoffman

You never forget your first time — or your first show, especially if you wind up writing, choreographing or starring in one later. Nearly a dozen of this year’s Tony Award nominees told …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How a pale Canadian opera-lover wound up in ‘Margaritaville’ by Barbara Hoffman

Two weeks after being cast in “Escape to Margaritaville,” Paul Alexander Nolan found himself singing in a bar in the Florida Keys. And although he’d already played in five other Broadw…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The craziest Tony goes to a Bronx dry cleaner by Barbara Hoffman

And the Tony goes to . . . Ernest Winzer Cleaners? Spot on! On June 10, the Bronx dry cleaner that’s kept Broadway freshly pressed for 110 years, will receive an award for Excellence in th…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Catching up with the Tony nominees by Barbara Hoffman

Not even a wizard can best Tina Fey — or triumph over a not-so-simple sponge. Fey’s first Broadway musical, “Mean Girls,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” squeezed out 12 Tony Award n…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Matthew Broderick: Cynthia Nixon will have to work for my vote by Barbara Hoffman

Matthew Broderick is having a hell of a spring. Not only is the former Ferris Bueller playing the devil in off-Broadway’s “The Seafarer,” but you’ll find him suffocating a pig in the…

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