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Monday, June 11, 2018

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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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Diana Rigg had to deal with awful male fans early in her career by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind the theater awards, honorary degrees, motherhood and even Dame-hood: Diana Rigg claims her “greatest achievement” so far was landing a 24½-pound salmon. True, that was a few …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Where club kid Susanne Bartsch gets her wigs by Barbara Hoffman

“I came to New York in 1981 on Valentine’s Day for a love affair — and I fell in love with New York!” says Susanne Bartsch, the Swiss-born fashion icon and party hostess often hailed…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

This ‘Amadeus’ star was a pledge in ‘Animal House’ by Barbara Hoffman

It was nominated for 53 awards and won 40, including eight Oscars, one for Best Picture. So it’s high time “Amadeus” — the 1984 (fictionalized) bio of Mozart and the man who may have…

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T.S. Eliot devotee Jeremy Irons doesn’t hate ‘Cats’ by Barbara Hoffman

Those smoldering eyes, haunting voice and chameleonlike ability to change from hero to villain and back again have kept Jeremy Irons working steadily since 1969. Now, an Academy Award, a Ton…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

81-year-old Glenda Jackson has 2 Oscars and no patience for BS by Barbara Hoffman

Moviegoers of a certain age may remember the ’70s as the Glenda Jackson era when it seemed she starred in every British film that came out. Among the most memorable: “The Music Lovers,…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Bernadette Peters’ posh pooch loves Sephora and Barneys by Barbara Hoffman

In case you lost count, those were 15 pushups Bernadette Peters pumped out the other week on “The View.” And she did them in heels! Exercise is just one way the 70-year-old trouper prepa…

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The crazy ways Disney kills off parents by Barbara Hoffman

If Disney’s taught us anything, it’s that parents die — and often in the most undelightful ways. Hunters, stampedes, shipwrecks and barricudas have orphaned many a beauty and quite a f…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Finally, a well-adjusted Disney child star by Barbara Hoffman

Long before Lindsay Lohan burst onto the screen, Disney’s biggest child star had moviegoers seeing double. The film was 1961’s “The Parent Trap,” in which 15-year-old Hayley Mills pl…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Margaritaville’ musical is a paradise for parrot heads — and no one else by Barbara Hoffman

Cheaper than a week at Club Med and just as mentally stimulating, “Escape to Margaritaville” opened Thursday on Broadway to a sea of Jimmy Buffett fans and a few souls who never guessed …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bow down to the ‘Frozen’ stars ruling Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

The leads of Broadway’s “Frozen” would prefer not to use the “P” word. “ ‘Princess’ is such a weighted word,” says Patti Murin. “People automatically think ‘pretty,’ …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why Rhea Perlman won’t divorce Danny DeVito by Barbara Hoffman

It’s so hard not to call her Carla. But Rhea Perlman doesn’t mind. “Why should I?” she says. “Why would I want to shake that amazing lady I played for 11 years?” Well, “Che…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

My grandmother was flashed by Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Hoffman

“Marilyn Monroe used to come in at lunchtime and get a Beefeater martini,” says Michael Colby, striding past the bar in the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street. And it was just down the …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Veep’ co-star: Louis-Dreyfus ‘getting stronger every day’ in cancer battle by Barbara Hoffman

When you’re doing Shakespeare, Anna Chlumsky says, you talk in iambic pentameter even when you’re offstage. If you’re on HBO’s “Veep” — one of the most profane shows on TV — …

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Why Broadway’s SpongeBob gave up pizza and booze by Barbara Hoffman

SpongeBob loves Scrub Daddy. And before Nickelodeon flips out over that unauthorized endorsement, please note that it’s Ethan Slater — Broadway’s SpongeBob — who’s doing the endors…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Blockbuster shows are finding new life off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

When Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” closed up shop last January after a nearly 12-year run, fans were thrilled to hear it would soon return — off-Broadway. But with a smaller stage and bud…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Falsetto-voiced opera singer finds new fans in theater debut by Barbara Hoffman

No one suffered more for their art than the castrati, the men whose heavenly high voices cost them part of their manhood. Among the most famous of their ranks was the 18th-century Italian kn…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

‘Molly Dodd’ star’s tips for avoiding the High Line hordes by Barbara Hoffman

Blair Brown moved here in 1976, just in time to see the tall ships come in. “I lived on 72nd Street and the West End, stuck my head out of the window and there was this huge black sailing …

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Charles Dickens was the Springsteen of his time by Barbara Hoffman

One hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Dickens came to America to give the people what they wanted: “A Christmas Carol,” read by the British writer himself. Some 2,500 people at a time…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Springsteen extends hit one-man Broadway show into 2018 by Barbara Hoffman

As The Post first reported, there’s going to be a lot more Springsteen on Broadway: The Boss has extended his hit one man show at the Walter Kerr until June 30, 2018. “Springstee…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Lisa Lampanelli: Weight-loss surgery cured my yo-yo dieting by Barbara Hoffman

Like one of the characters in her off-Broadway play, “Stuffed,” Lisa Lampanelli jokes that during her dieting days — all three decades of them — she lost and regained some 300 pounds…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Lucy DeVito’s favorite spot to grab Negroni with her dad by Barbara Hoffman

“Wikipedia is wrong!” Lucy DeVito says. “I was born in Los Angeles, not New York, but my parents and I would come here a lot, so I feel like a New Yorker.” The oldest of Danny DeVito…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christopher Plummer on reshooting Kevin Spacey’s scenes: ‘It’s awfully sad’ by Barbara Hoffman

Christopher Plummer wasn’t expecting to go to Europe next week, but he will — when he reshoots Kevin Spacey’s scenes in “All the Money in the World.” The Ridley Scott film, due to …

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s totally unbiased son reviews ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Tonys, Shmonys: Your musical’s only as good as your kid says it is. Luckily, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s son just gave “Hamilton” a big (little) thumbs up. From his perch atop two booster s…

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