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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ian Fleming’s niece dishes on his nutty spy days and creating James Bond by Barbara Hoffman

The name is Fleming. Lucy Fleming — and as Ian Fleming’s niece, she’s had a front-row view of the creation and continuation of Bond, James Bond, the most fantastic fictitious spy ever.…

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‘Burn This’ actor Brandon Uranowitz: ‘I am not a porn star!’ by Barbara Hoffman

When you want to be an actor and your last name’s Uranowitz, well — you might want to change it. Brandon Uranowitz’s father thought so. Just before he left for college, his dad suggest…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Broadway’s bloody ‘Gary’ is par for the corpse for this designer by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind where the bodies are buried: Let’s talk about the mountain of corpses onstage these days at the Booth Theatre. As soon as that blood-red curtain parts and theatergoers get a gan…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Dance legend Mark Morris’ perfect weekend: Pot and Mariska Hargitay by Barbara Hoffman

“I wanted a real life as a dancer, so of course I came to New York,” says Mark Morris, who at 19 left Seattle for this city in 1976, and — except for the six months a year he’s on to…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Waiting, starving, praying: How I survived 91-day Rwandan genocide by Barbara Hoffman

Soon after the killing started, Immaculée Ilibagiza’s parents and brothers begged her to save herself. The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda had begun, and a friend of her father…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘Miracle in Rwanda’ gives voice to survivors of 1994 genocide by Barbara Hoffman

Soon after the killing started, Immaculée Ilibagiza’s parents and brothers begged her to save herself. The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda had begun, and a friend of her father…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Hadestown’ star Patrick Page has a newfound passion: mani-pedis by Barbara Hoffman

He was the green meanie of Broadway’s “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and the Green Goblin of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Now Patrick Page has gone to hell — …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Corbin Bleu is dancing on the ceiling for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Barbara Hoffman

“I don’t dance!” Corbin Bleu sang in “High School Musical 2,” even as he hoofed it up. A dozen years later, Bleu’s still dancing — this time in Broadway’s “Kiss Me, Kate,…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Legally Blonde’ dog, Chico, dies at 14 by Barbara Hoffman

Chico the Chihuahua, the perky, 7-pound star of Broadway’s 2007 “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” said his final bowwow on Monday. As Bruiser, Chico spent more than a decade in touring…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

This play has the most delicious props off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

At last: a play that lets the actors have their cake and eat it, too. Off-Broadway’s “The Cake” is set in a North Carolina pastry shop where the baker balks at baking for a lesbian wed…

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How Rosemary Harris went from Spider-Man’s aunt to ‘My Fair Lady’ by Barbara Hoffman

Rosemary Harris played Peter Parker’s Aunt May and now she’s Henry Higgins’ mother — eight times a week — in Broadway’s “My Fair Lady.” Harris is 91. Even she can’t believe…

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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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