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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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Sunday, February 25, 2018

The gallery show with the sexiest back story in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

Nazis, adultery, betrayal. The story behind Solomon Guggenheim’s first museum touches on all three — and the paintings are pretty good, too. You’ll find the art at Chelsea’s Leila He…

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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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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Meet the ‘most unloved woman in New York’ by Barbara Hoffman

Once, sometimes twice a day, says Mercedes Ruehl, she’s “the most unloved woman in New York.” It happens during “Torch Song,” when her character, Mrs. Beckoff, tells her gay son sh…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Definitive proof that Amy Schumer is ready for her Broadway debut by Barbara Hoffman

Amy Schumer’s about to make her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower,” which has its first preview on Wednesday. She’s already box-office gold — but can the 36-year-o…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pico Alexander can’t stop catching cougars by Barbara Hoffman

Pico Alexander’s leading lady came to his dressing room the other day with a suggestion. “It would be better the way we did it before,” Sherie Rene Scott told him, “when you were f…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Bill Murray makes his Carnegie Hall debut by Barbara Hoffman

To the exalted roster of artists who’ve performed at Carnegie Hall — Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, the Beatles — add Bill Murray. Decades after he crooned “Star Wars” on “SNL…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Idina Menzel’s little sis had a rough life growing up in her shadow by Barbara Hoffman

Sometimes it’s hard to let it go. That’s what Idina Menzel’s younger sister learned while growing up in the shadow of the future “Frozen” star — the Anna to her Elsa. As Cara Men…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sweet ‘Downton’ mom turns ‘Mommie Dearest’ on stage by Barbara Hoffman

Elizabeth McGovern spent six years playing the ideal mother — the warm, wise and nurturing Lady Cora of “Downton Abbey.” Clearly, she was ready for a change, and now she’s found one.…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

She used her beauty pageant money to become an opera star by Barbara Hoffman

She’s sung her way through six beauty pageants. Now Angel Blue, 2005’s Miss Hollywood, is ready for prime time: She’ll make her Met Opera debut Monday in “La Bohème.” Visually…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

The best of NYC theater, dance and classical music this fall by Barbara Hoffman

Here’s everything to see and listen to on NYC’s stages this fall. Theater Even in a season when The Boss comes to town — “Springsteen on Broadway” (previews Oct. 3, Walter …

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

This former stray cheated death to become a Broadway star by Barbara Hoffman

Her Playbill bio is longer than that of some of her co-stars. Then again, she’s had a helluva life, having narrowly escaped death row. Now, after three years on the road with “Annie,” …

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Take a tour of NYC’s wackiest theater venues by Barbara Hoffman

“All the world’s a stage,” said Shakespeare. And he was right: His own work’s headed to four Hell’s Kitchen bars and a Brooklyn recycling center. Theaters are so 16th century. In t…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

6-foot-6 crooner Tommy Tune paints, too — but only tall things by Barbara Hoffman

It will take more than a solar eclipse to overshadow Tommy Tune, the 6-foot-6, 10-time Tony winner. Texas born and bred, his high-school graduation gift was a trip to New York: “I stayed a…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Here’s how to get tickets to ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ by Barbara Hoffman

How long will it take for over 43,000 seats to disappear? We’ll find out Aug. 30 — the first day tickets go on sale for Bruce Springsteen’s solo show on Broadway. The Boss starts previ…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

That time Maurice Sendak and Carole King wrote a musical by Barbara Hoffman

As it turns out, there really was a Rosie. Maurice Sendak found the spunky inspiration for “Really Rosie” — the musical he wrote with Carole King, in revival this week at City Center …

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This saucy senior is getting laid more than you by Barbara Hoffman

Bobby Goldman was 51 when she started dating again, on doctor’s orders: “My shrink said, ‘Go out and get laid!’” Easier said than done. It was 1999, and Goldman’s husband, writer…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

When Lili Taylor isn’t on stage she’s birding in Bryant Park by Barbara Hoffman

Maybe it’s her soft voice that gets Lili Taylor cast as a caregiver, even if those she looks after happen to be dead, as they were in 1999’s “The Haunting.” These days, the “Six Fe…

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