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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Playwright Terrence McNally dead of coronavirus complications at 81 by Barbara Hoffman

Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright whose love of opera and compassion for human frailties wove their way into many of his works, died March 24 from complications of the coronavirus in a…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

How to get your Broadway fix with theaters closed by Barbara Hoffman

You don’t have to wait until Broadway reopens to get a taste of what’s playing. Beyond the obvious — the movies of “Moulin Rouge!,” “Mean Girls,” “West Side Story” — here…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What it’s like playing Cary Grant, on acid by Barbara Hoffman

Talk about pressure! Tony Yazbeck’s feeling it. It’s not easy playing Cary Grant, the man he calls “the greatest movie star of all time.” Especially when Grant’s tap-dancing while …

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Actress dishes on playing poo emoji character onstage in ‘Emojiland’ by Barbara Hoffman

Within our smartphones is a world of smiley faces, flowers, royals . . . and a pile of poo. And now many of them have come alive, in the off-Broadway musical “Emojiland.” Several key pla…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

David Alan Grier: From ‘In Living Color’ to sergeant from hell by Barbara Hoffman

Before he goes onstage, he listens to Count Basie and the blues; afterward, he decompresses by cooking.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘Jagged Little Pill’ star visited Narcotics Anonymous for research by Barbara Hoffman

Mary Jane is a suburban tiger mom, addicted both to opioids and to keeping up appearances. That we end up caring so deeply about her, Alanis Morissette says, is a tribute to Elizabeth Stanle…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Stephen Sondheim, 89, ‘temporarily incapacitated’ after fall by Barbara Hoffman

The legendary "West Side Story" songwriter suffered a fall that left him unable to attend the opening of his namesake theater in London.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Uncle and niece share the Broadway stage in ‘Come From Away’ by Barbara Hoffman

“It’s so crazy!” says Emily Walton of co-starring with her uncle Jim.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Best theater of 2019: ‘Tina,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ stars shine by Barbara Hoffman

Adrienne Warren and Steven Skybell deserve Broadway's splotlight.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Meet the pygmy goat taking off-Broadway by storm by Barbara Hoffman

Could she be the greatest actor of all time?

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Where ‘A Christmas Carol’ star LaChanze gets funky clothes by Barbara Hoffman

On Broadway, she’s playing the Ghost of Christmas Present, but LaChanze, a Florida native, remembers a snowy Christmas past, her family’s first in New England: “Me and my brothers and …

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Friday, December 6, 2019

These off-kilter holiday shows aren’t your average Christmas spectacles by Barbara Hoffman

Tired of the same old carols, nutcrackers and Grinches? If so, these off-kilter Christmas shows may be just the ticket. “A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show” Imagine a Christmas spectacular go…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell on the best spot to meditate in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

He’s been the leading man in so many Broadway shows, it’s hard to believe there’s anything left on his bucket list. And yet, Brian Stokes Mitchell says, there is: “Sweeney Todd.” M…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ephraim Sykes cast as ‘MJ’ in Broadway’s Michael Jackson musical by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway found its Gloved One — and he’s coming fresh from the Temptations. Ephraim Sykes, currently kicking up his heels in Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud — the Life and Times of T…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Don’t ask Harvey Fierstein about Bella Abzug’s ‘f–king hats!’ by Barbara Hoffman

The stage lights go up and there, standing against a shower door holding a big red hat, is … Bella Abzug? Actually, it’s Harvey Fierstein, the writer and also the star — Patti LuPone a…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

6 ‘Beautiful’ actors dish about meeting, playing Carole King by Barbara Hoffman

For nearly six years, Carole King has watched her life — the early years, anyway — flash before her eyes at “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which ends its Broadway run Sunday. …

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Monday, October 21, 2019

How ‘Great Society’ star Richard Thomas gets Zen on weekends by Barbara Hoffman

Those who remember him as TV’s John-Boy Walton are often shocked to find that Richard Thomas is a lifelong Manhattanite. “It confuses people all the time,” says Thomas, 68, who spent m…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ puppeteers bring Audrey II to life by Barbara Hoffman

As a wise frog observed, it’s not easy being green. But, boy, Kermit — it’s sure fun to play a man-eating plant. So say the puppeteers behind Audrey II, the star — with Jonathan Grof…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ adds new cast members by Barbara Hoffman

What do the Man in Black of “Westworld,” a former Evan Hansen and a recurring “Fargo” figure have in common? Starting Nov. 5, they’ll all be in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbir…

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Where’s the beef? ‘Scotland, Pa.’ serves up real food onstage by Barbara Hoffman

Want some fries with that murder? The fragrance of fast food is all over “Scotland, Pa.,” the Roundabout Theatre Company’s riff on “Macbeth.” Like the quirky, 2001 film of the same…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Meet Zawe Ashton, Tom Hiddleston’s sexy ‘Betrayal’ co-star by Barbara Hoffman

Midway through Broadway’s “Betrayal,” Zawe Ashton has her eye on Tom Hiddleston’s melon. The “Avengers” star plays Robert, a man who’s just discovered that his best friend, Jer…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Where to get ‘Hadestown’ star André De Shields’ fab threads by Barbara Hoffman

André De Shields, the Tony-winning star of “Hadestown,” is no stranger to hell: He’s been living in Hell’s Kitchen since 1983. Back then, the 73-year-old says, it was a frightening …

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I created 38 crazy, fake dating profiles — and guys loved them by Barbara Hoffman

It started seven years ago, with a favor: One of Robyn Lynne Norris’ friends had signed up with OkCupid and asked her to review her online dating profile. Back then, Norris, a 20-something…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal: Audiences for ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ bring me to tears by Barbara Hoffman

Before Jake Gyllenhaal appears in “Sea Wall/A Life” — even before the house lights dim — co-star Tom Sturridge is onstage for a pre-show that consists mainly of him drinking beer. Th…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hal Prince, famed ‘Phantom of the Opera’ director, dead at 91 by Barbara Hoffman

Dim all the marquee lights on Broadway — Harold Prince, the producer and director behind many of the American theater’s greatest musicals, died Wednesday at 91, after a brief illness. In…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘OITNB’ star Annie Golden is Broadway’s punk-rock secret weapon by Barbara Hoffman

Annie Golden plays a mute on “Orange Is the New Black,” but over a recent lunch, the show’s Norma Romano is a regular chatterbox. How, after a breathless talking tour through her child…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Anne Hathaway’s mom kept her from becoming a ‘little monster’ by Barbara Hoffman

When she accepted the Golden Globe for “Les Misérables,” Anne Hathaway thanked her mother. The star was 8 when she saw Kate McCauley Hathaway play Fantine in the musical’s national to…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Waitress’ to end four-year Broadway run by Barbara Hoffman

There go the pies. The Sara Bareilles musical “Waitress” will end its Broadway run on Jan. 5, the Hollywood Reporter announced, after nearly four years and countless turns by many guest …

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ gets a wild, animated makeover by Barbara Hoffman

Having been “bored s - - tless” the first time he saw “The Magic Flute,” Barrie Kosky hoped never to suffer through it again. Granted, he was only 11 at the time but, thanks to…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

How gumballs, Luke Wilson and a phone ad morphed into a quirky play by Barbara Hoffman

Rare is the play whose title tells you exactly what to expect. “The Ferryman”? There’s not even a ferry. “To Kill a Mockingbird”? No bird. But “Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

How Pavarotti helped this Chinese opera singer find his groove by Barbara Hoffman

Hao Jiang Tian saw his first opera in 1983. It was the day he arrived from China with four words of English (hello, OK, bye, yes) and $35 in his pocket. An aspiring singer, he spent $8 of it…

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