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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meet Broadway’s ‘Yiddish whisperer’ by Barbara Hoffman

You don’t have to be Jewish to love Yiddish. It’s the only language in the world that has as many words for “stupid” as Alaskans have for snow — a mitzvah in a city that doesn’t …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

How Kate Burton escaped the hysteria that trailed Liz and Dick by Barbara Hoffman

When your famous actor father falls in love with a movie star, maybe the best thing your mom can do is move away. It worked for Kate Burton. When the Italian paparazzi descended on Richard B…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Make Broadway’s hottest waffles for brunch this weekend by Barbara Hoffman

The Broadway play “Oslo” inspires many things: a deeper interest in the Mideast; admiration for two Norwegian peacemakers — and an uncontrollable craving for waffles. Palestinian and I…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The time Harvey Fierstein was nearly ‘beaten and steamed’ before a show by Barbara Hoffman

“I was sort of born in the East Village,” says Harvey Fierstein, who actually hails from Brooklyn but came of age at La MaMa and other East Village haunts in the ’70s. Now, after 30 ye…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Here’s your chance to see life-size puppet elephants by Barbara Hoffman

At last, an elephant act even PETA would applaud: Meet Queenie and her son, Karanga, the puppet pachyderms of “Circus 1903,” now playing the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Not since …

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Disabled actress is living her dream onstage with Sally Field by Barbara Hoffman

Sitting on the floor of her dressing room, the light glinting off her scooter, Madison Ferris finishes her pre-show, quinoa-and-kale supper and smiles. “This is the dream!” she says. In …

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Friday, March 31, 2017

This ‘Friends’ alum wears a Kristin Chenoweth hand-me-down by Barbara Hoffman

Jessica Hecht plays complicated women: Ross’ ex-wife’s second wife on “Friends”; Golde, the sharp-tongued matriarch of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and now, the devoted wife of Mark Ru…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Why Sonny and Cher were nixed from the ‘Groundhog Day’ Broadway musical by Barbara Hoffman

Any doubts Danny Rubin had about his dream project were vanquished by Stephen Sondheim, who said “Groundhog Day” would make a good musical. That was in 2003. By then, Rubin and Harold Ra…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Your favorite movies are now Broadway musicals by Barbara Hoffman

Loved the movie? See the show! Broadway hopes you’ll do just that this spring, when the curtains rise on “Groundhog Day,” “Anastasia,” “Amélie” and “Charlie and the Chocolat…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

This Tony-winner walks his pet lizard in Central Park by Barbara Hoffman

In 1974, Reed Birney dropped out of Boston University and came to New York at 19, to become an actor. “I was ambitious and I wanted to get going,” he tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. “I’ve bee…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Where ‘American Idol’ Justin Guarini likes to skate and get his hair done by Barbara Hoffman

He was born in Georgia and lives in Pennsylvania, but Justin Guarini’s spiritual home is Broadway. “I was probably 11 when I saw ‘Les Miz,’ ” the first “American Idol” runner…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal is sharing a bathroom on Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

No matter how big you are in Hollywood, you don’t get a trailer when you play Broadway. Heck, you’re lucky if you have your own bathroom. Ask Jake Gyllenhaal. He and his “Sunday in the…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Grappling with a 30-year-old murder, and a mentor’s dirty secret by Barbara Hoffman

Whether stealing the show from under Richard Burton’s nose or entertaining at home with his pet mountain lion, George Rose always seemed bigger than life. Perhaps the only thing more sensa…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

These are the ‘Bronx Tale’ creator’s favorite neighborhood spots by Barbara Hoffman

Chazz Palminteri is living proof that you can take the boy outta The Bronx, but you can’t take The Bronx outta the boy. His autobiographical play “A Bronx Tale” morphed into a movie an…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The kids of Broadway are hanging out with ‘Bob’ De Niro by Barbara Hoffman

Oh, to be young, on Broadway and getting notes from Robert De Niro. In other words, how nice to be Hudson Loverro, who plays the kid in “A Bronx Tale,” the hit musical directed by De Nir…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘Cats’ leads Broadway’s 2016 clunkers by Barbara Hoffman

This was the year “Hamilton” and “The Humans” got what they deserved — multiple Tonys, including those for, respectively, Best Musical and Best Play. So let’s put them aside for …

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

How the Rockettes celebrate Christmas in between shows by Barbara Hoffman

Yes, Virginia, there are people who work Christmas Day without kicking up a fuss. Like the Rockettes — who kick, period. Since Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular” began i…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Meet Josh Groban’s hot co-stars in ‘Comet of 1812’ by Barbara Hoffman

She’s a slut, he’s a cad — and you can’t take your eyes off them. They’re Hélène and Anatole, the hot couple of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” Those who…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How these Rockette sisters stay in high-kicking shape by Barbara Hoffman

Three hundred kicks per show, four shows a day, six days a week. You don’t need a calculator to imagine the toll that might take on anyone, even someone as athletic as a Rockette. But that…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Michael Urie wants an ‘Ugly Betty’ reunion by Barbara Hoffman

It started as a sketch. But Michael Urie believed Drew Droege’s riff on gay weddings was more than stand-up shtick. “I thought, ‘This is a full play with an idea, and it’s hilarious!…

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‘Seinfeld’ star John O’Hurley is friends with the real J. Peterman by Barbara Hoffman

Decades before he made J. Peterman an urban-sombrero legend on “Seinfeld,” John O’Hurley starred in “The Fantasticks.” The year was 1974, and O’Hurley, a junior at Rhode Island…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Where John Leguizamo likes to box and binge on ramen by Barbara Hoffman

Most of us know him as an actor, stand-up comedian and playwright, but off-Broadway’s new “Othello: The Remix” boasts the talents of John Leguizamo, producer. Born in Colombia, raised …

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

See what these ‘Hamilton’ actresses look like out of hoop skirts by Barbara Hoffman

They were the It girls of their day: fabulous, famous, well-educated and wealthy. No wonder the Schuyler sisters turn heads in “Hamilton” — they’re as revolutionary as their male cou…

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Meet New York’s 4 ‘Nutcracker’ princesses by Barbara Hoffman

She’s sometimes called Clara, other times Marie. But by any name, she’s still the sweetheart of that great holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” No matter what form it’s taken over…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The reindeer whisperer’s secrets to getting Rudolph to fly right by Barbara Hoffman

Call him “the reindeer whisperer.” That pretty much sums up Jimmy Smagula’s work on the Theater at Madison Square Garden’s “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Based on the 1964 an…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Where you can see old ‘Lion King’ masks and a pre- ‘Hamilton’ Miranda by Barbara Hoffman

In the heart of Lincoln Center, “A Chorus Line” is still kicking, its sequined top hats just a stone’s throw from Rafiki, “The Lion King” sage, and clips of a pre-“Hamilton” Li…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

‘Pippin’ star Ben Vereen, a ‘grits-and-oatmeal guy,’ hits NYC by Barbara Hoffman

He was born in Miami, raised in Brooklyn and says he currently lives “in a suitcase” — but Ben Vereen seems most at home on Broadway. The Tony-winning star of “Pippin” is back in t…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

‘Front Page’ star Robert Morse still misses ‘Mad Men’ by Barbara Hoffman

“That’s me,” says Robert Morse, smiling at his caricature in Sardi’s. “It’s like I’m looking in a mirror!” Well, not quite. Sketched some 55 years ago, when “How To…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For David Hyde Pierce, finding an Alzheimer’s cure is personal by Barbara Hoffman

In off-Broadway’s “A Life,” David Hyde Pierce’s 54-year-old character realizes he’s forgotten what he was talking about. That’s no big deal, says Pierce, 57: “It’s the kind o…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

American actors should give up ridiculous British accents by Barbara Hoffman

Kurt Vonnegut once wrote about a dystopian world that mandated mediocrity, so that beautiful people had to mask themselves, while brilliant ones donned headsets to scatter their thoughts. I …

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Friday, October 28, 2016

How one musical changed my life — and gave me a child by Barbara Hoffman

Some musicals leave you wanting to sing and dance. One musical helped me leave my husband. And yes, that was a good thing. The show was “March of the Falsettos,” William Finn’s 1981, s…

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