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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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Friday, October 21, 2016

‘House of Cards’ actor Corey Stoll bares all onstage in ‘Plenty’ by Barbara Hoffman

He played Hemingway in “Midnight in Paris,” a doomed congressman in “House of Cards,” and a gay heartbreaker in “Girls.” And while he’s got one more season to fight zombies on …

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s Gil and George are banned from these NYC hot spots by Barbara Hoffman

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney lead double lives: Their 70-something alta-kocker alter egos — Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, respectively — say they met during the Columbia University …

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Friday, September 30, 2016

This Broadway show will make you feel like you’re in the Amazon by Barbara Hoffman

Put on your headset — Simon McBurney wants to take you into the Amazon. His one-man show, “The Encounter,” which opened Thursday night, is the most immersive show Broadway’s ever hea…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

The next best thing to seeing ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Dan Rosales was waiting tables at Isabella’s three years ago when a man and a pregnant woman sat down in his section. It didn’t take long for the Boston Conservatory grad to recognize th…

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Finally, proof that cats love dogs by Barbara Hoffman

Some cats love dogs — at least, many actors in Broadway’s “Cats” do. After shows they leave their feline personas in the Neil Simon Theatre dressing room and cuddle at home with thei…

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Controversial all-naked Shakespeare is back by Barbara Hoffman

Never has a “Tempest” touched off such a tempest. The all-female, bare-bodied Bard production that played Central Park in May was both warmly reviewed (“Liberating,” trilled the Huff…

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Josh Groban, Diane Lane and more on Broadway this fall by Barbara Hoffman

Psyched for fall? Josh Groban and Robert Morse are. At 35 and 85, respectively, they can’t wait to get to Broadway. “I’m working harder than I ever have in my life and I’m loving eve…

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This new ‘Hamilton’ star turned down his role three times by Barbara Hoffman

“Hamilton” has a new Mr. Burr, sir! Brandon Victor Dixon stepped into Leslie Odom Jr.’s boots this week, but he’s no Broadway newbie: The 34-year-old Maryland native helped creat…

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

This 81-year-old got fired from Disney — and refuses to stop working by Barbara Hoffman

He worked on “Sleeping Beauty,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book.” But while those Disney films are ageless, their animators are not — which is why Floyd Norman found himsel…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

The ghost of Christopher Walken haunts the NY Fringe Fest by Barbara Hoffman

The 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival rolls into town Friday, and for the next two weeks, you and sundry hungry off-Broadway producers are invited to look for the next “Ur…

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