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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, 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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Friday, July 7, 2017

Broadway’s animal lovers remember Mary Tyler Moore by Barbara Hoffman

They were sitting in Mary Tyler Moore’s Manhattan apartment, discussing life and death issues, when they heard a crash. Bounding into the star’s elegant living room were a golden retriev…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

These actors with disabilities are wowing theater crowds by Barbara Hoffman

Gregg Mozgala was born with cerebral palsy; Katy Sullivan, without lower legs. Yet there they are, delivering knockout performances in off-Broadway’s “Cost of Living.” In the play, the…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Which Tony nominee is bringing ‘a hip flask full of cabernet’ to the awards? by Barbara Hoffman

The Tony Awards are less of a fashion show than a night of song and dance and, if we’re lucky, some heartfelt drama. Here’s how a few of this year’s nominees are gearing up for Sunday…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Michael Urie bikes around with Pres. McKinley in his backpack by Barbara Hoffman

In 1998, a Texas theater student named Michael Urie discovered New York on a class trip. “It was the dead of summer, it was hot and stinky and we saw 13 shows in 10 days,” the “Ugly Be…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Broadway musical uses living trees for touching 9/11 lesson by Barbara Hoffman

The tree was dead, chopped down with two dozen others for the set of Broadway’s “Come From Away.” But a few months ago, something odd happened: That tree began to sprout. From its bark…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

‘House of Cards’ and ‘Homeland’ actress hits the stage — as a man by Barbara Hoffman

Nothing says power like a woman in a pantsuit. Look where it’s gotten Elizabeth Marvel’s characters: Heather Dunbar nearly toppled Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” while Elizabet…

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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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