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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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Audra McDonald on stage nudity, sex: ‘It scared me to death!’ by Barbara Hoffman

Given her six Tony Awards, two Grammys, an Emmy and a National Medal of Arts, Audra McDonald has nothing left to prove. Yet there she is in “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” h…

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Helen Hunt on ‘Mad About You’ reboot: ‘I think it’s on’ by Barbara Hoffman

Long before “Mad About You,” Helen Hunt was mad about a musical. She was 8 years old when her father, the late director and acting coach Gordon Hunt, took her to “Godspell” off-Broad…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Debra Messing is returning to Broadway to light ‘Birthday Candles’ by Barbara Hoffman

Theatergoers can watch Debra Messing age before their eyes next spring. In Noah Haidle’s new play, “Birthday Candles,” the star of “Will & Grace” — both past and rebooted —…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Ed Harris is replacing Jeff Daniels in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway’s next Atticus Finch has blue eyes. Ed Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee and star of TV’s “Westworld,” will take over from Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingb…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The kooky way ‘Beetlejuice’ star Sophia Anne Caruso got to Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

She got expelled from school after punching another kid — and wound up moving to New York.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Lion King’ still feels the love on Broadway 9,000 shows later by Barbara Hoffman

Disney’s new “Lion King” won’t roar into movie theaters until July 19 — but the Broadway musical’s still feeling the love: Wednesday it plays its 9,000th performance at the Minsk…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ star Derrick Baskin made up résumé to get auditions by Barbara Hoffman

Fake it till you make it. And Derrick Baskin ain’t too proud to admit he did just that: submitting a résumé of nonexistent theater credits two decades before landing the lead in “Ain…

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‘Tootsie’ star Santino Fontana’s style muse was Bernadette Peters by Barbara Hoffman

Santino Fontana is no stranger to competition. He’s been up for plenty of awards, including a Tony this year for his starring role in “Tootsie.” But he didn’t expect his wife, actres…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ian Fleming’s niece dishes on his nutty spy days and creating James Bond by Barbara Hoffman

The name is Fleming. Lucy Fleming — and as Ian Fleming’s niece, she’s had a front-row view of the creation and continuation of Bond, James Bond, the most fantastic fictitious spy ever.…

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‘Burn This’ actor Brandon Uranowitz: ‘I am not a porn star!’ by Barbara Hoffman

When you want to be an actor and your last name’s Uranowitz, well — you might want to change it. Brandon Uranowitz’s father thought so. Just before he left for college, his dad suggest…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Broadway’s bloody ‘Gary’ is par for the corpse for this designer by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind where the bodies are buried: Let’s talk about the mountain of corpses onstage these days at the Booth Theatre. As soon as that blood-red curtain parts and theatergoers get a gan…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Dance legend Mark Morris’ perfect weekend: Pot and Mariska Hargitay by Barbara Hoffman

“I wanted a real life as a dancer, so of course I came to New York,” says Mark Morris, who at 19 left Seattle for this city in 1976, and — except for the six months a year he’s on to…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Waiting, starving, praying: How I survived 91-day Rwandan genocide by Barbara Hoffman

Soon after the killing started, Immaculée Ilibagiza’s parents and brothers begged her to save herself. The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda had begun, and a friend of her father…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘Miracle in Rwanda’ gives voice to survivors of 1994 genocide by Barbara Hoffman

Soon after the killing started, Immaculée Ilibagiza’s parents and brothers begged her to save herself. The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda had begun, and a friend of her father…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Hadestown’ star Patrick Page has a newfound passion: mani-pedis by Barbara Hoffman

He was the green meanie of Broadway’s “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and the Green Goblin of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Now Patrick Page has gone to hell — …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Corbin Bleu is dancing on the ceiling for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Barbara Hoffman

“I don’t dance!” Corbin Bleu sang in “High School Musical 2,” even as he hoofed it up. A dozen years later, Bleu’s still dancing — this time in Broadway’s “Kiss Me, Kate,…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Legally Blonde’ dog, Chico, dies at 14 by Barbara Hoffman

Chico the Chihuahua, the perky, 7-pound star of Broadway’s 2007 “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” said his final bowwow on Monday. As Bruiser, Chico spent more than a decade in touring…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

This play has the most delicious props off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

At last: a play that lets the actors have their cake and eat it, too. Off-Broadway’s “The Cake” is set in a North Carolina pastry shop where the baker balks at baking for a lesbian wed…

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How Rosemary Harris went from Spider-Man’s aunt to ‘My Fair Lady’ by Barbara Hoffman

Rosemary Harris played Peter Parker’s Aunt May and now she’s Henry Higgins’ mother — eight times a week — in Broadway’s “My Fair Lady.” Harris is 91. Even she can’t believe…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Injured Andrea Martin drops out of Broadway’s ‘Gary’ by Barbara Hoffman

Andrea Martin, who safely flew through the air in Broadway’s “Pippin” revival six years ago, broke four ribs rehearsing her new Broadway show. That said, Nathan Lane will have a new co…

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