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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Broadway lights will dim for ‘Odd Couple’ Pigeon sister by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday night for Carole Shelley, the Tony-winning actress who — despite playing dozens of roles in her storied career — will probably be remembered best a…

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Al Roker headed back to Broadway with singing role in ‘Waitress’ by Barbara Hoffman

The forecast for Broadway this fall: Al Roker with a sprinkling of pie. The venerable “Today” weatherman is the latest to join the cast of Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress.” From Oct. 5 t…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ star dishes about having ‘sex’ on stage by Barbara Hoffman

It’s not every woman who could pull on Julia Roberts’ thigh-high, vinyl boots night after night (and some afternoons), but Samantha Barks is doing just that in Broadway’s “Pretty…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

How ‘Carousel’ star Renée Fleming relaxes between shows by Barbara Hoffman

Opera great Renée Fleming has four Grammys and the distinction of inspiring a dessert: a chocolate confection Daniel Boulud dubbed La Diva Renée. These days, the 59-year-old soprano’s be…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Actors recall living in fear of Jerome Robbins -- yet dying to work with him by Barbara Hoffman

It’s a legend that even now, 20 years after Jerome Robbins’ death, threatens to define him: While berating his actors, he stepped farther and farther back on stage until he toppled into …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why Daveed Diggs is never going back to ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Hard to believe that it’s been two years since Daveed Diggs pulled off his “Hamilton” boots and headed for Hollywood. Now, several commercials, albums, voice-overs and TV series later …

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The cast of the new ‘Fiddler’ had to learn Yiddish from scratch by Barbara Hoffman

Imagine doing a big, beloved Broadway musical … in Yiddish. Sounds crazy, no? Not when that show is “Fiddler on the Roof.” Since its 1964 debut, the story of Tevye and his daughter…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Nanny’ star: Marilyn Monroe gave me the craziest diet tip by Barbara Hoffman

For as long as she can remember, Renée Taylor has been on a diet. We’re talking seven decades, because Taylor — who among other things played Fran Drescher’s mom on “The Nanny” …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

This actor’s butt is the star of his off-Broadway show by Barbara Hoffman

Off-Broadway’s long been the place to discover fresh faces. Now and then, along comes something cheekier: a dashing derrière. That last belongs to Trey, the young hottie of the Roundabout…

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This elaborate costume was made out of a trash can by Barbara Hoffman

Since 1972, when Mummenschanz began, the troupe’s been making masks and costumes from just about anything: plastic, toilet paper, foam rubber, Slinkys … pastry dough! That last figur…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meet the guy who makes Nathan Lane look so dapper by Barbara Hoffman

At the Tony Awards this month, when Nathan Lane collected his third statuette, he gave an emotional shoutout to Andrew Garfield, his “Angels in America” co-star, to Devlin Elliott, his h…

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Glenda Jackson’s playing a man on Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

If you missed her as a woman, you can catch her as a man: Glenda Jackson, hot off a Tony Award for “Three Tall Women,” will return to Broadway next spring as the title character of a gen…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Bagels were the inspiration for a ‘Frozen’ song by Barbara Hoffman

They met in 1999 at a musical-theater workshop and haven’t let go of each other since. Now the Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are up for …

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‘Band’s Visit’ star traveled to Israel to study her role by Barbara Hoffman

She played a bouncy Czech in “Once: The Musical” and a Polish lesbian in “Indecent.” Now Katrina Lenk is up for a Tony as a world-weary Israeli in “The Band’s Visit.” And to th…

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How Broadway superfans see their favorites dozens of times by Barbara Hoffman

How much does Vivian Carlson love “Come From Away”? Let’s just say she’s seen it more than 25 times. The office manager/photographer, who goes by the name Viv Jean, buys $25 to $50 r…

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Gina Gershon is ready to play a sexy grandma by Barbara Hoffman

“There are some days I feel 102 years old, and other days, like I’m 14,” says Gina Gershon, who falls somewhere in between. “I just think we’d be a much happier society if there we…

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NYC ballet dancer shares his favorite city rooftop by Barbara Hoffman

“Dancers do eat!” says Justin Peck, and he should know: He’s been dancing with the New York City Ballet since 2006. He started with tap lessons at 9 before switching to ballet and …

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‘Harry Potter’ star was once kicked out of school by Barbara Hoffman

Most theatergoers come for Harry, Hermione and Ron, only to end up cheering for … Scorpius Malfoy? That’s what happens at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Set 19 years after …

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Diana Rigg had to deal with awful male fans early in her career by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind the theater awards, honorary degrees, motherhood and even Dame-hood: Diana Rigg claims her “greatest achievement” so far was landing a 24½-pound salmon. True, that was a few …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Where club kid Susanne Bartsch gets her wigs by Barbara Hoffman

“I came to New York in 1981 on Valentine’s Day for a love affair — and I fell in love with New York!” says Susanne Bartsch, the Swiss-born fashion icon and party hostess often hailed…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

This ‘Amadeus’ star was a pledge in ‘Animal House’ by Barbara Hoffman

It was nominated for 53 awards and won 40, including eight Oscars, one for Best Picture. So it’s high time “Amadeus” — the 1984 (fictionalized) bio of Mozart and the man who may have…

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T.S. Eliot devotee Jeremy Irons doesn’t hate ‘Cats’ by Barbara Hoffman

Those smoldering eyes, haunting voice and chameleonlike ability to change from hero to villain and back again have kept Jeremy Irons working steadily since 1969. Now, an Academy Award, a Ton…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

81-year-old Glenda Jackson has 2 Oscars and no patience for BS by Barbara Hoffman

Moviegoers of a certain age may remember the ’70s as the Glenda Jackson era when it seemed she starred in every British film that came out. Among the most memorable: “The Music Lovers,…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Bernadette Peters’ posh pooch loves Sephora and Barneys by Barbara Hoffman

In case you lost count, those were 15 pushups Bernadette Peters pumped out the other week on “The View.” And she did them in heels! Exercise is just one way the 70-year-old trouper prepa…

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The crazy ways Disney kills off parents by Barbara Hoffman

If Disney’s taught us anything, it’s that parents die — and often in the most undelightful ways. Hunters, stampedes, shipwrecks and barricudas have orphaned many a beauty and quite a f…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Finally, a well-adjusted Disney child star by Barbara Hoffman

Long before Lindsay Lohan burst onto the screen, Disney’s biggest child star had moviegoers seeing double. The film was 1961’s “The Parent Trap,” in which 15-year-old Hayley Mills pl…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Margaritaville’ musical is a paradise for parrot heads — and no one else by Barbara Hoffman

Cheaper than a week at Club Med and just as mentally stimulating, “Escape to Margaritaville” opened Thursday on Broadway to a sea of Jimmy Buffett fans and a few souls who never guessed …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bow down to the ‘Frozen’ stars ruling Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

The leads of Broadway’s “Frozen” would prefer not to use the “P” word. “ ‘Princess’ is such a weighted word,” says Patti Murin. “People automatically think ‘pretty,’ …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why Rhea Perlman won’t divorce Danny DeVito by Barbara Hoffman

It’s so hard not to call her Carla. But Rhea Perlman doesn’t mind. “Why should I?” she says. “Why would I want to shake that amazing lady I played for 11 years?” Well, “Che…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

My grandmother was flashed by Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Hoffman

“Marilyn Monroe used to come in at lunchtime and get a Beefeater martini,” says Michael Colby, striding past the bar in the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street. And it was just down the …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Veep’ co-star: Louis-Dreyfus ‘getting stronger every day’ in cancer battle by Barbara Hoffman

When you’re doing Shakespeare, Anna Chlumsky says, you talk in iambic pentameter even when you’re offstage. If you’re on HBO’s “Veep” — one of the most profane shows on TV — …

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