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Friday, December 14, 2018

Rachel Dratch’s son is a weekend waffle warrior by Barbara Hoffman

For nearly a decade, Rachel Dratch has read aloud from the musings of Madonna, Ethel Merman and Burt Reynolds’ secretary. Lately, the “SNL” alum and others have shared all that and mor…

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This wacky musical was inspired by Mario Kart and Neil Diamond by Barbara Hoffman

One of this season’s funniest musicals got its start from . . . Mario Kart. So say David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, the writers and stars of off-Broadway’s “The Other Josh Cohen.” …

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Check out bold twists on the Grinch, ‘Nutcracker’ and more by Barbara Hoffman

Christmas in the city: Rockefeller Center’s tree, Radio City’s Rockettes, New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” But let’s say you’ve already been there, seen that: Are you actin…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Alvin Ailey guru likes his weekend mornings hot, steamy by Barbara Hoffman

“When I first came here, the city was wonderful and scary at the same time,” recalls Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Florida native was 17…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘The Dead’ star Melissa Gilbert on the ‘essentials’ of living in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

She’s gone from a “Little House on the Prairie” to a pied-à-terre in the city, and Melissa Gilbert couldn’t be happier. “Everything’s here — grocery shopping, the park, amazin…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Meet Broadway’s biggest leading man: King Kong by Barbara Hoffman

He can’t dance, can’t sing or even talk, yet he’s the biggest musical star of the season. Meet King Kong, the 2,000-pound gorilla of Broadway. The Great White Way has never seen anythi…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Stage star Angelica Page gets smacked with leaves at Turkish baths by Barbara Hoffman

“I grew up with my legendary parents in the Chelsea brownstone that had ‘Torn Page’ as the nameplate on our buzzer,” says Angelica Page. These days, the 54-year-old actress daughter …

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The secret behind Mandy Patinkin’s stylish beard game by Barbara Hoffman

Before he became Saul on TV’s “Homeland” — even before his Inigo Montoya pledged vengeance in “The Princess Bride” — Mandy Patinkin was a creature of the theater. With a tenor …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

That time Audra McDonald went into labor at brunch by Barbara Hoffman

Audra McDonald didn’t get to Carnegie Hall until she was at Juilliard, when she saw Ella Fitzgerald sing there. “A friend of mine calls it an upside-down wedding cake,” she recalls of …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Broadway star Janet McTeer to #MeToo offenders: ‘I’d punch you!’ by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind that Sarah Bernhardt — the towering actress of her day — was scarcely more than 5 feet tall. Janet McTeer stands nearly 6-feet-1, but that hasn’t stopped her from playing Be…

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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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