Thursday, July 19, 2018

Inside ‘Chicago’ actor’s final rehearsal before suicide by Michael Riedel

How bad was the rehearsal that some say caused Jeff Loeffelholz, the longtime standby at “Chicago,” to kill himself? The actor’s handwritten notes, which friends spearheading a “Just…

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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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Go-Go’s musical has some of the wackiest dancing on Broadway by Raquel Laneri

It was the late 1990s, and Spencer Liff was living a double life. By day, he practiced his jetés and soft-shoe at the American Ballet Theatre and the Steps on Broadway dance studio. By nigh…

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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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Backstage drama won’t stop Armie Hammer’s Broadway debut by Michael Riedel

What in the world is going on with Broadway’s “Straight White Men?” Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy, opening this month at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, lost two of its leading men in…

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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

Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off by Michael Riedel

Lauren Ambrose, the Tony-nominated star of Lincoln Center Theater’s hit revival of “My Fair Lady,” finds the role of Eliza Doolittle too taxing to perform eight times a week. So she’…

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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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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This DC musical was a must-see for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rudy Giuliani by Michael Riedel

Most of the top titles from Broadway’s Golden Age were revived over the past decade or so, with one exception: “Camelot.” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 musical about Kin…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Why ‘Angels in America’ star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett chased RuPaul down the street by Merle Ginsberg

London-born actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, 32, has wanted to play Belize in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America” (a 7½-hour opus, about the AIDS crisis in 198…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Will Tina Turner join Donna Summer and Cher on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

The era of the jukebox musical, epitomized by the sensational “Jersey Boys,” is winding down. Now it’s time to bow down to the diva musical. Critics threw rocks at “Summer: The Donna…

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Why theatergoers are giving ‘Frozen’ the cold shoulder by Johnny Oleksinski

Want room to spread out? Head to the St. James Theatre on Broadway, where empty seats abound at the musical “Frozen.” But isn’t Disney’s story of ice queen Elsa and sister Anna suppo…

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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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‘Pinky and the Brain’ are taking over New York City by Rebecca Santiago

It’s a tale as old as time: An “average-looking kid” from Michigan dreams of being a rock ’n’ roll god, maybe a movie star. He tries his luck in LA, finds that there are “a zilli…

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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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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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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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‘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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The best and worst moments of the Tony Awards by Johnny Oleksinski

The Tony Awards are not always as good as the Broadway season they’re celebrating — sometimes they’re much better! Take Sunday night’s ceremony honoring the best of New Y…

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‘The Band’s Visit’ bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

Broadway thumbed its nose at Tina Fey and touristy musicals Sunday night by showering “The Band’s Visit,” a lovely, human show, with 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its sweep o…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Here’s when Bruce Springsteen will perform during the Tonys by Michael Riedel

Here’s the gossip coming out of Radio City Music Hall about Sunday night’s Tony telecast on CBS: If you want to see the Boss but can’t afford those thousand-dollar seats for “Spr…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The unsexy way Tina Fey seduced her husband by Michael Riedel

It took them 20 years to get here, but Jeff Richmond and his wife, Tina Fey, are finally where they’ve always wanted to be: Broadway. “We’re theater people who got detoured,” says Ri…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

David Mamet is making a play about Harvey Weinstein by Michael Riedel

David Mamet hasn’t written a hit play in years, but the one he’s just finished has the potential to be a blockbuster. It’s about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who’s exp…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Even Tina Fey isn’t above groveling for Tony votes by Michael Riedel

Theater owners and producers from around the country came to town this week for their annual convention — and the big get is a selfie with Tina Fey. The “Mean Girls” creator has been h…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

How Stephen Fry helped jazz up a dated Broadway musical by Michael Riedel

The comedy in “musical comedy” started to go missing in the 1980s as shows about felines seeking redemption (“Cats”) and students manning the barricades (“Les Misérables”) steam…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

William Friedkin dishes on the original ‘Boys in the Band’ by Michael Riedel

An all-star cast began previews this week in “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s 1968 play about a group of gay men who throw a party — and plenty of bitchy zingers. So it seemed …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ is the one to beat at this year’s Tonys by Michael Riedel

The Tony Award nominators are like Regina in “Mean Girls.” And while they don’t all wear pink, their power is absolute — which is why they’ve got the theater world on edge until Tu…

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