Jackie Hoffman
Jackie Hoffman
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29 November 1960
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New York, New York
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Jacqueline Laura Hoffman
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On the Culture Front: Jerry Seinfeld, <i>Fiddler On the Roof</i> and More
Huffington Post - 11 months
Jerry Seinfeld took the stage last night at the Beacon Theatre for the first time in a long time. The excitement coursing through the audience was palpable. I found myself giddy with anticipation and when he appeared onstage after a theatrical post-opener blackout, it was hard to believe that he was there in the flesh - knowing him from my well-worn copy of the Seinfeld DVD set and his more recent webisode series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He alluded to the familiarity that we felt with him with a gracious "we know each other" and then thanked us for coming out. This turned out to not just be a social convention but the beginning of one of the strongest bits of the night on the hassles and undue preparations of "going out." Whether he was talking about the dilemma of whether to get dinner before the show or after the show or simply in deciding what restaurant to go to, an existential current pulsed below as it does in all of his best material. What are we doing here? How are w ...
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Theater: <i>Once Upon</i> a Fairy Tale; <i>Color Purple</i> Glows
Huffington Post - 12 months
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS ** 1/2 out of **** ABRON ARTS CENTER THE COLOR PURPLE ** 1/2 out of **** BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE Both of these musicals have a lot in common. Both are pretty weak, with Purple especially weak in the score and Mattress weak in the book. But both are elevated by outstanding casts. We'll probably never see a better production of The Color Purple; this one is so good it almost tricks you into thinking the show itself is worthwhile. Mattress can be harmless fun with the right pros on board and the right attitude -- Transport Group's production happily has both. First, the little show that could. Once Upon A Mattress was a memorable success for composer Mary Rodgers. It takes the old fairy tale of "The Princess And The Pea" and expands that into pleasing entertainment. The show is so old school you might believe it's winkingly retro rather than just traditional down to its toes. Genially overstuffed, it has a solo showcase for a hoofer (a fleet, fit Cor ...
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First Nighter: Hoffman, Epperson Make Merry in 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Huffington Post - 12 months
Bah humbug! to anyone who goes to the Transport Group Theatre Company's Once Upon a Mattress, at the Abrons Arts Center, and doesn't have a thoroughly entertaining time. Only Ebenezer Scrooge would leave dissatisfied. Most of us know the leading role of Princess Winifred was initially performed by Carol Burnett, who seemed born to play it and thereby became a star. But she hasn't been the only one who fits it glove-like. Right now, we have Jackie Hoffman, who with a belt as strong as the north wind, is making the princess of the swamps her own. Fairy tales are forever, and fractured fairy tales are, too--as is this one with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer. Here, a minstrel (Hunter Ryan Herdlicka) explains that, as it's usually recounted, the tale of the princess, the pea and disturbed sleep isn't quite accurate. According to him, the princess--that would be Winifred (Fred for short)--was beauty-challenged. Neither ...
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Review: In ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ Jackie Hoffman as Paradoxical Charmer
NYTimes - 12 months
Ms. Hoffman, in the role Carol Burnett originated in 1959, is a vocal slapstick artist of both speech and song, shifting registers and styles with madcap virtuosity.
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Jackie Hoffman Kvetches Her Way to Royalty in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’
NYTimes - about 1 year
The actress, known for her tart comebacks and acerbic perspective, steps into her first lead role, as Princess Winnifred in a revival of “Once Upon a Mattress.”
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Buzz: Jack Hoffman doing great
Fox News - about 3 years
The young, canecer-stricken fan stole our hearts when he...
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Nebraska Cornhuskers fan gets amazing Jack Hoffman tattoo
USA Today - over 3 years
Jack's special moment.
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Regina Weinreich: Tom Hanks Tears Up at the Theatre World Awards
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Courtney P. Vance couldn't get over it. He was presenting a Theatre World Award to Tom Hanks, not only a two-time Oscar winner and beloved star of many movies, making an award-worthy debut on Broadway in Lucky Guy. Every night, he said, West 44 Street looks like Mardi Gras; people from other shows wanting to catch a glimpse of this star. The annual award, now in its 69th year, is meant for first timers on Broadway, or a very special standout performance, and Hanks graciously accepted, emphasizing that he is a "lucky guy," speaking the late Nora Ephron's words 8 times a week. She came to New York knowing she wanted to write for newspapers, but what she really wanted was to write for theater. This award is second best to her being here, he said, his voice cracking. This impassioned speech was one of many in Monday night's ceremony at The Music Box Theater, the current home of Pippin. As an opener, Ben Vereen reprised his song, "There is magic to do, just for you," bringing d ...
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Obama meets Jack Hoffman, young cancer patient who won hearts in Nebraska football game
CBS News - over 3 years
President meets Jack Hoffman, 7-year-old cancer patient who became Internet sensation for his TD run in Nebraska football game
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This is the most priceless football card of 2013
USA Today - over 3 years
Jack Hoffman is a star.          
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Children With Chronic Illness – Living and Coping
Psych Central - over 3 years
You may have seen this video of a 7 year-old pediatric brain cancer patient a touchdown run at the Nebraska Spring Game. The young boy, Jack Hoffman, was given this opportunity because of his friendship with a former player and his closeness to the football team. While this event was touching and inspiring to millions, it is also part of a brief respite from Jack’s 60-week chemotherapy treatment. For a boy of just 7 years, 60 weeks is a pretty big chunk of time. I was at this game and felt the wave of emotion sweep over the crowd for this young boy. We cheered loudly with tears in our eyes. We all understood that for every minute of joy he felt on the football field that afternoon, there have been hours and days of difficulty throughout his ordeal. His progress is going well, but the battle is far from over. There will certainly be times when little Jack will draw on this amazing experience to get him through difficult and painful moments. This moving experience prompted me to lo ...
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Video of 7-year-old Neb. boy who's battling cancer running for touchdown attracts millions
Fox News - over 3 years
Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers' spring game this weekend after taking home the title of leading rusher.
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Cara Joy David: Twas the Night Before Christmas and You Still Need Gift Advice
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Some of you still want to give the last minute gift of theater tickets. I know, because my voicemail and email box are filled with people asking: "What show would my [girlfriend/boyfriend/mother/aunt] like?" It is always hard to recommend theater for people you do not know, but this season I have some generic recommendations for all. Holiday Shows: This is your last week to catch holiday fare. So, if you're in New York and looking to spend a fun Holiday-themed night in the next few days, this category of show may be perfect for your gift giving needs. I wish I could send you to Striking 12, my favorite Holiday-themed musical. Unfortunately it did not come to NYC this year. Out of the large-scale musicals that are in the Big Apple now, the best is A Christmas Story. I love Seuss, but The Grinch made me want to bang my head against something. I find Elf somewhat endearing, it's just A Christmas Story is better. Cleverly directed by John Rando, it showcases extremely talented ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Hoffman
Born on November 29, 1960.
She performed numerous roles in David and Amy Sedaris' 2001 comic play, The Book of Liz, winning an Obie Award.
Her other theatrical credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, and One Woman Shoe, for which she won a Jeff Award. In addition, she regularly performs at Joe's Pub in one-woman concerts.
In 2002, Hoffman was cast in the musical Hairspray on Broadway, playing the roles of Prudy Pingleton, Gym Teacher, Matron and Denizen of Baltimore.
She won the 2003 Theatre World Award for her performance.
She co-starred as Calliope, muse of epic poetry, in the rock musical Xanadu on Broadway, from July 2007 to September 2008.
Hoffman most recently starred as Grandmama in the Broadway musical The Addams Family, which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2010 and closed on December 31, 2011.
In 2010, she also parodied Lady Gaga's hit-single, Alejandro. She has acted in the movies, Kissing Jessica Stein, Mo' Money, Garden State, Down, Queer Duck: The Movie, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, and A Dirty Shame and was the voice of the Water Cooler in Robots. In addition to cameoing on the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm, she has appeared in many series, including Strangers with Candy, Hope and Faith, Ed, Starved, Cosby, 30 Rock, One Life to Live and was the voice of Dilmom on Dilbert. Hoffman provided the voice of "Mary Phillips, the Talk Radio host", in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Despite her frequent stage banter on her dislike of children, Hoffman did a surprising turn as the voices of the Gate to Fairy-tale Land and the Witch's Magic Wand in the Dora the Explorer movie Dora's Fairytale Adventure. She has also been a frequent guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
In 2011 Hoffman appeared as a cameo in "The Sitter" as Mrs. Sapperstein.
Jackie Hoffman can be heard on the original Broadway cast recordings of Hairspray, Xanadu, and The Addams Family, and the PS Classics' recording of Jackie Hoffman: Live at Joe's Pub released Fall 2008. She also appears on Scott Alan's CD, Dreaming Wide Awake, in a duet with Carly Jibson. At age 46, during the run of her show Regrets Only, Hoffman had to go into the hospital for a hysterectomy to remove a benign tumor. She was back in three weeks, with a cot backstage for whenever she wasn't singing or talking.
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