THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Hairspray and A Chanukah Charol Star Jackie Hoffman Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
December 5, 2012

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Hairspray and Xanadu star Jackie Hoffman, who will offer Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol Friday and Saturday evenings Dec. 8-29 at New World Stages.



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

"Carmen Ghia" answering the door in The Producers.

 

"When he said, 'Yesssssssssss….,' I laughed so hard I could barely breathe. Tom Meehan told me that the script had S's at the bottom of the page that continued to the top of the next page."

 

 

Cat entrance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore

 

"Everything about that play was perfection. It was savagely funny. But when that live cat entered toward the end of the play, it was the best entrance I've ever seen in the theatre."

 

 

The cast of Art in London.  

 

"My friend and I wandered up to the box office, not having any idea what this thing was about. We got the last two tickets, we sat all the way in the back row. And, we laughed till we cried."

Joan Blondell in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

 

"My late father loved Joan Blondell, partially cause she looks like my mom. I was 12 when we saw this; she was blousy and bitter and fabulous."

 

 

Linda Lavin in Cakewalk.

 

"Another 'old broad' performance. Linda Lavin never disappoints, but in this one she blew me away. She played Lillian Hellman, and she used the word 'drek.'  She was very funny."

 

 

Cherry Jones in The Heiress.

 

"One of the finest performances I've ever seen. How can you not love her? I'll never forget when the maid answered the door, and told Cherry Jones' character that her suitor was at the door. Cherry Jones was offstage, and the audience was so in tune with her, we all were smiling like fools and so happy for her."

 

 

Bobby Van in No, No, Nanette.

 

"My first stage crush. So hot."

 

 

Julie White in The Little Dog Laughed.

 

"Oh my God. I hated her after seeing this."

Kerry Butler in Xanadu.

 

"Yeah, you heard me."

 

 

Mary Testa in Queen of the Mist.

 

"She. Tore. It. Up. This wasn't on Broadway, but should have been."