McKechnie, Neuwirth, Azaria, Cerveris and More Join Times' "Arts & Leisure" Weekend

News   McKechnie, Neuwirth, Azaria, Cerveris and More Join Times' "Arts & Leisure" Weekend More theatre performers have been added to the starry line-up for "Times Talks: Special Edition," which is part of the fifth annual Arts & Leisure Weekend.

Hosted by The New York Times, the star-studded conversations will be held Jan. 6-8, 2006, at the CUNY Graduate Center, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The "Times Talks" discussions are all moderated by New York Times critics, reporters or editors.

A new addition to the schedule is a conversation titled “Leading Men,” which will feature performers from stage and screen who can currently be seen on the New York stage. Those taking part in the Jan. 8 discussion (10-11:25 AM) include Spamalot’s Hank Azaria, Sweeney Todd’s Michael Cerveris and Mr. Marmalade’s Michael C. Hall. Jesse McKinley will moderate the morning chat.

Also on Jan. 8 a conversation titled “A Dancer’s Life” will feature Tony Award winners Donna McKechnie, Bebe Neuwirth and Kathleen Marshall. Hosted by Anna Kisselgoff, the discussion is set to begin at noon and end at 1:15 PM.

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* Stage and screen star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is currently receiving much attention for his work in the new film "Capote," will be interviewed Jan. 6 from 6-7:15 PM. John Darnton will chat with the award-winning actor.

Singer-pianist-actor Harry Connick Jr. will talk about his work on film and on stage — including his upcoming role in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game — during his Jan. 7 discussion. Patricia Cohen will lead the interview, which is scheduled for 10-11:15 AM.

Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell will also be part of the Jan. 7 line-up. Stephen Holden will interview the acclaimed performers about their roles on stage and in concert halls across the country. The interview is set for 8-9:15 PM.

Also of interest to theatre fans is a discussion with the women of "The Sopranos" on Jan. 7, 6-7:15 PM. That interview — led by Caryn James — will feature Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Aida Turturro.