Times' "Arts & Leisure" Weekend to Feature Chats with McDonald, Mitchell, Hoffman, Connick and Falco

News   Times' "Arts & Leisure" Weekend to Feature Chats with McDonald, Mitchell, Hoffman, Connick and Falco
Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Harry Connick Jr. are just a few of the theatre celebrities lined up for "Times Talks: Special Edition," part of the fifth annual Arts & Leisure Weekend.

Hosted by The New York Times, the star-studded conversations will be held Jan. 6-8, 2005, 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.

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. Call (888) NYT-1870 or visit www.nytimes.com/alweekend for more information.

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