Xanadu's Hoffman to Depart J.A.P. Show May 5

News   Xanadu's Hoffman to Depart J.A.P. Show May 5 Jackie Hoffman, who will be part of the cast of the new Broadway musical Xanadu, will play her final performance in The J.A.P. Show, Jewish American Princesses of Comedy this weekend.

Hoffman — best known for her multiple roles in the Tony-winning musical Hairspray — is departing the production at the Actors Temple Theatre following the 8 PM May 5 performance. Xanadu begins previews on Broadway May 23 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

The J.A.P. Show features a rotating cast of comics that comprises Cory Kahaney, Cathy Ladman, Jessica Kirson, Sherry Davey, Julie Goldman and Betsy Salkind. The comedic evening is described as such: "Four brassy and ballsy female comics give nachus to their female predecessors. They amply demonstrate, through their own zany stories and stand-up, how the Jewish female comics of yore are treasured pioneers without whom they would not exist. With jokes both old and new about sex, husbands, family and weight issues, these lewd and lascivious ladies prove that the stuff cracking-up Bubby and Zayde in the schtetl is still pretty darn funny. The live performance, which is peppered with vintage footage of the original queens of comedy, enables these proud princesses to share the stage with their royal forbears."

Directed by Dan Fields, The J.A.P. Show was written by Cory Kahaney and features lighting design by Jeff Croiter, scenic design by Jo Winiarski and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.

Jackie Hoffman received a Theatre World Award for her work in Hairspray. Her other theatrical credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, Regrets Only, Book of Liz (Obie Award), Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler's Knob and One Woman Shoe (Jeff Award). Hoffman has been seen on screen in "Legally Blonde II," "Kissing Jessica Stein," "Garden State," "Mo' Money" and "Freaky Friday."

Show times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Wednesdays at 3 and 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM. The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets, priced $29.50–$65, and can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting telecharge.com. For more information, visit www.TheJapShow.com.

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