Hairspray's Hoffman to Kvetch for Broadway Cares

News   Hairspray's Hoffman to Kvetch for Broadway Cares
Jackie Hoffman, who has turned kvetching into an art form, will strut her stuff for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS next month.
Jackie Hoffman
Jackie Hoffman Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Hoffman, who plays Prudy Pingleton and a handful of other characters in the Tony-winning musical Hairspray, will perform her critically acclaimed show, The Kvetching Continues, as a benefit for the charitable organization on Oct. 11. The evening at Joe's Pub is set for 7:30 PM.

In her one-woman show, the comedic actress skewers her Broadway debut and also offers a handful of original songs, including "Three Minutes on Broadway"; a reworking of Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here," sung from the perspective of a spoiled child actress; a tribute to the Jewish holiday "Shavuot"; "Eurotrash," based on her recent let-down-of-a-trip to Italy; and "Gay Baby," a lament about the unavailability of her gay friends (and former playmates) who are now having children. The evening of comedy and song is now the longest-running show in Joe's Pub history.

The Kvetching Continues is directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Dave Brunetti.

Jackie Hoffman received a Theatre World Award for her work in Hairspray. Her other theatrical credits include 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," "Large's Ark," "Mo' Money" and "Freaky Friday."

Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place. Tickets are available at the Public Theater's box office or by calling (212) 539-8778. *

Beginning in November, Hoffman will join forces with Forbidden Broadway's Kristine Zbornik for an all-new holiday show entitled Together Again for the First Time. The duo will kick off their concert series Nov. 22 at Joe's Pub and will also offer performances Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The show, according to production notes, promises "an unprecedented evening of side-splitting, ear-shattering shtick." Directed by Michael Schiralli, Together Again features musical direction by Dave Brunetti.

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