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How Are We Coping With Self Isolation: Insight From Around the Country And The World With Hunter Ryan Herdlicka



Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is a Dallas native. He is best known for starring on Broadway as Henrik in the Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. He played that role for over two years.

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Ramona Mallory Photo By Joan Marcus

Other New York credits include the recent revival of Once Upon a Mattress (the Minstrel) starring Jackie Hoffman and Jerry Herman’s Dear World (Julian) starring opposite Tyne Daly. Hunter has appeared in around 20 regional productions including The Tempest (Ariel) at the Dallas Theater Center, Candide (Maximillian) at the Alliance Theatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ragtime (Younger Brother) at Barrington Stage, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Cabaret (Cliff) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Sacramento Music Circus, Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) and Titanic (Charles) both with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Othello (Clown) at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Something’s Afoot(Geoffrey) at the Goodspeed Opera House, Cinderella (Prince Topher) with Virginia Musical Theatre, three seasons with the West Virginia Public Theatre, as well as many workshops, readings, and concerts.

Chamblee Furguson, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka The Tempest Photo by Karen Almond

He has sung alongside Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman, Michael Feinstein, David Hyde Pierce, Linda Lavin, Nathan Lane, Michael C. Hall, amongst others. A close friend of legendary actress Elaine Stritch, Hunter appeared in and helped produce the award-winning documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and her new biography Still Here: Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs. Hunter has enjoyed two sold-out runs at New York’s famed nightclub Feinstein’s, appeared at the Café Carlyle, Birdland Jazz Club, and debuted his new show with a sold-out appearance at Feinstein’s/54 Below. 

Elaine Stritch and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Source: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images North America)

As a teacher, Hunter teaches extensively in New York City and at some of the top schools in the country such as New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas State University, Webster University, Southern Methodist University, University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Texas Tech, and many others. 

Hunter and Josh Canfield

T2C: How are you dealing with home containment in New York? 

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: Well, luckily when things started to look a bit more serious with the virus, my boyfriend (Josh Canfield) and I packed up and went to stay at a friend’s lake house in Vermont, expecting to stay here about a week. Now its been two full months! At the beginning, I have to admit it was nice to have a break from life and rehearsals, but as the reality sunk in, it became more and more shocking and somewhat devastating. My friend, Joan Ryan, who in an earlier interview talked about having to create a routine for each day – even if its very simple activities – and I found that to be super helpful – one of the only ways to stay sane during this time.  

Hunter and Joan Ryan Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

T2C: What would you say is the difference of being in self lockdown between NY and Vermont?  

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: The biggest difference is the space! The house here is about four times the size of our NY apartment, plus we have been able to go hiking and boating and spend time in nature, so for that we are extremely thankful.  

Hunter and Catherine Zeta Jones

T2C: What have you been able to accomplish in this time?

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: Actually quite a lot! Little things like doing my taxes (ugh) and taking care of things I’ve been putting off – but also learning new music, reading plays, exercising, cooking new and different things, and learning Spanish!  

Hunter and Josh Canfield

T2C: What has this time stopped you from accomplishing?

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: It’s kept me from working, seeing my family and spending time with my friends. I was supposed to teach at four universities this spring and all of those trips have been cancelled, as well as the shows that I was cast to appear in this summer and the fall.  It’s scary to not know when universities and theatre will resume full time, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent time to find new ways to be creative. 

T2C: What kind of emotions does this time bringing out of you?

All of them! I try to stay focused on what I am grateful for and really trying to accept “the things I cannot change”. I am also super thankful that I am healthy at the moment. I’ll admit it’s hard not to be in a constant state of worry about my friends and family, but daily checkins with lots of people in our lives has helped with that, as well as doing our part to give back where we can. 

T2C: If you were to equate this time to a song or song cycle what would it be? 

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: Many come to mind, but one of my favorites is “Time Heals Everything” from Mack and Mabel. Maybe not as positive as I’d like…

T2C: What message would you like to give the world right now?

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Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: That we need to keep staying super diligent in our fight against this virus – to not let up on social distancing no matter what.  We need to not only to protect ourselves but also those we don’t know; We have to work together, and we will overcome it!

T2C: What is the first thing you will do when we are no longer self quarantined? 

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: See as many of my friends as possible. And go back to the gym!!!

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

T2C: What are the things that are getting you through this time?

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: Lots of cooking!! . Ive been lucky enough to be doing virtual teaching and coaching privately every single day. And Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, and CNN.

T2C: What haven’t we asked you that you would like to say?   

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: I’m a part of an online play reading next on May 5th at 8pm called “It’s About Family” which Josh has written and he’s been able to secure a really incredible Broadway cast to perform live. The event will help raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The play stars Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Michael Campayno (The Cher Show), Bradley Dean (The Phantom of the Opera), Sally Wilfert (Assassins), Leslie Alexander (My Fair Lady), Ryah Nixon (9 to 5), and Steve Brady (Inherit the Wind).

It’s About Family follows a year in the life of a wealthy, conservative family in Dallas, including Cheryl, an assertive matriarch who keeps three generations of family in their place, her hard-of-hearing husband, her physically challenged daughter, and her grandson, who brings his boyfriend to Thanksgiving dinner.

Check out Josh’s other show ALIVE! The Zombie Musical when it opens off-Broadway in 2021.

Please visit for more and follow @HRHerdlicka.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Happy Birthday, Grand Central!



Today, Wednesday, February 2nd, is Grand Central Terminal’s 109th birthday, and the shops are helping them celebrate. Visit the below stores and eateries in Grand Central to take advantage of one-day-only deals* that either celebrate Grand Central’s age (109 years) or our birthday (1913)!

Café Grumpy: 8oz drip coffee is $1.09
Central Cellars: bottle of Banshee Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2019 or O.P.P. Other People Pinot Noir is $19.13 each
Doughnut Plant: Grand Central–exclusive GCT mini doughnuts are $1.09 each
Grand Central Watch: 18mm nylon straps (in various colors) are $1.09 each
Li-Lac Chocolates: a 9-piece truffle box is $19.13, and caramel squares are $1.09 each
Pescatore Seafood Company: jumbo lump crab cakes are $19.13 for 2 pieces
Spices and Tease: Indian spice trio – 1 pouch of Madras curry, 1 pouch of turmeric, and 1 pouch of Garam Masala – is $10.90

Grand Central Terminal’s construction lasted for ten years (from 1903 – 1913). The building was designed by a Francophile architect named Whitney Warren, who wanted to bring a whole lot of Parisian flair to New York City with his Beaux-Arts style.

Did you know 750,000 people pass through the station every day. That’s almost half the current population of Manhattan. The space occupies 48 acres.

The station has very few stairs, relying on a network of ramps. There are 2,500 stars painted on the ceiling; roughly sixty electric bulbs add to the twinkling effect of the stars. The constellations, with the exception of Orion, are painted backwards. The star-spangled ceiling  is 125 feet high.

During the filming of a scene in The Fisher King (1991), 400 extras waltzed around the main concourse from the evening until the first trains arrived at 5:30 the following morning.

Grand Central is the setting for the opening scenes of Gossip Girl.

In Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, Cary Grant makes an amazing escape through the terminal. Like The Fisher King, this scene was filmed at night to prevent disruptions to train service.

In Superman (1978), Clark Kent battles Lex Luthor, whose hideout is located under the terminal.

At the very end of Francis Ford Coppola’s Cotton Club, Richard Gere and Diane Lane escape their mobster lives through Grand Central.

Fire Power, starring Sophia Loren, was also filmed in Grand Central.


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Happy Chanukah or is it Hanukkah? Day 1



Tonight Chanukah starts at sundown. The word Hanukkah means ‘rededication’ and commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom when, according to legend, the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC (BCE).King Antiochus had taken over the Second Temple in Jerusalem and soon after ordered an altar to Zeus to be erected. Judaism was prohibited, circumcision was banned and pigs were ordered to be sacrificed at the altar.The Jewish rebellion that followed was led by Judah Maccabee, (or Y’hudhah HaMakabi, meaning “Judah the Hammer”).The uprising spanned three years until the Maccabees gained control of Jerusalem.They wanted to rededicate the desecrated temple, but could find only one container of the sacred oil they needed which had the seal of the high priest still intact.Judaism’s central text the Talmud, dictates only pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest can be used for the Hanukkah. The candelabrum is required to burn throughout the night every night but although there was only enough oil for one day, the candles miraculously stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. This event became known as ‘the miracle of the oil’ and is now marked  with an eight-day festiva


Is it Chanukah or Hanukkah? In Hebrew, Hanukkah is pronounced with the letter ‘chet’. The letter “H” makes the closest sound. So both names work.

We here at T2C wish you a holiday of lights, hope and health.

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Get Ready for NYC Hotel Week & Fourth Annual NYC Winter Outing



Get ready for something big in the Big Apple!

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYC & Company has officially launched NYC Hotel Week with the start of reservations available at

“I am thrilled to announce the return of NYC Hotel Week, offering deals of a lifetime to an array of hotels across the City,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “NYC Hotel Week kicks off the start of NYC & Company’s NYC Winter Outing Program, combining NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, NYC Must-See Week, and NYC Hotel Week. Whether you want to catch one of our world-class attractions, dine at the finest restaurants or unwind at our luxurious hotels, New York City has it all right here in our backyard, across all five boroughs. Our city is open for reservations, so book yours today!”

Returning for its second year, NYC Hotel Week will run from January 3 through February 12, 2023, offering 23% savings off standard room rates at more than 140 hotels across all five boroughs, with additional properties expected to join.

Presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, NYC Hotel Week 2023 participating hotels include Hard Rock Hotel New York; Lotte New York Palace; The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel; The Hoxton, Williamsburg; The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue; New York Marriott Marquis; The William Vale; Radio Hotel; The Opera House Hotel, The Rockaway Hotel; Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island and more.

“NYC Hotel Week offers the best values of the year for travelers looking to visit the five boroughs or for New Yorkers treating themselves to staycations,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company.”

Hard Rock Hotel New York

The start of NYC Hotel Week reservations marks the countdown to the return of NYC Winter Outing, NYC & Company’s annual citywide value program. NYC Winter Outing, now in its fourth year, celebrates the City’s winter season with offers from NYC & Company’s signature programs: NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, NYC Must-See Week, and for the second year, NYC Hotel Week. NYC Winter Outing, which will run from January 17 through February 12, 2023, will combine deals across all five boroughs on dining, Broadway shows, attractions, museums, tours, performing arts and hotels. Bookings for NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week will open to the general public on January 10 at

New York City – there is simply no where better to be in the world!



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Sex Hotel Up For Sale



“I used to have this girlfriend known as Elsie
With whom I shared for sordid rooms in Chelsea
She wasn’t what you’d call a blushing flower
As a matter of fact she rented by the hour”

They advertise that “For more than 40 years, Liberty Inn has been the destination for New York City couples seeking an intimate yet vibrant setting where they can lose themselves in love. You won’t find any resemblance here to the traditional image of by-the-hour hotels. Even more important – you won’t find that boring sameness of standard hotel rooms. Instead you’ll find modern, lively, colorful rooms filled with lots of features that are tailor-made for romance. Whether it’s for a few hours or an overnight stay, our rooms are unique, with an romantic atmosphere that leads to those moments of playfulness, tenderness and passion.

Liberty Inn, located at 51 10th Ave., (between 13th and 14th streets) is now for sale, ofr more than $20 million according to The New York Times.

Expect lip-shaped headboards, fancy sex chairs, and rates for two and six-hour stays ($95 and $155).

An overnight stay costs  $200-$250, depending on the room.

The owner told the NYT it was harder to keep a place like an hourly hotel in a neighborhood that has become more and more expensive.

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Looking For Artists To Be A Part of a New Book on Child Abuse



32 years ago I wrote a book on child abuse called “A Child’s Heart.” The purpose was to raise funding to make and give teaching tapes to judges and change laws. Did you know in 98% of cases, the person who reports the abuse loses their child to the abuser. It’s true!
I forgot about the book until my friend told me about her friend who reported the abuse of her child to the courts, lost her child to the husband, who then killed the child.
Did you know the national statistics are are 1 in 3 females and 1 in 4 males have been abused? Imagine the voices to be heard if they were not silenced.
I am looking for 23 to 28 artists to participate. The criteria is you must have been abused. Age, sex, gender is unimportant. I am especially looking for 4 children to participate. Each person will illustrate a line in the story and have a chance to tell their story. I had all the artists, but it has been a long time and sadly we lost track of each other.
If you would like to become a part of this project message me at and I will get back to you ASAP.
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