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Gift suggestions for the theater lover

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(Credit: Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" (NBC))

Looking to buy a Christmas or very late Hannukah gift for a theater-savvy friend? Below are some recent cast albums, books and other items that ought to do the trick.

Cast albums

Plenty of newly released cast albums are available, including the Broadway version of "Matilda" (as opposed to the previous London cast recording), the trendy pop opera "The Great Comet of 1812"...

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Sir Paul McCartney can't snag a free T-shirt at Barclays Nets game

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(Credit: Paul McCartney tries, unsuccessfully, to get a T-shirt. (YouTube))

Being a music icon apparently doesn't mean you get a free T-shirt at a Nets game.

Beatle Sir Paul McCartney couldn't snag the swag while watching the team play the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center Monday night.

Despite appearing on the arena's big screen and shouting for the staff to throw him a shirt, the 71-year-old looked jokingly disappointed when it landed nowhere near him.

McCartney...

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Gifts for men, eggnog among the top Yahoo searches this holiday

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(Credit: Eggnog is a top search this holiday on Yahoo.)

Yahoo Monday released its top searches for the holiday season, and, predictably, users want to know what to buy loved ones for Christmas.

Specifically, people are having trouble finding presents for guys, as the top gift search in the last 30 days on Yahoo was “gifts for men,” with 71% of those searches by women.

One popular search term was “gifts for men who have everything.” Spiking...

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Career 180: Rocking out for cool gadgets

Matt Sandy

(Credit: Matt Sandy)

Two of the most exciting careers out there are rock star and tech entrepreneur -- and Matt Sandy has been lucky enough to have had both.

He started out in the music industry in the '90s, performing and producing albums with his indie rock group The Matt Sandy Band. He graduated from Columbia Business School in 2004 and left the band around 2006 to pursue a new career as a gadget guy. He is...

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The best and worst theater productions of 2013

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(Credit: Joan Marcus)

Except for the unusually large number of Shakespeare plays, 2013 was a typical year in terms of hits, misses, standouts and the occasional disaster or two.

THE BEST

1 Matilda Although it inexplicably lost the Tony Award for Best Musical to the far inferior “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda” is an incredibly intelligent, heartfelt and entertaining work that, after achieving critical and popular...

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Behind the Curtain: Four original Matildas to leave the musical

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(Credit: Joan Marcus)

Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro, the four young girls who play the title role in “Matilda” on alternating nights and who collectively received a special Tony Award, will exit the Broadway production in the coming weeks. They will be replaced by Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, Paige Brady and Ava Ulloa. Of the four, Sobo is the only one with prior Broadway credit, for...

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City to get socked by snow Tuesday morning

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(Credit: Sunday's snow. More is on the way. (Charles Eckert))

Let it snow!

The city is expected to get up to four inches of snow Tuesday, beginning right in time for the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected to start between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina. "The snow will become steadier and heavier as the morning continues," he said...

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Theater review: 'What's It All About? Bacharach Remimagined' -- 2 stars

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(Credit: Kyle Riabko in "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined")

Just as recent episodes of the television series "Glee" have revolved around the songbooks of the Beatles, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga, "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined" -- Kyle Riabko's hipster chic revue of Burt Bacharach hits at New York Theatre Workshop -- looks and sounds like a "Glee"-style tribute to Bacharach.

Riabko, who appeared on Broadway in...

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Behind the Curtain: 'Fun Home' gets fourth extension

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(Credit: "Fun Home")

‘Fun Home’ extends run for fourth time, Socha exits cast The hit Off-Broadway musical “Fun Home” has extended its run at the Public Theater for the fourth time to Jan. 12. But in a strange turn of events, Alexandra Socha, who scored much praise from critics for her performance as Medium Alison, has left the show due to unspecific personal reasons and been replaced by understudy Emily Skeggs. However,...

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Winter storm puts city under weather advisories

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(Credit: The storm has only just begun. (Getty Images))

New Yorkers certainly won't be thankful for the messy weather expected to hit the area.

The city is under flood and wind advisories Wednesday due to the storm that hit the northeast Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

With gusts up to 50 mph, a wind advisory will be in effect until 9 a.m., while a flood warning was issued for the possible four inches of rain expected...

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