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Biographer Robert Hofler to discuss book about The Way We Were

The Second Tuesday Series is thrilled to present theater critic and acclaimed biographer Robert Hofler in conversation with entertainment journalist Michael Musto for a discussion on Hofler’s latest release The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 pm at The LGBT Center in NYC. This is the first book on the making of one of the world’s most beloved and puzzling romances.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the movie The Way We Were, this impeccably researched book is the first account of the making of the classic film starring Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford, revealing the story behind its genesis and continued controversies, its many deleted scenes, and the real-life romance that inspired this groundbreaking love story.

Screenwriter Arthur Laurents wrote the role of Katie with Streisand in mind. Casting Hubble was another matter. Already a superstar, Redford was reluctant to play what he perceived as the “Ken doll” to Streisand’s lead. The deep love story at the heart of the movie is what makes it so memorable.

Hofler explores its inspiration, the relationship between the Jewish Brooklyn-born leftist Arthur Laurents and his longtime partner, Tom Hatcher. Drawing on unpublished writings and interviews with Streisand, Redford, and other key players, this is the definitive account of a film that changed the rules of moviemaking and defined romance.

Robert Hofler is the lead theater critic at TheWrap and author of bestselling biographies “Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts,” “The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson,” and the Lambda Literary Award-nominated “Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange, How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos.” The recipient of the 2020 LA Press Club Award for Best Theater Reviews, he has been an editor and writer for Life, Us Weekly, and Variety.

Theatre critic and author Robert Hofler

Michael Musto is known as the long running “La Dolce Musto” entertainment and nightlife columnist for the Village Voice. His byline has also appeared in the NY Times and Vanity Fair. He has written four books: the nonfiction guide “Downtown,” the novel “Manhattan on the Rocks,” and the collections “La Dolce Musto: Writings By The World’s Most Outrageous Columnist” and “Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back.” Musto regularly appears in TV and streaming documentaries, chronicling pop cultural history.

Entertainment journalist Michael Musto

Tuesday, June 13, 2023,
doors open at 6:30, presentation at 7:00 pm

The LGBT Community Center
208 W 13 St (near Seventh Avenue)

New York, NY 10011phone 212-620-7310

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At 38 years, the Second Tuesday Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 400 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

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Established in 1983, the LGBT Community Center is at the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. The Center serves the community with a full-service approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events and advocacy groups to offering youth and overall wellness programs. Before temporarily closing for the Covid lockdown, the Center welcomed more than 300,000 visits each year to their building in the West Village. The Center has a long history as a cultural hub, with ongoing presentations that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists.

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