<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 09:44:29 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:44:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Broken Water Main Cancels 'Cats']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CatsMain.jpg

Cats are known to be afraid of the water. So it's somewhat ironic that the Wednesday night performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-musical "Cats" was canceled due to a water main break in the area.

Performances for the new revival are expected to resume on Thursday, the show's Twitter handle said. Crews are said to be "working to solve the issue."

Customers affected can contact their point of purchase for refunds or exchanges.

Led by "Bleeding Love" singer Leona Lewis, "Cats" tells the story of a pack of "jellicle" felines as each waits to ascend to a heaven-like place called "the Heaviside Layer."

The musical is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," and features a score by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe.

Original director Trevor Nunn and scenic and costume designer John Napier returned to the new production. New to the creative team is choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), who based his design on Gillian Lynne's original choreography and associate direction.

The revival is the show's first. It came to Broadway 15 years after wrapping up its record-breaking original run.

For tickets and information, visit www.catsthemusical.com.



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<![CDATA[Where to Catch the Fireworks Across the Tri-State]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:50:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+watch.jpg

If you're looking for the best place to watch fireworks this year, you won't run out of options. And if you can't watch the show in person, you can catch it live on your phone.  

For the third year in a row, the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will be on the East River, making for great spots across three of New York City's five boroughs (and on TVs everywhere on NBC). But there will also be some pretty great displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state. 

Despite all the options, revelers will face crowds as tens of thousands look to the skies. Here are some of the area's best places to see the displays:

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: This is considered the “golden spot” for seeing the display, offering breathtaking looks of the fireworks and the lit-up Manhattan skyline. It’ll get crowded quickly, so be sure to get there early.
  • Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: Another couple of spots that offer sweeping views of the Macy’s display, but you’ll have to stand.
  • Berry Park, Greenpoint: The venerable watering hole off McCarren Park features a roof deck that should offer great views of all the barges. You’ll need to buy a drink to stay for the display, but the bar has a wide selection of German and Belgian brews and a fully stocked bar.
  • Fornino Pizza, Brooklyn Bridge Park: This pizza shop offers sweeping views of lower Manhattan that should make for a great fireworks display. Tickets for the roof deck are already sold out.
  • Brooklyn Grange, Greenpoint: The sprawling rooftop farm offers spectacular views of both Manhattan and the fireworks display. Tickets have already sold out.
  • The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg: There’s a $25 cover charge, and doors will open at 7:30 pm.
  • Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The waterfront park in tony Williamsburg is sure to be crowded, but you should get a great look at the fireworks coming off of barges near midtown.
  • MCU Park, Coney Island: You won’t be able to see the Macy’s spectacular from the Cyclones’ park, but the stadium will be shooting off fireworks after the team’s game against the Williamsport Crosscutters. You should also be able to see that display from other parts of Coney Island.

Manhattan

  • South Street Seaport: The Manhattan attraction has been voted the best viewing spot in the city. Like the popular spots in Brooklyn, get there early to assure a spot.
  • The Battery: You should be able to catch the Macy’s spectacular and the Freedom and Fireworks Festival in Jersey City
  • FDR Drive: How often can you say you got to walk on the FDR? There will be several entry points along the highway, which should offer some unique views.
  • East River Park, Lower East Side: The large park should be another great place to see the display.
  • Circle Line: Another fireworks cruise option. Tickets start at $149 a person and boats board at Pier 83 starting at 5:15 p.m.
  • NY Water Taxi: This sightseeing cruise service is offering a couple of cruise options. Tickets start at $199.

Queens

  • Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City: One of the few places in Queens to catch the fireworks, so get there early.
  • Flagship Farm, Long Island City: This rooftop party will include music from DJ Mickey Perez and food from Butcher Bar. Tickets are $75 and still being sold.
  • Z Rooftop Bar, Long Island City: The bar near the Queensboro Bridge should offer some great views of the northernmost fireworks barges.

Staten Island 

  • Richmond County Bank Ballpark: Catch the Staten Island Yankees and a show for $9-$18.

New Jersey 

  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City: A huge carnival with some concert acts will precede a fireworks show with the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
  • Hoboken, Weehawken and other towns: Get away from the New York City crowds, and still catch some great displays.
  • Atlantic City: Fireworks will be shown on the Boardwalk and Marina District starting at 9:30 p.m.
  • Long Branch: A huge, all day family friendly festival with music, food, and fireworks at 9 p.m. 
  • Wildwood: Fireworks will be shown on the beach starting at 10 p.m.
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Fireworks will be shown at Jenkinson's Boardwalk.
  • East Rutherford: Bring the family to State Fair Meadowlands for a carnival, live entertainment and evening of spectacular fireworks. The fair will begin at 2 p.m., and tickets cost $11 for adults and $9 for children.  
  • Camden: Fireworks will be shown at Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival at 6 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights: Head to Seaside Heights for an evening of fireworks on the oceanfront at 9:30 p.m.
  • Margate City: Celebrate Independence Day with a beach fireworks display at 9 p.m. 

Long Island, Westchester and the Hudson Valley

  • Jones Beach: Finish off a day at the beach with a fireworks display. 
  • Several towns will be offering their own fireworks displays, so check your town’s Facebook and Twitter pages.



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<![CDATA['Sweeney Todd' Revival in a Working Pie Shop ]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:00:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4557.jpg

In 2014, English theater company Tooling Arts Club staged an immersive revival of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop -- the oldest continuously operating pie show in Britain.

With just eight actors, three musicians and an audience of just 32, the intimate production received rave reviews, and was restaged the spring of the following year with the help of billionaire theater producer Cameron Mackintosh.

Now, off Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre is bringing the Tooling Arts Club vision to New York City -- transforming its theatre into a working pie-shop environment in the process. 

Performances for the thriller begin Feb. 14 with an opening set for March 1.

Directed by Bill Buckhurst, it's unknown whether the revival of the 1979 tale will expand its cast, musicians and audience space. Traditional pie and mash will be served prior to the performance, though.

The musical -- which features a score by Sondheim with a book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond -- was last seen in the Big Apple on Broadway in 2005. That production featured a stripped down staging of the tale, by director John Doyle. Tony winners Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris starred.

"Sweeney Todd" was also adapted into a 2007 film starring Johnny Depp and directed by his frequent collaborator Tim Burton.

For more information on the Barrow Street Theatre's upcoming revival, visit www.SweeneyToddNYC.com.



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<![CDATA[Puzzle-Solvers Control World Trade Center Spire]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:10:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16197727951726.jpg

A team of puzzle-solvers controlled the color of the One World Trade Center spire from a Brooklyn park on Monday night in a first-of-its kind event. 

The National Park Service continued its centennial celebration, in conjunction with the National Park Service and with the help of Bill Nye, Questlove and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, with an event at Brooklyn Bridge Park to honor the innovative spirit of Thomas Edison National Historical Park. 

The event was the third in the summer long Park Exchange series for the NPS Centennial and allowed participants to control the color of the One World Trade Center spire by working together to solve interactive, collaborative puzzles on a giant digital circuit board. 

For those who wanted to follow the excitement remotely, the Statue of Liberty's webcam of New York Harbor offered views of the city courtesy of Earthcam.

The festive day featured music by Ramblin' Dan and Questlove, appearances by Nye, Jewell and park rangers, and family-friendly activities that explored science and innovation. Interactive stations encouraged visitors to discover national parks. 

Across the country, National Park Service sites joined the celebration using Facebook Live as they completed a "virtual park circuit." The circuit started and ended at the Brooklyn Bridge Park event site in New York, with park rangers throughout the country exploring different concepts of innovation, one park at a time. Each park in turn tagged the next one in the series and the circuit was completed with a return to Brooklyn for the last live post. 

"National parks reflect the innovative spirit of America, because after all, they embody one of our nation's most revolutionary ideas – that some of the most beautiful landscapes, iconic historic sites and culturally significant places should belong to every American," Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service said. "As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service this month illuminating the Manhattan skyline reflects this innovative, progressive American spirit and lights the way for the National Park Service as we enter our second century of service."



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<![CDATA[Find the NBC 4 Treat Truck!]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:49:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/treat-truck-talent-crop.jpg

NBC 4 New York is going on the road - and we're bringing ice cream!

Friday afternoons this summer and fall, we'll be in prime locations all over the tri-state area serving up tasty treats and a chance to meet our 4 p.m. news team - Stefan Holt, Natalie Pasquarella and Dave Price. 

Check out the map above for a list of where and when the truck will appear next. 

Visiting the truck? Make sure to take photos and post them on social media with the hashtag #NBC4NY. We may use some of your best pictures on air, online and in the map!


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<![CDATA[Investors Lose $165K in Fake Lupita Broadway Play Scam: DA]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:44:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/broadway+generic.jpg

A 41-year-old theater producer has been indicted for allegedly stealing $165,000 from seven people prosecutors say he convinced to invest in a fake Broadway play.

Roland Scahill allegedly orchestrated a scheme in which he purported to be the lead producer of a new Broadway play, "The KB Project," based on the life of famed opera singer Kathleen Battle.

Scahill, who owns a production company called RMS2 Productions, claimed that he had purchased the rights to Battle’s life story, that he had contracted with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o to star in the play, and that he had reserved the Booth Theatre on Broadway to run the production, prosecutors allege in the indictment. Representatives for those parties say Scahill never approached them and that they never had any deal with him.  

In the initial stages of the alleged scam, Scahill told the would-be investors that he was raising capital at a price of $15,000 per share in order to fund the early stages of the production, the indictment charges. He allegedly told the victims that only investors who participated in the early stages of the investment process would receive subsidiary rights in the production, allowing each investor the potential to garner multiple income streams in any subsequent book or film deals based on the play. 

According to court documents, in January 2015, Scahill informed all of the investors that Netflix had agreed to film a performance of "The KB Project" and make the play available to its subscribers. Citing his fictitious contract with Netflix, Scahill offered the existing investors the opportunity to participate in a second round of funding before he would open the opportunity to a larger group of outside investors, the indictment alleges. Based on the strength of Scahill's representations about the success of the planned production, two of the victims invested additional money, prosecutors said. 

In the fall of 2015, after several investors demanded the return of their money, Scahill sent them checks. Each of the checks bounced due to insufficient funds, and Scahill ceased all communications with the investors, prosecutors said. 

Scahill allegedly spent the stolen funds on personal expenses, including more than $129,000 on stocks and stock option contracts; about $23,000 in personal credit card payments; $18,000 to pay rent for his apartment; and nearly $10,000 on various food, alcohol, and entertainment purchases.

He pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and scheme to defraud, all felonies, at his arraignment Friday. His attorney says he "stands on that not guilty plea."

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven's Slurpee BYO Cup Day ]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DSC00217_EDITEDbyocup.jpg

While we know that some special events only happen but once a week, month, or year, we can't help but wishing, from time to time, that after-Christmas sales popped up more often and eclipses had a way of appearing with far more frequency.

But sometimes, if you wish extra hard, something that happens annually can make a seemingly sudden return way before you thought it possible.

Look to Slurpee's Bring Your Own Cup Day, a springtime to-do which invites fans of the frosty 7-Eleven beverage to show up with, you guessed it, whatever kind of cup they fancy, all with the aim of filling it with copious amounts of Slurpee goodness.

This year's Slurpee day occurred in late March, and fans turned up in drink-craving droves, all prepared to fill giant vessels for the price of $1.50.

Get ready, though, Slurpeens: Like an unlikely eclipse, or out-of-the-blue sale, BYO Cup Day is back on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Slurpee is bringing back Bring Your Own Cup Day, again. Show up at an 7-Eleven with an iced tea pitcher, a mondo margarita glass, coffee pot, or a jar that formerly held pickles, and fill'er up for $1.50.

There are some rules to the deal, like the fact that your cup "must fit upright through a 10-inch hole," so best leave your picnic cooler or inflatable swimming pool at home.

It should also be squeaky clean pre-Slurpee, so read all.

You're right: The snow-cold, brain-freezable sip did turn 50 this year, so the birthday celebrations continue.

And, yes, the flavors have gone well beyond the cherries and colas of long ago (though those make regular appearances, and thank goodness, because classics are classics for a reason).

Got a clean coffee pot handy? Best clear some time on your end-of-the-week calendar. After all, BYO Cup Day only happens once, or, um, twice a year.



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<![CDATA[Todrick Hall Returning to Broadway in 'Kinky Boots']]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:29:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520520396.jpg

He has over 2.2 million YouTube subscribers, his own MTV series and just finished a sold-out national tour of his original stage show.

And now, Todrick Hall is coming back to Broadway.

The 31-year-old triple threat will step into the boots of Lola in the long-running hit musical "Kinky Boots" this fall, for a limited run that begins Nov. 1 and ends March 5.

Hal made his debut over 10 years ago as a replacement in the original Broadway production of "The Color Purple." Stifled as a semifinalist on season 9 of "American Idol" and an ensemble track in "Memphis," the young actor relocated to Los Angeles where his career took off.

His videos -- some parodies of Disney animated films, some original compositions, and some pop star mashups -- are known for Hall's creativity, high-energy and superstar vocals.

If you've flown Virgin American in the past three years, you've probably seen his safety video before takeoff.

True to his form, he even created an original video to announce his "Kinky Boots" turn. 

"Kinky Boots" is currently playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and features music by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography from Jerry Mitchell.

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, it tells the tale of Charlie and Lola -- two unlikely friends who team up to help Charlie's struggling family shoe factory comes up with a fresh new business plan.

Lola's shoes have been previously worn on Broadway by Wayne Brady and Tony winner Billy Porter, who originated the role and played it for more than 800 performances.

For tickets and information, visit kinkybootsthemusical.com



Photo Credit: Robin Marchant
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<![CDATA['SNL' Alum Jason Sudeikis to Lead Stage 'Dead Poets Society']]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:59:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-179762535.jpg

After 10 seasons on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Jason Sudeikis is used to working in front of a live studio audience. And now, the 40-year-old actor will get the chance to do it again, eight shows a week.

Sudeikis will lead the Classic Stage Company's stage adaptation of "Dead Poets Society." He'll play John Keating, a role made famous in the 1989 film by Robin Williams.

Performances begin Oct. 27, with an official press opening scheduled for Nov. 17. Additional casting is expected in the coming weeks.

"Dead Poets Society" has been adapted by playwright Tom Schulman. The premiere production will be directed by Tony winner John Doyle ("The Color Purple"), who said in a statement that he was "thrilled Jason Sudeikis is taking on this iconic role."

"I felt it important that we find an actor like Jason who brings a fresh perspective," he continued. "All at CSC are delighted that he will be joining us for this unique venture."

For tickets and information, visit classicstage.org.



Photo Credit: Jonathan Leibson]]>
<![CDATA[Review: Deft and Accessible 'Troilus' in Central Park ]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:57:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TroilusMain.jpg

There’s a flash of skin for every flash of gunfire in director Daniel Sullivan’s modernized take on “Troilus and Cressida,” one of the Bard’s rarely produced “problem” plays - so called for the way it lurches from romance to comedy and tragedy.

The sweaty end to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season runs through Sunday at the Delacorte Theater, after an opening delayed by injury to one of the lead actors … the fellow playing Achilles, no less.

“Troilus and Cressida” is set during the seventh year of the Trojan War, as a prince vies for the affections of a strong and eventually willing woman. The romance between the title characters is largely subplot. Most of what transpires concerns the heroes of the Iliad, as they debate whether to return the captive Helen, or continue to fight.

Clearly, Sullivan (“Proof,” “Cymbeline”) has considered that his “Troilus” would run in sweltering August, assembling not just a cast of fine Public Theater vets, but a gaggle of buff and oiled up guys who look as if they strutted out of an Equinox gym.

“Troilus and Cressida” may not have made your college syllabus, and the director makes a key move that resolves any potential difficulties with familiarity: “Troilus” has been naturalized into 2016 idiom, making it delightfully easy to follow, if you don’t mind all the mugging that comes along with it.

We have a Cressida (Ismenia Mendes, playing hard-to-get) who downloads videos of hot soldiers alongside her leering uncle (the ever-marvelous John Glover, as Pandarus, the mischievous old rogue). Trojan fighters are clad in solid black police gear, while the Greeks don desert camouflage, when they’re wearing shirts at all.

The final 20 minutes of the second act are almost non-stop smoke and gunfire. My sole gripe with the production was an over-reliance on hand-to-hand combat sequences, which are difficult to pull off for extended periods without calling attention to their staginess.

For star wattage, “Troilus” offers up stage vet Corey Stoll as a suit-clad Ulysses (Netflix buffs will remember him being left to suffocate in a garage by Frank Underwood as the first season of “House of Cards” drew to a close).

Stoll, alongside John Douglas Thompson and Edward James Hyland, as older Greek fighters, shrewdly manipulate Achilles (Louis Cancelmi, with enough scruff to be confused for Adam Levine) into returning to the battlefield. How? By ignoring him, and focusing their attention on Ajax (played with lunkheaded dopeyness by Alex Breaux).

Andrew Burnap, as Troilus, nails the ideal of the noble but impetuous prince, accusing brother Hector (the excellent Bill Heck) of being a failure as a warrior for not routinely finishing off his enemies with a death blow.

Max Casella provides comic relief as Thersites, the vulgar and cynical Greek left to beg for his life in more situations than he probably prefers.

The LGBT elements of Greek mythology -- at least, what 21st century New Yorkers would call the “gay subtext” -- have been brought to the surface, particularly between Achilles and his companion, Patroclus (Tom Pecinka), whose murder at the hands of the Greeks dispels any possibility of a peaceful ending.

“Troilus and Cressida,” through Aug. 14 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets are distributed on site beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of each performance.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA['Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Sets Opening Dates]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:24:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chistian+Borle+Joan+Marcus.jpg

A Wonka-sized musical is coming to Broadway.

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will opens its doors to New York City this spring, in a new musical with a score from the "Hairspray" team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Performances begin at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 28, 2017, with an opening night set for April 23.

Headling the production as the mischievous chocolate maker is two-time Tony winner Christian Borle -- last of "Something Rotten."

It'll be a busy theater season for Borle. This fall, he'll also star in Lincoln Center's upcoming revival of William Flinn and James Lapine’s "Falsettos," alongside Andrew Rannells ("Hamilton," TV's "Girls") and Stephanie J.Block ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood").

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will reunite Shaiman and Wittman with "Hairspray" director Jack O'Brien. David Greg will adapt Dahl’s book for the stage, with Joshua Bergasse (NBC’s “Smash”) choreographing.

The new musical comes after an acclaimed run in London’s West End, which began in June 2013 and is slated to end in January 2017.

It tells the story of a young boy who wins the opportunity to tour the factory of world famous candy-maker Willy Wonka. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters as imaginative as Wonka’s world itself, including the iconic army of Oompa-Loompas.

Dahl’s book was first published in 1964, and has been adapted into two motion pictures: 1971’s Gene Wilder-led "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and 2005’s Johnny Depp-led "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CharlieOnBroadway.com.



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA['Ragtime' Concert Comes to Ellis Island]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:35:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-534707062.jpg

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants entering into the United States. And on Monday, the famed institution will be the grounds for another series of immigrant stories, when it hosts a concert version of the Broadway musical "Ragtime."

The 1998 musical stage adaptation of E.K. Doctorow's historical novel -- which details the conflict between classes of immigrant groups in early 20th century America -- will be the first musical of its kind to take the New York Harbor.

It will take place in Ellis Island Registry Room, where immigrants passing through were traditionally inspected and registered by immigration officers.

Presenting producer Suzanne Friedman is using the "developmental concert" as a workshop for "an immersive, full production of the acclaimed American musical" on Ellis Island in 2017, its website says.

"The questions of what it means to be part of an immigrant narrative are just as prevalent now as they were in 1902, and in asking those questions in the very room where so many of our ancestors discovered the answers, 'Ragtime on Ellis Island' offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring history to life in new ways," the site explains.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, who starred in the original Broadway production, will narrate the evening. Andy Mientus (NBC's "Smash"), Laura Michelle Kelly ("Finding Neverland"), Brandon Victor Dixon ("Hamilton") and Michael Park ("Tuck Everlasting") are just a few starring in the show.

After the show, audience members can explore the main building and two of its museum exhibits. The private ferry taking them home will take a detour by the Statue of Liberty.

"Ragtime" features a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, with a book by Terrence McNally. Sammi Cannold will direct the concert.



Photo Credit: John Moore]]>
<![CDATA[Race an Olympian, Ride a Water Slide at NYC's Summer Streets]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 13:40:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/summer+streets+2013.jpg

Summer Streets comes to New York City this weekend, turning the otherwise busy Manhattan streets into a 7-mile-long park where people can race an Olympian, zip through the city skyline or splash down a water slide.

Lafayette Street and Park Avenue will be shut down from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The streets will also be shut down on Aug. 13 and 20. 

As in previous years, there will be several rest stops along the path that have activities and refreshments.

Among the highlights at this year's stops are a virtual race against an Olympian at Astor Place, a soccer tournament at a midtown stop and a a 300-foot beach slide and DJ at Foley Square.

To see a full list of events and the complete route, click here.

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<![CDATA[Gisele Manages Sultry Turn During Rio's Opening Ceremony]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:04:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gisele_GettyImages-586221882.jpg

A controversial skit where Gisele Bundchen was to be mugged may have been yanked from the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games following local outcry, but the international supermodel still managed to make a show-stopping appearance.

Donning a silver dress that sparkled in the huge arena, Bundchen had perhaps her longest catwalk ever as 'The Girl From Ipanema' played during the Bossa segment of the opening ceremony to rousing applause.

The supermodel's appearance is a far cry from what was originally conceived. The earlier planned skit involved Bundchen getting robbed by a poor black boy, highlighting the Olympic host city's high crime rate and poverty. After charges the performance played into racial stereotypes it was pulled from the Opening Ceremony despite being featured during weekend rehearsals for the four-hour spectacle.

Filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, the Opening Ceremony's creative director, told The Washington Post the skit had been misinterpreted and called the controversy a "tremendous misunderstanding." 

He told the paper the skit actually involved a food vendor on the beach trying to take a selfie with Bundchen, then security guards chasing the vendor. Bundchen then jumps in to protect the vendor, the Post reported. 

"It was a gag that was not funny so we cut it," Meirelles told the paper. "There was nothing that looked like a robbery in the scene except two security guards chasing after a vendor. They are three professional clowns."

Fernando Alvares Salis, head of the communications department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who was in attendance at Sunday's dress rehearsal, told the Post the skit was "totally unacceptable." 



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<![CDATA[Your Olympic Spirit Shines Bright]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:42:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vegasriothumb1.jpg We asked viewers to send in their best photos showcasing their Olympic spirit and support for Team USA. ]]> <![CDATA['Miss Saigon' Returns to the Broadway Theatre in March]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:52:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MS_JAN15_PRESS_Landscape_AW.jpg

"Miss Saigon" has made its Broadway return official.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical -- which opened at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 starring Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce, and closed in 2001 -- will return to the same house in March 2017.

Performances begin March 1, with an opening night set for March 23. The limited production is set to close on Jan. 14, 2018, before launching a North American tour beginning in Providence, Rhode Island and continuing through more than 50 cities including Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The revival, directed by Laurence Connor ("School of Rock"), will transfer from London, where it opened to critical acclaim and sold-out crowds in May 2014. 

"Of all my shows, 'Miss Saigon' is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back," producer Cameron Mackintosh said, in a statement. "I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see this tremendous new production."

Stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada -- both American -- will transfer with the production. The show will mark each of their Broadway debuts.

Noblezada was discovered three years ago by the "Miss Saigon" casting team at the National High School Musical Theater Awards ("The Jimmys") -- named after legendary theater owner James Nederlander, who died on July 25.

"Miss Saigon" tells the story of an orphaned girl who falls in love with an American GI in war-torn Saigon. Music comes from Schönberg with lyrics by Boublil. Richard Maltby Jr. aided in the French adaptation of Boublil’s lyrics, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahle.

Mackintosh currently has three other productions running on Broadway: "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," and the newly-opened revival of "Cats." 

For tickets and more information, visit www.saigonbroadway.com.

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<![CDATA[Olympics Viewing Parties in NYC and NJ]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:25:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rio_endpage_feathers_1280x720.jpg

Get ready to watch Olympic stars in action and cheer on Team USA! 

Fans can watch the Rio Games and share their Olympic spirit with friends at viewing parties around the tri-state. Here's a list of viewing parties for you around New York City and New Jersey: 

In Manhattan

Citi's "Rio on the Hudson" will take place on Pier 26 at Hudson River Park from Aug. 5- Aug. 11. The Pier will be complete with beaches, palm trees, live samba music and dancers, Capoeira performances, Brazilians DJs, live graffiti artists creating giant mural displays, and Brazilian food and drinks. The free event will hold meet and greets with Olympic legends, as well as current Paralympians heading to Rio in September.

Merchants Hospitality have instilled their "Celebrate Rio" campaign in several restaurants around NYC. They are throwing watch parties all month long at Industry Kitchen, Black Hound, Merchants River House, Pound & Pence, SouthWest NY, and Treadwell Park. Each restaurant has its own Brazilian-inspired food and drink menus.

Brickyard Gastropub will display the games on nine TVs with sound. You can call for reservations and questions about specific games and events. 

Smithfield NYC will broadcast all sports from Rio, as well as non-USA action that is only available online -- based on demand or what the bar deems is most important that day. 

The Paley Center for Media will provide free, HD Olympic screenings starting Saturday, Aug. 6, at noon in Paley theaters. 

In Brooklyn:

Woodwork Brooklyn will be showcasing all soccer games, as well as rhythmic gymnastics. 

The Kent Ale House, a sports and craft beer bar, says you can "catch all the action" on 13 TVs, including a 100-inch, hi-def screen. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for more details and early opening times. 

Hunter's on Smith Street is creating a Brooklyn Pop-Up Restaurant "showing and living the 2016 Rio Olympics full time." It will have a special menu featuring Brazilian cuisine by Chef Bruno Bargas. The games will be shown all day and night with big screen TVs and projectors. 

In Queens

The Courtyard Ale House offers 24 craft beers on tap, and will be playing the Olympic Games on several flat-screen TVs.

In New Jersey

TGI Fridays in Brick, New Jersey, will showcase Olympic events from Aug. 5-Aug. 21. Click here to RSVP to their Facebook event.

Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, will have a viewing party for the Women's 400M Hurdles - Round 1 on Monday, Aug. 15, to support their very own Sydney McLaughlin. The event will take place in their "Olympic Village" (gym and gym parking lot), and is open to alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, families and all friends of the school. 

New Jersey Fencing Alliance will host an Olympic Fencing viewing party on Monday Aug. 8 and Saturday Aug. 13 for Maplewood's own Ibtihaj Muhammad. They will stream the Olympic fencing events from Aug. 6- Aug. 13, as well. 

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<![CDATA[Review: 'Cats' Revival Has Us Feline Groovy ]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:32:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CatsMain.jpg

“Cats.” The “Hamilton” of its day?

When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s love-it-or-hate-it musical transferred to Broadway in 1982, tickets were tough to get. Rather than wait a year for seats, my grandma paid $10 each so our family could stand in the back of the Winter Garden and hear Betty Buckley belt out “Memory.”

I imagine I’m not the only one who will lap up the “Cats” revival, now at the Neil Simon Theatre, in part thanks to that musical touchstone. A nostalgia trip with updated choreography—by the man behind the moves in “Hamilton”—this new “Cats” is peppy and kinetic, if sometimes a tad monotonous.

“Cats” blew my 13-year-old mind: during intermission, we were allowed on stage to hang out with Old Deuteronomy, the wizened senior Jellicle. And that stage! The Winter Garden was wholly reconfigured into a junkyard. (Got kids? Visiting with Old Deuteronomy was not an option last week at the Neil Simon, though I’m told it will be soon.)

No one can reasonably expect to be moved in the same way by a pop culture confection when there are 30-plus years between viewings. On the plus side, this time I understood the “plot,” which composer Webber famously based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

Once a year, a tribe of cats gathers to learn who will rise to the Heaviside Layer—it’s a real thing—and return to a new life. Again directed by Trevor Nunn, the musical introduces us to two-dozen felines, all of whom get the chance to convey their personalities. In a way, they’re auditioning for Old Deuteronomy (Quentin Earl Darrington, wearing what looks like a ca.-1977 shag carpet).

If this sounds like a prime showcase for any number of high-stakes talent contest winners, it is. The showiest singing role in “Cats” is Grizabella, “the glamour cat.” British singer Leona Lewis (the one-time “X Factor” winner whose hits include “Bleeding Love”) inherited the collar for this New York production after a contretemps between West End star Nicole Scherzinger and the composer.

Lewis tackles matters like a champ. The best way to approach a song like “Memory,” which has been covered by everyone from Streisand to Manilow, is with determined understatement. That’s precisely what Lewis delivers, in a performance that reminded me of the way mega-star Jennifer Hudson gave us a restrained Shug Avery last season in “The Color Purple.”

Scherzinger, incidentally, wasn’t the only one throwing water on these kittens: original choreographer Gillian Lynne said she was “very angry” that “Hamilton” Tony-winner Andy Blankenbuehler was brought in to update the dancing: “It makes me feel like I’d like to murder,” she said. Meow.

Blankenbuehler’s work acutely enhances the personality of each cat, as with the acrobatics by Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer (the winning Jess LeProtto and Shonica Gooden, who are nicely matched as mischief-makers).

The “Cats” cast is perfectly up to their feline mimicry: I was particularly touched by Christopher Gurr’s palsied old Gus, the theater cat, as well as Ricky Ubeda (the season 11 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”), who lights up Mistoffelees with requisite magic and mystery.

If there’s a flaw to this approach, it’s that the cats’ stories don’t relate to each other or in any way drive the plot forward. Despite the variety of personalities, things start to feel repetitious.

“Cats” is full of catchy pop tunes many of us have known for decades. Webber’s songs don’t have the tightest of melodies, but I’ll take “Cats” over “School of Rock” any day. As a wistful recollection, “Cats” is guaranteed to leave you feline groovy—it’s here now, though I wouldn’t bet on it lasting forever.

“Cats,” at the Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St. Advance ticket sales through Jan. 15, 2017. Tickets: $59-$149. Call 877-250-2929.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy]]>
<![CDATA[Guns N' Roses Star Surprises 'School of Rock' Cast]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:02:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SLASH+SURPRISES+SCHOOL+OF+ROCK+-+00003401_WNBC_000000012515703.jpg

The kid band at the heart of the Broadway musical "School of Rock" got a surprise guest during rehearsal - Guns N' Roses star Slash.

The guitarist made a surprise appearance Friday while the pre-teen band was practicing the Guns N' Roses song "Sweet Child O' Mine." He then joined in with young guitarist Brandon Niederauer, who seemed delighted.

Singer Bobbi MacKenzie didn't notice the musician until after the song, covering her mouth in surprise. After shaking hands with the kids, Slash joined them on "Paradise City."

The musical stays close to the plot of the Jack Black-led 2003 film, in which a wannabe rocker enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Slash is touring with Guns N' Roses.



Photo Credit: School of Rock The Musical]]>
<![CDATA[Disneyland to Get Rid of 'Tower of Terror']]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GOTGExt1280.jpg

Disneyland and California Adventure fanatics must soon say their final farewell to a "terrifying" park favorite, "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror."

The ride will be revamped into a "Guardians of the Galaxy" experience next summer, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego. 

The last chance for Disney enthusiasts to plummet 13 stories down the iconic elevator shaft will be early 2017, according to the Disney Parks blog.

Reaction on Facebook wasn't exactly positive; many said the removal of the ride was a bad move, and a sign that Disney was catering to trendy flicks. Audience members reportedly booed at the concept image presented at Comic-Con.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" ride will feature Rocket the raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper in the film, enlisting the help of the riders to break the fellow Guardians of the Galaxy out of The Collector's display cases. The ride is said to have a "breathtaking free fall sensation" with "visual and audio effects."  

The music featured in the ride will change from 1930s era to popular 70s tunes played by Star-Lord, AKA Chris Pratt's character Peter Quill, in the film.

It slated to open summer 2017 in concert with the sequel's release.



Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel via Disney Parks Blog
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<![CDATA[Scenes From the Stage: Panorama NYC]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:33:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-579696100_master-edited.jpg Panorama NYC kicked off Friday and runs from July 22-24, 2016. Check out the latest photos of artists performing onstage.

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<![CDATA[Review: 'Motown,' Returning to NY, Seconds That Emotion ]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MotownMainSub.jpg

Ed. Note: The Broadway return of “Motown” had been announced as a limited 18-week engagement. Producers posted a surprise closing notice late Thursday, and the final performance is now set for July 31.

Shows change theaters all the time, but it’s rare that one closes during a successful Broadway run, heads out on national tour and then returns to New York, picking up where it left off.

That’s the case with “Motown,” which logged 775 performances at the Lunt Fontanne, wrapping up in January 2015 and spawning both a national tour and London production. So, to borrow a line from Marvin Gaye, what’s going on?

Producer Kevin McCollum has told Playbill that the newest incarnation of “Motown,” now open at the Nederlander Theatre, is “tighter,” with lines cut, sets scaled back and more reliance on projection video. It’s also -- and this is me talking now -- more endearing.

“Motown” is based on the biography of founder Berry Gordy Jr. Gordy, 86, wrote the book for this stage adaptation and is also a producer. The two-act musical is dotted with snippets and medleys of some 60 Motown songs, from “Stop in the Name of Love” to “Super Freak.”

The story tracks Gordy’s life from adolescent inspirations (he watches Joe Louis defeat Max Schmeling on TV) to the 1980s, when he wrestles with whether to attend a Motown homage produced by his former creative assistant. (Taped in March 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, “Motown 25” was broadcast on NBC later that year.)

By the 1980s, Gordy feels abandoned by many of the talents he nurtured, as they leave his flock for bigger contracts. Will he or won’t he attend the reunion concert? Gordy is in a ball of confusion, and “Motown” is presented as a history lesson between the bookends of him contemplating that question.

The new cast -- Broadway’s original Gordy was Brandon Victor Dixon, now Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” -- is noticeably at ease with the material.

Chester Gregory (“The Jackie Wilson Story”), as the central figure, is driven and insistent, but only when there’s an obvious justification for being so. We believe his Berry Gordy holds the interests of his singers at heart over his own. Would we expect less from a production so carefully curated by its own protagonist?

The real Diana Ross seems to believe her own image as a benevolent diva still in touch with the unpretentious simplicity of her origins. Here, Allison Semmes puts that over with ruthless sincerity, introducing a sly and ironic sense of self-awareness to the leading role.

Semmes is at her finest during an audience-participation sequence that has Ross making her solo debut in Las Vegas

Jesse Nager is appealing as Smokey Robinson, the down-to-earth talent charged with keeping Gordy grounded. He conveys willingness to please without coming off as a patsy. Effective, as well, is Jarran Muse as a soulful Marvin Gaye, who lets his growing impatience and anger simmer and boil over in small, intense bursts.

“Motown” has an ensemble of nearly three dozen assorted Tops, Temptations, Commodores, Contours and the like. Let’s single out the marvelous Martina Sykes, who as Mary Wells holds a long note with beguiling steadiness, and the charismatic Leon Outlaw Jr. (alternating with J.J. Batteast) as young Michael Jackson.

With both Jackson and Gaye depicted so robustly on stage, you may pause to wish time had ground to a halt in 1983.

An exchange that has Gordy telling Gaye Motown won’t release the singer’s protest-oriented music includes references to “trigger-happy policing” that lend an unexpected timeliness to the proceedings. Otherwise, what we have here is an improved and infectious excuse to revisit dozens of Motor City chestnuts.

“Motown,” at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. Tickets, through July 31, $97-$147. Call 877-250-2929.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Wall Around Trump Walk of Fame Star]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/201*120/07-20-2016-trumjp-wall-hollywood-walk-1.jpg

A Los Angeles-based street artist built a miniature wall, featuring razor wire and "Keep Out" signs, around Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Visitors gathered around the star Tuesday, snapping photos before it was removed. Trump's star is in front of Forever 21 clothing store in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a prominent location on the Walk of Fame not far from the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The 6-inch tall wall, which formed a barrier between Trump's star and that of "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey, was built by the British artist known as Plastic Jesus. Known for his guerrilla-style street art, Plastic Jesus also installed "No Trump Anytime" signs outside Trump Tower in Chicago, as well as in other prominent locations around the U.S. and London. He created similar signs that read "No Kardashian Parking Anytime" and other works that take on celebrity culture. 

The installations are usually left in place for a short time, then removed. 

Trump, who became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday on the second day of the party's convention in Cleveland, has proposed a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to keep out unauthorized immigrants.

The New York business magnate and reality show personality was inducted into the Walk of Fame in January 2007. 



Photo Credit: PlasticJesus.net
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<![CDATA[New Episodes of 'Making a Murderer']]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:05:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/young-steven-avery-mn-1705_6ed7abe3d2d535b99e853f74c50a543b.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

"Making a Murderer," the Netflix show that captivated binge-watchers across the country earlier this year, is returning with new episodes, the company announced Tuesday.

In a press release, Netflix said the show’s executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are working on new episodes of the Emmy-nominated docu-series.

The new episodes are expected to take fans of the series "back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal team challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld," according to Netflix.

"This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as, the emotional toll the process takes on all involved," the company said.

The 10-part series dominated airwaves and social media after its Dec. 2015 release, centering on the story of Steven Avery’s 2005 conviction for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, as well as the related conviction of Avery's nephew Brendan Dassey.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold" Ricciardi and Demos said in a statement.

The two have hinted at the potential for a second installment previously, but the announcement marks the first time Netflix has confirmed the news. 

Featured in the new episodes will be Avery’s new lawyer from suburban Chicago Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth.

Avery was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in Halbach's death. He had been wrongfully convicted years earlier in a rape case and served 18 years in prison before being freed. Avery sued Manitowoc County for $36 million shortly before he and Dassey were arrested in Halbach's death.

Avery, who is seeking to be released on bond, filed a wide-ranging appeal earlier this year claiming authorities used an improper warrant and that a juror was out to get him, among other things.

Dassey was arrested at the age of 16 in connection with case, but his attorneys maintain his confession was coerced. His legal team has taken Dassey’s case to federal court in Wisconsin in the hopes that he will be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which will force the government to examine his case and rule whether he has been imprisoned illegally.

Details on when the new episodes might air weren't immediately released. 



Photo Credit: Manitowoc County Sheriff's Dept.]]>
<![CDATA['Fiddler on the Roof' Will Close in December]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FiddlerClosing.jpg

The Broadway revival of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's "Fiddler on the Roof" will play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on Dec. 31. At the time of its closing, it will have played 464 performances.

The acclaimed production, starring six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, boasts a cast of 40 actors and an orchestra of 23 musicians -- one of the biggest on Broadway.

It's also playing in one of Broadway's biggest houses, with 1,761 seats to fill every night. (That's over 400 more than "Hamilton" has to sell at the Richard Rodgers Theatre by comparison.)

Sales for the musical have dropped in recent weeks, after the three-time Tony nominated production went home empty handed on Broadway's biggest night. Last week, the show grossed less than 50 percent of its potential $1.5 million box office, according to numbers provided by the Broadway League.

"We felt that it was important to provide people with enough time to come see this great musical in a definitive production," producer Jeffrey Richards said in a statement. "Who knows the next time one will be able to experience this award-winning show on Broadway!"

For tickets to "Fiddler on the Roof," directed by Bartlett Sher, visit fiddlermusical.com.



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Fully Automated Quinoa Restaurant Coming to Midtown]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_19724380454.jpg

Robots (and some hidden chefs) will serve quinoa to customers at a fast-food restaurant opening in midtown Manhattan later this year, according to reports.

There will be no cashiers at Eatsa’s midtown location, just lines of iPads and rows of cubby holes handing over quinoa.

Eatsa’s first New York City location opens at 285 Madison Avenue in the fall, Grub Street reported. Right now, the fast-food chain has two locations in San Francisco and one in the Los Angeles area.

There are a few stages to the Eatsa system. First, customers swipe their credit cards at an iPad. After that, a list of quinoa-based menu items pops up. Diners can customize their dishes before finishing their orders.

The all-vegetarian menu is inspired by different types of cuisine. There’s a Mexican burrito bowl, a Japanese bento bowl, an Indian spice market bowl and a Mediterranean Greek salad bowl, among others. A breakfast menu includes a southwestern scramble and a yogurt quinoa parfait.

While the system that prepares the food is mostly automated, there are still about five employees who prep, assemble and deliver meals to the cubbies, according to Fast Company. But they may not be around forever. Scott Drummond, a cofounder of Eatsa, said he sees a future where robots do it all.

After the food is assembled, it’s delivered to one of the cubbies. All of the cubbies have a transparent, LCD-screened door that displays each customer’s name. A customer taps the door and it flips open, revealing the packaged food and beverage.

"The food comes out in little cubby holes. It’s so neat to see your cubby go dark and then your food appear with your name on it," one user said of an Eatsa location in San Francisco.

Eatsa is a bit reminiscent of the now-defunct Bamn! on the Lower East Side. That automat-style eatery consisted of rows of vending machines serving up corn dogs and grilled cheese.



Photo Credit: AP/File
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<![CDATA[Jake Gyllenhaal Will Lead 'Burn This' Revival on Broadway]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:23:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-539752478.jpg

Jake Gyllenhaal is returning to Broadway this winter, nearly two years after the Oscar nominee made his debut on the Great White Way.

The "Brokeback Mountain" actor will star in the lead role of a revival of Landford Wilson's acclaimed 1987 play "Burn This, at the Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street.

Tony winner Michael Mayer ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") will direct the play, which originally premiered on Broadway in 1987. Performances are slated to begin in February ahead of a March 6 opening.

The revival will re-open the Hudson Theatre. The playhouse originally opened in 1903 and is currently going through an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation funded by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

The original staging starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen in a production that ran for 437 performances. The play takes place in the wake of the death of a young gay couple, focusing on four friends left behind, picking up the pieces of their lives. 

Additional information for "Burn This" -- including casting and ticketing availability -- will be announced shortly. 

Gyllenhaal -- who who made his Broadway debut in 2015's "Constellations" -- will also be on stage this fall, leading a benefit concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Sunday in the Park with George" alongside Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. The musical will take place at New York City Center from Oct. 24 through Oct. 26.



Photo Credit: Theo Wargo]]>
<![CDATA[Review: Daniel Radcliffe Confronts 'Privacy' Issues]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PrivacyMain.jpg

“Privacy,” a disquieting comic-thriller inspired in part by the actions of Edward Snowden, arrives at The Public Theater at roughly the same time a national debate brews over whether Pokémon GO, with its ties to Google, can access too much of a player’s personal information.

Tech embracers -- or, say, anyone with an iPhone -- routinely log bits of data that together provide a glimpse into our intimate lives: finances, locations visited, sexual preferences and so on.

Why worry about Pokémon, “Privacy” leaves you wondering, when we’re clearly doing plenty on our own to strip bare before the world?

Reworked since its London debut in 2014, the collaboration between The Public and Donmar Warehouse centers on an introverted British writer (Daniel Radcliffe, in his fourth New York stage appearance). A painful breakup precedes a move to Manhattan, which he hopes will disrupt his routine. Plus, his ex is here.

Along the way, actors portraying real-world tech, academic and government figures, among them OKCupid founder Christian Rudder and FBI director James Comey, spring to life from the writer’s imagination, both encouraging him to use technology to help form bonds, and warning against it.

“Privacy” relies on audience involvement, guaranteeing no two performances are identical. We’re encouraged to watch with our cellphones on, logged into a dedicated WiFi network. It also features NSA whistleblower Snowden, via previously taped video, in a contribution we can consider his New York stage debut.

Radcliffe, raised almost publicly in the “Harry Potter” films -- and, I'd imagine, obligated to draw boundaries from an early age -- offers another in a line of effacing and affecting performances as the scribe beset by information overload. One effective sequence has him speed-dating with audience “matches” and being forced to admit he lied on a dating profile about his height.

Parts of that scene require the actor to improvise; a second nod for quick-thinking is owed to “SNL” vet Rachel Dratch, here as the writer’s mum and others. The script calls for Dratch to break the fourth wall and discuss metadata tracked by the car service Uber. The night I attended, instructions she provided to examine our own data were rendered obsolete by an app update mere hours before.

Dratch learned about the software update from the audience, yet maintained control over proceedings; Radcliffe shared an explanation during curtain call.

Agreeable supporting performances are turned in by a cast in multiple roles, including De’Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian and Michael Countryman.

The play changes tone in the second act, becoming less about whether the writer can learn to relate to people by relaxing control over information and more about the ways we cede control of data by using our mobile devices. Snowden’s brief participation at the climax plays off an earlier observation that Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is around the same length as the iTunes user agreement.

There’s something of a British refinement to the proceedings, crafted by co-creators James Graham and Josie Rourke (U.K’s election-night telecast of “The Vote”). I’m not sure any of the revelations come as a jarring surprise, though they raise substantive issues in myriad original ways.

Among them: What's the best balance between security and liberty? When does social media stop helping us stay benignly connected and enable our baser impulses, like stalking? Also—and I’m asking for a friend—is it such a good idea to have every photo you've snapped since 2009 available for public consumption? 

“Privacy” glances off these ideas, concluding finally with the message that it’s good, every so often, to take your phone off the table and have an eye-to-eye verbal confab with your companion, even if it’s about nothing more substantial than your cat.

“Privacy,” through Aug. 14 at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets: $95 and up. Call 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn 



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Bell Announces New Ice Cream Flavor]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cookie-two-step.jpg

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Blue Bell announced a new flavor of ice cream Friday.

The Brenham, Texas-based company announced the release of Cookie Two Step, vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate crème filled cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.

"Cookie Two Step combines ingredients from two of our top-selling flavors," Blue Bell spokesman Ricky Dickson said in a news release.

The new flavor will be available in stores beginning Friday, according to the company.

Dickson said the company will release more flavors within the next few months.

"Most will be returning favorites and we plan to have another new one soon," he said.



Photo Credit: Blue Bell Ice Cream]]>
<![CDATA[Here are the 68th Annual Emmy Nominees]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:47:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/emmys-3way-thrones-oj.jpg “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” dominated the list of nominations for the 2016 Emmys. But there were plenty of other nods for other shows. Here is a selection of nominees in top categories.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Plans Retro 'Mario,' 'Zelda' Console]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NES_Classic_2.jpg

If you're of a certain age and miss the video games of the 1980s, Nintendo has a Christmas gift for you.

The video game company said Thursday it will release the "NES Classic Edition" on Nov. 11, a $59.99 system that comes loaded with 30 vintage Nintendo games.

Among the highlights are all three "Super Mario" games, two "Zelda" titles, two "Castlevania" entries and two installments from the "Donkey Kong" franchise. 

Nintendo described the new console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

While classic Nintendo games have been available on other platforms - either legally or via the download of illicit "ROM" files from the Internet - this is the first time Nintendo has stepped into the retro games market with a dedicated piece of hardware. 

The complete list of games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr. 
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. 
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.  2
  • Super Mario Bros.  3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link



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<![CDATA[Daveed Diggs to Leave 'Hamilton' July 15 ]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:31:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-539766392.jpg

Less than a week after original cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom, Jr. departed "Hamilton," actor Daveed Diggs announced he will also be exiting the Tony-winning hip-hop musical. 

The 34-year-old — a Tony winner for his take on the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Jefferson — will play his final performance in the sold-out show on July 15.

While his parts are still being recast, longtime understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart will rotate the roles at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre.

On Monday, Miranda's longtime understudy Javier Munoz took over for the title character the Pulitzer Prize winner had created on the page and stage. Munoz, who had been alternating the role since its off Broadway premiere at the Public Theater in last winter, worked closely with Miranda in workshops to create the role.

Newcomer Lexi Lawson also stepped in for Soo on Monday, playing Eliza Hamilton. Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will take over for Odom, Jr.'s Aaron Burr in a few weeks, after his current gig in "Shuffle Along" ends upon its July 24 closing.

News of Diggs' exit came tied in the announcement that Miranda's former co-star Karen Olivo will headline the Chicago production of "Hamilton" as Angelica Schuyler. The Tony-winning "In the Heights" veteran will be joined by Miguel Cervantes ("If/Then") as Alexander Hamilton, Wallace Smith ("Godspell") as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Ari Afsar (TV's "American Idol") as Eliza Hamilton and Alexander Gemignani ("Violet") as King George III, among others.

For tickets and information, visit hamiltonbroadway.com.



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<![CDATA[Review: Smart Political Thriller 'Oslo,' at Lincoln Center]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:11:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OsloMain.jpg

I approached “Oslo,” the new political thriller at Lincoln Center Theater, with a single image in mind: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shaking hands in the White House Rose Garden, with then-President Bill Clinton behind them, his arms spread wide in embrace.

What a moment. The signing of the Oslo peace accords may well have been the photo op of the 1990s.

And yet ... a quarter-century later, much of the world recalls the pivotal episode in the Arab-Israeli peace process not as a high watermark, but as an ineffective diplomatic exercise that left more bloodshed in its aftermath. Time suggests that the accord had no teeth.

Is there still drama, then, to be mined from a story about the agreement’s genesis? That’s what I wondered as the 3-hour drama, directed by Bartlett Sher (“Fiddler,” etc.), built to its sad crescendo. The answer, assuredly, is yes.

Playwright J.T. Rogers grasps the cynicism that crept back over the Middle East in the wake of multinational efforts to tamp down the decades-long conflict, and has crafted a play arguing that the storied agreement set events on a better course, even if it didn’t generate the desired outcome.

“Oslo” is told from the perspective of a young Norwegian couple (Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle), who arranged back-channel meetings between Israeli and Palestinian players at the snowy Borregaard Estate, outside the Norwegian capital, with neither the permission of superiors, nor the inclusion of American interlopers.

Mays ("A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder") is Terje Rød-Larsen, director of a think tank, who theorizes that a negotiation will only bear fruit in an environment where enemies can relate on a personal level, learning the names of each other’s children and so forth.

He has a fine complement in Ehle (“The Coast of Utopia”) as his wife, Mona Juul, an effective diplomat who quickly plugs press leaks to preserve the sanctity of the undertakings and is the more grounded force in their union. (The two real-life diplomats, not incidentally, aided Rogers with his script.)

With the idea that it’s better to seek forgiveness than permission, our story begins at a dinner party, during which Terje and Mona tell the incoming Norwegian foreign minister of their plan to bring together Israeli and Palestinian leaders … but only after they’ve set it in motion.

From there, we flash back a year to meetings at Borregaard, with escalating tensions and ever more high-level diplomats on site. Also, there are plenty of waffles: Terje and Mona clearly believe the way to the hearts of angry men is through their stomachs.

Back and forth, the Israelis and Palestinians attempt to hammer out a Declaration of Principles, debating issues familiar to anyone cursorily versed in Middle Eastern affairs: Who will have sovereignty over Jerusalem? Will the Israelis leave Gaza? Can the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “legitimate” state?

Taking seats at Booregaard are Ahmed Qurie (the marvelous Anthony Azizi), as the mildly flirtatious finance minister for the PLO. His delegation partner is Hassan Asfour (Dariush Kashani), a brutish fella who goes off on deadpan non sequiturs filled with vaguely Communist-sounding proverbs.

Across the table are Israeli politicians such as Uri Savir (the excellent Michael Aronov, of “Golden Boy”), a one-time New York consulate official whose youthful pig-headedness seems likely to derail the work going on.

At times, “Oslo” is more playful than its subject matter might suggest: tension in one scene is broken when a drunken Uri dons a makeshift peaked keffiyeh (Arafat’s signature headdress) and segues into a goofy impersonation of the late Palestinian leader.

The writing and staging are literal-minded, so the sound of a jet engine tells us the action has moved from Oslo to London or Stockholm. Mona, in her capacity as narrator-in-chief, describes numerous atrocities even as newsreel footage of the horrors screens on the back wall of the Mitzi E. Newhouse.

I never felt as if “Oslo” had a pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian political stance; that fact alone lends the story heft.

Finally, Mays’ Terje makes the point that, results notwithstanding, at least it was possible for Israelis and Palestinians to come to the same table. With “Oslo,” playwright Rogers is clearly exhibiting a wish that the next generation of players would soon pick up where their predecessors left off.

“Oslo,” on sale through Aug. 28, 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater, 150 W. 65th St. Tickets: $77-$87. Call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Museum of Ice Cream Coming to Meatpacking District ]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg

The inimitable Museum of Ice Cream is coming to the Meatpacking District for one month this summer, pledging to deliver a "lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric experience" through the end of August. 

The delectably creative establishment will set up shop at 100 Gansevoort Street, a few steps from the High Line entrance. 

Curated by "a collective of ice cream obsessed designer, artists and friends," according to a release, the interactive museum features a swimmable rainbow "sprinkle" pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a collaborate massive ice cream sundae. 

Anyone who visits the museum, which will be open every day of the week but Tuesday from July 29 to Aug. 31, can seesaw on an ice cream scooper or swing on an ice cream sandwich built for two. 

The museum will offer a "scoop of the week" that will include "ice cream creations by some of the city's most beloved arbiters of cool treats, including Black Tap, Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co., and more," says the website. 

Admission, which includes ice cream, for one adult is $18. Admission for two adults plus ice cream is $30. Children younger than age 10 and senior citizens get a discount ($12). And anyone who shows up opening day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. gets free admission and ice cream. 

Tickets are available for online reservation on the museum's website. 



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<![CDATA[7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpees]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Slurpee-GettyImages-106159890.jpg

There's no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a Slurpee, and on Monday it won't cost you a thing. 

To celebrate July 11 — or 7-Eleven Day — the convenience chain will be giving away their signature slushy drinks. Stop by your neighborhood 7-Eleven on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to get a free small Slurpee drink.

Monday marks the company's 89th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the slurpee. If you're feeling festive, you can check out the chain's new birthday cake flavor. 

But that's not all.

This year, 7-Eleven is also offering customers who download their app a chance to get 11 free slurpees when they purchase 7 slurpees between July 11 and July 18. 



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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Talks Breaking Barriers]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

It's been one year since Misty Copeland leaped over barriers to become American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

In an interview with "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist, Copeland reflected on her history-making accomplishment and reveals the motivation behind her soon-to-be released dancewear line, Égal.

"I was aware that I was black, but I wasn't aware of the deep rooted history of the lack of diversity, the lack of African Americans in top companies," Copeland said. "It was like, it hasn't happened for 75 years. Why would it happen to me? And then, at the same time, it gave me even more of this fire that was like, 'I am carrying so many people with me and I can do this.'"

Copeland has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.

"I didn't expect it to be like that. It was really wild. I don't think anyone in the company or in the dance world — we were all kind of shocked," Copeland said. "But I am giving people hope that you don't have to fit into this mold of what society has cut out for you to be in order to succeed."

Having broken the ballet mold herself, Copeland is hoping to motivate dancers of all sizes with a new line of dancewear called Égal — French for equal.

"I was going through this time where I had gained a lot of weight," she said. "I went through puberty really late in life and my bust had grown and I was like, 'I'm going to create dancewear that people who aren't stick thin can wear, but also people who are thin can wear."

Copeland says she hopes to eventually expand Égal to include a plus-size collection.

"It's finally coming to fruition," she said.



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<![CDATA[Alaska's Stunning Live Bearcam Returns]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452656560.jpg

It's summertime and the bears of Alaska are ready to gorge. 

EXPLORE.org has switched on its highly anticipated Bearcam in Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve for the summer, the fourth season the organization has graced nature lovers worldwide with the opportunity to see the majestic bruins fish for salmon in the wild. 

Each year, more than 100 brown bears descend on a mile-long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world, according to Explore.org. Viewers can watch the bears on the livecam 24/7. 

And for more fun, this year's Bearcam has an add-on that lets viewers take a snapshot from the feed and vie in daily contests for the best shot. 

“We are broadcasting from a truly magical place. I hope people use Bearcam to relax, to reconnect with what’s beautiful and to have fun sharing those moments of nature with other people around the world,” EXPLORE.org founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten said in a statement. “The cams are a digital sanctuary where people can use nature as tool to restore themselves.”



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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Picks Replacements for Leading Roles ]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LeslieHamiltonLeaving.jpg

They're going to be in the room where it happens.

Brandon Victor Dixon, Lexi Lawson and Michael Luwoye have joined the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning, history-making musical "Hamilton."

Dixon, Tony-nominated this season for "Shuffle Along," will take over the role of Alexander Hamilton's rival Aaron Burr. Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony for originating the role, will depart the production on July 9. Dixon will join the cast in mid-August, after the closing of "Shuffle Along."

Lawson will step into the role of Eliza Schuyler on July 11, taking over for the Tony-nominated Phillipa Soo, who will also play her final performance on July 9. Lawson previously worked with Miranda, starring in the first national tour of his first musical "In the Heights."

Up next for Soo is the title role in the musical adaptation of the 2001 romantic comedy "Amélie' -- opening on Broadway this spring.

Odom, Jr. and Soo aren't the only ones departing "Hamilton" on July 9. Miranda previously announced he is exiting the production on that date, replaced by his longtime alternate Javier Muñoz.

Muñoz's alternate will be Michael Luwoye, a Lucille Lortel award winner for his role in "Invisible Thread." "Hamilton" will be Luwoye's Broadway debut. As was the case with Miranda and Munoz previously, Luwoye will step into the role once weekly.

"Hamilton," with book, music and lyrics by Miranda, tells the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton. The hip-hop musical is directed by Tony winner Thomas Kail, and is currently playing an open run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

For more information, visit hamiltonbroadway.com.



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<![CDATA[Mother Rat Fights Off Snake to Save Baby]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 10:59:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/179*120/rat1109.jpg

A mother rat determined not to let a yellow-bellied snake slither off with her young engaged the reptile in a bitter war, chasing the creepy crawler across a road and nipping at its tail, video posted to Facebook shows. 

The 50-second video, which has been viewed 18 million times since it was posted to Facebook June 26, shows the rat clinging to the snake, wrestling it on the pavement until it drops her baby. 

The snake slithers into the grass by a guardrail, the mother rat hot on its tail. Both disappear from the video frame for a few moments, then the mother rat is seen stalking the edge of the grass, appearing to search for the snake, as her stunned baby starts to scurry around behind her. The mother then trots back to her baby, puts it in her mouth and scampers away. 

It's not clear where the video was captured but more than 2,500 have commented on the mother's rat ferocious fight to save her offspring. 

Facebook poster Rojas Montecinos Evy wrote on his page in Spanish that it was an "amazing act of love of a mother to your little one." He called it a "moment of distress and so much emotion."


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<![CDATA[Hold the Burgers: Meatless July 4 Grilling Ideas]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 08:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/grilled-veggie-split-thumb.jpg

The Fourth of July barbecue doesn't always have to be about hot dogs and burgers. The holiday is a great excuse to fire up the grill and throw on some tasty veggies that will make you forget about the standard fair. 

Even if you're a meat lover, check out some greener grilling ideas below:

For British celebrity chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver, the secret to delicious grilled vegetables is bare-bones simplicity. "Never, ever, ever, in my personal opinion, have I seen a good reason to brush any veg with oil before your grill it," Oliver said. All he recommends is to grill them over wood or charcoal for better flavor, get a good char on them, and to immediately "kiss them with quality extra virgin olive oil" after they're off the heat. Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper and from there they can be used for all types of dishes.

Food blogger and "Today" food contributor, Siri Daly, adds grilled vegetables to whole wheat spaghetti to make a light, summertime main course. Her recipe uses corn and green beans but you can use any vegetable you like. The recipe also works with grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli, she said. The key to bringing it all together though is a ladle of starchy pasta water, which "creates its own sauce" for the dish.

Cara Mangini, author of "The Vegetable Butcher" and the executive chef and owner of Little Eater in Ohio, uses eggplant as the foundation for her grilled eggplant stacks. As much building as it is cooking, the main course is simply stacked layers of grilled eggplant, heirloom tomato, and fresh mozzarella. A walnut basil pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar reduction bring the entire dish together. While on the "Today" show, Mangini offered a tip on how to cut the tomatoes for the dish. She recommends using a serrated knife which helps to keep the vegetable from tearing.

Grilled corn on the cob is a summertime staple but chef Rick Bayless' favorite corn side dish is esquites, a lesser known Mexican street snack. "This is just the epitome of summer," Bayless said. Sweet corn kernels are simmered in a corn cob and corn husk broth along with serrano chiles and a Mexican herb called epazote. When done cooking, the Jame Beard award winner likes to serve the side in a little dessert dish with a dollop of mayo, some crumbled Mexican fresh cheese, and a lime wedge.

Let's not forget about dessert! "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay has a grilled pineapple dish that should satisfy every sweet tooth. The British chef quickly grills some pineapple wedges to bring out the fruit's natural sugars. He then tops it off with a simple spiced vanilla caramel for an elegant finish.   



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<![CDATA[You Can't Resist This Puppy Bath Video]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:18:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/maltese+bath.jpg

A trio of exceedingly adorable poodles and Maltese is cute — but a video of that trio taking a bath is a doggone must-see.

Footage from South Korea of the three dogs taking a bath is making the rounds on social media, and more than 17 million haven't resisted the click. 

The video shows the pups standing in a red bucket of water, tongues lolling as only their legs and paws are submerged. It cuts to totally soaked doggies, their legs turned to fluffballs as their fur absorbs water. 

Then, the crescendo: The three pups are out of the bath, getting blown dry in their very own drying contraption. And they couldn't seem happier.



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<![CDATA[Annual 'Broadway in Bryant Park' Summer Series Set]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:42:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WaitressJoanMarcus.jpg

The lineup for 106.7 LITE FM's annual "Broadway in Bryant Park" program has been set.

The summer series brings the best of Broadway and off-Broadway to the Bryant Park Stage, for weekly outdoor concerts co-hosted the radio station's popular on-air personalities and musical theater stars, when available.

Currently, 25 shows are scheduled to perform at this year's event, which will run weekly on Thursdays from July 7 through Aug. 11. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

July 7
Co-Hosts
: Cady Huffman ("Shear Madness") and LITE FM's Delilah
Participating Shows: "Wicked," "Stomp," "The Color Purple" "Matilda," and the Radio City Rockettes.

July 14
Co-Hosts
: Catherine Russell ("Perfect Crime") and LITE FM's Christine Nagy
Participating Shows: "Chicago," "The Fantasticks," "Motown" and "Finding Neverland."

July 21
Co-Hosts: Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess ("School of Rock") with LITE FM's Helen Little
Participating Shows: "Fiddler on the Roof," "Les Misérables," "Fuerza Bruta" and "The Marvelous Wonderettes."

July 28
Host
: LITE FM's Bob Bronson
Participating Shows: "Waitress," "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," "Kinky Boots," "Fun Home" and "Himself & Nora."

August 4
Co-Host
: Dena Blizzard ("One Funny Mother") and LITE FM's Rich Kaminski
Participating Shows: "Beautiful," "An American in Paris," "Avenue Q," and "Holiday Inn."

August 11
Host: LITE FM's Victor Sosa
Participating Shows: "Phantom of the Opera," "Something Rotten!," "Cagney," and "Ruthless."

In addition to 106.7 LITE FM, this year’s concert is presented by New York-Presbyterian for Kids and the TKTS Discount Ticketing Booth.



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