<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 20 Feb 2017 22:17:34 -0500Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:17:34 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Zima Poised for US Comeback]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:47:39 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zima.jpg

Get ready to finally peel yourself off of that bar stool you’ve been stuck on since the ‘90s—Zima is making a comeback to coolers in the U.S.

Zima was discontinued in America in 2008, according to Crain’s, but its Chicago-based producer says it’s returning after the success of MillerCoor’s Henry’s Hard Soda line. 

"If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

Murmurs of the fabled ‘90s-era malt liquor, with its quirky and memorable commercials, began last fall, Crain’s reports, compounded by a MillerCoors Michigan distributor posting a photo of the beverage on Instagram.

Zima is expected to be back in stores and watering holes sometime this year, according to Crain’s.

The company aims to compete with other malt beverage brands, like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade.



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<![CDATA[August Wilson on Broadway]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:17:24 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/USHERY+JITNEY+ON+BROADWAY+PKG+5PM+-+00001503_WNBC_0000000151176.jpg

One actor described "Jitney", an August Wilson play currently on Broadway, as "the last jewel in the crown." With its run at the Samuel J. Fiedman Theatre, now all ten of Wilson's plays about the African-American experience have made it to Broadway. David Ushery spoke with the director, and two key actors in the play.

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<![CDATA['We All Need to Pay Attention to August Wilson', Actor Says]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:28:13 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000015111078_1200x675_879615043611.jpg

Actors John Douglas Thompson and Michael Potts share how the success of "Fences" and "Jitney" is bringing more attention to August Wilson's work.

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<![CDATA[Restaurant Owner Gives Discount for Polite Kids]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:25:48 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/restaurant4.jpg

Antonio Ferrari, the owner of a wine bar in Italy, has picked up a practice that he first noticed while visiting a restaurant in Miami.

His group was given a discount because his friends' children were well behaved. Ferrari has since embraced the move and recently posted on Facebook a photograph of a receipt from his restaurant, Today.com reported.

The caption reads: “It happens so seldom!”



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<![CDATA[See Inside: Meg Ryan's SoHo Loft Hits Market for $10.9M]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:03:24 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/meg+ryan+soho+thumb.jpg Actress Meg Ryan has put her "magical" SoHo loft -- featured on the cover of the November 2016 issue of "Architectural Digest" on the market. And the 4,100-square-foot palace can be yours for just under $11 million. Scroll through the photos for a look inside. You can see the full listing with Corcoran here.

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<![CDATA[Sara Bareilles Stepping Into 'Waitress']]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:46:53 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SaraBareillesJoiningWaitress.jpg

After making her Broadway debut as composer for the hit musical "Waitress," singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will make her Broadway debut as an actress, joining the show as its star.

Bareilles will step into the lead role of pregnant piemaker Jenna Hunterson for a limited 10-week run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning March 31. Her final performance is set for June 11.

The part was originated by Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, who will play her final performance on March 26.

"It’s something I’ve been quietly mulling over since the show began," Bareilles told the New York Times. "I’m making the big jump, and it feels like a completion of sorts, a coming full circle with this project. When I started working on it, I didn’t know how fully it would engulf me and my creative sensibilities. I’m obviously having a hard time saying goodbye." 

Barellis -- who acted in musicals in high school -- had previously told AOL that stepping into the role would be "a dream," but that her "no. 1 priority right now is to work on [her] next record" and "remember how to be Sara."

She sang a different tune to the Times, telling the paper, "I wanted to explore my relationship with this show while I’m as close to it as I’ll ever be."

Barellis' last album of original material was 2013's "The Blessed Unrest," which was nominated for Grammy's album of the year. She also released a cover album of "Waitress" tunes in 2015 -- including the ballad "She Used to Be Mine," which was put out as the compilation's lead single. 

"Waitress" is an adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 movie of the same name, which starred Keri Russell as Jenna. The show features a book by Jessie Nelson and direction from Tony-winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin”).

The production transferred to Broadway after a successful run at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Producers announced in January that the show had recouped its $12 million investment. 

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



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<![CDATA[For Sale: Bethenny Frankel's $5.25M SoHo Apartment ]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/frankel-apt2.jpg Bethenny Frankel is parting with her luxurious SoHo apartment in New York. The "Real Housewives" star's residence was posted on Tuesday at a whopping $5.25 million.

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<![CDATA[It's a Boy: American Girl Announces 1st Male Doll]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:06 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.jpg

American Girl is getting its first boy character this season, Today.com reports.

Logan Everett, a gray-eyed, brown-haired boy who plays the drums, is an 18-inch doll being released Thursday with Tenney, a female singer-songwriter.

They are part of American Girl's plans to launch dolls with diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities in 2017, according to a press release. 

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades," Julie Parks, a representative for American Girl, told Today.com.

Some moms have already been changing their 18-inch girl dolls into boys for their sons.



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<![CDATA[Top 30 Cities for Dating Revealed]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:48 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/date-generic-couple.jpg

Apartment hunters look at many factors when deciding where to live -- and, for many, the dating pool is a significant one. 

Rental site ApartmentList.com culled data from the more than 13,000 responses to its annual survey to determine the top 30 metropolitan areas for dating. 

New York came in at No. 10. And while there may be ample opportunity for dating in the city and surrounding areas, ApartmentList.com found there's also opportunity for improvement. 

A hair less than half (49.5 percent) of respondents in New York were satisified with their dating opportunities, with women (52 percent) more likely than men (42 percent) to report positive responses. College-educated renters reported being more satisfied with dating opportunities. 

According to the survey, Raleigh, North Carolina, was ranked the No. 1 metro area in the country for dating, while San Antonio, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts, came in second and third, respectively. Charlotte, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., rounded out the top five.

Online real estate company Trulia also conducted research on which city’s singles have the best chance at finding love. The research took into consideration education, age, previous marital status and work schedule.


College educated, older women were found to mostly be living on the east coast. While unmarried, educated men in their thirties working similar hours tend to be living in San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.


New York and Philadelphia boast the highest single women to single men ratios. If you are looking for change in your love life a big move may be just the thing you need.



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<![CDATA[Michael Urie Leads 'Torch Song' Revival]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:37:49 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MichaelUrieTorchSongNews.jpg

Harvey Fierstein's award-winning 1982 play "Torch Song Trilogy" will return to the New York stage — in a revival from the Second Stage Theatre led by "Ugly Betty" alum Michael Urie, timed for its 35th anniversary.

The play, which won two Tonys for best play and best actor, will begin previews at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre on Sept. 26, with an official opening set for late October.

The new production will rename the play "Torch Song." Its direction will be by Moisés Kaufman, from a newly-edited text by Fierstein.

"'Thirty-five years?’ I thought, 'It’s time!' " Fierstein said in a statement. "I would never think of rewriting the plays but have given him a newly edited text that re-conceives the way I want the story told. Theatre is a living breathing entity and so are audiences. Even the most faithful stage recreations are tinted by the moment in which they are experienced."

"Let’s see what truths we can preserve, what histories we can rediscover and what futures we can forge together," he continued.

"Torch Song" tells the story of a gay drag performer named Arnold Beckoff, living in New York City in 1979. The play explores his tumultuous relationship with his bisexual, closeted lover.

The original production played a three-year engagement at what is now known as the Helen Hayes Theatre, before become adapted into a 1988 film starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft.

Additional casting and an offiical opening date will be announced at a later date.



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<![CDATA[Derek and Hannah Jeter Are Expecting Their First Child ]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:37:56 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/derek+jeter+hannah+davis.jpg

Derek Jeter is going to be a dad. 

Hannah Jeter, wife of the 42-year-old former Yankees shortstop, announced Monday on The Players Tribune — a sports journalism site founded by her husband — that the couple is expecting a daughter in May. 

Derek Jeter already has a name in mind, Hannah Jeter wrote in a lengthy ode to her husband on the site. He's pretty set on it, but "we'll see." 

Hannah Jeter said she and her husband recognize their child will be born into an "extraordinary situation," but want their little girl — and any possible kids beyond her — to live as normal lives as possible. 

"We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be 'Dad,'" Hannah Jeter wrote. "That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t. It will be special, and it will be theirs." 

"We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart, and that they can do anything they put their minds to," she added. "I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less."

As for whether any kids will play baseball like their future Hall of Fame father, Hannah Jeter wrote, "We're gonna have a little talk first." 

The 26-year-old fashion model and Yankee legend tied the knot in Napa in July.



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<![CDATA[Singles vs. Couples: Most Popular Foods for Valentine's Day]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:29:32 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/3464841961_d30d45da33_b.jpg Who likes it spicy? Check out this gallery to see what meals you're likely to indulge in this Valentine's Day based on your relationship status.

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<![CDATA[A Little Wine, a Little Cheese and a Lot of His Old Stuff]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:49:50 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Sobelle2.jpg

My more materialistic acquinatances, I suspect, will feel a kinship with Geoff Sobelle, creator and performer of “The Object Lesson,” a 100-minute performance piece at The New York Theatre Workshop. All traditional seating has been removed from the East Village venue, in favor of scattered stools covered in inverted cartons, some with black felt marker scribbled on and beseeching guests: “Sit here!”

On entry, ticketholders are encouraged to riffle through boxes stacked precariously around the theater’s circumference. Inside one marked “Magic Box,” I found a cardboard cylinder, with an item rattling inside. The cylinder was labeled: “Harry Anderson’s Needle Through the Arm” trick, and presumably it was a gimmick once marketed by the former “Night Court” comic.

Another box contained a plastic lobster. Still another, a small copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Eventually, it became apparent that one of our fellow voyeurs wasn’t a guest, but the host, Sobelle, an actor, illusionist and maker of absurdist performance art (“All Wear Bowlers”), whose current piece had a previous incarnation at BAM and is, to put it succinctly, a deep dive—with wine and cheese!—into the detritus we aqcquire while going about our lives.

Eventually, the lighting dims, we sit and Sobelle takes over sifting duties, picking out and examining objects significant to either his current life, or a past one: a toothbrush, a razor. From one box, he lifts out a full-sized traffic light—in a bit of visual trickery, it's far larger than the box from which it is removed—its discovery triggered by a memory of a long ago summer spent working in France.

A set of ice skates in another box evokes what we assume is a memory of a date, and a gourmet dinner once prepared. At the performance I attended last weekend, Sobelle randomly chose an audience member to be his companion for the meal—the woman turned out to be the actress Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn of “The Good Wife” and its upcoming sequel), which just goes to show you can’t unpack a box in New York City without stumbling over a celebrity.

Though the meal involved wine, cheese and bread from, in theory, decades ago, he nonetheless passed some of each around to the 200 or so of us. Most of us took swigs from the bottle of chenin blanc, which was as crisp as the day is long … you just have to hope the person nearest you isn’t incubating anything.

“Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy,” the best-selling Japanese author Marie Kondo advises. Sobelle, a hoarder for our purposes here, is more inclined to ponder the weight and meaning of the possessions that come into our lives … all of them ... and how they form some unifying thread that helps define us.

At the end of the program, he wanders toward a card catalog filling nearly an entire wall at the back of the theater. Momentarily, I imagined there was some cryptic organizing system in which every item in each dusty carton was itemized and curated.

But he shifted at the last moment, turning to a nearby box and removing a telephone, then its cord, which he unfurled with more and more fervor as it turned into an endless string of twigs and brambles. We're left with a sense of how our stuff interplays with our spiritual lives, the meanings we impart on inanimate objects.

Phone conversations are little wisps that vanish into the ether, out of our grasp. But plastic lobsters are forever. If you see “The Object Lesson,” leave behind your inner Marie Kondo, and perhaps embrace an idea popularized by the kids from “Spring Awakening”: “We’ve all got our junk, and my junk is you.”

“The Object Lesson,” through March 5 at the New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St. Tickets: $69. Call 212-460-5475.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Candescent Glenn Close Returns to 'Sunset Boulevard']]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:48:52 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SunsetCloseMain.jpg

There aren't many circumstances in which I'd use the phrase “bare bones” to characterize a musical that boasts, among other big gestures, a 40-piece orchestra—incidentally, it’s said to be the largest to play on Broadway in 80 years.

Yet “stripped down” and “spare” are the words that come to mind when considering “Sunset Boulevard,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that this month returns powerhouse star Glenn Close to Broadway as silent-screen recluse Norma Desmond, a role that earned her a Tony 22 years ago.

This revival, directed by Lonny Price and now open at the Palace Theatre, was staged last year in London by the English National Opera.

The entire West End cast has made the journey to New York, and be assured: aside from the enormous orchestra—and perhaps a bulbous chandelier that makes the one from “Phantom” seem like a toddler’s night light—there’s little here to distract from Close’s mesmerizing Norma, or Lloyd Webber’s pop friendly score (“As If We Never Said Goodbye,” “The Perfect Year”).

Norma Desmond may have withered away after 20 years out of the spotlight, but Close has thrived in the same time, winning accolades for her work on TV (“Damages”), film (“Albert Nobbs”) and stage (“A Delicate Balance”). That much more life, lived, has made her Norma only more complex.

It’s evident in the first moments Close sings “With One Look,” as some lioness-in-winter recalling the powers she once had to captivate an audience, before movies had spoken dialogue: “No words can tell … the stories my eyes tell.”

Close’s Desmond, alive in her own alternate reality, is both candescent and incisive. Frayed but regal, needy and obsessive, she is an extraordinarily pancaked woman around whom everyone walks on eggshells. Tracy Christensen’s gilded costumes only further accentuate the utterly cray cray vibe. For Close, this can only be deemed a triumphant return.

Michael Xavier stands out as writer Joe Gillis, with whom Norma is instantly infatuated. House-bound for decades, Norma has only met Joe because he haphazardly pulled into her driveway, trying to outrun a couple of thugs intent on collecting a debt.

Xavier’s scribe is conflicted—he wants to be more cynical and hard-boiled than he really is. It’s apparent when Joe emerges from Norma’s pool wearing an absurdly tight pair of trunks she’s insisted on buying him. He seems to be saying: “I know this is silly ... but am I lucky to be here, or what?”

Fred Johanson, as butler Max von Mayerling—in fact, Norma’s former director and first husband—is a portrait of pained nobility, tightly wound and determined until the very end to protect the shattered ego of his charge.

Siobhan Dillon is supple-voiced as Betty Schaeffer, the studio assistant with a sweet spot for Joe (and little tolerance for bad prose). Betty is romantic but sensible and, also, the only grounding element in a story that’s about a lot of people fooling themselves. (“Sunset Boulevard” is based on Billy Wilder’s film; with its New York stage opening, Webber has four musicals simultaneously running on Broadway.)

“Sunset Boulevard” is narrated by Joe, who is understood to be relating the events that led to his death. Price (“Lady Day,” etc.) keeps the camp factor set to “stun” with a life-size mannequin of Joe’s corpse hovering above the stage for the entire 2 hour, 40-minute tuner. His body is over our heads, the musical is over the top, and we remain head over heels for Close’s so-very-delicate Norma Desmond.

“Sunset Boulevard,” now extended into June at the Palace Theatre, 1564 7th Ave. Tickets: $65-$299. Call 877-255-2929.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[First of 6 New Krispy Kremes Opens in New Jersey]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:43:29 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/krispy+kreme+nj.jpg

Mornings for Jersey City residents just got a whole lot sweeter. 

Krispy Kreme opened its long-anticipated Jersey City store Tuesday. Lines started building around the Christopher Columbus Drive shop as commuters kicked off their work days.

The store is the first of six planned Krispy Kreme locations in Bergen and Hudson counties. The doughnut company announced in April it had signed a development agreement with Entrepreneurs, LLC, to open the shops over the next several years.

According to NJ.com, the Jersey City spot is Krispy Kreme's only factory store in New Jersey. It can make up to 65,000 doughnuts a day and seat 45 people. The store opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 6 a.m. on the weekends. 

Twitter was abuzz over the opening, with some users bragging they had already had two doughnuts before 9 a.m.



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<![CDATA[George Orwell’s '1984' Is Coming to Broadway ]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:17:07 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1984PlayBroadway.jpg

Sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" have exploded since the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, with readers turning to the novel to explore the book's "doublethink" concept and portrait of totalitarian government, which many argue has parallels to the new administration's use of "alternative facts."

But for those who can't get their hands on a copy of the 70-year-old novel — or don't have time to read through its 300-plus pages — Broadway's got you covered.

The hit London stage adaptation of Orwell's timely novel will premiere on Broadway this summer, in a limited engagement production set to open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly wrote the piece, and will co-direct here too. They originally premiered the show in 2013 at the Nottingham Playhouse before transferring it to London's Almeida Theatre, where it had four separate engagements.

So far, "1984" is the first planned production for the 2017-18 Broadway season. Its announcement came days after the novel hit no. 1 on the Amazon charts.

Ticket information and casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[McDonald's Turns to Chocolate for Shamrock Shake-Up]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:15:18 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/McDonalds_Chocolate_Shamrock-edited.jpg

It's a good day for chocolate-loving leprechauns.

This year, McDonald's St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock Shakes are coming in a variety of chocolate flavors, the fast food chain announced.

Along with the familiar, green Shamrock Shake, customers will find Chocolate Shamrock Shake (half mint, half chocolate), Shamrock Hot Chocolate, Shamrock Mocha and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe on the menu. Each drink has at least a hint of mint.

The Shamrock Shake was first released in 1970, and its sales helped build the first Ronald McDonald house, in Philadelphia, four years later.



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<![CDATA[20 Great Super Bowl Feast Options in NYC]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:50:37 -0500 Location: 210-35 26th Ave, Bayside Watch the big game at Allora Italian Kitchen and Bar’s viewing party. They are offering half-off brick oven Super Bowl pizzas, with Clam Pies for New England Patriots fans, and BBQ Pies for Atlanta Falcons fans. Happy Hour drink specials will be available all day. Catering packages are also available for fans watching at home. Prices range from $25-$250, and you can choose from pizza, wings, garlic loaf, salads pastas and more. For catering orders, call 718-225-5672.]]> Location: 210-35 26th Ave, Bayside Watch the big game at Allora Italian Kitchen and Bar’s viewing party. They are offering half-off brick oven Super Bowl pizzas, with Clam Pies for New England Patriots fans, and BBQ Pies for Atlanta Falcons fans. Happy Hour drink specials will be available all day. Catering packages are also available for fans watching at home. Prices range from $25-$250, and you can choose from pizza, wings, garlic loaf, salads pastas and more. For catering orders, call 718-225-5672.]]> //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/192*120/allora-jacob+snavely1.jpeg Don’t want to cook for Super Bowl 2017? Look no further! We’ve made a list of 20 spots to get your Super Bowl eats.

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<![CDATA[Where to Catch the Fireworks Across the Tri-State]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 03:50:58 -0500 //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[8 Places to Party in NYC for Super Bowl 51]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:49:52 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/kings+wings.jpg

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will face off Sunday in Super Bowl 51. Whether you’re a Patriots fan, a Falcons fan, a lover of Super Bowl commercials or you just want to see Lady Gaga rock halftime, here are some great Super Bowl parties going down in New York City Sunday:

Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Avenue

The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn will be the ultimate stop for football fans looking for good time during the Super Bowl. The venue will have four TVs, three 7' projectors and one 13' projector. The tickets are limited, so contact rachelb@knittingfactory.com for reservation details. The celebrations start at 5:30 p.m.

Boxers Bar NYC, 37th W. 20th St. (Between 5th and 6th)

 Boxers Bar NYC is the perfect LGBTQ-friendly spot to watch the game. The party starts at 4 p.m. The bar is equipped with pool tables, outside terracesand many plasma screens for you to enjoy the game. Come on an empty stomach, because Boxers Bar NYC is serving up brick oven pizza and beer on tap.

Warren 77, 77 Warren St. 

Warren 77 claims to be the best place to watch the Super Bowl. The Tribeca restaurant is offering a $1 wings deal before kickoff, as well drink specials and a special guest host. Best of all, the party is family-friendly. Call (212) 227-8994 to RSVP now or reserve a table.

PHD Rooftop Lounge, 355 W. 16th St.

Don't want to watch the game? PHD Rooftop Lounge offers the perfect view of the New York skyline. The spectacular view is accompanied by food options and an opportunity to mingle. Snack on “light bites” like spicy BBQ chicken skewers, seared tuna tostaditas, mini cheeseburgers and classic chicken wings. The venue has many TV screens to watch the game while you eat and sip on one of their cocktail options.

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. 

Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn is throwing a different kind of Super Bowl party. For $30, you can reserve your seat in front of a theatre screen. The ticket not only reserves your spot, it also covers food and drink. House-made hot wings and team-themed drinks are on the concession menu. Bringing a kid? They'll be able to enjoy the Puppy Bowl.

The Bronx Brewery, 856 East 136th St.

The Bronx Brewery allows you to enjoy the game in a classic bar feel. The $15 ticket guarantees your first beer free, complimentary snacks, a full halftime buffet and access to drink specials. A 170" HD projection screen will be playing the game in the brewery and a 65" HDTV will be on in the tasting room.

West End Hall, 2756 Broadway

West End Hall invites you to ditch the soggy take out wings and come give their chicken a try. All are welcome on Super Bowl Sunday, but seating isn’t guaranteed if you want to get in for free. Purchasing a package guarantees seating, food and drink. To book a reservation contact info@westendhall.com or call 212-662-7200.

Gallis Lounge, 834 Clarkson Ave.

Gallis Lounge is hosting a Sunday brunch for football fans. Show up before 5 p.m. for free entry. There is an entry fee after 5 p.m. The “Couture Brunch” will go on from 12-11 p.m. The viewing party will feature the game on three projectors and five flat screens.

Hosting your own Super Bowl party? These NYC restaurants are serving up some delicious grub to impress your guests. 

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<![CDATA[Hooters Opening Fast-Casual Spinoff Hoots]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:47:44 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hoots-rendering-edited.jpg

During the first few weeks of January, “New Year, New Me” became a popular mantra. Hooters seems to have taken the words to heart and made good on its New Year’s resolution.

The restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad female employees, has decided to launch a new fast-casual franchise that will still have wings, but fewer breasts.

In an attempt to attract millennial and female diners, the company announced Tuesday that it will open Hoots, where servers will no longer wear the famous skintight Hooters tank-tops and booty-exposing orange shorts. Instead, they’ll have a uniform that includes a “newly designed Hoots shirt” and either shorts or pants, Hoots spokesperson Liz Harmon told the Huffington Post

The eatery will consider employees of both genders, a radical shift from Hooters’ all-female waiting staff. The first Hoots will open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February.

“We selected Chicago as our launch market largely due to the success of our carry-out business in the Chicagoland area,”said Neil Kiefer, Hooters Management Corporation president and CEO.

The first branch will cover about 2,800 square feet, support 30 employees, and have a 75-person capacity. Equipped with a full bar, its menu will serve up Hooters’ greatest hits. 

But are traditional Hooters’ patrons there for the taste or the view? Given the popularity of other “breastaurants” like Twin Peaks, demand for venues like Hooters is clearly still high. Though fast-casual dining is also a growing market, especially among young adults, it remains to be seen whether people will go to Hoots just for the food.

Company higher-ups seem hopeful.

“It is a logical extension of the brand and will provide more people with more opportunities to enjoy our world famous wings,” said Terry Marks, Hooters of America president and CEO. “We have a lot to learn, but we are excited about the potential.”



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<![CDATA[A 'Cruel Intentions' Musical? You Bet]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:44:47 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CruelIntentionsMusical.jpg

After two sold-out engagements in Los Angeles, "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" will make its New York debut — for three performances at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Feb. 11, 13 and 14.

An adaptation of Roger Kumble's 1999 film of the same name, "Cruel Intentions" tells the story of uppercrust teenage prep school playboy Sebastian, who bets his manipulative stepsister Kathryn that he'll be able to deflower the virginal daughter of their school's new headmaster, Annette, before the term starts.

If the plot sounds familiar, that's because it's based on the 1782 French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" — seen earlier this season in on Broadway in Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation.

The film became a box office hit and '90s cult classic, thanks to performance by Ryan Phillippe (Sebastian), Reese Witherspoon (Annette) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kathryn). On stage, their roles will be portrayed by Constantine Rousouli ("Wicked"), Natalie Hall (TV's "True Blood") and Jennifer Damiano ("American Psycho"), respectively.

Additional roles will be played by "Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish (Cecile), Alex Boniello, Jenn Harris, Jared Dixon, and Brian Muller. Rousouli, Parrish, and Muller all previously starred in the L.A. run — which made headlines when the film's stars Witherspoon, Gellar and Selma Blair made a surprise visit (seen above).

Music comes from the film's soundtrack and other '90s hits. "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" is directed by Lindsey Rosin — who created the immersive stage show with Jordan Ross. Music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound.

Tickets ($39-$59) are now on sale at lpr.com or at the (Le) Poisson Rouge box office: 158 Bleecker St.



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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Doubles Size of Daily Ticket Lottery]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:43:16 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/schuyler1.jpg

The renowned Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" has doubled the number of available tickets for its daily lottery.

Those who wish to enter have to fill out an entry form to participate. The lottery was previously expanded last June to 46 tickets a day.

The lucky winners have 60 minutes to purchase the tickets.

The megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

It also smashed box office records and made an international sensation of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. 



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<![CDATA[Internet-Famous 'Salt Bae' To Open NYC Restaurant]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:23:25 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/salt+bae.PNG

The man behind the Salt Bae meme that swept the Internet this month is planning to open a restaurant in New York, he tells NBC News.

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe confirmed Friday that he plans to open a steakhouse in the Big Apple, while the New York Post reported the restaurant would reside in the CBS building at 60 W. 53rd St. However a spokesperson for China Grill, which currently occupies the location, disputes the address, according to Eater.

Gökçe gained Internet fame when a video of him sprinkling salt on a steak with a peculiar flick of the wrist gained millions of views in a matter of weeks. 

Gökçe said expanding to New York will mean whether or not he’s truly made it.

“It shows that I’m an international brand if I open up in New York,” Nusret said.

“In New York, there are many steakhouses. We would like to show that Nusr-et is different than the others in service, meat quality and connection with the customers,” he said.

Gökçe got the attention of celebrities like Rihanna and Ben Affleck, who wore the meme on T-shirts, and James Corden who dedicated a segment of the Late Late Show to the chef's unique salt-sprinkling style. An Australian artist even recreated the meme as a mural in Melbourne. 

Gökçe explains that what’s attracted so many people to his restaurants is how he prepares his meal that was instigated through his Instagram food post.

“The shape of the meat and the taste of it starting from the top down is a part of me,” he explains. “All of my feelings are coming from inside of the meat down to when I put the salt onto the meat.”

Gökçe, 34, has seven steakhouses and burger joints in Turkey and Dubai, and is set to open a London location later this year.

He said he purposely put the hyphen in his name for “et” to stand out which means “meat” in Turkish. Nusret means victory.

Gökçe credits his work ethic for his success. He only went primary school up until he was 5 years old, and didn’t have the financial means to continue school, and said he grew up in poverty.

“Since I was 14, I worked more than 13 hours a day as a kitchen runner for a butcher,” he said. “My life hasn’t changed now. I still keep going to work from the morning until midnight.”

At age 27, he saved up and opened up his first restaurant in Istanbul with just 8 tables and 10 employees, and traveled to meat-exporting countries.

“I was always wishing and wishing to open up a restaurant,” he said.

“Without much money, I traveled to Argentina to see the meat industry and after that, I wanted to travel to the United States, but I was refused a visa 5 or 6 times, but I never gave up,” he said.

Nusret said he ended up receiving a 3-month visa to the U.S. back in late 2009.

Flash forward to 2017, Gökçe said he has 9 businesses and 600 employees, and employed his four brothers.

“I get all of my motivation from my customers,” he said.

If the Internet is any indication of his status, his video has gone viral with over 8.5 million views and counting and he’s being called “Salt Bae” on social media.

“Everybody is doing the same move,” he said.



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<![CDATA['Manchester' Oscar Nominee Makes Stage Debut ]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:56:44 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/YenMain.jpg

Lucas Hedges -- the Brooklyn-born, breakout actor of film’s “Manchester by the Sea” -- makes his stage debut this week in MCC’s “Yen,” playing a sensitive teen left to care for his feral younger brother in a squalid U.K. council flat.

Hench and Bobbie, the main characters in playwright Anna Jordan’s thoughtful drama, have been largely abandoned by their fragile mother, who is cavorting around town with a boyfriend. The boys eagerly anticipate her rare visits, even though Maggie (Ari Graynor) is a drunk who can’t manage her own diabetes, let alone provide them any clothing.

To occupy time, the duo watch porn and purge aggression with video games they play on a big screen TV that is the focal point of the set (and pretty much the only furnishing in the place). For company, they have an unseen, but often-heard dog, Taliban -- so-named, Bobbie explains, “’Cos he’s vicious and he’s brown.”

It is concern for the dog’s welfare that brings a knock one-day from fresh-faced neighbor Jennifer (Stefania LaVie Owen, of TV’s “The Carrie Diaries”), a young Welsh girl, who has been observing activity in the apartment from her own home across the way.

Her arrival forces Hench (Hedges) to test the limits of his ability to move beyond the confines of his four walls. Jennifer’s late father called her “Yen,” and the pet name sums up what she represents to the boy: longing, to escape from his dead-end life, and foreign currency, which would give him the means to do so. 

Hedges, 20, is the son of screenwriter and director Peter Hedges (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”). Nominated for his turn as a Massachusetts teenager whose father dies early in the film, he is the youngest of this year’s Oscar contenders, in a supporting actor field that includes veterans Jeff Bridges and Michael Shannon.

He’s excellent here as a boy who copes with life by being prickly and snappish, but who is essentially introspective and caring underneath.

Justice Smith (“The Get Down,” on Netflix) is in a constant state of motion as Bobbie, the younger of the brothers, who has an ADHD-like disorder that’s never specified. Smith is a gifted actor, who makes us believe his storms of devotion and resentment are coming from the gut.

Bobbie’s adoration for his older, broken family members makes the climax of the two-act play, which might seem vague in lesser hands, thoroughly believable.

Graynor’s Maggie shows her bottomless neediness, without turning us against her. Owen, whose Jennifer is the only truly nice person in the whole piece, stands up for herself and calls out the boys for their bad behavior as necessary. When she suffers, and she will, it seems both genuine and painful.

“Yen,” through Feb. 19 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Tickets: $49-$99. Call 212-352-3101.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[See Inside: Mary Tyler Moore House for Sale in Minnesota]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:47:53 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mtm+house+resized.jpg Want to live in the Mary Tyler Moore house? Now you can—or at least the Minneapolis home that inspired the fictional 119 North Weatherly of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," up for a cool $1,695,000.

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<![CDATA[Clive Owen Leading 'M. Butterfly' Revival ]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:51:50 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632613108.jpg

Nearly 30 years after its premiere, David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" is returning to Broadway in a new production starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen ("Old Times").

The play, inspired by the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly," will open on Oct. 26, with direction coming from Julie Taymor of "Lion King" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" fame.

"M. Butterfly" premiered on Broadway in 1988, winning three Tonys, including Best Play, and running for nearly two years. It tells the story of the scandalous 20-year romance between French diplomat Rene Gallimard and Chinese opera singer Song Liling — who, unbeknownst to Gallimard, happens to be a man in espionage.

The original Broadway cast was led by John Lithgow and B.D. Wong, who won a Tony for his role as Liling.

“I could not be more excited to take on such a complex and fascinating role for my return to Broadway,” said Owen, 52, in a statement. “'M. Butterfly' offers a novel challenge with its inherent mystery and astonishing storyline. I’m looking forward to diving into the mind of Rene Gallimard."

For the revival, Hwang is incorporating new material about the real-life relationship from which "M. Butterfly" finds its inspiration — that between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu. The suggestion came from Taymor herself.

“Julie’s suggestion to look at the wealth of new information about the real affair...that has surfaced since the show’s premiere helped to unlock new possibilities within the play,” Hwang explained in the release. “I’m thrilled with this opportunity to revisit these characters — their motivations and their personal and political deceptions – to more fully explore this extraordinary love affair.”

Additional casting, creative team members, and a Broadway theatre will be announced at a later date.



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<![CDATA[Ill-Timed: Melania's Vanity Fair Mexico Cover Makes Waves]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:11:51 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Melania+Michelle+paqueteazul+GettyImages-632259804.jpg

The latest Vanity Fair Mexico cover is making waves for all the wrong reasons.

A smiling Melania Trump is front and center, sporting a simple white outfit and twirling silver jewels on a fork like linguini. The February 2017 magazine release on Thursday coincided with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelling his trip to the United States after Trump took executive action to build a wall along the Mexican-American border. In light of current political controversies, some Trump critics have mocked the timing and subject of the story, which touts Melania as the new Jackie Kennedy.

The Vanity Fair interview is nothing new -- literally. Originally printed in English last April, Julia Ioffe’s story was commissioned for GQ, another Condé Nast publication. But the introduction, which was penned after Trump’s electoral victory, gives some insight into how Mexican writers view the first lady and her husband.

“If she suffered a terrible car accident, her husband wouldn’t leave her -- as long as her breasts were still intact, of course,” the editors wrote in Spanish. They called Melania “timid, beautiful, and complacent,” and commented on her pictures from last spring.

“In a photoshoot with Douglas Friedman, the now first lady of the United States reflects that essence of luxury that surrounds her,” they wrote, “A status with which she feels comfortable, happy, regardless of whether in editorial images this seems sarcastic and almost laughable.”



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<![CDATA[BroadwayCon Takes Over the Javits Center This Weekend]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:00:27 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BC16_FB_Default-Share.jpg

BroadwayCon, the first convention for Broadway fans, will make it's triumphant return to New York City from Friday to Sunday for a weekend of one-of-a-kind panels, performances, workshops and sing-alongs sure to satisfy any theater lover.

After last year's inaugural outing brought nearly 6,000 people from around the world to the New York Hilton Midtown — during a historic blizzard, no less — convention leaders have moved the action of the second annual events to the Javits Center to accommodate the larger crowds.

Hundreds of Broadway’s best actors and creatives are expected to appear, including breakout talents like Javier Muñoz ("Hamilton"), Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Santino Fontana (TV's “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and Jay Armstrong Johnson (TV's "Quantico") -- and Broadway legends like Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Kelly O'Hara, and Christine Ebersole.

Other stars on the list? Cynthia Nixon, George Takei, Darren Criss, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Carolee Carmello, Tony Yazbeck, Ann Harada, and "SNL" vet Ana Gasteyer.

The convention was co-created by Anthony Rapp (“If/Then”) who says he wanted an event to spend quality time with those who love Broadway most. “This is the convention that this community deserves,” Rapp wrote.

Panels will include everything from discussions about diversity on Broadway to behind-the-scenes looks at shows like “Annie,” “Ragtime. There are also technical conversations around sound design, choreography, wig design, theater criticism and non-profit theater.

Josh Groban and the cast of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" will be present for a special panel, as will Todrick Hall and the cast of "Kinky Boots," the cast and creators of "In Transit" and "Anastasia" stars Christy Altomare and Derek Klena.

And because it wouldn't be Broadway without at least something related to "Hamilton," new cast members will be talking about taking over the roles from the original cast in their panel “Hamilton: The Next Administration.”

Ticket buyers can partake in free autograph and picture sessions, open mics, and purchase one-of-a-kind merchandise and collectibles. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

For tickets packages (starting at $95) and a full schedule, visit broadwaycon.com.



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<![CDATA[Glenn Close on Returning to 'Sunset Boulevard']]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:27:44 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GlennCloseSunset2.jpg

Glenn Close is once again ready for her close-up.

The 69-year-old actress is returning to Broadway in the 16 week limited engagement revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard," stepping back into the shoes of Norma Desmond — a role she first played to critical acclaim (and her third Tony award) in the 1994 original production.

But for Close, playing "the greatest star of the silent screen" again might be a little dangerous. After all, it was a part that haunted the actress after she first played it, 22 years ago.

"I had a 6-year-old daughter and all of a sudden, I went from being every night this amazing, larger than life woman, I went back to making sandwiches for lunch and driving Annie to school," she told "Today" anchor Matt Laurer on Thursday. "It was as if Norma was sitting across from me in the easy chair saying, 'Children? Sandwiches? Where am I?' "

Don't worry, Desmond will be back where she belongs next month. The musical, which features a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, was a hit when it first treaded the boards — winning 7 Tonys including Best Musical. The revival, which begins previews at the Palace Theater Feb. 2 ahead of a Feb. 9 opening date, comes from a 2016 sold-out engagement at London's English National Opera — which marketed Close's West End debut.

Returning to the musical all these years later is exciting for Close. She says the role is completely different. "That was the luxury of going back ao character as rich as Norma Desmond," she explained. "And to have 22 years of life and 22 years of learning my craft — I went to London and said, 'Let's just start from the beginning.' And I feel like a totally different person than I did 22 years ago in that role."

A notoriously vile diva, Desmond is a juicy, yet challenging role. "I think anyone who has attempted to play it will tell you: it's physically challenging and it's vocally challenging," Close revealed. But even though the character's a little wicked, Close still finds a lot to like about her. "You delve down and you try to understand the why of someone's behavior. And in that journey of discovery, I always find a place to love them."

She doesn't feel any pressure. In fact, if anything, Broadway feels familiar. "I did it here before," Close said. "When I went to London, I'd never done it there before. I've come home and it'll be a different take. Hopefully people will like it this much."

"I think the story of Norma Desmond is as relevant as ever," she added.

"Sunset Boulevard," at the Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. For tickets and information, visit sunsetboulevardthemusical.com



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<![CDATA[Alcohol-Sensing Chip Bags Take on Super Sunday Drunken Driving]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:53:56 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/232*120/012617+tositos+prevent+drunk+driving+bag.jpg

With just over a week to go until Super Bowl 51 kicks off, one major chip brand is introducing a new type of bag that aims to tell you if you're too drunk to drive.

Frito-Lay is debuting its new "party safe" bag for Tostitos chips that comes complete with technology that's meant to act like a Breathalyzer. The company says the alcohol sensor will turn a symbol on the bag red if alcohol is detected, while staying green if none is.

The bag, which is meant to remind people to re-think driving after consuming alcohol, comes as a limited edition, but the UPC codes on nearly all bags of Tostitos chips will give users $10 off an Uber ride on the day the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Feb. 5, at least until 25,000 users enter the code.

The $10 Super Sunday discount was made in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that 40 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2010 were connected to drunken driving.

The aunt and uncle of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker died in a car crash with a drunken driver after he played in the 2013 Super Bowl.

"Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. Thanks to Tostitos and Uber, it's easier than ever to make a safe choice if your plans include alcohol," said Walker, also a MADD volunteer, in a Tostitos news release.



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<![CDATA[Bernadette Peters Remembers Mary Tyler Moore]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:41:46 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MaryTylerMooreBernadettePeters.jpg

Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday at the age of 80, was well known for her on-screen roles in "Ordinary People," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and, of course, 1970's Emmy-winning smash "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

But off-screen, Moore was a lifelong animal rights advocate who dedicated her life to protecting man's best friends.

She first stuck her neck out to help an animal when she was just 9-year-old.

“I was coming home from school, and I saw a man had cornered a dog and was beating him with a stick,” she told "The Pet Press," a Los Angeles-based monthly magazine, in 2002. “I yelled at him to stop but he wouldn’t, so I just dropped my schoolbooks and ran and jumped him and beat him around the head and shoulders and kicked him with my feet.”

“That was the first time I felt passion and anger at man’s inhumanity,” she continued. “I beat the man up as best I could, but I didn’t undertake any active role until many years later.”

In 1999, Moore and her friend Bernadette Peters co-founded Broadway Barks — a star-studded "adopt-a-thon" set to help find permanent homes for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats from animal shelters and adoption agencies in the metropolitan area. The event takes place every July in Times Square's famed Shubert Alley, sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Peters spoke out about Moore on social media Wednesday, where she called Moore "an extraordinary person and friend to the animals."

Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, echoed Peters' love on Facebook.

"Mary’s love for animals, particularly those abandoned or abused has galvanized all of Broadway to ensure that thousands of adorable, adoptable dogs and cats find their forever homes, as well as raise funds for the organizations that embrace them in their darkest hours," he said.

He continued: "Mary’s affection for our furry, four-legged friends was matched by a generous, kind and cherished spirit that touched the hearts of us all with her charismatic personality and infamous smile. We can rest assured that there are many a heavenly mutt and purebred pup waiting at The Rainbow Bridge to welcome Mary with sloppy kisses for finding them a safe home here below the clouds."

Moore appeared on Broadway twice — first in the 1980 revival of "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" (which won her a Special Tony Award) and then as the title character in 1987's "Sweet Sue" (a role she shared with Lynn Redgrave).

She won her second Tony as a producer through MTM Enterprises, for the 1985 revival of Peter Nichols' "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg." Additional producing credits included "Noises Off," "Benefactors," "The Octette Bridge Club," and the Broadway premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s "Safe Sex."



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<![CDATA[McDonald’s Giving Away 10K Bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:40:48 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/special+sauce1.png

Attention, Big Mac lovers.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, McDonald's will give away 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac sauce to celebrate its new Grand Mac and Mac Jr. sizes.

The twists on the popular menu item - which features two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun – offer an even larger and slightly smaller option for diners, McDonald's said.

To get your bottle of Big Mac sauce, head to a participating location around the country and say, "There's a Big Mac for that."

A full list of participating locations will be released Wednesday, the company said in the announcement.

The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Customers who can't make it into a participating restaurant also will have the chance to get their hands on a bottle with giveaways throughout the day on McDonald's social media channels, according to the news release. 



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<![CDATA[McDonald’s to Give Away 10,000 Bottles of Big Mac Sauce]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:30:26 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/McDs-GettyImages-96324959.jpg

Attention, Big Mac lovers.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, McDonald's will give away 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac sauce to celebrate its new Grand Mac and Mac Jr. sizes.

The twists on the popular menu item -- which features two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun – offer an even larger and slightly smaller option for diners, McDonald's said.

To get your bottle of Big Mac sauce, head to a participating location around the country and say, "There's a Big Mac for that."

The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis.



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<![CDATA[Olive Garden Unveils Latest 'Never Ending' Deal]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:54:57 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Olive_Garden_chicago.jpg

Olive Garden is bringing back its “never ending” pasta deal, except this time, it’s upping the ante.

In a new promotion the restaurant chain calls the “next phase in never ending,” Olive Garden is now offering up its “Never Ending Classics.”

Last year, the company known for its free breadsticks said it sold 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes, a seven-week pass for endless pasta bowls. The new offer, which starts at $11.99, now includes lasagna, chicken parmigiana, chicken alfredo, fettucine alfredo and spaghetti with meat sauce.

Diners can also mix and match the featured dishes with each refill, according to the company.

"First we introduced unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. Then we debuted Never Ending Pasta Bowl. And now we're excited to give our fans the chance to revel in unlimited helpings of their favorite Olive Garden classics," Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden, said in a statement. "We selected five of our most popular entrees so guests may indulge in as many of their favorites as they want, all at an incredible value."

The offer is available through March 6 and comes with soup or salad and breadsticks.

In previous years, Olive Garden’s pasta passes sold out in minutes, generating considerable publicity for the chain looking to modernize its image. Parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. was still working on turning around the chain's performance last year after its board was taken over by investor Starboard Value.

In November, the company reported its sales had increased by 2.1 percent in the second quarter, “outperforming the casual dining industry benchmarks, especially at Olive Garden,” according to CEO Gene Lee.



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<![CDATA[Top 5 Places to Find the Funniest Single People in America]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:14:47 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/singlescrop.jpg

We all know humor is one of the top sought-after traits in a dating partner, so where are you most likely to find someone to make you laugh?

Yonkers and Staten Island are among the top five places in the nation to find funny single people, according to a new study by dating site EliteSingles.com.

The study, based on 72,000 EliteSingles.com members, asked respondents to rank how strongly they agreed with the statement "I often make others laugh." Scores were averaged out by area to determine where the funniest people live.

Yonkers and Staten Island came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, while Hampton, New Hampshire, earned the top ranking. West Hollywood, California, was the nation's second biggest hotspot for hilarious singles, with St. Petersburg, Florida, rounding out the top five, according to the study. 

EliteSingles.com also broke out the data by sex, finding Yonkers to be home to America's funniest men, followed by Hampton, Boca Raton, Florida, and West Hollywood. America's wittiest women call Hampton home, followed by West Hollywood, Norfolk, Virginia, Staten Island and Santa Monica, California.



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<![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know About NYC Restaurant Week]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:16:30 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Capital_Grille_Filet1.jpg

The first thing you should know about New York Restaurant Week is that it is not actually a week. The semiannual celebration of New York's food scene started Monday, Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 10.

Here are a few other things you should know:

Which restaurants are participating?

Hundreds of New York City restaurants are participating in the event. From seafood to Asutralian cuisine, and plenty of options in between, you are sure to find a prix fixe menu to please even the pickiest of eaters.

You can take a look at all of the participating restaurants here.

How much does it cost?

The restaurants are offering $29 prix fixe lunch menus and $42 dinner menus. Some restaurants are also offering a Sunday brunch for $29 per person.

Each menu includes a choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert. Some restaurants may also offer a drink special.

Should I make a reservation?

The official NYC Restaurant Week website says reservations are highly recommended, though not required to be offered the prix fixe menus.

The site suggests making reservations through OpenTable.

Are there any restrictions?

Most restaurants do not offer their prix fixe menus on Saturdays.

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<![CDATA['Fences' on Screen and, now, an Artful 'Jitney' on Broadway]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:04:02 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JitneyMain.jpg

Until this year, “Jitney” was the only one of August Wilson’s “Century Cycle” plays to have never been performed on Broadway. Now it’s finally arrived, in an artful and melodic staging directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of the most well-regarded interpreters of works by the “Fences” playwright.

Set in a downtrodden corner of Pittsburgh in the churning, post-civil rights era 1970s, “Jitney” tracks a group of men scraping together a living driving unlicensed cabs. Though the business has no formal oversight, its owner, Becker (classical stage actor John Douglas Thompson) tries to instill a sense of pride in his motley crew.

“The people got a right, if you hauling them around in your car, to expect the brakes to work,” he tells his drivers in one enduring monologue, as the gaggle of men decide to battle the city’s plans to raze their business in an eminent domain grab.

That larger imbroglio unfolds as Becker faces a more personal tumult—the release from prison of his son, Booster (Brandon J. Dirden). Twenty years earlier, Booster was imprisoned for killing a white woman with whom he’d been having an affair, after she lied to law enforcement about the nature of their relationship.

Booster served his time and now, at 39, wants to make something of his life. But first, he’s arrived at his father’s shop, just wanting to heal a rift with the older man, who believes the son’s crime led his wife to die of a broken heart.

The marvelous Thompson is dignified, but not unyielding, as owner of the jitney shop. He’s the kind of man who will make a reluctant exception to his “no drinking policy,” to protect an older employee who can’t stay on the wagon.

Becker is at his most relatable when talking to his son about his own past humiliations, the times he had to choose between standing up for himself and swallowing his pride—and how what kept him going was the dream that his son would seize upon his academic gifts and, finally, bring a just-out-of-reach dignity to the family.

As Booster, Dirden is determined to connect with his father, but unapologetic for his prior deeds, actions he carried out so as not to feel “shrunken in size,” the way he believes has father has been.

Michael Potts is a firecracker as Turnbo, the shop gossip, an unstable if entertaining fellow who once pointed a gun at a man over a 50 cent debt. Turnbo runs off at the mouth dishing on people, even as he argues he’s not one to meddle in the business of others. You can’t play that sort of thing ironically, and he really pulls it off.

André Holland and Carra Patterson are Youngblood and Rena, the play’s youngest characters. Constitutionally itchy, Youngblood needs to find a foothold in order to support his family, but is relentlessly frustrated with pushback from forces beyond his control, like an unseen bank mortgage officer and his girlfriend.

Patterson is, indeed, effective, but I’ll admit to finding her surprisingly unsympathetic, since she makes demands apparently blind to the support Youngblood is already giving her.

Doub (Keith Randolph Smith), Becker’s second-in-command, is a grounded, self-aware Korean War vet who does what he “needs” to do, even when it’s not what he “wants”: “Too many black folks get them mixed up,” the character argues.

Stage vets Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm and Ray Anthony Thomas provide strong support as older denizens of the jitney shop, each working some angle to get through his days.

During the age in which “Jitney” transpires, legal racism may no longer be permitted, but city power brokers are indifferent to the idea of black prosperity. Wilson’s vehicle is a group of men driving second-class cars, but tired of being treated like second-class citizens. The MTC's ensemble does a glorious job bringing home that message.

“Jitney,” on sale through March 12 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47 St. Tickets: $60-$140. Call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA['Oh, Hello' Will Be Filmed for Broadcast]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:40:58 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OhHelloFilmed.jpg

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will wrap up their hit play "Oh, Hello" on Sunday after 8 previews and 120 regular performances. But fans unable to catch the acclaimed two-hander comedy during its fourth month run are in luck — producers said Thursday that the show will be filmed in front of live audiences this Thursday and Friday, for broadcast at a future date.

The play, which follows crotchety New Yorkers Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney) as they find fame on their NY1 celebrity prank show "Too Much Tuna," has been a sold-out hit since its opening on Oct. 10, 2016. It'll close having recouped its entire $2.9 million capitalization — a rare feat for any show on Broadway, let alone a limited-run production.

It's also attracted a slew of celebrity friends to the Lyceum Theatre, many who made their Broadway debuts (or added another line to their theater resume) as surprise guests on "Too Much Tuna." Some notables names? They include Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Chris Pratt, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig — of course, Alan Alda.

But while "Oh, Hello" has made passed many milestones during its short run, it's just one of the many Broadway properties finding a second life with a live recording.

The Roundabout Theatre Company filmed and recently aired its acclaimed stagings of "She Loves Me" and "Holiday Inn" for BroadwayHD — an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theatre for audiences who can't make it to Broadway.

Disney took a different route with "Newsies." Together with Fathom Events, they brought back Jeremy Jordan and stars from the original 2011 Broadway company — merging them with the cast of its Broadway tour and filming the production for the big screen. "Newsies" will air in movie theaters nationwide for three days this February (Feb. 16, Feb. 18 and Feb. 22).

Fathom Events also recently brought the George Takei-led musical "Allegiance" to cinemas. The show, about life in the WWII Japanese-American internment camps, became their highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event yet. It was so successful, Fathom is staging an encore showing on Feb. 19. (The date happens to be the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which began the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans).

While the tradition of recording live theater for broadcast is still fairly new in the United States, it's been a popular practice in London, where high-profile productions like "Frankenstein" and "Gypsy" have reached audiences beyond the West End. 

Just Wednesday, the National Theatre announced its buzzed-about production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" — which stars Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, and Russell Tovey (among others) — will be filmed and broadcast in two parts in July. 



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<![CDATA[London's 'Dreamgirls' Will 'Move' on Broadway]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:18:29 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DreamgirlsLondon.jpg

The London revival of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's hit musical "Dreamgirls" is heading to Broadway, multiple outlets report.

The production is lead by "Glee" and NBC's "The Wiz Live!" actress Amber Riley, who stars as Effie White -- the role originated by Tony winner Jennifer Holliday in the 1981 original production and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson in its 2006 film adaptation.

Elements from both of those versions are incorporated into the revival, which opened Dec. 14 at the Savoy Theatre to rave reviews. That includes "Listen," the Oscar-nominated song written for the film (It was sung there by Beyoncé's character Deanna Jones, though it's now a duet between her and Effie White on stage).

Direction comes from Tony winner Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon," "Aladdin").

News of the transfer, scheduled to land on Broadway next season, was first reported by the New York Post. John Breglio -- owner of the rights to the estate of original "Dreamgirls" director-choreographer Michael Bennett -- confirmed reports to Playbill.com, saying producer Sonia Friedman intends to bring the production to Broadway.

"Dreamgirls" follows a fictional young female singing trio in the 1960s called The Dreams who become music superstars -- though the fame takes an extreme toll on their friendship. The musical takes strong inspiration from the history of Motown and acts like The Supremes.

The show won six Tonys during it's original run, which ended in 1985. A national tour ended with a Broadway revival at the Ambassador Theatre in June 1987, led by Lillias White, Holliday's original understudy, as Effie. The run wrapped in Nov. 1987 -- four months after Bennett died of AIDS-related complications.

It has only returned to Broadway once since, fittingly for a 2001 "One Night Only" concert.



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<![CDATA[Concert, Food and Drink Specials to Snag on Inauguration Day]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:41 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/inaugurationcrop.jpg

There are a few days until the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.You can simply watch the inauguration from home or get in the political spirit at one of these events in NYC. Check out some ways to celebrate inauguration day.

Inauguration Day Sneak Peek, 33 35th Street 6A, at Brooklyn’s Industry City is the perfect opportunity to do a good deed. Industry City Distillery is offering an opportunity to "take the edge off" by purchasing beers from two of Brooklyn’s newest breweries, Wartega and Lineup. The $35 ticket includes four beers and a shot. All proceeds will go to the charity of the brewery's choice.

E's BAR, 511 Amsterdam, will celebrate Inauguration Day with a burger and beer special for $10 all day long. If you find yourself bored by the festivities on TV, there are more than 100 board games to choose from to keep yourself entertained and bring everyone together.

United Palace Cathedral, 4140 Broadway, is hosting "Inaugurate Love: Dreaming Our Nation United." This free event will be a day full of group meditation, indigenous ceremonies, sound healing, drumming circles, spoken word, short-play readings, poetry, dance and movement, live art, vocalists and instrumentalists. Special guest performances will include Ellen Burstyn, Gary Jules, United Palace Band and Ensemble Choir and more. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Bagatelle, 1 Little West 12th St., is one of many restaurants in the Meatpacking District donating $1 from every specialty Sangria Rose sold in January to the American Civil Liberties Union. There isn’t a better day to support that cause than on Inauguration Day. 

Gold Sounds Bar, 44 Wilson Ave., is inviting everyone for a night of positive vibes. Come at 7:30 and jam out to some musical tunes. The proceeds from the $10 admission fee will be donated to Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ youth. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a coat for the New York Cares' annual coat drive. 

Mundo, 37-06 36th Street, is serving up food specials from 5-11 p.m. to sooth your appetite. Guzzle some “Get Trumped” well shots for $4.50 or try the "America is Great" beer and burger combo.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, will showcase "United: A Concert for the People" at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to American Civil Liberties Union. The grand production will feature Marisa del Campo, Angela Novy along with many other performers.



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<![CDATA['Aladdin' Star James Monroe Iglehart Headed to 'Hamilton' ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:03:38 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JamesMonroeIglehartHamilton.jpg

The Genie is leaving his lamp.

James Monroe Iglehart, who won a 2015 Tony Award for his portrayal of the Genie in "Aladdin," will exit the production after three years to take on the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton" -- the characters originated by Tony-winner Daveed Diggs.

The 42-year-old actor is expected to make his "Hamilton" debut in mid-April, with a specific date still to be announced. His final performance in the Disney musical will be on Feb. 19.

Major Attaway, the current Genie standby in the Broadway company, will take over the role full time beginning Feb. 21. Deonté L. Warren will make his Broadway debut as a stand by for Genie.

Iglehart's not the only "Aladdin" actor leaving Agrabah. Title star Adam Jacobs will debart the production on Feb. 12 to lead its North American tour this spring. Like Iglehart, Jacobs, 32, has been with the production since its Broadway premiere in March 2014.

No replacement has been named for Jacobs yet, but Playbill.com reports that "In Transit" actor Telly Leung has been cast in the role. A Disney Theatrical representative had no comment to NBC 4 New York on the report.

Meanwhile, five of the original stars of "Aladdin" have extended their contracts with the show through February 2018. They include: Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), Brian Gonzales (Babkak), Clifton Davis (Sultan) and Don Darryl Rivera (Iago).

"Aladdin," based on the popular 1992 Disney animated film, features a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice — with a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. It lists the Oscar-winning "A Whole New World" and Oscar-nominated "Friend Like Me" among its score.

"Hamilton," based on Ron Chernow's biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, features music, lyrics, and a book by Miranda. It won 11 Tony Awards at the 2016 ceremony and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, among other successes.

For more information about "Aladdin," visit aladdinthemusical.com

For more information about "Hamilton," visit hamiltonbroadway.com



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<![CDATA[Take a Sneak Peek at NYC's New 'Golden Girls' Cafe]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:11:54 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/Golden+Girls+TV+Awards.jpg

If you're a "Golden Girls" fanatic whose imagination has been running wild since the announcement of the themed cafe, here's a memorabilia-packed treat.

Rue La Rue Café has been posting photos of its interior design progress on Facebook. 

The eatery posted a before and after photo Sunday of a wall in the cafe adorned in memorabilia inherited by owner Michael LaRue, Eater New York reports. LaRue was a close friend of the late actress Rue McClanahan, who played feisty widow Blanche Devereaux on the hit show and inspired the cafe. 

"The electrician is coming on Tusday to wire all the new stuff and then...Rue La Rue Café," the post reads. 

Decadent portraits of the eatery's inspiration lined the cafe's walls along with McClanahan's encased 1987 Emmy Award and mannequins displaying some of her iconic looks.

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Could this mean an opening for the highly anticipated bistro is right around the corner

Signature treats were also teased on the cafe's Facebook page, including a "Betty White Cake" that will be a daily staple on the menu. The sassy septuagenarians even have their own flavors of their favorite delectable dessert: cheesecake.

The cafe will be on Broadway between 187th and 188th Streets in Washington Heights. 

Rue La Rue posted a replica Walk of Fame star for McClanahan in September, which will be placed at the restaurant's threshold. 

The cafe said it did not have a set opening date, but would post on its Facebook page when the time came. 

"Golden Girls" ran on NBC for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.



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<![CDATA[Your State's Favorite Netflix Original Series Is ...]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:28:03 -0500 //media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Netflix-GettyImages-464215297.jpg

If you ever found yourself hunkering down under a blanket at home weathering some type of storm, be it physical or emotional, you've probably turned to Netflix for solace at some point.

According to Fortune, more than half of Americans use the streaming service for access to both movies and TV episodes, and in recent years, many subscribers have turned to Netflix originals for some fresh content.

So which binge-worthy series was most likely to be streaming in neighborhoods near you? Cable TV looked at state data from Google Trends in 2016 to identify the top Netflix original series for each state.

New York's favorite original Netflix series last year was "The Get Down," a show about a ragtag group of teenagers running wild in the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, according to Cable TV's research. 

Streamers in New Jersey, along with Netflix bingers in 13 other states, preferred "Daredevil," while Connecticut viewers streamed "Bloodline" more than any other original series provided by the service.

Click here to see the full methodology and map by state. 



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