<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 20:46:30 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:46:30 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Anastasia' Turns a Beloved Film into a Serious Broadway Hit]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:16:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AnastasiaBroadwayl.jpg

Broadway's got a bright new star, and her name is "Anastasia."

The 1997 beloved animated movie has been transformed into a magical new stage musical, now open at the Broadhurst Theatre, with a much-improved book by Terrence McNally, added songs from the film's composers Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a star-making performance by actress Christy Altomare. 

Fans of the original 20th Century Fox flick (who call themselves "Fanastasias") will surely be satisfied with the offering, while those who skipped the cartoon should realize this isn't the fairy tale fluff they might have initially assumed it to be.

The legend of Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, the youngest Romanov princess, is still at the center of the piece, of course. In real life, she was slayed in 1917's Bolshevik Revolution along with her parents and four siblings — but "Anastasia" follows in the footsteps of the 1955 Marchelle Maurette play and 1956 Ingrid Bergman film by asking, "What if Anastasia secretly survived?"

We meet, then, Anya (Altomare) — an 18-year-old amnesiac orphan living in St. Petersburg, struggling to survive and desperate for refuge. Working with con artists Dmitry (Derek Klena) and Vlad (John Bolton), she's given an opportunity to pose as the long-lost Anastasia and make her way to Paris, where the her last surviving relative — the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Mary Beth Peil) — is waiting with a hefty reward.

There are a few obstacles along the way, though they're different here than in the film. The villains, evil sorcerer Rasputin and his albino bat sidekick Bortok, have both been smartly scrapped for the stage. In their place is a new antagonist Gleb (Ramin Karimloo), a revolutionary general who finds himself split between his unexpected love for Anya and his duty to her enemies.

The change is just the first of many made by McNally, who effectively infuses the time period's real-life politics into the show's plot. Here, characters sing about the painful aftermath of revolution, the longing of loss — even the complicated emotions of having to leave behind a homeland that no longer feels like a home. These modifications elevate the stakes at play, but also age the piece's target consumer. (I'd say most of the plot's intricacies would go over a young child's head, while "Anastasia" would now make a fitting date night for adults).

Ahrens and Flaherty have also added 16 new songs, keeping five of the movie's most-popular tracks including the haunting "Once Upon a December" and the Oscar-nominated "Journey to the Past." The "Ragtime" team have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season's strongest. 

But the performances are really where "Anastasia" shines.

Altomare, whose singular previous Broadway credit was as the bride-to-be in "Mamna Mia!," is a revelation here. She gives Anya an instant likeability and spunk, and soars at the book's more emotionally vulnerable moments. Her voice — specifically in the showstopping "Journey to the Past," which closes the first act — is the sort of pure, perfect soprano that pierces the heart and warms the soul. 

Klena ("The Bridges of Madison County") is charming, with a voice as crisp in texture as his dimples. He and Bolton ("Dames at Sea") make a humorous duo, the latter bringing a well-needed lightheartedness to the show's second act, when he is reunited with Lily (the scene-stealing Caroline O'Connor).

It's hard not to love Peil — known for roles in TV's "The Good Wife" and "Dawson's Creek" — in the role voiced by Angela Lansbury in the film. Karimloo, meanwhile, paints Gleb as a complicated man. Though I wished McNally flushed out more of his motivations, the "Les Miserables" alum's silky smooth tenor is always a welcomed gift.

I'd be remiss not to address Aaron Rhyne's projections, used predominantly in Alexander Dodge's scenic design. They'll surely be the thing that divides audiences the most, with traditional theatergoers balking as the show's reliance on them for scene and setting. But while not always necessarily effective, I found the photorealistic images used throughout to be cinematic and transfixing.

Director Darko Tresnjak ("A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder") commissioned the piece for the Hartford Stage, where it premiered last spring. He keeps the action grounded and moving throughout the 2 hour and 30 minute musical, using the stunning 20-piece ensemble wisely. Costume designer Linda Cho's vivid and vibrant clothing here deserves a standing ovation all its own.

It may have taken 20 years for "Anastasia" to make its way from the screen to the stage, but this journey to the past has proven to be well worth the wait.

"Anastasia" at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Tickets: $69 - $189, via Telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200.



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<![CDATA[Kenny G Surprises Delta Passengers With In-Flight Performance ]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:57:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-510341972.jpg

It may not have been on the in-flight entertainment program, but the soothing sounds of Kenny G filled the cabin of a Delta flight Saturday morning.

Passengers on board the Los Angeles-bound flight from Tampa were treated to an impromptu live performance by the famed saxophonist.

Kenny G was seated next to an off-duty flight attendant who lost a daughter to brain cancer, according to a passenger. The famed musician agreed to perform a spontaneous concert if passengers helped raise $1,000 for a cancer charity.

They ended up raising $2,000 for “Relay for Life” and the Grammy-winning artist fulfilled his promise, walking up and down the aisle as surprised passengers enjoyed the mile-high jazz serenade. 

Kenny G was in Tampa for a performance Friday night at Coachman Park in Clearwater. 



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<![CDATA['Happy Days' Star Moran Likely Died From Cancer: Officials]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:50:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/88572146-Erin-Moran%29.jpg

Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home.

A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn't specify what type.

The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Officials say standard toxicology test results are pending but that no illegal narcotics were found at the home.

A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. In 1974, she was cast in "Happy Days" as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard.



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<![CDATA[$175M Tri-State Home Among 5 Most Expensive for Sale in U.S.]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:36:58 -0400 the full listing with Christie's International Real Estate here.]]> the full listing with Christie's International Real Estate here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/001_GreatIsland.jpg Trulia recently put together a round-up of the most expensive homes for sale in America and this $175 million sprawling waterfront estate in Connecticut cracks the top five. See the full listing with Christie's International Real Estate here.

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<![CDATA[April Is Back! World-Famous NY Giraffe Cam Returns This Week]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:36:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17105737948344.jpg

Devoted fans of April the giraffe lost their link to her on Friday when her round-the-clock live stream went dark -- but it turns out she's coming back this week for a limited engagement.

Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" was turned off at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, almost two months after the pregnant giraffe was catapulted onto the world stage.

But this weekend, the Harpursville, New York, zoo she calls home said her withdrawal from public life was only temporary.

"The Giraffe Cam is not gone forever! This week we will announce viewing day/times for you to check in and watch progress!" the zoo said in a Facebook post Sunday morning.

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Since late February, April's daily eating, sleeping, strolling, camera-licking and tail-flicking was broadcast to a loyal and adoring audience waiting in anticipation to see her deliver her fourth calf. 

After a patient wait, the male calf was born earlier this month, to the delight of a global live audience that has sometimes numbered in the tens of millions.

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Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him a name at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

The zoo said Sunday that the first round of results from the naming contest would be revealed early this week, with a winner tentatively scheduled for May 1.

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Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park. 

April's little calf stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports. 

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"All is well and baby continues to grow, he is now looking us in the eyes!" they said Sunday.

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April, 15, teased her millions of global adorers for weeks before he was born, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger 5-year-old beau Oliver. 

April's pregnancy was originally vaulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of social media users voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

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Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.



Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[2017 Coachella Pics: Music, Stars and Style]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:37:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672144374_master.jpg The second weekend of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off Friday, April 21 and runs through Sunday, April 23. Check out the latest performances, scenes from last week and star-style photos from the annual event in the Southern California desert.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Tribeca Film Festival, Miss USSR UK]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:57:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tribeca_Fest_Legend_Teigen.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.]]> <![CDATA[In 'Charlie' Musical, You Take the Bitter with the Sweet]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CharlieChocolateMain.jpg

The best thing about Broadway’s new “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is the inventively savage and barbarous ways that all the Golden Ticket winners—except, that is, for Charlie Bucket—die.

That’s horrible, you say! How dare I cheer the deaths of children? How can I disparage one of your childhood touchstones? Well, to borrow a line from a famous candy-maker: “Strike that. Reverse it.” Aside from Charlie, all the “kids” in this re-conceived cousin of a production that ran for four years in London are played by adults.

You can do things to grownups on stage that you can’t to children. The switch-up is one of the more effective devices employed by the “Charlie” creative team, which includes the composers of the musical “Hairspray.” But even it doesn't work consistently.

When sausage-hoarding Augustus Gloop falls into a chocolate river, we soon see his disembodied head shoot up a discharge pipe, atop a rising fountain of fudge. The rubbery noggin could be a prop from a Wes Craven horror movie, but it hits the right note of wicked humor.

Not so the death of Veruca Salt, portrayed here as a bratty Russian ballerina and heiress. You'll never forget seeing her torn limb from limb by big, black, nut-sorting squirrels, in a campy ballet sequence, but you'll be left queasy rather than entertained.

Soooo … is “Charlie” appropriate for kids? Well, the only one near me at Friday night’s press performance, a young lady who looked to be about 10, was spellbound and she laughed out loud the entire time.

And why shouldn’t she be happy? All of the Lunt-Fontanne Theater has been set up to mesmerize the modern young adult: “Rotten Behavior Detected” is the sign underneath a flashing emergency light on the theater’s 46th Street facade; confections for sale are “curated” by Dylan’s Candy Shop.

Whimsically, young Charlie initiates one of the more wonderful moments of stage magic seen anywhere this season, crafting a note to chocolatier Will Wonka on the blank page of a notebook, folding it into a paper airplane and sending it soaring toward the mezzanine.

But more often than it should, “Charlie” fails children when trying to speak to adults, and vice versa. Really Grandma Georgina … fart jokes?

An inability to hit the right tone and sustain it is a serious problem, because “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has been reworked as something of a morality play about current times—the kind of thing that can only succeed when executed with a consistent hand. (The director is Broadway veteran Jack O’Brien, who inherited the project from Sam Mendes.)

The setting is, vaguely, the present. Mike Teavee is a hashtag-spouting Idaho teen whose mother (Jackie Hoffman, in her stock, full-on alcoholic mode) observes: “And though he’s quite a malcontent / someday he might be president!” Violet Beauregarde is a tracksuit-wearing YouTube star with an 800 number to contact for endorsement deals. Stereotypes abound.

Three actors play Charlie at alternating performances (as has been previously observed, somehow they all have “Ryan” as either a first or middle name). Jake Ryan Flynn, whom I saw, was convincing, except when forced to utter implausibly precocious dialogue about the Wonka Toffee Surprise, which isn’t really a chocolate bar: “It’s more of a ganache.”

Christian Borle, the two-time Tony Award winner who starred earlier this season in “Falsettos,” is the second best thing about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” oozing a cynicism that is simultaneously original and an homage to Gene Wilder, star of the 1971 film.

Borle dances, he dutifully sings, he works hard. And you wouldn’t want your kid hanging around this fella, which is how it should be. The show opens with the actor singing “The Candy Man,” evoking one of the most fondly remembered moments from the movie.

After that, the music is a combination of other songs from the film and mostly bland new work by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The set is minimalist, save for one scene in “a chocolate Eden,” a terrarium where you can eat the dandelions. I suspect adults will find both wanting, though things improve in the second act.

Veteran John Rubinstein works his charms as Grandpa Joe, who wears an upside down saucepan for a hat. Emily Padgett has a Tina Fey-like twinkle as Charlie’s put-upon mom, who shares a misguided ballet sequence with the ghost of Charlie’s dad.

The red-headed Oompa-Loompas, Willy’s factory workers, are “humanettes,” adult actors dressed in black, so only their faces are visible, with puppet bodies.

Given the talent and production values, I’m sure the musical will enjoy a long life on Broadway. But for all its attempts to recreate the delight of Roald Dahl’s story, it left me with something of a toothache.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. Tickets, on sale through April 22, 2018, $79 and up. Call 800-745-3000.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Co-Stars Mourn Erin Moran, Joanie in Hit Show 'Happy Days']]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/joaniefeuerherd.jpg

Stars of the classic television sitcom "Happy Days," including Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, mourned the death of Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the series and in the spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." 

Moran died Saturday at age 56. The cause of her death was not immediately determined, but an autopsy is pending, The Associated Press reported. 

Winkler and Howard shared their grief on Twitter Saturday. 

"OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon," Winkler wrote.

"Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens," Howard added.

Actress Marion Ross, who played Moran's mother on the sitcom, remembered her as the "quickest, fastest little kid," she told the "Today" show Sunday. 

"This breaks my heart," Ross told "Today." 



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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes: Coachella, United]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:33:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-TYNotes-WH-easter-bunny.jpg

Jimmy pens thank you notes to Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino, the White House Easter Bunny and more.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Ramen Challenge With Salma Hayek]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/TSJF-Ramen-challenge-Salma-Hayek.jpg

Salma Hayek and Jimmy race to be the first to finish three four-foot-long ramen noodles and three shots of sake, while the loser has to lead an invisible marching band out of the studio.

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<![CDATA[Steve Madden Brings Back the Slinky]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Steve+Madden+Slinky.jpg

From high-waisted mom jeans to crop tops and chokers, fashion trends from the '90s are back with a vengeance.   

The only thing that has been missing to complete that back-to-school look every girl in class had was the iconic Steve Madden Slinky — until now.

The New York-based footwear company has revived the popular platform slide. The 2017 version has been slightly altered with a flatter heel and added elastic in the "stretchy upper" for more flexibility, according to the Steve Madden website. 

The Slinky isn't on store shelves just yet, but they are available for pre-order on Steve Madden's website. The $69.99 shoes are expected to ship in July.

News of the retro shoe's return brought back nostalgic memories for the Slinky-wearing girl who head bopped to alternative rock and cited Cher quotes from "Clueless" while eating candy necklaces.

And despite the fact the shoes' insoles continuously slapped the bottom of your heels, announcing your arrival with loud clapping-like noises, Slinky girls can't wait to get their hands on a pair and stomp around town.

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<![CDATA[End of an Era: April the Giraffe Live Feed Goes Dark ]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:50:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17105737948344.jpg

Almost two months after the pregnant New York giraffe named April was catapulted onto the world stage, the live stream that provided a 24-hour window into her world went dark.

Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" was turned off at 4:30 p.m. EST Friday.

Keepers at the Harpursville zoo went live on Facebook moments before to thank their viewers for coming with them on the pregnant giraffe ride.

"Thank you for joining us on this journey, it's certainly not over, it's just the end of the first chapter here," they said.

Since late February, April's daily eating, sleeping, strolling, camera-licking and tail-flicking has been broadcast to a loyal and adoring audience waiting in anticipation to see her deliver her fourth calf. 

After a patient wait, the male calf was born last Saturday, to the delight of a global live audience that has sometimes numbered in the tens of millions.

On Thursday, Animal Adventure Park confirmed on Facebook that the YouTube live feed would be turned off with a small gathering.

It said that early next week the zoo would announce the plan for the camera going forward, including scheduled times when fans could check in on the baby, April and Oliver.

On Facebook, April the Giraffe fans who had found new friends in a community that shared a passion for the long-necked lady said they had mixed emotions.

In the Facebook group "April Giraffe Friends," which has more than 65,000 members, users posted goodbyes to each other and best wishes to the New York zoo.

"As I am sure today is a hard day for everyone here, some more then others," group member Danielle wrote. "It's going to be hard for me to say goodbye."

Penny, another "April Giraffe Friends" member, wrote that losing the feed was going to break her heart, but she had a message of thanks for the others.

"I can't believe this is coming to an end. I have been watching since February," she posted. "It is in my daily routine to watch April and Oliver and now baby g... I have learned so much and have made good friends from all over the world."

Meanwhile, April's baby had still not been named. 

Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him one at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

The contest was being held for 10 days, and then a second round of voting, which will be narrowed down to the top 10 names, will be held for five days. 

Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park. 

April's little calf stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports. 

April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks before he was born, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger 5-year-old beau. 

April's pregnancy was originally catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of social media users voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.



Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[Young Royals Talk Mental Health, Parenthood, Diana’s Death]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:33:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/harry-kate-william.jpg

William and Kate and Prince Harry talk about personal issues they've faced, including becoming new parents and the death of Princess Diana, in a new video filmed at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. 

This video is the latest in the push by the young royals to promote conversations about mental health, a topic that has surged to the forefront of their charity work. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opened up about the "steep learning curve" involved in becoming new parents and how overwhelming it was. 

"Remember the first few days with little George," Kate said. "You have no idea what you're doing. No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it."

William, second in line to the English throne, said that having children has put things in a new perspective, helping him understand why certain things make him upset, particularly when it comes with working with veterans and their families.

William and Harry also spoke candidly about how they didn't talk much about their mother's death as they grew up without her. William was 15 and Harry was 12 when Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. In the video, Harry said the two had not talked about their mother enough. 

Breaking with the royal tradition of stoic silence about mental health, Harry revealed to Britain's Daily Telegraph earlier this week that 20 years after Diana's death, he has finally sought out counseling. In the video, Harry gives William credit for encouraging him to seek help. 

"I always thought to myself, what's the point of bringing up the past? What's the point of bringing up something that's only going to make you sad," Harry said in the new video. "It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back. And when you start thinking like that it can be really damaging. And you always said to me, 'You've got to sit down and think about those memories.'"

Harry told The Daily Telegraph that he had nearly suffered multiple breakdowns since his mother's death after he "shut down all his emotions" for 20 years.

In the video, Kate reveals it was her idea for the royals to get involved with mental health, calling it the "common thread" that touches many other issues like homelessness, addiction and bereavement. 

The video was posted to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account on Friday, also Queen Elizabeth's 91st birthday. This weekend, hundreds of runners will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Heads Together.

The Heads Together campaign is an initiative by Harry, William and Kate to encourage open conversations about mental health issues, with the hope of ending stigma, raising awareness and providing help for people with mental illness. 

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said in a statement that the trio has been "overwhelmed by the response" to the campaign.



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<![CDATA[7 East Coast Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:02 -0400 Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
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Summer is quickly approaching, which means that music festival season is also right around the corner. We've rounded up seven of the East Coast's most popular music festivals.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalist Will Claye Embarks on Music Career]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IMG_66532.JPG

Will Claye has earned three medals as a track and field athlete for Team USA. His most recent success came at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when he brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. 

Since returning from the Summer Games, Claye has continued to compete at the highest level on the track but wanted to make sure all his time wasn't consumed by training and competition.

He has been working on something he has been passionate about since he was a child, music. When he was young, it was singing in the church choir or making a mixtape on a boom box.

Now, as an Olympic medalist, new opportunities have presented themselves for Claye, including a chance to record his own album.  

The result is "Look What You Created," a hip-hop album with 12 tracks of music Claye says "will put you in a good mood."


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<![CDATA[Royal Family: London Marathon]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:30:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_17113334104862.jpg A look through the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Steve Irwin's Son Brings Baby Bears to Play With Fallon]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-21-at-5.35.08-AM.jpg

Robert Irwin, 13-year-old son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, shows Jimmy Fallon all kinds of animals, including a scorpion, two legless lizards and a pair of baby black bears.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': #420Songs Hashtag With Brad Paisley]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:01:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-21-at-5.27.39-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon gets some help from Brad Paisley singing his favorite tweets with the hashtag #420Songs.

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<![CDATA[Bette on Broadway: You're Lookin' Swell, 'Dolly!' ]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:55:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BetteMidlerHelloDollyFirstLook.jpg

Absolutely no one will be surprised to learn that Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M, brings the house down singing the title song of “Hello, Dolly!” in the lush new revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s classic musical, now on the boards at the Shubert Theatre.

The moment comes halfway through the second act, in an elaborate and precisely choreographed scene set at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, where Midler—as matchmaker extraordinaire Dolly Gallagher Levi—has been greeted by the staff as something of a returning goddess.

Dolly has been away from these old stomping grounds, and we can only imagine the chorus of dinner plate-balancing waiters has been numbed to boredomsince. But now she’s returned, and, as they’ll convince you in an enchanting, technicolor production number … it’s nice to have her back where she belongs.

Hearing Midler sing “Hello, Dolly!” is such a tingly experience that you eventually sit back down and wonder: Is this what it was like when Carol Channing debuted “Dolly!” on Broadway half a century ago? And, was Midler put on Earth to carry forth that legacy? It sure feels that way. This “Hello, Dolly!” is as blissful an escape as anyone could want.

Directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, Broadway’s new “Dolly!” is a robust and full-bodied tribute to the original work of director and choreographer Gower Champion. Midler has an ideal sparring partner in David Hyde Pierce, as the well-known Yonkers “half a millionaire” whom the man-hunting Dolly is going to chase ... until he catches her.

One reason this production will be hailed as a triumph for Midler, back on Broadway for the first time since her run as super-agent Sue Mengers in 2013’s “I’ll Eat You Last,” is the vulnerability and subtle quiver she lends Ms. Levi, who underneath an exuberant exterior also has a certain melancholy.

Dolly is widowed and, though she’d never say so out loud, destitute, filling the void in her life as the queen of odd jobs, while simultaneously staving off loneliness: “I’m available for financial consultation, instruction in the guitar and mandolin, long distance hauling ... and varicose veins reduced!”

You can just hear Midler saying that bit out loud, can’t you? Her voice is grainier than it once was, and the extra texture heightens the effect of every punchline. Combine that with her trademark narrowing of the eyes and arch drawl, and you’ve got a “Dolly!” to reckon with.

For all of Dolly’s deceptions, Midler ensures that we believe she has a core of integrity and substance. (Theatergoers will note that multiple Tony winner Donna Murphy will play Dolly once a week starting in June.)

Pierce, as Horace Vandergelder, pulls out everything in his bag of tricks, waggling his whiskers in consternation, glowering in annoyance and popping his eyes in surprise. He needs not even a set behind him to land “Penny in My Pocket,” the second act curtain-raiser about how Horace came into his wealth.

Kate Baldwin brings all her heart to the role of Irene Molloy, a widow and milliner with a New York City shop—the actress played the same role at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in 2006. Gavin Creel is in his usual super form as the older of Horace’s two clerks; Taylor Trensch invests his role, as Creel’s partner in crime, with distinction and spunk.

The orchestra pit is set slightly inside the stage, leaving a small apron out front. The choreography takes advantage of the gap, sending the actors dancing expertly around the musicians.

Santo Loquasto’s set employs larger-than life elements, such as the staircase on which Dolly enters the restaurant, and vintage painted screen backdrops. Together, they help “Dolly” strike a sumptuous balance between realism and misty nostalgia. 

“Hello, Dolly!” at the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St. Tickets: $59-$229, on sale through Jan. 14, 2018. Call 212-239-6200.

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<![CDATA['Captain America' Star Chris Evans Sets Broadway Debut]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:10:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ChrisEvansBroadwayDebut.jpg

From Captain America to Captain Broadway, Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut next season alongside Michael Cera in Kenneth Lonergan's "Lobby Hero."

The play, from the Oscar-winning screenwriter ("Manchester by the Sea") and playwright ("This Is Our Youth"), will kick off both the Second Stage Theater's inaugural Broadway season and the opening of the newly renovated Hayes Theater. Performances begin in March 2018. 

Director Trip Cullman, currently represented this season with "Significant Other" and "Six Degrees of Separation," will helm the production — his sixth with Second Stage.

"Lobby Hero" follows a security guard, his strict supervisor, a rookie cop and her overbearing partner — all convening in the foyer of a middle-income Manhattan apartment building where a murder investigation is underway.

The play premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2001, with a cast that included Tate Donovan and Heather Burns — though has never played Broadway. 

This will be the second time Cera has worked with Lonergan. He previously starred in the 2014 revival of "This Is Our Youth."

Elsewhere in Second Stage’s Broadway season is a production of Young Jean Lee's "Straight White Men," which will be directed by Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro ("August: Osage County") and open in July 2018.

The play is set on Christmas Eve, as a father and his three adult sons gather to celebrate. Instead of holiday cheer, they're forced to confront their own identities in what the release calls "a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama."

Lee, who marks her Broadway debut with the play, will be the first female Asian-American playwright ever to be produced on Broadway.



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom: Serena Williams Announces Pregnancy]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:14:28 -0400 photo post with the words, "20 weeks." A spokesperson confirmed that Williams is expecting a baby with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in the fall of 2017. The week of the announcement is also her 317th week as the top female tennis player in the world. In January, Williams won the Australian Open women's singles final against her sister, Venus Williams, which means she was likely pregnant when she won. ]]> photo post with the words, "20 weeks." A spokesperson confirmed that Williams is expecting a baby with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in the fall of 2017. The week of the announcement is also her 317th week as the top female tennis player in the world. In January, Williams won the Australian Open women's singles final against her sister, Venus Williams, which means she was likely pregnant when she won. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/632915024-Serena-Williams-Australian-Open.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood.

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