<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Sun, 24 May 2015 03:16:32 -0400 Sun, 24 May 2015 03:16:32 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:55:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]> <![CDATA[Duggar Family Dropped From TLC Event Amid Allegations]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 15:24:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP834090040408.jpg

The Duggar family from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" has been dropped from the TLC Summer Block Party coming to Philadelphia next weekend.

The Duggars were originally slated to appear at the event, according to previous screen shots from the official event website, posted on Philly.com.

The event was still scheduled to take place May 30Th at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing with popular TLC personalities including Berks County's Kate Gosselin, New Jersey's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, "Little People Big World's" Roloff family and Randy from "Say Yes to the Dress."

The move comes after allegations surfaced that the oldest Duggar, Josh, molested five underage girls as a teenager back in 2002 and 2003.

The fall-out from the allegations included a public apology from Josh, his resignation from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC pulling all episodes of the show.

No charges have been filed in the case.

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ireland's Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:15:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Celebs-Ireland.jpg

Ireland became the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote.

Ahead of the official announcement, celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Check out their tweets below:


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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank-You Notes: the NFL, Cannes]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 04:51:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Hillary-Clinton.jpg Jimmy pens thank-you notes to Cannes Film Festival, Activia yogurt and Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Sings "Roxanne" With Sting]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 04:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallong-Sting-Roxanne-Ragtime-Gals-22-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449821763557.jpg Sting joins Jimmy Fallon and his barbershop group, The Ragtime Gals, sing a barbershop quartet version of The Police's "Roxanne."]]> <![CDATA[Disneyland Turns 60 at All-Nighter]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:26:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dlcastle52760662.jpg

Disney's Magic Kingdom will soon turn 60, but it's proving Friday that it's not too old to party late into the night.

Disneyland opened its doors to some of its most dedicated fans at 6 a.m. Friday, when it began a 24-hour birthday celebration for its diamond anniversary with new attractions planned for guests.

Thousands of people, many wearing Mickey Mouse ears, lined up on Main Street for hours before the opening, waiting to get into the Southern California theme park's 60-year birthday party.

"We will make this place our home," said Ian Clarke, who planned to ride every ride with two friends.

A new show, parade and fireworks show were set to debut as part of Disneyland's yearlong anniversary festivities.

Decked out in special 60th anniversary trim, Disneyland's new attractions include a remodeled Electrical Parade with over 1.5 million LED lights and a new fireworks show called "Disneyland Forever."

At California Adventure, the Disney park next door, actor Neil Patrick Harris co-hosting an animated history of "Walt Disney's dream of Disneyland" with Mickey Mouse, according to a news release.

"I'm looking forward to the ireworks show and the projections," Shenise Ross said before the park opened. "I'm so excited for that."

Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, hosting 700 million people in the following 60 years, Disney said.

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<![CDATA[Heidi Klum's Craziest "America’s Got Talent" Contestant]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:30:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Heidi-Klum-Seth-Meyers-21-May-2015.jpg Heidi Klum tells Seth Meyers about the craziest contestant she's ever seen on "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Seth Meyers "Ya Burnt": David Letterman, Prom]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Burnt-David-Letterman-Prom-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449140291885.jpg Seth Meyers burns David Letterman, prom and other things in his segment "Ya Burnt!"]]> <![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MisheardLyrics]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:09:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Hashtags-Misheard-Lyrics-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449138243983.jpg Jimmy reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MisheardLyrics.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson's Commencement Speech]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Rock-Dwayne-Johnson-Commencement-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449139267897.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson deliver a graduation speech as high school students with the two lowest GPAs.]]> <![CDATA["Game of Thrones" Inspires "Yarnbombing"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Daenerys-Targaryen-yarn.jpg

A "yarnbomber" in the West Village had the proper answer this week for the person who took down her "Game of Thrones"-inspired dragon made of yarn: Daenerys Targaryen.

London Kaye, a street artist who started crocheting when she was 13, festooned a 20-foot fence in front of a lot on 14th Street with a fire-breathing dragon last month.  But someone didn't like her "yarnbombing," a form of guerrilla street art using yarns and fibers that are knit or crocheted in public places for both protest and whimsy, and took down the colorful creation.

First, the dragon was removed. Then, the rest of the flames. For a couple of days, little ribbons were tied onto the fence asking "where's the dragon?"

"This must have been done by someone in the neighborhood," Kaye told NBC 4 New York. "It touched me so much that it inspired my next piece.....I felt like people loved the dragon so much that I wanted to do something more."

Yesterday, London Kaye installed her new creation on that same fence, making a yarn picture of Daenerys Targaryen the so-called "Mother of Dragons" from the HBO hit series. Targaryen, dressed in her queen garb, blonde hair cascading down, is holding a sign echoing the cry of the neighborhood: "Have You Seen My Dragon?"

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<![CDATA[Cocaine, Gun Charges Dropped Against Rapper Trick Daddy]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/040414+trick+daddy+aka+maurice+young.jpg

Charges were dropped Thursday against Miami rapper Trick Daddy in his April 2014 cocaine and firearm arrest.

Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, had been charged with cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Miramar home.

According to the affidavit, the Broward County Drug Task Force had a "sniff warrant" to search the home and stopped Young as he was leaving in his car.

When deputies searched the home, they found 1g of powder that field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. A 9mm Sig Sauer and a box of ammunition were also found in the home, the affidavit said.

The 40-year-old rapper is best known for his 2001 hit "I'm a Thug." He's released eight records, including his 1997 debut, Based on a True Story, and has collaborated with several artists including Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green and Ludacris.

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<![CDATA[Scrabble's New Words Bring the "Lolz"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/scrabble-AP9407080176.jpg

Some people will find a few of the new acceptable Scrabble words “ridic.”

"Lolz", "cakehole," "thanx" and "ridic” are now able to be played in the word game, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words" published on Thursday.

About 6,500 words were added to the comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words, NBC News reported.

Words and terms of modern-day culture used to be difficult to pin down for dictionary makers in general, a representative at Collins said. However, technology has made the process a lot easier.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told BBC News. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Here’s a few of the new Scrabble words:

Lolz — 13 points
Thanx — 15 points
Lotsa — 18 points
Dench — 11 points
Emoji — 14 points
Sexting — 15 points
PWN — 8 points
Shizzle — 18 points
Twerking — 16 points

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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Can't Resist Watching the NBA Playoffs]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:32:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Dwayne+Wade.JPG The Miami Heat didn't make the playoffs, but Dwayne Wade is watching them anyway.

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<![CDATA["Tonight": Duchovny Encounters Manson on "Aquarius"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 08:31:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+David+Duchovny.JPG David Duchovny chats with Jimmy Fallon about his NBC series, “Aquarius."

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<![CDATA["Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 06:58:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jeff+Foxworthy.JPG Jeff Foxworthy hosts a special "Tonight Show" edition of "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" with Pitbull and Jimmy Fallon.

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<![CDATA[Tommy Tune Surprises Cast of "It's Only a Play"]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 19:50:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/tommy+tune+micah+stock.JPG

For months, nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune has merely been a reference by the coat check boy in the Broadway show "It's Only a Play" -- until this week, when Tune made an unexpected appearance during the curtain call.

The show stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing and Broadway newbie Micah Stock. Stock plays the scene-stealing coat boy at a glittering opening night party who brings up the coats of celebrities we never see: "It's the cast of Rock of Ages!" "It's Lady Gaga!" "Liza."

Then he brings up a fur coat that only a 6-and-a-half-foot tall actor would wear: ""Don’t tell me, let me guess: Tommy Tune’s!”

It was a poignant moment at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre when Tune surprised Stock onstage during the curtain call to celebrate Stock's Tony nomination for featured actor in a play, offering support and encouragement to the actor just beginning his Broadway career.

Tune is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, making it his 10th Tony.

"It's Only a Play" runs through June 7th.

<![CDATA[Jesse Tyler Ferguson Reuniting With “Spelling Bee” Cast]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 18:28:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/552837207AA00001_The_30th_A.jpg

The original cast members of Broadway’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will reunite to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Tony-winning musical in a benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at Town Hall.

The “Spelling Bee” cast includes “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (“The Glass Menagerie,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), “It Shoulda Been You” star Lisa Howard and Dan Fogler, who won a Tony for his role in the 2005 show.

Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg make up the rest of the nine-person cast. James Lapine and Darren Katz, the Broadway production’s Director and Resident Director, will direct the benefit concert.

Celebrity guest spellers will also be on hand to try their best at the bee.

“I’m very close with all my former Spelling Bee classmates,” Ferguson told NBC New York at the Lucille Lortel Awards. “We’ll be getting together real soon,” he added, hinting at the reunion.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” tells the tale of a bundle of socially awkward youngsters, as they find joy, heartache and purpose by competing at a regional spelling bee. Based on an original play by The Farm called “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” the musical features a score by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, as well as additional material by Jay Reiss.

“Spelling Bee” first premiered off Broadway, with sold-out runs at the Barrington Stage Company and the Second Stage Theatre. The show opened on Broadway on May 2, 2005, and closed after 1,136 performances on Jan. 20, 2008. It was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

All proceeds from the reunion concert will go on to benefit The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. The one-night only event is being presented in memory of “Spelling Bee” production stage manager Andrea “Spook” Testani Gordon, who died, following a battle with cancer, on November 30, 2014.

Tickets, priced from $50 to $500 premium seating (which includes an invitation to the private post-performance reception with the cast and creative team), are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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<![CDATA[Tina Fey Was Eric Stonestreet's Improv Teacher]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:56:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Eric+Stonestreet+.JPG Tina Fey was Eric Stonestreet's teacher when he was just an improv student in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Wheel of Musical Impressions With Jamie Foxx]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 07:17:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jamie+Foxx+Still.jpg.jpeg Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx]]> <![CDATA[NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Holding Open Casting Call for Dorothy]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:16:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/134870884AS017_THE_WIZARD_O.jpg

NBC is looking for a newcomer to ease on down the yellow brick road in their upcoming production of Charlie Smalls’ “The Wiz,” which will air live on Dec. 3.

The open casting call will be presented by casting agency Telsey & Company at 311 W. 43rd St., 10th floor on June 9, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sign in begins at 9 a..m.

The role of Dorothy is being described as: “Female, African American, must be 18 years-of-age or older. Must have an extraordinary voice that can still tell a story, and maturity with a youthful energy.”

Auditioners should come with a headshot and resume with full contact information. They should also be prepared to sing a few a cappella bars of “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” or “Be a Lion” -- all of which appear in “The Wiz.”

Actress Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy when “The Wiz” premiered on Broadway in 1975, has already been cast as Auntie Em.

“The Wiz Live!”, which retells L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an all-black cast set in a fantasy version of New York City, will follow in the footsteps of 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and last year’s “Peter Pan Live!”

Like those two productions, “The Wiz Live!” will be produced by Craig Zaden and Neil Meron. But unlike previous years, NBC will transfer its revival of “The Wiz” on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.

Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”) will stage both productions, with Tony winner Harvey Fierstein providing additional material to William F. Brown’s original Broadway book.

Cirque du Soleil will co-produce alongside Zaden and Meron, meaning there’s a good chance our residents of the Land of Oz will be performing some high-flying circus acts.

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<![CDATA["SNL" Alum Ana Gasteyer Joins "A New Brain" ]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 17:38:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/546183527CO00019_Gigi_Broad.jpg

“Saturday night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer will join “Looking” star Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of “A New Brain,” which will play New York City Center from June 24 through June 27.

The musical, which will be directed by James Lapine (“Into the Woods,” “Sunday in the Park with George”), tells the story of a struggling composer (Groff), who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Gasteyer, who has had Broadway runs in “Wicked” and “The Royal Family,” will play his overbearing mother.

They’ll be joined by Dan Fogler, who won a Tony for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” as well as Josh Lamon (“Finding Neverland”) and Aaron Lazar (“The Last Ship”).

“A New Brain” originally opened at the Lincoln Center Theater in 1998, running for 78 performances. The show features music and lyrics by William Finn, and a book by Finn and Lapine.

For tickets and more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.

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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Memorabilia Stolen]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 07:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/210*120/gd+auction+thumb.jpg

More than $75,000 worth of Grateful Dead memorabilia has been stolen from an Illinois auction house, officials say.

Randy Donley, owner of Donley Auction House, said the theft was first discovered last month, more than a week after the Grateful Dead Jubilee Auction had taken place. The items were waiting to be picked up or shipped to their new owners at the time of the theft.

Among the stolen items was a hand painted 1966 Stanley Miller/Alton Kelley Family Dog painting of a skeleton with roses—an image that became a symbol for the Grateful Dead. The iconic piece was valued at an estimated $66,000.

"I think the Stanley Mouse piece would be too famous to be resold," Donley said. "It is a one-of-a-kind. It would be pretty tough to put it on the market again."

Also stolen were six other Grateful Dead posters.

Donley said it’s not clear how exactly the pieces were stolen as the thief managed to evade any surveillance cameras and never set off the building’s alarm.

"It’s a mystery," he said. "There are no clues at this point, I don’t know. I hate to sound so vague but we just don’t know. I’m still in a state of shock. I can’t believe it happened."

While insurance will likely cover some of the costs associated with the theft, Donley said his main goal is to get the pieces back and has offered a reward for their return.

"The intent is not to collect insurance, it’s to return the items and get the items safely returned," he said. “Our true desire is to get the items back.”

Anyone with information on the theft should contact the McHenry County Sheriff's Office at 815-334-4750 or Crime Stoppers of McHenry County at 1-800-762-7867 (STOP).

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<![CDATA[Password with Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:56:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hugh+Jackman+Interview.JPG

Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman teamed up against Jimmy Fallon and Susan Sarandon for a hilarious "Tonight Show" version of the famous TV game show “Password.”

In the innuendo-filled game, contestants give each other one-word clue’s in hopes that their partner will guess the secret “password.” If they fail, the opposing team gets a shot at the clue.

The “Wolverine” star went first and had to describe “Dolphin” to his partner Offerman. Jackman hinted the word “flipper” and the “Parks and Rec” actor effortlessly answered correctly.

Next, it was Sarandon’s turn to give the “Tonight Show” host his clue: “oyster.”

“Oh God, this is not easy,” the actress griped.

The Academy Award winner struggled to brainstorm the perfect word, and even resorted to using a little ESP as she stared deeply into Fallon's eyes. It worked.

“Pearl,” Sarandon said.

“Oyster,” Fallon responded.

In the third round, the game intensified as the password “toupee" proved to be hard to describe in one word. Fallon apprehensively said “piece” and Sarandon, confusing it for “peace,” replies “war.”

Luckily for Jackman, adding “rug” to Fallon’s original clue provided enough information for Offerman to guess the hairpiece correctly, and gave their team the lead.

The last clue “feather,” though seemingly easy, also proved difficult for Offerman to characterize in one word, sending the password to team Fallon.

In the end, the host and actress were able to even the game after Fallon responded correctly to Sarandon's clue: "bird."  

“Its a tie!” Fallon wailed. “Then we’re going to have a rematch. You guys have to come back tomorrow night.”

Jackman, who stopped by the show Monday to promote his latest movie "Pan," eagerly accepted the challenge.  The actor also taught Fallon the proper way to eat a Vegemite sandwhich after hearing the host talk "smack" about Australia's famous spread.

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<![CDATA["Late Night": Hargitay's Magical Swift Encounter]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Mariska+Hargitay.JPG Taylor Swift rescued Mariska Hargitay way before she cast her in her “Bad Blood” video.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Thanks David Letterman]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+David+Letterman.png Jimmy Fallon takes some time to pay tribute to "Late Show" host David Letterman and wish him well on his retirement.]]> <![CDATA["Password" with Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:20:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Password+Hugh+Jackman.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Susan Sarandon team up against Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman in the game Password.

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<![CDATA[Taye Diggs Is Broadway’s Next "Hedwig"]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 17:53:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/524043857AW049_2014_CNN_Her.jpg

Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer, starring as the title character in the hit revival of “Hedwig in the Angry Inch.”

He’ll be the sixth actor -- and the first black actor -- to play the role on Broadway since the Tony-winning revival opened in April 2014. Diggs follows lead performances in the role from Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell and current Hedwig Darren Criss.

Criss will remain with the production through July 19. Diggs will begin his 12-week limited engagement with the production beginning July 22. His last performance will be on October 11..

Earlier this year, Diggs and "Frozen" star Idina Menzel finalized their divorce, after 10 years of marriage. The two famously met in the original 1996 production of “Rent,” in which Diggs originated the role of Benny.

Diggs, who has also appeared in “Chicago” and “Wicked,” made his Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel.’ “Hedwig” will be his first New York stage role in 10 years, after the 2005 revival of “A Soldier’s Play” at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.

Diggs’ many film and television appearances include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The Best Man,” “The Best Man Holiday” and the ABC drama “Private Practice.” This June, Diggs can also be seen in the second season of TNT’s crime drama “Murder in the First.”

Rebecca Naomi Jones (“American Idiot”), who replaced Tony-winner Lena Hall in the role of Yitzhak this April, will remain in the role alongside Diggs.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, is playing at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. Direction comes from Michael Mayer.

For tickets and information, visit hedwigbroadway.com.

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<![CDATA[Review: Pulitzer Winner "The Flick"]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 15:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FlickMain.jpg

“The Flick” is long. Peter Jackson long. James Cameron long. Even if three-plus hours doesn’t sound that long, “The Flick” feels long. Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is filled with pauses; sometimes, audiences are asked to watch an actor mop the floors and pick up trash. Also, very little happens.

A handful of patrons at the performance I recently attended abandoned ship after the first act, a phenomenon that also was observed among Playwrights Horizons subscribers when “The Flick” premiered there in 2013. (It’s now enjoying, for want of a better word, a second life at the Barrow Street Theatre.)

Sold? Nah? Well, hold on.

The tediously natural two-act drama, directed by Sam Gold (“Fun Home,” etc.), is aimed squarely at film “appreciators.” Not you, ahem, amateurs who can spout Woody Allen dialogue or quote “Goodfellas.” I’m talking hardcore cinephiles, who can play six-degrees-of-movie-separation between Michael J. Fox and Britney Spears while tossing back stale popcorn.

It also feels like a remarkably genuine depiction of what we often hear tossed around as “the human condition."

Our setting is a decrepit movie theater in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid lost souls coo over one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Business is lousy; there hasn’t been a sold-out house since “Slumdog Millionaire.”

We, in the audience, face the theater’s main room, with its chairs that clearly haven’t been reupholstered since “Mannequin” was in its first run (if you have to ask … well, ask these guys). So, with rows of chairs facing ahead at more rows of chairs, we could practically be staring at a mirror image of ourselves.

Sam (Matthew Maher) has a shaved head and a Red Sox cap. This job is as far as he’ll go. Rose (Louisa Krause) is beautiful, but unkempt. She’s the only employee allowed to work the projector. Avery (Aaron Clifton Moten, below, with his co-stars) is the newest hire. He’s African-American, and the most sophisticated cinephile of the group. (All the actors appeared in the original run.)

There are continuing dialogues about Sam’s retarded brother; “dinner money,” which is what the three employees call the cash they skim off of ticket sales to boost their salaries; and Avery’s parents, who are recently separated. There is, as well, background noise about a potential sale of the independent theater to one of the large corporate chains.

All the characters are self-serving, with Rose the worst of the trio. Each is eventually let down by the others. You can smell the funk of hopelessness on all of them … it doesn’t hurt that much of the dialogue is scatological in nature, or involves vomit, or in one case a single, smelly old shoe a patron leaves behind after a screening.

Maher, in particular, gives a beguilingly layered performance -- on the surface, his Sam could be a 30-something-year-old loser who still lives in his parents’ attic, but what claws through is an unabiding peace he seems to have made with his lot in life.

Climatically, Avery pens a letter to the theater’s suitor, urging him to forsake the digital revolution. It will make you think of every plea you’ve ever made to someone who couldn’t give a damn about your feelings. The best thing these guys have going for them? At least every few hours the lights dim, and they’re promised one more hit of escapism from their lives.

“The Flick,” through Aug. 30 at Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St. Tickets: $55-$95. Call 212-868-4444.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[Bristol Palin, Marine Fiance Cancel Wedding Plans]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 07:18:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/palin-marine-vet-split.jpg

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol's wedding plans have been called off days before she and her fiance were supposed to get married, her mother said Monday on Facebook.

The change of plans for Bristol Palin and her fiance Dakota Meyer, who had planned on a Saturday ceremony in Kentucky, came after reports last week that Meyer had been previously married as a teen.

"Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about 'secret wives,' Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement. Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers," the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant wrote in a message her mother posted to Facebook. 

Her mother, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, said that the two families would gather in Kentucky anyway Saturday for a barbecue "to celebrate life, in general!"

It wasn't clear what the couple's wedding plans were, or whether the couple themselves would be at the barbecue.

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<![CDATA[Review: A.R. Gurney's "What I Did Last Summer"]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 21:53:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Summer-Main.jpg

A.R. Gurney’s “What I Did Last Summer” is a good-natured coming of age story set in a Lake Erie vacation colony, just as World War II is drawing to an end. It was first produced in 1981 and is now enjoying a revival at Signature Center, staged as the second play of Gurney’s residency.

Charlie (Noah Galvin) has joined his mom and sister on the Canadian side of the lake. Through a drugstore want ad for a jack-of-all-trades—the boy is eminently unqualified to do anything—Charlie meets Anna Trumbull, a Bohemian artist the condescending locals call “the pig woman,” because her cottage was once a pigsty.

Over a summer, Charlie comes to realize he faces two paths: he can devote himself to being dutiful to the people around him—especially his WASPish mother, Grace (Carolyn McCormick)—or take his cue from Anna (Kristine Nielsen), and focus on realizing his “potential,” a word that hangs over Gurney’s comedic-drama like so much August humidity.

Charlie, a stand-in for Gurney, is played by expressive young actor Noah Galvin, who will be seen soon in the Dan Savage-produced TV sitcom “The Real O’Neals.” Galvin is constantly in motion, swinging his arms, shouting and shuffling his feet (presumably on the instruction of director Jim Simpson of Downtown’s Flea Theater, which often produces Gurney’s works).

The result is that Charlie comes across as a restless and annoying 14-year-old. It’s easy to see how Galvin will be suited to a broad TV comedy, and he’s certainly the center of the action here (that honorific seems up-for-grabs throughout much of “Summer”: “Sometimes, I think this play is about me,” or some variant thereof, is a line dashed off by most every character in the two-acter).

As Anna, Nielsen (a Tony nominee for “Vanya and Sonia …”) is purposefully theatrical about her own eccentricities. It’s easy to imagine how a teen would find Anna a semi-magical presence, even though Anna’s reality is the “saddest” of all the characters populating these shores.

Galvin and Nielsen are both excellent actors, though at times their chemistry feels forced—they’re both so involved with themselves, quirks, tics and all, that I never quite figured out whether each understood the other. Their bond is never fully cemented, and that creates problems for the play’s climax.

I had an easier time with the excellent McCormick (of Will Eno’s “The Open House”), who effectively conveys the isolation of a mother unsure when (or whether) her solider husband is coming home. From her, we get a sense that what an adult says isn’t necessarily what an adult does.

Pico Alexander, Kate McGonigle (with McCormick, above) and Juliet Brett are the other young people in Charlie’s orbit. Brett, as a teenage girl starting to understand the power of her sexuality, seems most to exist in 1945, the way she rearranges her legs and bats her eyelashes.

An on-stage drummer underscores much of the action. Most exchanges take place between characters on a bench or the floor, with stage direction imposed behind them on a screen, a thicket of sometimes indecipherable words and sentences.

I didn’t enjoy “Summer” as much as “The Wayside Motor Inn,” the first production of Gurney’s residency, but the playwright’s rhythmic dialogue is easy to fall into step with. Gurney never tries to convince us that Grace or Anna has the right moves in mind for Charlie—by summer's end, it’s clear everyone’s angle comes with a dark side. Charlie? At least he can grow up and write a play about it all.

“What I Did Last Summer,” through June 7 at Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. Tickets: 25. Call 212-244-7529.

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