<![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 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:26:44 -0400 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:26:44 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[How to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Live ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:05:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys-fireworks.jpg

Now you can enjoy the majesty of the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" from the beach, your backyard BBQ or even at your favorite East River viewing spot.  

NBC will stream the 8 p.m. ET/PT fireworks display and the sizzling performances from music's biggest names live online. The stream is open to everyone, even if you don’t have a satellite or cable TV provider.

The special features a 25-minute synchronized fireworks display and live performances from Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and more will stream from 8 to 10 p.m. live on your mobile device or computer.  If you miss it, you can catch a special one-hour highlight show that airs immediately after at 10 p.m.

Have a happy and safe July 4th and be sure to watch the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" wherever you go to celebrate.

To access the live stream, click here or download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now." 

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<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:16:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+getty.jpg

Fireworks will light up the New York City skyline Saturday night for "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The two-hour special, starting at 8 p.m., features a 25-minute synchronized fireworks display and live performances from Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida.

If you can't get a front row seat to the big show, you can watch the entire special on your mobile device (click here to find out how), but if you do plan to make your way near the spectacular display, here are some street closures to know about.

By borough, the following streets will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 11:39 p.m. Saturday for the Macy's show:


  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Driver Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • East Sixth Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 30th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 33rd Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue
  • East 34th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 37th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 48th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive


  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street


  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South;
  • Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • Second Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA["Spring Awakening" Revival Heading to Broadway]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/spring_awakening_production_still.jpg

Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s eight-time Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” is heading back to Broadway this fall, according to a new report from Deadline.

The revival is a transfer of the critically acclaimed production from the Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theatre and the theater collective Forest of Arden, who retold the 1996 musical using a mix of hearing and deaf performers.

Deaf West used a similar approach in 2009 with “Pippin” and on Broadway in 2003, for their Tony-nominated revival of “Big River,” which starred Forest Of Arden founder Michael Arden.

Arden will direct the Broadway revival of “Spring Awakening,” as he did for the two Los Angeles productions the musical has had before the transfer. The most recent one, which ran at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, starred Arden’s fiance Andy Mientus and Krista Rodriguez -- both alums of NBC’s “Smash.”

There is no word if Mientus and Rodriguez will transfer with the production. Casting notices are expected to be posted later Wednesday.

A Broadway theatre and Broadway opening dates have yet to be determined.

Spencer Liff (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”) will return as choreographer.

“Spring Awakening” musicalizes and reimagines Frank Wedekin’s 1891 play, about young people navigating the excitement of discovering their own sexual desires and the confusion of living in a society that oppresses said desires.

The original production, which starred Lea Michele ( TV’s “Glee”), Jonathan Groff (TV’s “Looking”), Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) and Tony winner John Gallagher Jr., ran for 859 performances before closing in January 2009.

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<![CDATA[Jim Carrey Calls Calif. Gov. 'Fascist' Over Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_170468991560.jpg

Actor Jim Carrey turned to Twitter to air his frustrations over California's new strict vaccination law on Tuesday, calling Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist."

In a series of tweets, the Golden Globe winner insisted that he was "pro-vaccine" but "anti-neutrotoxin" and "anti-mercury," which, he believes causes autism in children. The rant started with Carrey saying California's governor, who signed in the one of the strictest immunization laws in the country, "must be stopped."

Carrey and former girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, who believe McCarthy's son's autism was caused by vaccines, have become activists on the issue. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is "no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and [autism], as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and [autism] in children."

In the same Twitter tirade, Carrey also accused the CDC of being "corrupt" and unable to "solve a problem they helped start."

The California bill removes the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations and instead says that only children with serious health problems may opt out. It came in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that affected more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico. 

"This is truly a case where science — and what is the best case for public health — prevailed," state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said at a press conference Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[“It Shoulda Been You” Splits From Broadway]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:17:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ItShouldaBeenYouClosing.jpg

The wedding comedy “It Shoulda Been You” will take its last walk down the aisle at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Aug. 9, closing after 31 previews and 135 regular performances.

The David Hyde Pierce-directed musical, which features a score from Barbara Anselm and a book and lyrics from Brian Hargrove, takes place on the wedding day of a young couple -- where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

It’s the only show on Broadway to feature a gay wedding, a lesbian wedding and a straight wedding.

It’s also one of the new musicals that was snubbed from the 2015 Tony nominations. Though “It Shoulda Been You” did have some airtime on the June 8 ceremony, with a performance from star Lisa Howard, box office sales haven’t been through the roof. According to numbers reported by the Broadway League, the show took in 42% of its potential $991,008 gross last week. 

Tony winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris star as dueling mothers of the bride and groom in the show. Chip Zien, David Burtka, Sierra Boggess and Montego Glover are also among the cast.

A cast recording will be released on Aug. 14.

“It Shoulda Been You,” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. Tickets: $59-$132. Call Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.

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<![CDATA[Movie Star Walrus Dies at 21]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Sivuqaq.jpg

A Six Flags Discovery Kingdom walrus who starred in popular movies passed away on Sunday.

Sivuqaq was taken in by the park in 1994 with three other orphaned walrus calves. All four made their debut together in spring of 1995 at the Walrus Experience.

“Words cannot describe the loss we feel,” said Dianne Cameron, marine mammal manager. “We are grateful to have shared his life with him. He touched many people and was loved enormously.”

Sivuqaq also appeared in the 2004 feature film “50 First Dates” as “Jocko” the walrus.

He was also the voice for various creature characters in “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” and “Jurassic Park."

The park reports that “Sivuqaq demonstrated an intelligence that scientists could not have known about walruses, and hence, he contributed greatly to scientific study of Pacific walruses, one of the least-known and least-studied marine mammals in the world.”

At 21, the male Pacific walrus died from heart failure.

<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias Charged in Miami-Area Traffic Stop: Florida Highway Patrol]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/062915+enrique+iglesias.jpg

Singer Enrique Iglesias is facing misdemeanor charges of obstruction and driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County last month, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

According to the FHP, on May 6, Iglesias was pulled over in a Cadillac Escalade after a trooper spotted the SUV driving northbound on Interstate 95 in the closed express lanes.

As the trooper pulled the Escalade over, Iglesias jumped from the driver's seat into the back and the passenger got into the driver's seat, according to an FHP arrest affidavit. Iglesias then climbed into the passenger seat, the report said.

"It was Mr. Iglesias that was the initial driver, yes," FHP Lt. Julio Pajon said.

Iglesias and the passenger, identified as Abel Tabuyo, were handcuffed, and Iglesias invoked his Miranda rights, the report said. Tabuyo said he didn't know why he switched seats with Iglesias, the report said.

Iglesias and Tabuyo, who was also charged with obstruction without violence, were released after signing notices to appear in court. Both entered not guilty pleas and Iglesias' next court date was set for July 10.

NBC 6 reached out to Iglesias' attorney and is awaiting an official comment.

The alleged incident happened just a few weeks before the 40-year-old Iglesias badly injured his hand after grabbing a drone at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He later underwent reconstructive hand surgery in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Review: LuPone, Urie in "Shows for Days"]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:27:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ShowsForDaysMain.jpg

Michael Urie’s TV and stage bosses have been a histrionic bunch -- most recently, he toiled for an unseen Barbra Streisand in the hit off-Broadway comedy “Buyer & Cellar.” Who could the spirited actor possibly punch a timecard for as an encore?

How does Patti LuPone sound?

In “Shows for Days,” a disorderly dark comedy by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Nance”), Urie stars as a young member of a community theater troupe run by director, fund-raiser and star Irene (LuPone, as a Jewish version of Patti LuPone -- her speech is sprinkled with Yiddishisms).

Beane based his new play, now at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, on his own first exposure to theater with a band of amateurs in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Genesius Theater of the playwright’s youth is here rechristened The Prometheus, and various characters are composite sketches of people the author knew in the 1970s.

Urie, as Cal, is Beane’s alter-ego, a wide-eyed gay kid from the rich side of the tracks who gets swept up with the loopy personalities in theater-land. We meet Cal first as a successful writer, then via flashback as a gawky suburban 14-year-old inconceivably charged with writing the Prometheus performers a new play.

Director Jerry Zaks (his recent works include Beane’s “Sister Act”) has “adult Cal” set each scene, explaining the taped blocking marks on the floor and so on. It’s surprisingly easy to buy Urie as a teenager, and a treat to see him reunited with LuPone, who appeared as his mother on “Ugly Betty.”

Magnetic as always, LuPone has the hardest job here, as the soul of the company, a group of also-rans in an also-ran city. Her performance is nifty, but Beane’s script finally betrays her.

First, Irene is a seductress, enjoying the disreputable side of being a showgirl; then, she’s a marketing maven, cynically courting a mass audience. Later, she’s an implausibly righteous guardian of “pure” theater, whose righteousness manifests itself in an act so cynical that it doesn’t fit the character as we’ve come to know her. Irene just isn't a coherent creation.

The supporting characters in Cal’s orbit, stereotypes all, include a gravelly voiced lesbian stage manager (Dale Soules, of “Hands on a Hard Body”); a brash, gay African-American actor who is carrying on with a member of local government (Lance Coadie Williams, “BootyCandy”); and a ditzy starlet who blurts out the truth at inopportune moments (Zoe Winters).

There’s a nice turn from Jordan Dean (LCT’s “The New Century”) as a bisexual waiter who inevitably draws Cal’s attention. (LuPone and Williams are pictured, below.)

I went in expecting a comedy, but by the second act the story swerves into dark drama more on a par with “The Nance.” Beane’s plot is missing a necessary coherence, though there are some funny jokes and monologues that certainly make “Shows for Days” a worthwhile undertaking.

“Shows for Days” introduces itself by showing how Car met a passel of theater eccentrics and ends with his adult self rhapsodizing nostalgically over their real-life counterparts' role in making him the pro he is today. Ultimately, it doesn't do enough in between to help us understand how he got from there to here.

“Shows for Days,” through Aug. 23 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St. Tickets: $77-$87. Call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[The Game Pleads Not Guilty to Hitting Off-Duty Cop]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:02:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-122720824.jpg

Rapper The Game pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he hit and threatened an off-duty LAPD officer during a basketball game in Hollywood.

The Game, or Jayceon Terrell Taylor, allegedly confronted the officer when the two were on opposing teams at a basketball game at Hollywood High School in March, according to the LA County District Attorney's Office.

After the 35-year-old rapper, a Los Angeles native, was accused of "committing a hard foul," he allegedly confronted the off-duty officer, struck him and later threatened to kill him, prosecutors said.

Taylor is charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The court appearance comes in the wake of a judge's order that Taylor pay over $200,000 to his children's former nanny in an Instagram-related libel case.

Taylor's representatives did not immediately respond to NBC4's requests for comment. He is due back in court July 30.

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<![CDATA[Emilia Clarke Hints 'GoT' Character May Return]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:06:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-119552808.jpg

"Game of Thrones" fans devastated by the season finale’s killing of Jon Snow may have gotten their first glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, Snow will return some day.

In an interview with MTV News, Emilia Clarke, who plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, reaffirmed that she really doesn’t know what the future holds for Snow, but hints that there’s a chance Snow and actor Kit Harrington could come back. 

“I can with all honesty say I have no idea what’s happening,” Clarke said. But when asked if she had to take a wild guess, Clarke said, “I mean if I had to bet, I’d say it’s like a 50/50 chance.

Clarke noted that there are characters on the show that could help ressurect the Watch Commander, including Melisandre, who conveniently arrived at Castle Black as the hero was stabbed.

Clarke added that the show’s producers know she can’t lie very well, so the news should be taken with some caution.

Still, it may be enough to build up anticipation for a possible return of Snow sometime in the future. 

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<![CDATA[Katy Perry, Nuns in Uproar Over Convent Sale]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/463035626.jpg

A former convent in the hills above Los Angeles is at the center of a real estate dispute involving pop star Katy Perry, the archbishop of Los Angeles and a group of nuns.

The legal fireworks are about who has the right to sell the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to the "Roar" singer, whose recent $14.5 million offer for the 8-acre property assessed at $13 million was accepted by the archdiocese.

But the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary said it's not the archdiocese's property to sell. They already reached a deal two weeks ago with Los Angeles restaurant-nightclub owner Dana Hollister for about $15.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The archdiocese, which said the deed to the property reflects a value of $10 million, is now attempting to block that sale. The Archdiocese has taken civil action against Hollister because the transaction "lacks the required approval from the Archdiocese and the Holy See, and does not provide a solution for the House of Prayer which is on the property," according to a statement from the archdiocese.

"God help us, we are going to fight this," Sister Rita Callanan said in an interview with TODAY.

The archdiocese claims in its statement that the alternative transaction, "supported by the majority of the sisters," includes property for a House of Prayer to be owned by the sisters.

Immaculate Heart sisters told the Times they met with Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the sale to Hollister. At the time, the sisters only knew that someone famous wanted to enter a deal with the archdiocese, they told the Times.

Once they found out it was Perry, they did some research into her music, videos and onstage performances.

"I didn't know who she was," Sister Callanan said of Perry. "I was particularly concerned about the video, the 'Dark Horse.'"

More than 50 sisters used to live in the convent, now only a handful remain after the archdiocese moved many to other locations.

Perry's parents still have a ministry in Southern California, and she grew up singing gospel music. In an effort to win their favor, Perry even met personally with the sisters earlier this year and performed a song -- "Oh Happy Day" from the movie "Sister Act 2," starring Whoopi Goldberg.

She made a fairly good impression, the sisters told the Times, but Hollister's offer was accepted by the nuns. She already moved into the villa-style home that offers sweeping views of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley to the east, according to the Times.

The archdiocese has refused to back down and obtained a court order that allowed Perry to visit the property with an architect, according to the Times.

"We've already entered and accepted the offer from Ms. Perry," said Monica Valencia, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "The Archbishop has made a promise to care for the sisters, and we want to do what's best for them."

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<![CDATA[8 Shows Featuring Prominent LGBT Characters ]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:16:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LGBTQBroadway.png

Just because pride weekend is past doesn’t mean the celebrations of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people on and off Broadway are over. Here are eight shows you can see right now:

Fun Home
Circle in the Square Theatre

2015’s Tony-winning Best Musical is also Broadway’s first to have a lesbian protagonist. The heartbreaking drama tells the biographical story of celebrated graphic artist Alison Bechdel as she discovers her sexual orientation while trying to understand how she relates to her father -- himself a closeted gay man who commits suicide four months after she comes out. From the Tony-winning team of director Sam Gold, composer Jeanine Tesori and book writer and lyricist Lisa Kron, “Fun Home” is an intimate and emotionally honest tale that will bring tears to your eyes. [Tickets: $75 - $150]

Significant Other
Laura Pels Theatre, through Aug. 16

“Spring Awakening” alum Gideon Glick stars as Jordan Berman, the young gay hero at the center of Joshua Harmon’s relatable comedy “Significant Other.” Jordan is desperate for a long-term relationship, but much to his chagrin, he seems to find himself pining after the unavailable while all his close single girlfriends are marrying off. As Jordan learns to deal with his issues of abandonment, he learns a lot about love. This poignant comedy is “a sweet and painfully honest coming-of-age story that’ll probably seem familiar to many 20-somethings, gay or straight.” [Tickets: $79]

The Qualms
Playwrights Horizons, through July 12

A newly married couple attend an alcohol-rich party for swingers in the suburbs, which leaves them questioning their ideas about sexual desire and its ties to romantic and emotional commitment in Bruce Norris’ new one-act drama. Taking a similar approach to the idea of free love as he did with race relations in his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “Clybourne Park,” Norris’ play is more talk than action, but still presents intense debates about bisexual relationships and isn't afraid to ask the tough questions about love and lust. [Tickets: $75 - $90]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Belasco Theatre

John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s landmark rock musical is enjoying a hit run on Broadway, currently starring Darren Criss (“Glee”) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (“American Idiot”). The show, which follows “a transgender East German cold war bride who finds herself living in a Kansas trailer park fronting a band called The Angry inch and pining for her lost soul mate Tommy,” is a 95-minute stretch of ear-splitting rock and over-the-top entertainment. And if Criss doesn’t get you there, then maybe Taye Diggs will! The “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” star steps into Hedwig’s heels on July 22. [Tickets: $49 - $152]

Shows for Days
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, through Aug. 23

Tony winner Patti LuPone (“Gypsy”) and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) star in a new semi-autobiographical memory play from Douglas Carter Beane (“The Little Dog Laughed”). The comedy takes place in Pennsylvania in 1973, where a young gay teen (Urie, in narration) is introduced to theater through his local community troupe, lead by the vivacious Irene (LuPone). With laugh-out-loud performances, this heartwarming tale will remind you why you fell in love with the theater in the first place. [Tickets: $77 - $87]

Vineyard Theatre, through July 18

Speaking of Michael Urie, his long-term boyfriend Ryan Spahn is currently making his off-Broadway debut in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy “Gloria.” Spahn plays two characters in the show, one of them being Dean -- a gay editorial assistant working at a notorious Manhattan magazine. The play follows a group of ambitious editorial assistants at said magazine, and the shocking things they do to achieve their dreams. [Tickets: $79]

It Shoulda Been You
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, through Aug 9

A modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, “It Shoulda Been You” is the only musical on Broadway to feature a gay wedding, a lesbian wedding and a straight wedding. The action takes place at a fancy hotel, where two families gather for the interfaith union of their children. With dueling mothers (Tony winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris), an uninvited ex-boyfriend (Josh Grisetti) and a whole lot of secrets mixing up the action, the David Hyde Pierce-directed comedy will leave you laughing in the aisles. [Tickets: $59 - $132]

Kinky Boots
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

If there’s one message you’ll want to take away from the experience of the LGBT community, it’s that we all must have the courage to carve out our own identity. That’s the idea at the center of “Kinky Boots,” the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical from rock icon Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony-winning scribe Harvey Fierstein. Based on a true story of a British men’s footwear factory that starts producing footwear for drag queens, the show is a heart-warming tale of fathers and sons learning how to manage expectations, disappointment and self-acceptance. See it also for Billy Porter, whose Tony-winning turn as the fabulous drag performer named Lola is a performance not to be missed. [Tickets: $77 - $147]

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Free "Broadway in Bryant Park" Schedule Set]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GYI0000575725.jpg.jpg

The schedule has been set for the 15th annual lunchtime theater series “Broadway in Bryant Park.”

Presented by 106.7 Lite FM, the series brings Broadway and off-Broadway’s best outdoors, for hour-long concerts at the Bryant Park stage (Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets).

Each concert begins at 12:30 PM.

Here’s the 2015 schedule:

July 9
“It Shoulda Been You”
“Fuerza Bruta”

July 16
“Finding Neverland”
“Sistas: The Musical”
“Mamma Mia!”

July 23
“Kinky Boots”
“Phantom of the Opera”

July 30
“On The Town”
“Les Misérables”
“The Fantasticks”

August 6
“Amazing Grace”
“Something Rotten”
“Allegiance: A New Musical”
“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder”

August 13
“Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!”
“Once Upon a Mattress”
“The King and I”
“Dames at Sea”

For more information, visit www.bryantpark.org.

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con: Sunday Events Revealed]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0726-54.JPG

San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 is happening in less than two weeks and organizers have just released the programming schedule for the final day of the pop culture spectacular.

Per usual, Comic-Con Sunday – landing on July 12 this year – is filled with a long list of events to wrap up the event at the San Diego Convention Center. 

NBC’s highly anticipated reboot of “Heroes Reborn” will host an exclusive extended trailer screening and Q&A at 1:45 p.m. in Hall H. Show writer Tim King and cast members such as Zachary Levi Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman and Gatlin Green, in addition to others, will join the panel to discuss the upcoming season of the show.

The infamous Hall H will be packed throughout the day with back-to-back programming to wrap up Comic-Con. For those looking to marathon the day in Hall H, start your morning with “The Vampire Diaries: Special Video Presentation and Q&A” at 10 a.m. The cast and creative team behind the show will pack the hall and answer fans’ questions.

Fans of Supernatural will love Hall H’s 11:15 a.m. presentation, “Supernatural Special Video presentation and Q&A.” Stars Jared Padalecki ("Friday the 13th"), Jensen Ackles (“My Bloody Valentine 3D"), Misha Collins ("Ringer") and Mark A. Sheppard ("Battlestar Galactica") will join executive producer Jeremy Carver to discuss the upcoming season.

The stars of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens” will come together at 12:30 p.m. in Hall H for “American Horror Story and Scream Queens.” Stars Emma Roberts, Lea Michele ("Glee"), Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and more will join Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack to reveal set secrets and scares.

The “FX TV Block Featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, and a Sneak Peak of The Bastard Executioner” will host a panel at 3 p.m. with the shows’ executive producers and stars, including Kevin Durand and Elizabeth Gillies.

Indulge in a unique blend of comics and cake at “Fangirl Foods” at 10 a.m. with Food Network Chef Duff Goldman in Room 14A.

Go behind the scenes of the modern-day superheroes taking over pop culture today with the people behind the character. James Dashner (Maze Runner), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Robert Venditti (Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape 1: Attack of the Alien Horde) and more talks about the complexities behind creating a superhero narrative.

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts with graphic designer Chip Kidd and Paige Braddock and catch a glimpse of never-before-seen highlights from the archives.

Pay tribute to the King of the Comics with the annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel at 10 a.m. in Room 5AB.

Join the discussion about women in comics at “Marvel: Women of Marvel” forum in Room 5AB at 11:15 a.m. with development director Sana Amanat and producer Judy Stephens in addition to other Mighty Marvel guests.

Attend Marvel’s “Spider-man & His Amazing Friends” panel at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6DE to learn about the present and future Spider-Man titles.

At 1:00 p.m., watch the World premiere of “Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem” and stick around for a Q&A panel with the creator and stars of the movie.

Come back for another year of the “Starship Smackdown,” a scholarly debate about all things “Battlestar Galactica” and “Starship Enterprise,” answering questions like, what would happen if Neil De Grasse Tyson’s Starship of the Imagination came face-to-face with Carl Sagan’ Starship of the Imagination? Join in on the fun and watch a panel of stars, including Jose Molina ("Firefly"), Ashley E. Miller ("X-Men: First Class", ''Thor") and Kay Reindl ("Scream") battle it out at 2:15 p.m. in Room 6A. 

Close the festivities with the 20th anniversary pro/fan trivia showdown event at 4 p.m. in Room 4, where Len Wein (creator of "Wolverine"), Mark Waid (''Daredevil''), Anthony Tollin (Sanctum Bookspublisher), and the Black Ink Irregulars as they answer tricky questions.

Of course, these are just some highlights from Sunday's programming schedule. For the full list, click here.

Since Sunday is the final day of the 4-day convention, it is important to get there early and plan accordingly.

For details on what to expect at Comic-Con on Wednesday through Friday, click here. For details on what to expect Saturday, click here.

Photo Credit: Brad Streicher]]>
<![CDATA[Broadway Celebrates Marriage Equality Ruling ]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:11:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FunHomeMarriageEquality.jpg

Among the many Americans celebrating Friday’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide were members of the Broadway community -- many of whom have been using their platform to raise awareness around the cause for years.

From 2015 Tony hosts Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth to prolific gay playwright Harvey Fierstein and “Hamilton” scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, the community shared their celebrations and congratulations on social media.

“It’s a new day,” wrote Neil Patrick Harris. “Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know.”

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald appeared to be elated by the news. “Love must win? LOVE HAS WON!!!!” she tweeted after the Supreme Court ruling was announced. The actress has been so dedicated to the movement, she even has word “equality” in her official twitter handle.

McDonald’s husband, Tony nominee Will Swenson (“Les Miserables”) also shared in the joy. “Gay pride in NYC this weekend might just permanently coat the city in beautiful, pink Happy-Joy-Love glitter,” he said. “SO happy for equality today!”

Swenson’s “Hair” co-star Gavin Creel had a lot of reasons to celebrate. The Tony nominee, currently starring in “Book of Mormon,” co-founded Broadway Impact alongside Tony nominee Rory O’Malley and Jenny Kanelos in 2009 -- the “first and only grassroots organization dedicated to mobilize the nationwide theater community in support of marriage equality.”

“Thank you SCOTUS, America, Broadway Impact, and everyone who believes in love and justice,” Creel said.

In addition to many rallies and charity benefits, Broadway Impact also been mounting nationwide productions of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8,” which chronicles the historic Prop 8 trial. The show premiered on Broadway in September 2011, with an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman and Ellen Barkin.

“It feels like my wedding day all over again,” O’Malley tweeted, sharing a photo (seen below) of with husband Gerold Schroeder.

The decision was particularly touching for TV’s “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. On July 20, the actor, who is currently starring in The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Tempest,” will celebrate his 2 year wedding anniversary with husband Justin Mikita. The two have worked tirelessly for marriage and global LGBT equality through their charity organization Tie The Knot, which raises money for the cause through the sales of custom bow ties designed by Ferguson and Mikita.

“Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S.” Ferguson wrote. “History! Love ALWAYS wins.”

George Takei, who makes his Broadway debut this fall in “Allegiance,” released a statement on behalf of the company of his new musical. “This is a happy day, not just for LGBT Americans, but for all Americans,” he said. ‘It is the beginning of an era where we no longer will speak about same-sex marriage, but of marriage. And one day, we need not speak of LGBT rights, for they simply will be human rights.”

Many of the Broadway casts celebrated post-curtain, including the 2015 Tony-winning Best Musical "Fun Home" -- the first Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. Cast members brought a rainbow flag onstage, which Tony nominee Beth Malone waved around with glee. 

"What an amazing night to be an American," Malone said. "We owe this night to the people who came before us."

They then shared a cast photo on Instagram (below), wearing special pride t-shirts with a "Ring of Keys" logo, taken from one of the songs in the show. 

“It Shoulda Been You,” which features a gay wedding, a lesbian wedding and a straight wedding, closed Friday night’s performance with a post-curtain speech from star Tyne Daly.

Daly shared her story of how “Loving v. Virginia,” the 1967 cast which led the Supreme Court to invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, personally affected her marriage with ex-husband Georg Stanford Brown.

She then quoted a line from the show (“We are all getting a family out of this”), before repeating a quote from a parishioner in South Carolina, who said “Hate is very strong, but love is stronger.”

Now if that isn’t worth applauding, we don’t know what is.

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas]]>
<![CDATA[Grammer Taking Leave from “Finding Neverland” ]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:21:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/558317463MF00008_2015_Tony_.jpg

Kelsey Grammer will take a temporary leave from the new Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” producers said Saturday.

The actor, best known for his years playing Frasier Crane on TV’s “Cheers” and “Frasier,” will depart the production in mid-July -- though no exact departure date has been set. He’ll return to the show on Sept. 13.

No reason was given for Grammer’s leave.

Grammer, who plays Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in the show, will be replaced by Australian actor Anthony Warlow, who made his Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of “Annie,” playing Daddy Warbucks.

In a statement, Warlow said that the Broadway production of “Finding Neverland” has “rekindled my love for Musical Theatre.”

“Finding Neverland” is playing an open-ended run at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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<![CDATA[Ayesha Curry Reveals Baby's Gender]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:26:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/ayesha.JPG

It's a girl!

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his 9-month pregnant wife, Ayesha, are expecting another baby girl. 

Us Weekly revealed the gender of the couple's second child Friday. They are also parents to 2-year-old Riley. 

Ayesha took to her blog to share pictures of a new nursery, which was designed by Pottery Barn Kids.

The pair's home office has been converted into the nursery, Ayesha wrote, adding, "I feel so blessed to be able to bring our new baby home to a beautiful, peaceful and serene environment."

Not only did Pottery Barn Kids make Ayesha's nursery dreams a reality, but the company also completed the room's makeover in three days while the family was in Cleveland for the 2015 NBA finals where the Warriors walked away victors.

Photo Credit: Ayesha Curry
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<![CDATA[Comic-Con: Saturday Events Revealed]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:14:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Comic-Con-Generic-Bob-Hansen.jpg

San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 is happening in less than two weeks and organizers have just released the programming schedule for the biggest day of the pop culture spectacular.

Per usual, Comic-Con Saturday – landing on July 11 this year – will be jam-packed with all-day events at the San Diego Convention Center to delight every fanboy and fangirl.

The entertainment lineup includes the “TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites” panel at 11 a.m. in Ballroom 20 featuring stars like Yvette Nicole Brown (“The Odd Couple” and “Community”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Godlbergs”), David Anders (“iZombie), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Eliza Taylor (“The 100”), Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”).

NBC’s new show “Blindspot” will host its pilot screening and panel at 11:15 a.m. in Room 6A with stars Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander. Celebrating its 27th season, “The Simpsons” will host a panel at noon in Ballroom 20 with creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright – the woman behind the voices of Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz and Ralph Wiggum.

The notoriously busy Hall H will host back-to-back programming, including a presentation from Warner Bros. at 10:30 a.m. that will give fans an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming flicks. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will take over Hall H at 12:15 p.m., followed by the 1:30 p.m. “Quentin Tarantino’s: The Hateful Eight” panel featuring Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino, who will bring fans an exclusive look at his highly-anticipated eighth film.

Legendary Pictures will steal the Hall H show at 2:30 p.m. with filmmakers and talent from Legendary’s upcoming “Warcraft,” “Crimson Peak,” “Great Wall,” and “Krampus.”

At 3:45 p.m., the popular “Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass” panel will take its turn in Hall H with fantastic females like Gal Gabot (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”) and Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story.”)

Comic-Con fan favorite Joss Whedon will also take the spotlight in Hall H at 4:45 p.m., followed by 20th Century Fox at 5:45 p.m. The Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Screening Block begins at 8 p.m. and will include a look at “Supergirl,” “Gotham,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “DC Legends of Tomorrow” and “Vixen.”

In Room 6A, Comic book icon Stan Lee will discuss his long career in the industry, plus future projects, during a 1:45 p.m. Q&A session.

At 3 p.m., NBC’s “Grimm” will host a panel in Ballroom 20 that includes cast members David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee.

Actor William Shatner will showcase “William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel” during a 4 p.m. panel in room 6BCF.

NBC’s “Hannibal” – though canceled – will still savor the fandom at its panel at 5 p.m. in Ballroom 20 featuring producer and creator Bryan Fuller and star Hugh Dancy, to name a couple of panelists.

Of course, these are just some highlights from Saturday’s programming schedule. For the full list, click here.

Since Saturday the busiest day of the 4-day convention, it’s important to get there early and plan accordingly. It’s safe to say the crowds and quirky, colorful costumes will be everywhere.

For details on what to expect at Comic-Con on Wednesday through Friday, click here.

Photo Credit: Bob Hansen]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Concerts to Stream on YouTube]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:58:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/grateful-dead-2015.jpg

Missed the Grateful Dead train to see the band's last concerts?

You can watch it on your couch: Grateful Dead's final Bay Area "Fare Thee Well" shows at Levi's Stadium on June 27-28 will stream live on YouTube, the band announced in a press release.

Officially, both shows sold out in minutes, although tickets might still be available through resale websites such as StubHub.

According to Radio.com, the YouTube stream will be accessible on Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU devices.

Access to YouTube's stream will cost $19.95 per show for the performances in Santa Clara and $29.95 per show for the July 3-5 performances in Chicago, the latter gigs being the last of the final concerts.

There is also a scheduled webcast via MLB.com with the same prices for individual shows, plus an option that allows fans to purchase access to all five shows for $109.95.

The concerts will also be live on pay-per-view television.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Tweets After Injuring Hand]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:22:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477504886.jpg

Jimmy Fallon took to social media to give his fans an update about his “minor surgery” after the “Tonight Show” host suffered a hand injury.

Fallon tweeted Friday that he tripped and when he caught his fall his ring caught on the side of a table at his Manhattan apartment and "almost ripped my finger off."

"I'm doing well and thanks for good wishes everyone," he tweeted. 

He also tweeted a photo of his injured hand.

The show had announced on Twitter that Friday's episode was canceled, and that fans would be contacted to reschedule their tickets.

The show had already planned a two-week hiatus starting Monday.

Fallon began his tenure on the “Tonight Show” on Feb. 17, 2014.


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<![CDATA['Late Night': Talking Trump 2016]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:57:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Talking+Trump.JPG “Late Night” writer and Donald Trump supporter, Conner O'Malley, campaigns for his favorite GOP candidate.

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Headshots With Mark Wahlberg]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:33:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mark+Wahlberg.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Mark Wahlberg take turns shooting random objects off each other's heads with arrows.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Hashtags: #EmailFail]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:27:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+EmailFail.png Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #EmailFail.]]> <![CDATA["Seinfeld" Fan Breaks NYC Set Replica With Kramer-Esque Spin]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478171876.jpg

An eager “Seinfeld” fan re-creating Kramer’s famous entrance took down part of the door frame to the just-opened replica of Jerry’s Upper West Side apartment.

The video, which has gotten more than 150,000 views on YouTube, shows Tim McGeever spin through the door and take out part of the purple frame with his backpack.

“I came, I saw, I broke (by accident!),” McGeever wrote on YouTube where he shared the clip. “You might say I took my Kramer impression one step too far at Hulu's #seinfeldapartment...within hours of opening. Enjoy my spin-crash humiliation!”

McGeever told TODAY.com that he got the idea from the staff at the Hulu-created pop-up, which opened the same day all 180 “Seinfeld” episodes were released on the streaming site.

“While I was standing in line, the anticipation was building,” he said. “I had very little time to plan it, aside from knowing I wanted to do some slide/twist maneuver. Before I knew it I was inside, along with a smattering of debris. So you might say, it was equal parts planned and spontaneous.”

He said he was “mortified” and was received by a mix of anger and laughs from onlookers.

“Then I realized, no, Hulu was encouraging this behavior, they built this set, and they have a lot of money. I'm fine. Now how do I get out of here!?" he told TODAY.com.

Fans were ushered out of the room and McGeever was able to quietly sneak out of the recreated set.

The replica takes "Seinfeld" lovers through a real-life model of the apartment. Fans can see different items such as the Monk's Cafe table and booth, the Festivus Pole and George Costanza's photo shoot set from different episodes. There is also a canvas "brick wall" full of signatures from the show's many stars, guests and crew.

The free pop-up event, called “Seinfeld: The Apartment,” is open through this weekend from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Milk Studios, 451 West 14th Street, in Chelsea.

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