<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:25:08 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:25:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Review: Sarah Ruhl's Sweet "Kiss"]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:41:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/KissITW.jpg

Two actors—one-time lovers with a tempestuous history—fall easily into old patterns when they’re cast opposite one another in “Stage Kiss,” a smart backstage comedy from two-time Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl. The play is now having its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons.

“Stage Kiss” begins at an audition, where we're introduced to a nameless 40-something actress returning to her career after a professional dry spell. Played with spacey self-absorption by Jessica Hecht, the actress hasn’t bothered to learn her lines for this tryout, but still lands the lead, as a dying woman whose last wish is to see a former lover.

Life imitates art when this actress learns that her leading man in the melodrama will be her own lover of two decades prior, a roguish thespian with Peter Pan-issues. He’s played by Dominic Fumusa, of TV’s “Nurse Jackie.” As with Hecht’s actress, the playwright denies Fumusa’s character a proper name.

Though she is now married, and he lives with a schoolteacher, the old flame is rekindled, thanks in part to the show’s director (Patrick Kerr, of TV’s “Frasier” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who pushes “she” and “he” to lock lips early in rehearsals: “I like to get it out of the way—demystify it, you know.” The play both spoofs and honors actors, with the idea that their actions in real life could be easily affected by their roles on stage. 

You’ll spend a lot of time during “Stage Kiss” thinking about the range of meanings a kiss can have: Will the actress kiss her scene partner less passionately on stage when she knows her real-life husband is in the audience? And what does a kiss taste like? Cherries? Or chestnuts? A kiss is rarely “just” a kiss, Ruhl (“In the Next Room…”) reminds us throughout the two-hour piece, directed by Rebecca Taichman.

“Stage Kiss” veers from the superficial to the substantive with the arrival of Harry (Daniel Jenkins), the banker who is married to Hecht’s actress, and who has tolerated his wife’s propensity for love affairs with her co-stars. Harry sees love in more shades of gray than the couple’s daughter, Angela (Emma Galvin), who believes marriage should be like a tattoo: “You leave it on.” The second act isn't as smooth as the first, but you'll stay with it.

At its best, “Stage Kiss” is about an adjustment the lucky make, from pursuing relationships that provide a quick burst of passion to ones that offer longevity and sustainability. By play’s end, we’re left wondering if the occasional drift is not only permissible, but perhaps necessary.

The performances in “Stage Kiss” are fun—particularly the comic turn from Tony-nominee Hecht (“A View From the Bridge”), the deliberate actress who was so memorable as Walter White’s former lover on TV’s “Breaking Bad,” and as the lesbian life partner of Ross’ ex-wife on “Friends.” It’s also easy to be taken with Michael Cyril Creighton, who is hysterical as a fey understudy in the first act and (stay with us) a pimp in the second.

There’s not a single plausible event that transpires here, but there are ample laughs, and a message that resonates. “Stage Kiss” starts out as an absurd comedy, but turns out to be a play with some teeth.

“Stage Kiss,” through April 6 at Playwrights Horizons MainStage Theater, 416 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $75-$95. Call 212-279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.com.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide 2012]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Holiday-Photos-120512.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Week Ahead in New York Music]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:55:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/leonardcohen03.jpg

Leonard Cohen, Dec. 18, Madison Square Garden, Dec. 20, Barclay Center, $29.50-$254.50

Leonard Cohen famously didn't tour for 15 years before returning to the road a few years ago, a jaunt that eventually got everyone's favorite morose Canadian poet motivated enough to release this year's excellent album Old Ideas and tour even more. So if you didn't get to see him in 2009 (which is understandable as those tickets went quick) then you get another chance this week. I know you're sick of hearing "Hallelujah," but you should probably see it once performed by the man who actually wrote it, because it will probably be transcendent.

F***** Up, Lemuria, Night Birds, Parquet Courts, Dec. 21, Warsaw, $20

You know, if the world really does end this Friday, you'll be pretty pissed. All those dreams you never had the chance to fulfill, all those Christmas presents you didn't get to unwrap. So why not vent your anger at this unofficial Mayan Apocalypse Ball? F***** Up's shows are a reliably potent blend of catharsis and hilarious stage banter from the incomparable Damian Abraham, which will come in handy if the world does end, as someone will need to lighten the mood.  

Sufjan Stevens, Sheila Saputo, Dec. 21, Bowery Ballroom, $20

Sufjan Stevens takes Christmas very, very seriously. The man just released Silver & Gold, his second box set of Christmas songs, which includes covers of standards like "Good King Wenceslas" and originals like "Even The Earth Will Perish And The Universe Give Way," which certainly sounds seasonal. There's also Joy Division and Prince covers on this thing, for some reason. Then there's the matter of Chopped & Scrooged, his recent holiday rap mix tape, which actually exists. Fortunately, the man sings like one of the angels heard on high, and has enough of a sense of humor about this sort of thing to throw a song called "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever" in to the mix. Should this all sound like too much holiday spirit for you, then paradoxically enough you clearly need to attend this thing (subtitled "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice," though we doubt it's actually on ice) and get some cheer in to your life. 

 

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<![CDATA[My New York: Colin Cowie]]> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cowie+thumb.jpg Event Designer Colin Cowie shows you where he goes to prepare for the Holidays. ]]> <![CDATA[Shia LaBeouf Set for B'way Debut]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:16:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/ShiaITW.jpg

What can you do after swearing-off blockbusters? Work on Broadway, for one.

Shia LaBeouf will make his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin this spring in "Orphans," Lyle Kessler’s 1983 drama about two brothers who kidnap a mobster.

The 26-year-old actor, known for the "Transformers" movies, will play Treat, an orphaned thief who lives with his mentally damaged brother Phillip (a role not yet cast).

When Treat kidnaps Harold (Baldwin), he and Phillip realize that they “may have found the father figure they’ve always yearned for,” according to press notes.

Baldwin last appeared on Broadway in 2004 in "Twentieth Century."

"Orphans" will begin previews March 19 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, ahead of an April 7 opening.

Tickets for will be available starting Dec. 30 through Telecharge.
 



Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole]]>
<![CDATA[Actors’ Equity Celebrates 100 Years ]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/POTCITW.jpg

The century-long history of Actors’ Equity, the union representing stage actors and stage managers, is being honored in a new hardcover book by one of the country’s most highly regarded theater scribes.

In "Performance of the Century," Robert Simonson, a longtime writer for Playbill and other publications, recounts the union’s involvement in a historic 1919 strike and the turmoil of the blacklist years, and later the challenge of the AIDS epidemic, when its members formed what would become Equity Fights AIDS.

In a recent interview with Backstage, Simonson talked about a moment performers remember their entire lives -- receiving their Equity Card, proof of membership in the union -- and said aspiring actors would benefit by learning more about the history of the union, which numbers 48,000 members. 

"Perhaps they’ve never actually sat down and thought how improbable it is that there is even an actor’s union," said Simonson, who notes that we associate unions with blue collar labor more than “elective” professions, such as acting.

The officers of Actors’ Equity Association today focus on securing the safety, health and rights of stage actors, and work in general as a progressive force for the industry. Case in point: the union successfully fought to secure payment for cast members of the musical "Rebecca," after an investor scandal doomed the show this fall. 

The 240-page book features a foreword by AEA president Nick Wyman and is illustrated with historical images and more than 200 color and black-and-white photos. The cover art for “Performance of the Century" is by Broadway.com’s Justin "Squigs" Robertson, who designed a wraparound graphic immortalizing famous performances of dozens of stage greats, from Carol Channing to B.D. Wong.


"Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater” is available from Applause Books, and can be purchased here

 



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<![CDATA[Top Looks for Winter]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:44:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/winter+fashion.jpg Looking good when the temperatures drop can be a challenge - so Teen Vogue's Senior Fashion Market Editor Jane Keltner deValle shows us the best looks for the season.]]> <![CDATA[Great Ways to Rock Holiday Sparkle]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:44:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holiday+sparkle.jpg Style Expert Jacqui Stafford stops by with some stylish and unexpected ways to rock a little sparkle this holiday season. Credit Info: CURVY: Wildfox sweater ($180; Bloomingdales) DL1961 jeans ($189; Bloomingdales) Gwyneth leopard pumps ($99; gwynethshoes.com) Burlington Coat Factory clutch ($13; Burlington Coat Factory) Warby Parker glasses ($95; warbyparker.com) (Get a $10 statement credit when you spend $95 at Warby Parker with your synced Amex Card. Sync.AmericanExpress.com TALL AND LEAN: Burlington Coat Factory shirt ($13; Burlington Coat Factory) French Connection sequin pants ($198; Macy’s) Gwyneth pumps ($99; gwynethshoes.com) Swarovski clutch ($300; swarovski.com) Swarovski ring ($190; swarovski.com) Swarovski necklace ($350; swarovski.com) BOY SHAPE: French Connection dress ($398; Macy’s) Nine West pumps ($60; ninewest.com) Warby Parker glasses ($95; warbyparker.com) PETITE: Burlington Coat Factory blouse ($30; Burlington Coat Factory) Burlington Coat Factory leggings ($20; Burlington Coat Factory) Aerosoles slippers ($70; aerosoles.com) Burlington Coat Factory clutch ($25; Burlington Coat Factory) Swarovski necklace ($390; swarovski.com) Swarovski ring ($170; swarovski.com) TALL & CURVY: Moschino Dress (theoutnet.com) Nine West Pumps ($50; ninewest.com) ]]> <![CDATA[Odets Revival, Starring Cannavale, Sets Opening]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:59:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/BobbyITW.jpg

The Roundabout Theatre Co. has set an opening date for its revival of “The Big Knife,” by Clifford Odets, starring Bobby Cannavale. Previews will begin March 22, 2013, at the American Airlines Theatre, ahead of an April 16 opening.

Cannavale, a two-time Tony nominee, is currently on Broadway as the proud and bombastic Ricky Roma in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

This will be the first new Broadway production of Odets’ 1949 story about integrity and success, themes already getting a good workout on stage in the late author’s just-opened “Golden Boy,” at the Belasco.

“The Big Knife” is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, “in a glossy world of rumor mills and rocky friendships, where the Hoff-Federated studio has had its most successful star, Charlie Castle, over a barrel ever since it helped cover up a mistake that could have ended his career,” according to press notes.

“The Big Knife” will be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes (“Doubt”).

 



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<![CDATA[The Last Bison: Home-Schooled Victorian Theatre]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/last+bison.jpg We spoke with Ben Hardesty and his father (as well as pastor) Dan Hardesty of The Last Bison before their theatrical performance at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg as part of The Wild Honey Pie showcase there. Turns out the Hardesty family is home-schooled, which allowed Ben to pursue Victorian history which translated into a complete wardrobe for his family and band.]]> <![CDATA[Os Mutantes Revive Tropicalia at LPR]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:05:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/os+mutantes+%2819+of+20%29.jpg Brazil's legendary Tropicália band, Os Mutantes, came to Le Poisson Rouge for two nights to prove that they can still throw a good party. Original member Sérgio Dias led the troupe with charisma and explosive guitar solos.

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<![CDATA[Ne-Yo On "Saturday Night Live"]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:22:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ne-Yo-Pose.jpg

In 2010 Ne-Yo released Libra Scale, a bizarre concept album about garbage men that give up the ability to fall in love in order to become superheroes. Ne-Yo has said he wanted to turn the album in to a movie, but since that seems to be taking forever, he made another album instead. It's called R.E.D., it is not about superheroes and he dropped by "Saturday Night Live" this weekend to perform "Let Me Love You" and "She Is" from it. Check it out below, and wonder to yourself how much better the performances would be if there were superheroes involved.

 "Let Me Love You"

 

"She Is"



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<![CDATA[2012 News 4 New York Holiday Sing-Along (:60)]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/singalong+janice.jpg Happy holidays from News 4 New York! Enjoy this sing-along of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the Rockefeller Center tree. (60-second version)]]> <![CDATA["Newman" Becomes "Santa" on Great White Way]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:44:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/newman+santa.jpg Wayne Knight is putting on a different kind of uniform this holiday season - a Santa uniform as he plays Father Christmas on Broadway in "Elf."]]> <![CDATA[Marina and the Diamonds Sell Out Terminal 5]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 11:38:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Marina+Terminal+5+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg Marina and the Diamonds, a Welsh indie pop singer-songwriter performs a sold out show at Terminal 5 in support of her 2012 sophomore album "Electra Heart"

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Review: "Golden Boy" Packs a Punch]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:27:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GBRevITW.jpg

Do we pursue our creative passions, or lean in to choices that offer greater assurance of comfort and security? It’s an internal monologue anyone can appreciate, and a decision “cockeyed wonder” Joe Bonaparte, the musician-turned-pugilist, makes early in Lincoln Center Theater’s transporting revival of the Clifford Odets morality play “Golden Boy,” which just opened at the Belasco Theatre. Theater trivia buffs, make note: that’s the same venue where “Golden Boy” debuted, 75 years ago. 

Seth Numrich, the original star of LCT’s “War Horse,” has the central role of Joe, a working-class kid who forsakes his promising future as a classical violinist to enter the boxing ring, with its tempting paydays; there, he’s gradually seized upon as a meal ticket by a surly entourage of handlers and investors, none more threatening than gunman Eddie Fuseli (the explosive Anthony Crivello, who won a Tony for 1993’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman”). At home, Joe’s immigrant father (Tony Shalhoub, TV’s “Monk”) has bought the young man a violin for his 21st birthday, but must reconcile himself to the fact it will go unplayed. 

The most touching moments in the intricate, Depression-era tale transpire between Numrich, who convincingly makes us believe he could be both a musician and a boxer, and Shalhoub, as his compassionate father, who will not revoke his love, even when his son goes his own way (one off-note: Shalhoub’s Italian accent at times feels overdone). In the poetic style particular to Odets, Joe tells his “Poppa”: “I don’t like myself, past, present and future. Do you know there are men who have wonderful things from life?” Numrich makes us want these “wonderful” material pleasures for Joe because they hardly seem unreasonable, and because he’s a respectful kid. That the actor pulls it off so effectively is all the more striking when you consider we never once actually see him fight in a ring, or play the violin. 

“Golden Boy” unfolds over three acts and nearly three hours, with agile direction by LCT’s Bartlett Sher, who also helmed the 2006 revival of Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” The casting team was charged with finding 19 actors for this play, and they seem to have teleported back to the 1930s to fulfill the task. Danny Mastrogiorgio, as Tom Moody, Joe’s tough-guy manager, has a rubbery mug that screams hardscrabble New York. You can appreciate his disbelief as he realizes, early on, that Joe is afraid to hurt his hands -- that is, commit to throwing a punch -- “because he fiddles.” 

Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck” and “Dexter”), as Lorna Moon, Tom’s mistress and Joe’s eventual love interest, manages to be both steely and vulnerable as “the dame of Newark.” Danny Burstein (“The Drowsy Chaperone”) is winning as Tokio, the inspiring trainer who knows how to push Joe’s buttons, but only does so for good. 

The production owes much of its nostalgic feel to Michael Yeargan’s sets, which include the Bonaparte family apartment, where grown children and their spouses share tight living quarters. The dressing area of a boxing arena is cold and callous, and you can nearly smell the sweat. One distraction: a door in Tom Moody’s workspace had a tendency to shake back and forth for what seemed like minutes each time a character would come or go. 

The advisability of Joe’s decision to chase riches becomes clear as the play races toward its inevitable conclusion, one you’ll sense coming whether or not you’ve been exposed to “Golden Boy” before. The story’s arc -- that is, young man “sells out” for success, then faces a stiff penalty -- correlates roughly to the evolution of Odets’ own life: the playwright was lured to Hollywood in 1936 to earn money for the Group Theatre, which he had helped to found, and then never left, though he aspired to return East to write plays. “Golden Boy’s” final moments are telegraphed in a haunting exchange between Tokio and Joe, when the trainer warns his charge: “Joe, you’re loaded with love. Find something to give it to. Your heart ain’t in fighting . . . your hate is.”  

“Golden Boy,” at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., through Jan. 20, 2013. Tickets: $37-$127. Call 212-239-6200, or visit Telecharge.com.



Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik]]>
<![CDATA[Give to the New York Cares Coat Drive]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:45:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CD_logo_12-01+copy.jpg

The New York Cares Coat Drive serves an important need every year: providing homeless people with a warm winter coat.

But in Sandy's wake, its mission is even more important. Thousands of New Yorkers displaced by the storm need your help.  The demand for gently used winter coats is unprecedented.

So the 24th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive is stepping up its effort and asking all New Yorkers to step it up too.  Last year, New York Cares collected 78,000 coats.  This year the goal is to collect 200,000 coats.

NBC 4 New York is collecting coats in our office and we want your help too.  

You can donate a gently used coat at the NBC Experience Store between now and December 31.

The NBC Experience Store is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The store is open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to  Wednesday  from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to  11 p.m.  Get more information about New York Cares.

Please give the gift of warmth this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Last Night in New York]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:58:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/161*120/101509+LAST+NIGHT+in+NY+lollipopCROP1_edited-11.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Anthony Green Kicks Off Tour at Irving Plaza]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 13:34:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/anthony-green-credit-dussack.jpg Anthony Green kicked off his solo winter holiday tour at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon, The Roots, Mariah Perform Holiday Classic]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 08:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_154065_0001.jpg

Diva Maria Carey visited the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon "Music Room" Wednesday to perform her classic Christmas song -- with a twist.

Carey was accompanied by host Jimmy Fallon, house band The Roots and school children in a fun, acoustic production of "All I Want for Christmas is You" featuring children's instruments. Fallon played a wooden block, tambourine, bass drum and kazoo, and one band member even played a Fisher Price xylophone.

Watch the clip here:

 

 



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<![CDATA["Biggest Loser" Erik Chopin Takes The Stage]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/biggest+loser+journey.jpg "Biggest Loser" winner Erik Chopin stops by to talk about his weight loss journey and his performance in "The Diet Show" along with some other "Biggest Loser" cast members.]]> <![CDATA[Animal Collective at Terminal 5]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:45:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/animal-collective-dussack.jpg Animal Collective played the first of two shows at Terminal 5 in support of their 10th studio album, "Centipede Hz"]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Scenes with Miss USA]]> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/miss+universe+20121.jpg Miss USA, Olivia Culpo reveals the look behind the official Miss USA apartment located in the heart of New York. Plus, the Rhode Island beauty tell us why Manhattan is the best place to be this holiday. You can watch Olivia compete for the Miss Universe crown December 19, live on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Closing Notices for “The Anarchist,” “Scandalous” ]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:29:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AnarITW.jpg

Patti LuPone has been paroled from a show that earned winning reviews for her performance, but didn’t live up to expectations for its story or her famous co-star.

 

“The Anarchist,” the much-anticipated prison-set drama from David Mamet starring Lupone and Debra Winger, will end its Broadway run on Dec. 16, after just 17 performances at the John Golden Theatre. It had been scheduled for a 14-week engagement.

 

“The Anarchist” was the rare Mamet drama focusing on two-women, a 70-minute dialogue between a leftist radical (LuPone) and the state official who may or may not grant her parole after a 35-year incarceration (Winger, making her Broadway debut). Mamet was also directing the play, which included less profanity than theatergoers usually get in one of his dramas.

 

Critics generally lauded LuPone’s work but many felt Winger was a bad casting choice. In The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney said the play was "a poor fit for Broadway and a $130 top ticket." 

 

Don’t feel too bad for the playwright: Mamet's “Glengarry Glen Ross” revival, starring Al Pacino, will open Saturday at the Gerald Schoefeld, in a performance that The New York Times argues today is, fairly or not, critic proof.

 

Meanwhile, the musical “Scandalous,” which featured a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, will shut down Sunday at the Neil Simon Theater, after 29 regular performances. “Scandalous” starred Carolee Carmello as early 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

 

Writing in The Times, critic Charles Isherwood said the musical “isn’t so much scandalously bad as it is generic and dull.”



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Last-Minute Travel Deals]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/travel+deals.jpg Courtney Scott, senior editor for Travelocity, sat down with Roseanne Colletti to give us some last minute tips.]]> <![CDATA[Biffy Clyro Plays Intimate NYC Show]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:03:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Biffy+Clyro+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro played an extremely intimate show at the Bowery Electric to preview material from their upcoming album "Opposites."

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Cicely Tyson to Star in "Bountiful"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:49:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TysonITW.jpg

After a 30-year absence, Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson will return to Broadway this spring in a limited engagement of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”

“In many ways Broadway is my ‘Bountiful’ and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate and funny character in a timeless American classic," Tyson said Monday in a statement distributed by producers.

The 14-week run will begin on March 31 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 23. Additional casting has not been announced.

Foote’s drama tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas one last time against the wishes of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law.

Tyson became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for 1974’s “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” She was Oscar-nominated for the 1972 feature film “Sounder.” Her last Broadway appearance was the 1983 revival of "The Corn Is Green."

“The Trip to Bountiful” will be directed by Michael Wilson.

 



Photo Credit: Kris Connor]]>
<![CDATA[ Week Ahead in New York Music]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/thefaint1.jpg

Japandroids, DIIV, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at Webster Hall, $20

Celebration Rock indeed. Japandroids made the Rock Album Of The Year and proved every night that they were the Show Of The Year also. So let them have a well-deserved victory lap. This week's show is conveniently timed to coincide with some serious End Of The Year music magazine placement, so if these boys seem even more amped up then normal, we're sure you'll adjust your "oh yeahs/oh rights" shout-backs to the appropriate level.

The Coup, Japanther, Dec. 6 at Bowery Ballroom, $16

Every week a hot new rapper bubbles up from the Internet, eager to take the place of the last rapper the Internet forgot about. Which is why it is so heartening that California rabble-rousers The Coup have not only survived more than a decade and a half in the game, but they still bring a passion that shames the young-uns. Mixing John Steinbeck's storytelling with Bootsy' low end; they say they are Sorry To Bother You but they have to get you to wake up somehow.

The Faint, Trust, Icky Blossoms, Dec. 7 at Terminal 5, $25

The Faint will be playing their 2001 dance-punk smash Danse Macabre in its entirety at this show. In other news, you are old, and so are we. While this album seems a bit young for this sort of treatment and the band would probably be better served working on new material than going on retro on an already retro album, "Agenda Suicide" still burns, and the current electronic music scene could use a reminder that hard, cold beats sync up perfectly with things like a smart lyrical point of view and full-blooded aggression.

 

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<![CDATA[Anberlin: "Faith Like DNA"]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 08:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/anberlin.png We spoke with Anberlin frontman Stephen Christian before the band's lively performance at The Studio at Webster Hall. Christian spoke on the importance of faith and optimism to his music and life.]]> <![CDATA[Gaslight Anthem's Epic Run at Terminal 5]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/The+Gaslight+Anthem+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg The Gaslight Anthem conclude their sold out three night run at Terminal 5 in support of their fourth studio album, "Handwritten"

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Redbook Magazine's Guide to Shopping your Favorite Stores]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shopping+guide.jpg Redbook Fashion Editor Audrey Slater stops by to break down some great Holiday deals from your favorite stores. Hair & Makeup on models by: The Rita Hazan Salon.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Kelly Puts a Spin on Holiday Traditions]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holiday+traditions.jpg Clinton Kelly, Co-Host of "The Chew" & "What Not to Wear" shows us how to spruce up our holiday traditions and his partnership with Sargento's "Taste Intervention" contest. You can get more info at Facebook.com/SargentoCheese]]> <![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[Review: "Dead Accounts" Comes Up Short]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DeadAcctsITW.jpg

Playwright Theresa Rebeck was born and raised in Ohio, and from the sound of things, it may be time for her to get back to the Midwest.

As Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts” opens, Jack (Norbert Leo Butz, frenetic as ever) is sitting in the kitchen of his parents’ suburban Cincinnati home, devouring spoonfuls of Graeter’s ice cream and insisting on its superiority over any “gelato place” in Manhattan, which he has just fled. Jack has paid $1,000 for this fix of comfort food, because the store was closed and he had to bribe the fella mopping the floors to reopen. Where did Jack get this disposable cash? Look to the title of the new dark comedy from the creator of "Smash" and author of last year's stronger "Seminar" for a hint to the answer.

The ice cream episode serves as kicking off point for a series of rants about the virtues of the Buckeye State (“You know, you could eat thousands of cheese coneys for the cost of one dinner at Babbo”) and, in turn, against New York, where everyone is “too skinny” and, to Jack, the women all look unhappy. Jack, it turns out, is projecting: He’s married to one of those unhappy skinny women, and he’s run away from her and her bank officer father because he’s gotten into a financial mess that may land him in prison.

At home, Jack looks for sympathy to his sister, Lorna (Katie Holmes, with a solid performance), and mother, Barbara (the ever-reliable Jayne Houdyshell). As the prodigal son, Butz, a Tony winner for “Catch Me If You Can” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” here earns one more credit as an over-caffeinated oddball. Holmes’ name on the marquee may help sell tickets, but Butz is the theater craftsman, and his physical comedy is compelling, even when he’s dealing with the thin material in Rebeck’s script.

With Butz doing the mugging, Holmes, as the responsible sibling who never left home, is left to play it straight, and she does so with girl-next-door charm. She has fun in the second act, as a subplot unfolds about a decades-old missed connection with Phil, the siblings’ childhood friend (Josh Hamilton, as the Middle American everyman) but she’s hindered by strained dialogue. Explaining to Phil that she’s afraid of turning into her mother, Lorna confides: “I hate religion. It's the same thing as money. ... Religion and money are just the dumb things we use to plug up the hole in our hearts because we’re so afraid of dying.” She has more success with a rant directed at the banking industry, which won over the audience at a recent press preview.

Judy Greer (the scorned wife of “The Descendants”) has a turn as Jack’s icy estranged wife, who thumbs her nose at linoleum and boxed wine, and embodies everything the playwright seems to hold against city life.

New Yorkers love to laugh at their eccentricities, and Rebeck provides plenty of fodder. But what starts out as a good-humored exploration of stereotypes veers off quickly into a condemnation of Gotham: you can make money here, and the food is good, but if it’s truth your looking for, you need small-town values and the strength of your family. “Dead Accounts” offers little by way of an ending, other than a heavy-handed revelation by scenic designer David Rockwell that seems designed to suggest life is better in suburbia. I’m not so convinced, but Rebeck’s position is pretty clear.

“Dead Accounts,” at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., through Feb. 24, 2013. Tickets, $62-$129. Visit Telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.



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<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Sells Out The Garden...Twice]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Bieber+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg Justin Bieber plays the first of two sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in support of his third studio album "Believe."

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<![CDATA[Jane Seymour on Life, Love, & "Open Hearts"]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jane+seymour2.jpg Actress Jane Seymour stops by to talk about her new book "Open Hearts Family", how she is inspiring others with Open Hearts, and her upcoming benefit concert at Carnegie Hall.]]> <![CDATA[Delta Spirit Rock Irving Plaza]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:22:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Delta+Spirit+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg Delta Spirit headline Irving Plaza in support of the band's self-titled album, released earlier in the year

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Change Up Your Look in an NY Minute]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/quick+look+changes.jpg Lilliana meets up with Style Expert Liza Bychkov for a look at two easy ways to completely switch up your look in 60 seconds or less.]]> <![CDATA[Delicious Yet Healthy Eats]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/delicious+healthy+food.jpg After indulging in some amazing dishes, Lauren Scala is getting her healthy food fix from newcomer Hu Kitchen - proving good tasting can also be good for you.]]> <![CDATA[Trend: Black and Gold]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/black+and+gold+trend.jpg Lillina Vazquez chats with the founders of Dannijo jewelry to talk the latest in fashion: black and gold.]]> <![CDATA[Ricky Martin, Elena Roger End "Evita" Run]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:02:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EvitaITW.jpg

Still want to be “Livin’ Evita Loca,” as the backstage joke goes? Time is running out.

Producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders said Monday that the top-billed cast of “Evita” will play its final performance on Saturday, Jan. 26. That’s your last opportunity to see Ricky Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón.

The production of Tim Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical will continue its open-ended run at the Marquis Theatre following the original stars’ departure, producers said. New stars will be announced soon.

In July, Cerveris talked to NBC 4 New York about traveling to Argentina as part of his research for his role.

Read the interview here.

 

 



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<![CDATA[The Luyas: Combating Commodification of Everything]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/luyas.jpg We spoke with front woman Jessie Stein of Montreal's The Luyas on a sidewalk in Williamsburg about the importance of feeling over aesthetic in the band's somber release, Animator.]]> <![CDATA[Dan Deacon Wants to Save America]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:03:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dandeacon.png We spoke with Dan Deacon before his epic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg to discuss the importance of America as well as Deacon's eco-friendly, grease-guzzling tour bus.]]> <![CDATA[Week Ahead in New York Music]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:13:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Lolla_2012_fidlar.jpg

Delta Spirit, JEFF The Brotherhood, FIDLAR, Nov. 27 at Irving Plaza, $25

JEFF The Brotherhood are the most sincere band to ever go out of their way to sound like something the kids in "Dazed And Confused" would listen to. It might be bonged-up low rider music, but it is bonged-up low rider music done without irony, and a great deal more speed. Opening up this night is FIDLAR, a band whose name more or less means "F It Dawg, Life's A Risk." They write raucous songs about cheap beer. The irony level is tough to parse here, though it's clear that they do in fact like cheap beer. Delta Spirit are fine and all, but make sure to get to this thing early for the real action. 

Tanlines, Nov. 29 at Webster Hall, $16

Tanlines' debut album Mixed Emotions was one of the hottest dance albums of the summer. Remember summer? Remember when it was warm and you had the energy to dance to sugary music that made you feel like you were halfway between a loft party and some exotic island where everyone is beautiful and no one eats? Well, if you need to recapture that feeling in the dead of winter, this seems like a good way. 

Public Enemy, Black Sheep, X Clan, Nov. 29 at Irving Plaza, $32.50

Now that the Reality Show That Shall Not Be Named is off the air, you can go back to being a Public Enemy fan without feeling embarrassed. Their recent output might be spotty, but live they still make songs like "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos" sound louder than a bomb. You think you could hold these guys back? You and what nation?

Men Without Hats, Nov. 30 at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

Yeah, you read that right. It's "The Safety Dance" guys. Fun fact: these dudes are still really popular in parts of Canada, and they recently released an album called Love in the Age of War even though that sounds like the name of a U2 album and not an album from the guys responsible for "The Safety Dance." I don't know. This could be fun, maybe?



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<![CDATA[Broadway Has a New "Golden Boy"]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:16:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GBITW.jpg

Talk about theater that packs a punch. Broadway is gearing up for the opening next week of the Clifford Odets classic “Golden Boy” at the Belasco Theatre, in a production presented by Lincoln Center Theater.

“Golden Boy” is the story of Joe Bonaparte (Seth Numrich, of LCT’s “War Horse”), a gifted violinist who sees his future not in a concert halls, but a boxing ring, where he intends to earn big money as a prize-fighter.

The Belasco is the same theater where “Golden Boy” had its acclaimed debut 75 years ago; the 1939 film was William Holden's breakthrough role. This is a rare Broadway production for the Odets classic, and it’s the second Odets work to be presented by LCT following the Tony Award-winning revival of “Awake and Sing!,” also directed by Bartlett Sher, in 2006. 

The cast of 19 includes Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub as Joe’s father, three-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein (“South Pacific”) as Joe’s trainer and Australian screen actress Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Dexter”) as love interest Lorna Moon.

On Nov. 29, Lincoln Center will host a free chat open to the public with director Sher and Walt Odets, the author’s son. The event takes place at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

Broadway.com has some fascinating background on the drama hereBelow, one of LCT’s promos for the production, which is now in previews.



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<![CDATA[Of Monsters and Men Plays NYC ]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:10:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/OMAM+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men plays the first of two sold-out shows at Terminal 5

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<![CDATA[Black Friday: Good for Buzz, Not for Predicting Sales]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/93446410_10.jpg

There is perhaps no more glaring exhibition of American consumerism than Black Friday: shoppers spending their long Thanksgiving weekends camped outside big-box stores for the chance to fight through crowds for the latest gadgets and toys.

Retailers invest a lot of hope in that day, because it can be used to build momentum for the six-week holiday shopping season, their most profitable time of year.

But Black Friday isn’t the economic bellwether that it used to be. The thrifty financial landscape, and the growth of online shopping, have arguably diminished the event’s impact, even as it grows in popularity, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving or offering sales weeks earlier.

“Everyone’s going to hype it, and there are a lot of deals out there, and some people make it an experience in itself, but I don’t think it’s as much of a leading indicator of the holiday season,” said Dennis Jacobe, chief economist for Gallup, the research and polling firm.

The biggest reason, Jacobe said, is that while the recession has abated, consumer caution has not. His studies show that that more Americans say they’re confident in the economy, but they aren’t as willing to exercise that faith by opening their wallets. That includes upper-income shoppers, who may be growing anxious about the looming fiscal cliff’s impact on their taxes. The lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy could be a factor as well.

Many researchers have reported modest spending in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

In other words, the crowds that turn out for door-buster deals this weekend can’t necessarily be expected to remain enthusiastic.

From an economic researcher’s perspective, Black Friday is more sport than science. Analysts say that sales figures during this brief period are less a function of the broader fiscal climate than of the effort retailers go to in drawing people to their stores.

Because that effort grows every year, Black Friday—and the rest of the weekend—typically performs well, said Allen Sinai, chief economist and strategist at Decision Economics Inc. The zeal usually fades a bit, then picks up again in the days right before Christmas.

Sinai also recalled a couple occasions when a Black Friday turned out to be “a dud,” but sales rallied later in the holiday season.

That record, he said, was why he didn’t “place a lot of stock” in Black Friday as an accurate gauge of holiday-season shopping.

Tell an economist you're trying to get accurate data on Black Friday sales, and the response will often be “good luck.” Many organizations—retail trade groups, market researchers, polling firms—try it, but methods, and margins of error, vary. U.S. Commerce Department statisticians don’t break down economic data that narrowly.

Barry Ritholtz, director of equity research at Fusion IQ, takes to his popular blog every year to bemoan the “wildly optimistic” surveys that the media quotes at the end of Black Friday weekend.

Without fail, he says, the reports exaggerate consumer enthusiasm. He pointed to last year’s National Retail Foundation’s claim that sales had spiked by 16 percent – which, if true, would have been a record-breaking sum. There was no apparent attempt to check the data later on, but economists generally agree that consumer spending increased by less than 6 percent over the entire 2011 holiday season.

The NRF has predicted a slight decrease in the number of Black Friday shoppers this year.

“You should be reluctant to draw too big a conclusion from one day,” Ritholtz said. “As we’ve seen, it never lives up to the hype. In fact, part of the reason there’s so much hype and false signals is there are so many people trying to get a read into that one day, far more than what you should typically be willing to see in one day. This is an economy, not an event.”

His prediction, shared by many other researchers, is that no matter how frenetic Black Friday turns out to be, holiday season spending will enjoy a modest uptick this year. Bain & Co., for example, predicted a 3.5 percent increase in spending, compared to a 3.7 percent increase in 2011 and 3.8 percent the year before. Gallup has predicted a "good, though not great" performance.

The biggest variable, many say, is the fiscal cliff, the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will go into effect Dec. 31 unless President Barack Obama can reach some kind of deal with Congress. If there is no solution before Christmas, consumers may get nervous, and hold back on holiday spending, some economists say.

Lawmakers are expected to get back to work on the issue after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Uncertainty is even greater than usual at this point,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody’s Analytics. “Whatever sales are like this weekend, it doesn’t really help to address that uncertainty."



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<![CDATA[DETAILS: Macy's Parade Street Closures, Balloon Watch]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:47:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pikachu+parade.JPG

Thousands of tri-state residents and people from all over the world are expected to descend on the city for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

 
The NYPD released information on street closures for the parade as well as details on where pedestrians can see the balloons inflated Wednesday ahead of the big show on Thursday.

Here are the traffic and other details you need to know:
 
BALLOON INFLATION, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
  • The balloon inflation can be viewed by pedestrians from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 81st and 77th streets from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. 
  • 81st and 77th streets from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. 
  • Pedestrians are advised to enter the viewing area from the West side of Columbus Avenue at 79th Street 
  • After 10 p.m., 81st and 77th streets from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from 59th to 86th streets will be closed to all traffic  
 
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, THURSDAY, NOV. 22 
 
Formation for the parade begins at 8 a.m. at the following locations: 
  • West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 77th and 86th streets
The parade begins at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceeds on the following route:  
  • South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
  • South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street
  • East on 59th Street to Sixth Avenue
  • South on Sixth Avenue to 34th Street
  • West on 34th Street to Seventh Avenue 

 
Additional street closures for Thursday are as follows: 
  • Broadway between 34th Street and 38th Street - Midnight to 1 p.m.
  • 7th Avenue from West 34th to West 42nd streets - 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 34th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
  • 59th Street E/B between Seventh Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 59th Street W/B between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • 35th Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 36th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 37th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Eighth Avenue between 34th and 40th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Broadway between 38th and 59th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 33rd Street between Seventh and 10th avenues - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 39th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • 40th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion 


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