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good . good morning. trump and clinton on top. the republican riding high. >> let's put this thing away. >> mark rubio going for second. >> now the children of the revolution. >> and emotional jeb bush calls it quit. >> tonight i am suspending my campaign. >> while on the democratic side hillary clinton gets a much needed win in nevada. >> some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other. >> bernie sanders promising his support ers that it's not over.
we're live on the campaign trail. deadly shootings and a horrific scene in michigan as a gunman goes on a shooting rampage. >> priority 2. 5581 shots fired. >> randomly shooting at people for five hours. >> going to three different locations and killing six people. they grabbed the man believed to be the shooter. we're live on the scene. what will she say against the legal battle of bill cosby as she is set to be deposed tomorrow. a highly reunion as the friend's cast sits down together for the first time in nearly 12 years. >> how you doing? >> you how it feels for them to be back together after all of these years today, sunday
february 21, 2016. from nbc news this is "today" live from studio 1a. welcome i am chanel jones. >> glad to have you with us. it's a busy sunday morning with a lot to get to. first the results of the presidential races. donald trump with a big win in south carolina and second primary win and then coming in second and ted cruz in third. >> meanwhile sanders and clinton went into the battle neck and neck. clinton won by six percent. >> we have full coverage ahead, but there's a breaking story right now. just a terrible scene in michigan where a gunman started to shoot randomly at people from his car. six people were killed so far and a father and a son.
a 14-year-old girl is fighting for her life right now. >> reporter: good morning. this began around 6:00 p.m. last night. three different and one is a 14-year-old girl. >> it began here just before k36 p.m. in the parking lot. a mother with her three children gunned down. right now she is in serious condition. shortly after 10:00 p.m. more shots. a father and son killed at a car dealer. >> we have someone finding people and shooting them dead in the tracks. >> the shots continued 15 minutes later. five people in two cars shot. >> priority 2. 5581 south 9th street at cracker
barrel. four shots fired. >> four woman dead at the scene. at 12:40 a.m. jason was taken into custody without incident. police searching the home and vehicle where police say that they found a gun. the victims were picked at random. >> we're very confident that we have the right person in kus can de. we have significant evidence. >> reporter: as you said they're confident that they have the right man. they would not elaborate at this point and a motive is unknown and that is the million dollar question this morning. >> just an awful scene in michigan. thank you. to politics now. donald trump's big victory and now with two primary wins under
h belt. it was a neck and neck race and let's begin with nbc in tennessee. >> good morning. over sniet mark rubio came here to race for a rally today and looking ahead to super tuesday. the man to beat is that billionaire and defied all odds. >> victory in south carolina this morning and donald trump is steam rolling to the gop nomination. >> there's nothing easy running for president. it's tough. it's nasty. it's mean. it's vicious. it's beautiful. >> going to second place is mark rubio and going the endorsement of governor nikki haley. >> now the children of the reagan revolution are ready to get the leadership. >> and bouncing fwrak a disaster
finish in new hampshire. >> after tonight this is a three person race, and we will win the nomination. >> that race is intensifying and rubeio inching out ted cruz that fought hard in the first primary of the south that drew a record turn out. now the battle of who can stop it. >> we're the only campaign that has beaten and can beat donald trump. >> and scrambles on for donors. >> tonight i am suspending my campaign. >> yeah. yeah. >> an emotional jeb bush finishing fourth despite his brother and mother campaigning for him. two floridian's went into california and only two emerged. >> people we're going to welcome on to our team. >> now, we are republicans will
caucus on tuesday and trump towering over vie gas and then part of the childhood there and rolling the dice and trying the regain. >> let's put this thing way. let's make america great away. thank you very much. thank you very much. >> john kasich was not even in south carolina last night but focuses on battles in the east and midwest. finishing six but staying in the race. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." good morning to you. >> good morning. >> it was a huge night for donald trump and record turn out in south carolina. there are 46 counties and donald trump won all by three. is the nomination a conclusion at this snoint. >> if this were any other, that's what we're talking about
this morning. no one has won them back to back since 1980 and not became the republican nominee. cruz and rubeio have sources and there's no doubt about it. donald trump has the easiest pathd. does it stay a three way or get down to go. the only thing that they have now is whether he can win it on a one on one. is it enough wins to say by the end of march that it won't matter anymore. i think that's what is going to be the next ten days and this sort of fight to be the trump alternative does not sort itself out to actually create a stop trump movement that you can see. >> we have been going through this morning and there's one nugget that caught the
attention. this is a question that was asked of voters, do you support muslims from entering the the united states? 74 percent said that they did. >> donald trump is more in tune than anyone else. not mark rubio or jeb bush and that's why he is out of the race. not even ted cruz and that's what is the probably the best explanation why others have failed where donald trump has succeeded. he is dictated the the terms of the race and been the guy to be the most declarative and toughest talks whether it's isis or muslims and that talk has what is animate in the republican base. it shows you that donald trump is more in tune with the republican party than anyone else running. >> by the way chuck do not go
away we want to come back with you in a moment. >> we go hillary where she came up on top and it's giving her a boost and benny sanders says that he has only begun to fight. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. they're breathing a sigh of relief. the polls were deadlock and in the end it's a decisive victory after losing the defeat in new hampshi hampshire. >> hello. >> taking it to the state. >> we just won nevada. >> it was a win who clinched earlier in the day. >> i you want to congratulate
sanders on a hard fought race. >> very aggressive, affective campaign and i applaud them for their efforts. >> it raises question in the states and african americans picked them and sanders urged the supporters not to give up. >> i believe when democrats assemble in july at the convention, we're going see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> and there are some encouraging signs and sanders won more votes here and trumped clinton among young voters and clinton ramping up the outreach. >> it's not just enough to make college more affordable. you need help with the debt that you already have. >> it gives clinton a bump as
she goes into south carolina and super tuesday where they make up a large part. actor morgan freeman doing an ad and saying that hillary always stood for us. >> for the supporters in nevada it's about savosavoring. >> reporter: she will spend a million trying to reach the million that sanders made online. she has nearly twice the amount of cash than him. >> thank you. let's bring in chuck todd once agachblt you can see it in her face and she looked relieved last night and it was a solid win. how critical was this win and how damaging was it in terms of the momentum? >> well, a loss her would have been that she lost two out of
three and barely the one that she won was won by an eyelash. now there's two under the belt. this was the best shot to get the mythology when they're more diverse. it's every operation and you can bring in the same day. it's more than clinton and everything was in place for him. he out spent her and she won. now for saernds where does he win? it's easy to see and it's not more. those are the four biggest states that won super tuesday. if you cannot win any four, she is the nominee on march 23nd.
there's a lot of delegating and she will go to june and have a lead that's not surpassed, and that's what made nevada significant. >> let's look at the numbers, and i thought that it was interesting and 376 percent they won of black voters and he took the younger voters and 72 percent were under the age of 345. did they have to worry about that or what did she do to target the younger voters? >> yeah, clin dton is in an interesting spot. she is going figure out how to appeal to younger voters. if they're not there, she can not win the general election. she can not -- she's not going to win them over but how does
she become the second choice and get rallied around. i think that's a challenge for her because so far she has yet to appeal to them. >> next time if you have more time how you manage to get sleep. i was watching you last night when i went to bed. >> well, sleep i will sleep 2017. >> yeah, who needs it. >> well, the candidates are back on the stump today and jeb bush is home in florida hours after suspending the campaign during an emotional post election speech. is this the end of the bush dynasty? >> well, he began as a front runner and had the name, legacy and the money. perhaps that was the problem. >> the medium of iowa, new
hampshire have spoken, and i respect the decision. tonight i am suspending my campaign. >> the end came on saturday night. >> thank you very much. >> emotional moment for bush after the forty place finish in south carolina. >> earlier this week south carolina governor nikki haley's endorsement signals you how it will play out. >> i am disappointed tt she did not endorse me. >> his mother telling matt lauer. >> there are other people that are qualified and we have had enough bushes. >> i am a candidate for president in the united states of america. >> until he was up staged by donald trump and bush did not consider it a big treat. >> they were offered moments on
the trail. >> get back in the business of crea creating a peaceful world. >> at first the bush name did not appear on his post ers. >> it's a serious job and requires -- >> despite a $100 million super pack, money could not buy him votes. >> we do not have to go vote. it's all finished. >> the one thought to be the best qualified to run for president could not persuade voters for another bush. >> thank you for the opportunity to run for the greatest office on the face of the eerparth. i love you all and god bless. >> jeb bush was just out of tune with the voters. now the family legacy is going to continue and it's up to the next generation.
perhaps jeb's son that holds office in texas already. >> the you support that jeb bush did have and the main stream voters, where do they go now. >> and the money. the big donors. had he was pledding wiading wit and that money and the endorsement and i think that they had to go to mark rubio. even though that he feels that mark rub mark rubio jumped his place and should not have been running, i think that they're going to have to end up there. one of the top bush family members and rubeio is going to have to get a lot of experience because he has to prove that he is up to the task. let's talk about the forecast now. dylan is here for a check of the weather and it was pleasant here in the east. taking the coats off.
>> it's going to be pleasant today. >> 61 degrees in central park and we're going to see temperatures above average. we have have the rain in west virginia and this is in texas too. heavier rain and this could produce the flooding just because the fact that we see an inch and an inch and a half. we have significant rain fail and in the last 44 days only has good sunday morning to you. meteorologist anthony slaughter here. the cold front will move to the north. not bringing any showers. you can see the sunrise this morning. a few high thin clouds. that's what we're waking up to across the bay area. high temperatures today are going to be a little bit warmer.
close to 70 degrees. mid to upper 60s for the peninsula. comfortable in the north bay at 68 degrees today. and that's your latest >> and that's the latest forecast. up next the dangers of a new drug that has o officials sounding the alarm. are your kids at risk? we will talk about it. first these messages. k we shoula left at the river. tarzan know where tarzan go! tarzan does not know where tarzan go. hey, excuse me, do you know where the waterfall is? waterfall? no, me tarzan, king of jungle. why don't you want to just ask somebody? if you're a couple, you fight over directions. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. oh ohhhhh it's what you do. ohhhhhh! do you have to do that right in my ear?
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nguyen...along good sunday morning to you. your time is 6:26. we start off this morning with a live look outside as the sun comes up. i'm vicky nguyen alongside anthony slaughter. we're looking at high thin clouds this morning. it makes for a beautiful sunrise coming up over san francisco bay. you can see the lights lit up on the bridge. there's the light in the sky. we have nice orange hues this morning. we'll see a nice bright day. temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 60s. 68 in the south bay. same deal for the east bay and north bay comfortable at 64 degrees. we have warmer temperatures in store the upcoming week. wide spread 70s beginning
tomorrow. we'll talk about that. it looks dry. it was absolutely gorgeous. i can't complain. >> we could use the rain. the el nino has been put on hold the past couple of weeks. >> anthony. see you in a bit. a bay area family frustrated and upset after police urged them to stop searching for a loved one. ing a -- stefanie aguilar was last seen leaving a party with her boyfriend. aguilar's stepfather is upset that the officers asked the family not to search for her. police questioned stacy's boyfriend but he's not been detained. >> translator: he told us i don't know why they let him go. that's why we are mad. he told us we want our daughter back. >> her stepfather said someone has been using stacy's credit card since she disappeared. they plan to ask for the pub
willic lick's help in finding stacy. hillary clinton will be in the bay area for a series of fundraising events this afternoon. first on the agenda a conversation with senator barbara boxer. scheduled to take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in piedmont. then clinton will discuss young leaders and women in the tech industry. there will be another conversation event from 5:00 to 7:00 in menlo park. fire in the hole! >> that is dramatic video of the all clear given last night after the bomb squad detaib detonated explosive device. it was across the street from the county courthouse and the law office. police are investigating who could have made and planted that
okay, everybody, this is rachel. another lincoln high survivor. this is everybody. chandler and phoebe and joey and you remember my brother ross. >> sure. >> hey. >> hi. >> we are back on this sunday morning, february 21st, 2016. that's the very first episode of "friends," the show went off the air in 2004, but tonight five of the six cast members will be together again. much more on that coming up. meanwhile, outside here on rockefeller plaza, this is a great lively crowd. and on a really pleasant weekend morning. >> not a bad day to be outside today. let's look at what's making headlines this morning.
donald trump and hillary clinton will try to keep the momentum going today after their wins in the republican primary in south carolina and democratic caucus in nevada. marco rubio came in second. ted cruz in close third and jeb bush dropped out of the race. meantime, bernie sanders is urging his supporters not to give up. secretary of state john kerry says a provisional agreement in principle has been reached on a cease-fire in syria at a news conference this morning in jordan. he said details are still being worked out but he hopes president obama and russian president vladimir putin would talk about that as soon as possible and proceed with implementation. bill cosby's wife expected to face tough questions when she's deposed in a civil case against him tomorrow. camille cosby will be giving her deposition in a defamation suit brought by women who say they were victims of bill cosby's alleged sexual misconduct. their lawyer wants to hear from the intentertainer's wife of 52 years who worked as his business manager. weather was pleasant, really pleasant. >> really nice.
>> really nice. >> what are they going to say, no. 60s in february. i think everybody is on the same page here it going to be a little cooler today, but still a beautiful day. most of the country still enjoying temperatures well above average. but eventually that jet stream will dip to the south and bring more seasonable temperatures. especially through the east coast. but back through dallas today, look for highs in the lower 70s. 60 tomorrow. and 58 degrees as we go into tuesday. this frontal system is going to produce a couple of areas of low pressure that will ride along it. we'll see some rain, much needed rain through texas today. that will stretch to the gulf coast. also see some heavier pockets of rain through west virginia and tomorrow we're going to see more rain likely down across the gulf coast. some isolated thunderstorms too. and some light snow begins to move into the rockies and temperatures in the northeast will continue to cool back down to the 30s and 40s. i think i found some girls who maybe have gone to the american girl store while in new york. what did you think when you walked in?
how was it? >> amazing. >> it was oh, yeah. it's going to be amazing here later on this afternoon. waking up with lots of sunshine. you can see in san jose. look at the high temperatures later on this afternoon. 64 in san francisco. 68 in the north bay. same for the east bay. the peninsula at 67. and 68 for the south bay. warmer temperatures ahead starting tomorrow in the 70s. and that could continue throughout the week. we'll have details on the full forecast at 7:00. and that's your latest forecast. craig? >> dylan, thank you. an alarming story this morning about how one small dose of a drug was deadly for a minnesota teenager. nbc's kate snow has more. >> reporter: tara fitzgerald's friends say she was an old soul. >> very philosophical. she wanted to -- she wanted to know how the world worked and how the universe worked and how
god worked. ♪ >> reporter: but the honor roll student also loved music and adventure. so her friendes say they weren't shocked when she told them she wanted to try lsd during a sleepover with a girlfriend at her house. >> she was really into the beatles and they obviously talk about that kind of thing in their songs. >> reporter: this is a photo of tara taken just moments after she took the drug. >> the reason they had selected the night of the 10th was because tara's parents were going to be gone in the morning for a sporting event for her sister. >> reporter: tara and her friend planned it all out and as teenagers do, they had their friends out taking photos and videos. this is some of the video taken that night. the video showed investigators how the night went from a fun, giggly high -- >> how do you feel, tara? >> i don't know. >> reporter: -- to this. tara lying unresponsive on the basement floor.
she was in serious trouble. but her friend never woke tara's parents who were right upstairs and she never called 911. tara died just hours later from one small dose. tara's family was heart broken and investigators baffled. it turned out tara had no idea she was really taking a synthetic drug called 25i. >> she had a high level of this drug, 25i. >> had you ever heard -- >> never heard of it and i'm sure tara hadn't either. i wish i would have gone downstairs. i probably would have detected something off. i didn't because i didn't want to infringe on their space. >> reporter: chuck rosenberg said most thin sisynthetic drug from china. how saeasy is it for someone in america to buy these chemicals? >> too easy, extremely easy. somebody sits down at their
keyboard, orders it over the internet and it shows up in a package. >> reporter: they're then transformed into many forms, pills, even liquids. and the drugs are a lot more dangerous than they look. in fact, the chemicals are so potent, they have to handle them with gloves. >> the reason that detective and i are wearing gloves is if you touch it, you can absorb that and become -- the drug can affect you just by absorption. >> reporter: if i pick up that piece of paper, i could get it through my skin. >> for sure. yeah. >> reporter: wow. >> that was kate snow reporting there. you can see more of her report on "dateline" tonight at 7:00, 6:00 central here on nbc. up next, our sunday story from the fashion designer who dresses celebs like beyonce and rihanna to the cast of friends, together once again. then, harry smith taking us behind the scenes in one of broadway's newest shows. it is all after these messages.
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this is not a job for me, thbeing a part of helping thpeople in need is who i am. working at brookdale for me is not just a job, it's a life for me. i love it. i formed many connections with the residents. i feel like i am part of their family and they're part of mine. if you can get up in the morning, ya know, shake the dust and go up there and make somebody happy, when i go to sleep, i did my job. we're back on a sunday morning with a question. what do kim kardashian, beyonce, lady gaga and j. lo all have in common? they all have worn clothing made by a designer from queens. >> his name is laquan smith but he's making a mark on the fashion world and doing it his way with his signature style. if people in the fashion industry are searching for something new and fresh, they found it here.
his name is laquan smith. and celebrities like beyonce, rihanna, kim kardashian, her sisters, and jennifer lopez love what he creates. >> the laquan smith woman is bold, she's sexy, she's confident, she's fearless. >> reporter: laquan just showcased his newest line to a packed crowd at new york fashion week. he even had ipads circulating and his guests could buy pieces right on the spot. >> that's major because a lot of times when you are viewing new collections and viewing the runway, pieces aren't available until three to six months later. >> reporter: but all of this success didn't come overnight. his grandmother gave him his first sewing machine when he was 13. he was enamored with fashion, even taking his mom and grandmother's old clothes and redesigning them. >> i would literally, like, dissect it like detach it, take a seam ripper, open up the seams to try to understand how the skirt or how the blazer was made. that was my, you know, that was
me teaching myself. >> reporter: laquan was rejected from the top fashion schools. >> i was so devastated, but at the same time i kind of had to, like, wipe my tears away and just think of a way to kind of overcome how i felt. >> reporter: he kept sketching, and designing, and taking gold leggings he created and passing them out to women on the streets of new york city. >> next thing i know, all this gifting that i did i ended up seeing, like, lady gaga with the leggings i made, it was surreal. >> reporter: he continued to send out his clothes and then it happened, he saw a post on instagram of kim kardashian in the hamptons getting pizza. >> i was sitting on my couch and i'm, like, swirling through instagram. and i had had had already given monica and kim's team a bunch of clothing and it just popped up on instagram and it was, like, #oldneweverything. i'm, like, this is my dress. this is my two-piece. >> reporter: while laquan
acknowledges that celebs help generate social media buzz, he designs clothes for everyday women too. >> wow. look at -- look at you. do a twirl for me. yes, yes. ♪ >> reporter: he says there is a style for every woman. you can do this. or perhaps this. his signature gold cat suit. >> you walk in the room, all eyes are on you. you are the bomb.com, no questions asked. >> reporter: and remember the schools he was rejected from back in date? now those same schools ask him to come share his story. >> i love i can inspire someone or inspire them by, you know, my story or by the things i create. there is room for growth and there is room for everyone. >> i've been to a lot of fashion shows, fashion presentations. it was very clear, it was packed
but people were rooting for him. >> how could you not? >> and his mom and his grandmother. she said, i have to say, back in the day, he said he wanted to do that, i thought, does that pay bills? does that have a pension? i had to let him fly and clearly -- >> did you keep any of the -- >> i didn't keep any of the clothes. some of them i couldn't zip. i was going to show you a bunch and i tried somewhere i just walked forward because it didn't zip but i love them. aren't they fun? >> you look good in them. >> cheers. to dialen in tylan in the o, with the plaza fans of the day. >> i heard you two are both in the lion king in your schools. >> yes. >> you're both playing zazu. >> yes. >> you're in new york and what are you going to see today? >> we're going to see lion king broadway and we're, like, so excited, like -- >> you're a little bit excited to be here too, right? >> like blown away that i'm here. i'm like so excited. >> even dressed the part.
>> thank you. >> love this excitement. still to come on "today," our favorite group of friends back together once again. >> but first, these messages! >> but first, these messages! >> i like the little earning unlimited cash back on purchases. that's a win. but imagine earning it twice. you can with the citi double cash® card. it lets you earn cash back twice. once when you buy and again as you pay. it's cash back then cash back again. and that's a cash back win-win. the citi double cash card. the only card that lets you earn cash back twice on every purchase with 1% when you buy and 1% as you pay. with two ways to earn, it makes a lot of other cards seem one-sided. eat up, buddy. you'll get it this time. yeah ok not too quick don't let go until i say so. i got you... start strong with the lasting energy of 100% you're doing it! whole grain quaker oats. and off you go.
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back now on a sunday morning with a reunion that has everyone talking. what will happen when the cast of "friends" sits down together for the first time in a really long time. >> the group is part of a gathering that is actually part of a tribute to the show's director james burrows, a man who probably knew before anyone else this show would change television. nbc's joel garjulio has more. >> reporter: the year was 1994 when "friends" burst its way into our homes and our hearts. >> rachel? >> oh, god, monica, hi. >> reporter: making jennifer aniston, courteney cox, matthew perry, david schwimmer, matt leblanc and lisa kudrow household names. with their off the charts chemistry, rachel, ross, monica, chandler, phoebe and joey dominated the airwaves, defining the '90s and coining some classic sayings. >> how you doing? >> we were on a break! >> reporter: -- and songs.
♪ smelly cat >> oh, my god. >> i know. >> i sound amazing. >> reporter: and while they starred in front of the cameras, it was the man behind them who helped make the show a groundbreaking hit. legendary tv director james burrows. >> everyone wanted a friends reunion for so long and it took one man to get you all together. you must -- >> not all together. >> reporter: tonight, the cast minus matthew perry, will be back together on the small screen, paying tribute to burrows. >> we would do anything for jim burrows because he really gave us the opportunity of a lifetime. >> reporter: "friends " fans everywhere thrilled the closest thing to a reunion since show the went off the air in 2004. >> i miss you so much. >> i miss you. >> how do you explain the "friend "friends" phenomenon still going strong. >> the story line is so strong. we all want to live in the
purple apartment with the frame over the door and you can see yourself in each of the friends. >> reporter: the show so popular by the final seasons, the cast members were each making $1 million an episode. >> good for you. >> reporter: but who can put a price tag on so many classic moments? >> thereweddings? >> you take each other. >> yeah. >> yeah, you do. >> reporter: the breakups. >> i ross, take thee emily. >> take thee rachel. >> reporter: the makeups. >> i got off the plane. >> reporter: the parade of star studded cameos. >> is rachel here? i'm her sister. >> reporter: and the events that still make us smile through decades later. but if we learned anything from those six 20 somethings living in manhattan, it is that our friends will forever be there. >> okay, should we get some coffee? >> sure. >> okay. >> where? >> reporter: for "today,"
joelle garjulio. >> matthew perry couldn't be there because he's doing a play in london. catch more of the reunion as part of the tribute to james burrows tonight on nbc. harry smith takes us behind the scenes of fiddler on the roof right after this the flu virus. it's a really big deal. and with fever, aches, and chills, mom knows it needs a big solution: an antiviral. don't kid around with the flu, call your doctor within the first 48 hours of symptoms and ask about prescription tamiflu. attack the flu virus at its source with tamiflu, an antiviral that helps stop it from spreading in the body. tamiflu in liquid form is fda approved to treat the flu in people two weeks of age and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing, have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. if you develop an allergic reaction,
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on any given night on any broadway show you're often in awe of the talent on stage. today, we would like to introduce you to a star with a major role, a star you will never even catch a glimpse of. ♪ it is a tradition >> reporter: the broadway revival of "fiddler on the roof" has won rave reviews. playing to packed houses night after night, and about this fabled show, we would like to share some inside information. you're the fiddler. >> yeah. >> in fiddler on the roof. >> yes. >> you don't play the fiddle. >> i don't play the fiddle. that's, like our little secret. do we have to tell everyone? >> reporter: jesse kavarski was taught how to look like he was playing by the pit's lead violini violinist. >> a tutorial that you don't often get from this world class violin ist and she gave me the
correct posture and alignment and how to hold a violin. ♪ sweet little bird >> reporter: jesse's tutor, kelly hall tompkins. eight performances a week, it is kelly the audience hears playing the gorgeous violin solos threaded through fiddler. >> it is a duet that i get to play, you know, with tevia speaking -- singing and i'm playing. so it is one of my favorite moments in the whole show. >> reporter: it is her first time in a broadway orchestra. her first love is classical music. ♪ >> my elementary school in greenville, south carolina, took us to hear the greenville symphony at the local orchestra and i still remember hanging on the balcony and watching. i was hooked and i said that's what i want to do. >> reporter: and that she has. her busy career as a soloist and
ensemble player has taken her from coast to coast, and now broadway. and in a show where the audience knows every word of every song, and every note of her solos. what is it like for you to know the notes you play have such an important emotional effect on the audience? >> that's really the magic of the entire experience. ♪ >> the actors continually tell me they feel my role as the violin soloist is another character and it feels wonderful to be so valued in that environment for what i'm creating artistically. ♪ that starts my evening eight nights a week. >> reporter: it is thrilling, honestly, to be that close and to hear it played so beautifully. >> oh, thank you. ♪ may god bless you >> reporter: for kelly, the music is always about more than just the notes on the page. in the case of "fiddler," much
more. ♪ she self published the memoir of her late neighbor and friend, alfred murray, a holocaust survivor and violinist, called the last quartet. >> my husband even said, goodness, you can't help but think there is a little bit of alfred in all of this. so i think he would have been thrilled about this role in the show. ♪ it is about being transported. that's what a performance should do to you of any kind, of any artistic performance, it is certainly music, it should transport you and that's what my job is. >> without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as -- as a fiddler on the roof! ♪
>> she's pretty good at that transportation stuff, right? really good. if that were not enough, kelly, in her spare time, either solos or presents concerts in homeless shelters. >> my goodness. >> wow. >> so beautiful. was it just as pure and wonderful -- i can't imagine in person, just right next to her. >> i know. you can feel the vibrations, right? just a beautiful tone. >> it is incredible to bring her to everyone because so many people have seen the show -- >> walking down the street, you would never guess in a million years, right? >> thank you for that. >> thank you. >> thank you for spending time with us this morning on this sunday. reminder to tune into "meet the press." chuck will be talking with marco rubio, donald trump, ted cruz and bernie sanders. >> that's going to do it for us on a sunday morning here at "today." thank you for watching. have a fantastic sunday.
good sunday morning to you. it is sunday, february 120ist. we start off with a look outside from oakland looking toward san francisco. a really beautiful day. if you haven't been outside this weekend, you're in for another mild and gorgeous day. thank you for waking up with us. i'm vicky nguyen. let's get a check on the forecast with anthony slaughter. the weather has been beautiful. >> absolutely. it will get even nicer. a day will be an in between day. you can see we're starting off with the day with a few high, thin clouds over san francisco bay. overall a nice and grg