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good morning. trump and clinton on top. the billionaire republican riding high this morning after a big win in south carolina. >> let's put this thing away and let's make america great again. thank you very much. >> marco rubio edging out ted cruz for second. >> well, now the children of the reagan revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership. >> and an emotional jeb bush calls it quits. >> so tonight i am suspending my campaign. yeah, yeah. >> while on the democratic side, hillary clinton clinches a much needed win in nevada. >> some may have doubted us, but
>> bernie sanders promising his supporters that this isn't over. we're live on the campaign trail. breaking overnight, deadly shootings. a horrific scene in michigan as a gunman goes on a rampage. >> 5581 south 9th street, 5581 south 9th street at cracker barrel, shots fired. >> randomly shooting at people for almost five hours, the gunman going to three different locations, killing six people including a father and son. police finally grabbing the man believed to be the shooter. we're live on the scene. what will she say? camille cosby now in the middle of the legal battle against bill deposed tomorrow in the civil suit against him. and forever friends, a highly anticipated reunion as the "friends" cast sits down all together for the first time in nearly 12 years. >> how you doing?
back together after all these years today, sunday, february 21st, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm sheinelle jones, erica is enjoying the morning off. >> i'm craig melvin with dylan dreyer. it is a busy sunday morning with a lot to get to. let's look at the results from saturday's presidential races. donald trump with a huge win in south carolina, his second primary win in a row. marco rubio coming in second. ted cruz in third. >> meanwhile, hillary clinton and bernie sanders went into nevada neck and neck but clinton wound up edging sanders by about 6%. >> full coverage just ahead. there is a story breaking now that we want to get to first this morning. a terrible scene in kalamazoo, michigan, where a gunman started shooting randomly at people from his car.
including a father and son, while a 14-year-old girl is fighting for her life this hour. nbc's blake mccoy is in kalamazoo with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, craig. this terrifying ordeal began around 6:00 p.m. last night, a shooter rampaging the city of kalamazoo here. three different shooting locations and as you mentioned, among the victims, a 14-year-old girl. a shooting spree that rocked kalamazoo, michigan, began here, just before 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of this apartment complex. a mother with her three children gunned down. right now she is in serious condition. then shortly after 10:00 p.m., more shots, a fire and his 18-year-old son killed at a local car dealership. >> we have somebody just driving around, finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks. >> reporter: the shots continued 15 minutes later up the road at a cracker barrel restaurant,
>> 5581 south 9th street, 5581 south 9th street at cracker barrel, shots fired. >> reporter: four women dead at the scene, a fifth, a 14-year-old girl, is said to be in grave condition. at 12:40 a.m., more than six hours after the first shots rang out, 45-year-old jason brian dalton was taken into custody, police say without incident. overnight, police searching his home and vehicle where they say they found a gun. the victims appear to have been chosen at random. >> we're very confident that we custody. we have significant evidence. >> reporter: as you said, they are confident they have the right man. as to what evidence they have tying him to the shooting beyond the gun they found in his car they would not elaborate. unknown. and authorities say that is the million dollar question this guys? >> awful scene there in kalamazoo, michigan, thank you.
trump's big victory in south carolina. the republican front-runner now with two primary wins under his belt. it was a neck and neck race for second place. we have full coverage and analysis this morning on both sides. but let's begin with nbc's gabe gutierrez in tennessee. good morning. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning. overnight, marco rubio's campaign raced here to tennessee for a rally later today. already looking ahead to super tuesday. but the man to beat, that brash billionaire who defied all odd s. roaring to victory in south carolina this morning, donald trump is steam rolling toward the gop nomination. >> nothing easy about running for president, i can tell you. it is tough. it is nasty. it is mean. it is vicious. it is beautiful. >> reporter: but surging to second place, marco rubio, riding the endorsement of popular governor nikki haley. >> now the children of the reagan revolution are ready to
>> reporter: and bouncing back from a disastrous finish in new hampshire. >> after tonight this has become a three-person race and we will win the nomination. >> reporter: that race now intensifying rubio edging out ted cruz who fought hard for evangelicals in the first primary of the south, which drew record turnout. now, a heated battle over who can stop the trump juggernaut. >> we are the only campaign that has beaten and can beat donald trump. >> reporter: and the scramble is on for donors after the end of the political dynasty. >> tonight i am suspending my campaign. yeah, yeah. >> reporter: an emotional jeb bush finishing fourth in single digits despite his brother and mother campaigning for him. two floridians went into south carolina, only one emerged. >> i feel like a lot of the
are people we will welcome on our team. >> reporter: now on to nevada where republicans will caucus on tuesday. trump towering over vegas, rubio spent part of his childhood there. cruz rolling the dice, trying to regain momentum. >> come out and caucus for ted. >> let's put this thing away and let's make america great again. thank you very much. thank you very much. >> reporter: john kasich wasn't even in south carolina last night, choosing instead to focus on super tuesday battles in the northeast and the midwest. dr. ben carson finished a distant sixth, but he's vowing to stay in the race. sheinelle. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. >> chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." good morning to you. >> good morning, craig. >> as he'll tell you later this morning, it was a huge night for donald trump, record turnout in south carolina. 46 counties in south carolina. donald trump won all but three. is his nomination a foregone
>> if this were any other republican, that's what we would be talking about this morning. no other republican has won back-to-back like this since 1980 and not become the republican nominee. that's how big and important this win is. look, cruz and rubio have resources. cruz and rubio have paths to the nomination, no doubt about it. but donald trump has the easiest path to the nomination now. the question is, does this stay a three-way race, narrowed down to two? the only question that republicans had about trump now is whether he can win in a one on one. but will we get there in time to test that premise or will he have already racked up enough delegates and enough wins by, say, the end of march that it won't matter anymore? and i think that's what is going to be the next ten days, this sort of fight between cruz and rubio to become the trump alternative, does it sort itself out in time to actually create a stop trump movement that can >> we have been sifting through some of the exit polling this morning and there was one
caught our attention, want to put it on our screen for our viewers at home. a question asked of south carolina gop voters, do you support banning muslims from entering the united states. 74% of folks yesterday said they supported that. what does that tell you, chuck? >> look, i think donald trump's more in tune with the republican electorate than anybody else. not marco rubio, not jeb bush, why he's out of this race, not even ted cruz and i think that that -- that has been what is probably the -- probably the best explanation for why other republicans have failed where donald trump has succeeded. he has dictated the terms of the race, he's been the guy to be the most declarative, toughest talk, whether it is on immigration, whether it is on dealing with isis or muslims, and that talk has what has animated the republican base. so, again, i think it shows you donald trump's more in tune with
>> to be clear, that's banning muslims who are not u.s. citizens from entering the country by the way. don't go away. we want to come back to you in a moment. >> all right. >> we turn to the democrats where hillary clinton came out on top in the caucuses in nevada on saturday. it is giving her a boost heading into south carolina, but bernie sanders says he's only begun to fight. nbc's kristen welker is in las vegas. good morning. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning to you. the clinton campaign is celebrating this morning and also breathing a big sigh of relief. the polls were deadlocked heading into the caucuses here, but in the end, clinton pulled off a decisive victory, after that bruising defeat in new hampshire. >> hello, houston! >> reporter: hillary clinton taking her campaign to the lone star state saturday night. >> we just won nevada! >> reporter: a texas-sized celebration, coming on the heels of a pivotal win for clinton, who clinched the nevada caucuses earlier in the day.
i want to congratulate senator here. >> reporter: senator sanders conceding before a crowd of dedicated supporters. >> they ran very aggressive, effective campaign and i applaud them for their efforts. >> reporter: the loss raises questions about sanders strength and more diverse states. african-americans chose clinton 76-22%. still, sanders urged his supporters not to give up. >> i believe that when democrats assemble in philadelphia, in july, at that convention, we are going to see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> reporter: and there are some encouraging signs. sanders won more latino votes here and trounced clinton among young caucusgoers, netting 72%. clinton ramping up her outreach. >> it is not enough just to make college more affordable.
debt you already have. >> reporter: the win gives clinton a bump, as she heads into south carolina, super tuesday, and southern states, where african-americans make up a large part of the electorate. actor morgan freeman narrating another ad for clinton suggesting hillary has always stood with us. >> and makes their mothers fight for justice her own. >> reporter: but for her supporters in nevada, it is all about savoring this moment. >> hillary! hillary! >> thank you. thank you so much. >> reporter: secretary clinton will spend the next two days fund-raising in california trying to match the millions that senator sanders raised online. he outpaced her in fund-raising in january, but she has nearly twice the amount of cash on hand. sheinelle, craig, back to you. >> thank you. let's bring in chuck todd once again. you can see it on hillary clinton's face. she looked relieved last night with really a solid win. how critical was this win for her campaign and for bernie sanders, how damaging was it for him? especially in terms of his momentum?
clinton would have meant the first three contests she would have lost two out of three, and barely the one that she won was won by an eyelash in iowa. morning. now, she's got two wins under her belt. and now the question is bernie sanders, where can he win with the diverse electorate. this was his best shot to puncture that myth ology he can't win when the electorate is more diverse. this every operationally nevada was perfect for him. you could bring in new voters, same day voter registry, all those things, caucus process, benefits sanders' enthusiasm more than clinton. he outspent her, had more resources than she did and yet she won. sanders. where does he win? the next 12 contests, it is easy to see how clinton rolls eight of the 12 if not more. can he beat her in texas or virginia? those are the four biggest tuesday. if he can't win any of those
she's going to be the presumptive nominee on march 2nd and while sanders will get a lot of delegates and will make sure she has to go all the way to june, she will have a durable delegate lead that can't be surpassed by sanders and that's what made nevada so significant yesterday. >> let's take a closer look at some of the numbers you mentioned, 76% hillary won of the black voters in nevada. once again, bernie sanders, he has this going for him, he took the younger voters, 72% of the voters under the age of 45. does clinton then still have to worry about those millennials? younger voters? long-term here. she's going to be in this interesting spot where she's not going to go negative on sanders anymore. they're going to act as if they have control of this nomination. she has to start figuring out how she's going to appeal to younger voters. supporters. i think that's going to be a challenge for her.
over, but how does she start becoming their second choice. how does she start becoming somebody that they cannot just live with, but get potentially rally around and i think that's a challenge for her because so far she has yet to appeal to any younger demographic. >> chuck, thank you. next time if we have more time, you'll have to tell us how you managed to get sleep because i was watching you last night when i went to bed. >> well, that's all right, sleep, i'll sleep in 2017. >> who needs it, right. we'll look for more on "meet the press" where your guests are donald trump and senators marco rubio, ted cruz and bernie sanders. >> those candidates are back on the stump today, this morning jeb bush is home in florida. hours after he suspended his campaign during an emotional post election speech, is this the end of the bush dynasty? nbc's andrea mitchell is here with us this morning. good to see you. >> good to see you. good morning, craig, sheinelle. well, jeb bush began this campaign as the front-runner. he had the name, the legacy, the money.
>> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken. and raley respect their decision. tonight, i'm suspending my campaign. >> reporter: the end of the road for jeb bush came saturday night. noticeably emotional moment for bush after his fourth place finish in south carolina. earlier this week, south carolina governor nikki haley's endorsement of marco rubio signaled how the state's primary would play out. >> i'm disappointed she didn't endorse me. >> reporter: you could say the campaign was in trouble before it even started. his mother famously telling matt lauer in 2013 -- >> there are other people out there that are very qualified and we had enough bushes. >> reporter: bush decided it was his year. >> i'm a candidate for president of the united states of america! >> reporter: until he was upstaged the very next day when donald trump announced his candidacy. which bush didn't consider a serious threat until it was too late.
>> reporter: there were also awkward moments on the trail. >> to get back in the business world. please clap. >> reporter: at first the bush name didn't even appear on his posters, only at the end did he bring in his famous family. >> presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment. >> i'm thrilled to be the mother know. >> reporter: still, despite a $100 million super pac, money couldn't buy him votes. >> we don't have to go vote, i guess. it is all finished. >> reporter: in the end, the son long thought to be the best qualified of his generation to run for president couldn't persuade voters to embrace another bush. >> thank you for the opportunity to run for the greatest office on the face of the earth. i love you all. god bless you. >> so in the year of the outsider, jeb bush, son and brother of presidents, just out of tune with the mood of the voters.
to continue, it is going to have to be up to the next generation. perhaps jeb's son george p. bush, who holds elected office in texas already. >> andrea, the support that jeb bush did have, those mainstream moderate voters, where do they go now? >> and the money, the big donors. as of last week, he was pleading with donors to come up with a million dollars to help him get to nevada and they said no. that money and him -- his endorsement, i think the family endorsement has to go to marco rubio. i talked to some people, even though he feels marco rubio from florida, his protege, was, you know, jumped his place and shouldn't have been running and they had a contentious rivalry, i think they're going to have to end up there. and one of the top bush family members said to me, rubio is going to have to get a lot of experience around him because he has to prove he's up to the task. >> andrea mitchell, good to see you in the flesh, thank you so much. >> good to see you. >> let's talk about the forecast now, dylan is here with a check of the weather.
people were outside, taking their coats off. >> it is going to be just as pleasant today, correct? >> not going to be 61, but still in the 50s today. 61 degrees in central park, absolutely beautiful. and we are going to see temperatures remain above average. we do have some rain, though, especially moving through west virginia and this extends down to texas too. look at some of the heavier rain moving through charleston, west virginia, and eastern west virginia. this could produce some brief flash flooding because of the fact we could see an inch, inch and a half of rain in a short period of time. significant rainfall through texas. it has been a while since we have seen the rain, dallas hasn't seen rain since the beginning of january. austin, last 44 days, picked up >> reporter: today won't be quite as warm as yesterday but we're 55 degrees warmer than this time last sunday morning, generally in the mid to upper 40s, we will warm up a few more degrees to the low 50s in the boston area.
mid 40s to the mid 50s, for the south coast a mixture of sun and clouds. clouds takeover. for some of us late tonight mainly the south coast, cape and the islands, little to no accumulation, that should be out of here by the m and that's your latest forecast. >> thank you, dylan. up next on "today," the dangers of a new synthetic drug that has officials sounding the alarm. are your kids at risk? we'll talk about it. but firs i think we should've taken a 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!
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>> announcer: this is 7 news now. >> anchor: good sunday morning, 8:27. taking a live look at the zakim bridge. very nice day out there. see if it's going to stay that way, rob has a check of the forecast. >> very mild. 48 degrees currently with a light breeze that makes it feel like 42. last time this weekend we're talking wind chills 40 below 0. afternoon temperatures low 50s so only a couple of degrees warmer than currently. but very mild by february standards. temperatures back to normal tomorrow and brandon, we're watching a storm that will impact us wednesday into thursday, may begin as a brief period of mix precipitation wednesday morning. >> reporter: to our top of stories, investigators in natick trying to figure out what caused this deadly fire on east central street. an offduty firefighters first spotted flames and called 911 for additional help. a 73-year-old woman died. this is a different story what you are seeing pictures there. there was no working smoke detentors in the -- detectors in the home.
university of new hampshire. two students are under arrest accused of stabbing a classmate. matthew gibbons and eric denning are being held on bail. victim was treated for his wounds and is now in stable condition. police making a shocking discovery in dorchester. that's what we saw early years. officers recovered a loaded hand gun stashed in a child's bassinet. officers recovered bags of heroin and cocaine. police aest ared two men who are now facing drug and gun charges. today in new england returns at 9:00.
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million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
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
>> 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 inter
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 average. but eventually that jet stream will dip to the south and bring more seasonable temperatures. 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
what did you think when you walked in? how was it? >> amazing. >> it was amazing. one word says it all. >> reporter: today won't be quite as warm as yesterday but we're 55 degrees warmer than this time last sunday morning, generally in the mid to upper 40s, we will warm up a few more degrees to the low 50s in the boston area. temperatures range from the mid 40s to the mid 50s, for the south coast a mixture of sun and clouds. clouds takeover. for some of us late tonight mainly the south coast, cape and the islands, little to no 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.
she wanted to -- she wanted to know how the world worked and god worked. >> reporter: but the honor roll 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 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 vid 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.
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 sinn synthetic drugs come from china. how says easy is it for someone in
>> 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
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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
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,
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
>> 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 the ylan in the orange room, 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
>> 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! >> i like the little sass there 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 don't let go until i say so. i got you... start strong with the lasting energy of 100%
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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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 r it from spreading in the body. r tamiflu in liquid form is fda approved p 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,
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harry smith is here to tell us about one he heard on broadway. >> good morning, everybody. 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 violinist violinist.
often get from this world class violin it 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.
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
music is always about more than just the notes on the page. 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 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
>> 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 years, right? >> thank you for that. >> 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 "today."
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