NBC’s ‘Today’ Hosts Make Their Off-Broadway Debut


The “Today” anchors and NBC News correspondents showed off their acting skills during a one-day off-Broadway performance at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theater.

They gathered from 30 Rockefeller Center in Greenwich Village on Wednesday to revive Norman Corwin’s radio detective series “Murder in Studio One.”

Savannah Guthrie told Page Six after the hour-long performance: “It comes from the [1940s]. It was discovered by our producer, Robin Sindler, who thought it would be fun because it was called “Murder in Studio One”.

“Today” is filming in NBC’s Studio 1a.

And although the stars read from a script, the faces of NBC News were still synonymous with business. They donned 1940s costumes, complete with wigs, and Hoda Kotb told us they even had dialect coach Jordan Yaneo to help them with their accents.

“I’m a cross between a detective and Regis Philbin,” joked Kotb, who played Detective Cameo Klopf.

Al-Roker
Roker is no stranger to the scene. He made his Broadway debut in “Waitress” in 2018.
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Guthrie adopted a Brooklyn accent for her role as sidekick Minerva Hammersmith. Craig Melvin, who played Dr. Lionel Bumbridge, joked with us, “My goal was just not to mess it up like every day on the air – and make the voice coach proud.”

Al Roker, who is no stranger to Broadway, joked that the performance was “just a consequence of what we do almost every day”. “[We] I couldn’t have asked for a better repertoire company to work with,” he added.

Keith Morrison
“Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison was a fan favorite as the narrator.
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“Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison played the show’s narrator.

“It was wonderful to see all these people, who I hardly ever see because I don’t hang out with them every day like they do with each other,” he told Us about the casting. from NBC.

NBC News.
The faces of NBC News pose for photos at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theater.
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Rounding out the cast were: Sheinelle Jones, Tom Llamas, Kerry Sanders, Stephanie Ruhle, Jenna Bush Hager, DD Jackson, Leer Leary, Harry Smith, Peter Alexander and Dylan Dreyer.

Audible will present the show as a podcast and “Today” will air the performance on May 18.

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