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She is no stranger to entertaining millions, whether it is on “TODAY” with Kathie Lee Gifford and a glass of wine or while jamming out to “Uptown Funk” on “Lip Sync Battle.” But on June 18 Hoda Kotb will focus on a small, figuratively and literally, portion of her audience. The TV host is one of a handful of celebrity mentors for the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall.

“When I was younger, you come and you walk by Radio City and you look up and you go, ‘Oh my God, it’s Radio City,” recalled Kotb to “Ralphie Tonight” before a rehearsal for the performance. “And then you see The Rockettes, and you see the rest of it… I just think that there’s something about this place.

“But more than that, a lot of great things happen in great buildings and great stages. These kids, who have overcome all kinds of tough things in their life, are standing proud, singing out and it just turns me on.”
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The Garden of Dreams Foundation works with The Madison Square Garden Company to bring once-in-a-life time opportunities like the talent show to children facing obstacles. Joining Kotb to mentor the kids will be model and dancer Damaris Lewis, New York Liberty Forward Essence Carson, The Rockettes, Broadway performer Chrisitna Sajous and Jarod Grimes, who stars in the “New York Spring Specatcular.” The group brings a diversified skill set to the table; however Kotb believes that despite this being a talent show, it is not their talent per se that will takes these participants to the stage at Radio City and beyond.

“I don’t think the successful people are necessarily the most talented or the most educated, or any of those things because I wasn’t either,” the TV personality opined. “I think it’s really the kids who don’t stop. If you have a will and you love it, I think that’s three-fourths of it. Talent doesn’t win. Persistence wins. Perseverance wins.”

“The New York Spring Spectacular” held its Opening Night at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday (3/26). The production stars Derek Hough, Laura Benanti and The Radio City Rockettes. A number of celebrities from music, movies, sports and modeling came out to see the show, and chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” on the Red Carpet.

Tickets for the seven-week engagement, which runs through May 3, are on sale now.

I was on hand as The Rockettes held their first rehearsal for this season’s “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” The show kicks off November 7 and runs through December 31. Tickets are available here.

Ralphie Aversa caught up with some of the celebrity mentors at the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show, which was slated for June 17 at Radio City Music Hall.

I covered the arrivals of the camels, sheep, and donkeys to Radio City Music Hall for their first day of rehearsals in the “Living Nativity” scene of this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tickets are on sale now here.

Sara Bareilles chatted with “The Ralphie Show” before her headlining, sold-out gig at Radio City Music Hall about navigating through Manhattan and pranking OneRepublic on the road.

I attended the first open rehearsal of the season with The Rockettes for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tickets for the show, presented by Chase, are on sale now!

You could not sign on to a social network while in the Tri-State area Wednesday night and avoid the commotion happening inside Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles headlined her first ever show in the iconic venue, and the sold-out audience raved of the singer’s performance.

“It’s incredible,” Bareilles told me after sound-check inside the theater on Wednesday. “It’s one of the top five things that I’ve ever wanted to do in my whole life so I’ve been pinching myself all day.”

The Manhattan resident headed to the music hall the way most New Yorkers would: via subway. Upon arrival, Bareilles sent a stream of tweets and Instagram photos exhibiting her feelings of anxiousness and excitement.

“I’ve seen so many shows here,” Bareilles said. “(I’ve) just been dreaming about, ‘Could I ever be on stage?’ So it’s a really, really special day.”

The fact that the “Love Song” artist now resides in the concrete jungle only heightened her sense of the moment. She moved from California in January after completely starting over, leaving her band and boyfriend while pursuing the project that would be known as The Blessed Unrest.

“It feels amazing,” described Bareilles. “I didn’t see this coming, you know? I didn’t realize that this record was going to allow me the opportunity to play in a room like this so it’s really special.”

While the “Brave” singer did not know during the day if any friends that the public knows of would be in attendance, she did note that a number of family members made the trip from the west coast. A few celebrities did pop up in the crowd Wednesday evening, including “Today” host Hoda Kotb.