Candice Bergen and Alan Alda in Love Letters

Love Letters on Broadway

Hello Library Hotel Collection friends and family,  Have you been planning on taking in a Broadway show on your next trip to New York? Let us help you pick out the perfect show to fit your likes. Our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle, passes on her expert insights on one of the Broadway favorites of this season, Love Letters. We hope this play will bring you through a whirlwind of emotions, with its hilarious style and romantic undertones as you become entranced into lives of two friends and their connections.


Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 W. 47th St. Between 7th and 8th Avenue

Lead Cast: Candice Bergen (Melissa Gardner), Alan Alda (Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) (through 12-18)

Upcoming Cast: Diana Rigg/Stacy Keach, 12-19 through 1-19; Angelica Huston/Martin Sheen, 1-10 through 2-15)

Playwright: A. R. Gurney

Director: Gregory Mosher

In a Nutshell: This 1988 play by A.R. Gurney was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Often revived with rotating pairs of stars, it was first performed at the New York Public Library, starring the playwright and Holland Taylor. The action unfolds as the two actors sit next to each other at a table and read a lifetime of letters written to each other, beginning in second grade and spanning 50 years, as the lifelong friends share their secrets, dreams, frustrations, joys, and heartbreak.

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Neil Simon Theatre

The Last Ship on Broadway

Hello, Dear Library Hotel Collection fans! Did you watch the recent Thanksgiving Day parade and dream of your next trip to New York City? We hope so! If you watched, you might have caught Sting’s wonderful performance of a song from his musical, The Last Ship. If it peaked your interest, here is Shari on the Aisle’s expert insight to help you decide if this show is just the ticket for your upcoming Broadway experience.

The Last Ship
Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street
Music & Lyrics: Sting
Book: John Logan & Brian Yorkey
Director: Joe Mantello
Choreograph: Steven Hoggett

Lead Cast: Rachel Tucker (Meg Dawson), Michael Esper (Gideon Fletcher), Jimmy Nail (Jackie White, through 12-7), Sting (Jackie White, 12-9 through 1-10-15), Fred Applegate (Father O’Brien), Aaron Lazar (Arthur Millburn), Collin Kelly-Sordelet (Young Gideon/Tom Dawson)

In a Nutshell: The Last Ship has an impressive pedigree, coming to Broadway via a multi-award winning group of creatives. Sting, who wrote the score, is a 16-time Grammy winner who based the story on his childhood growing up in a small English ship-building town. John Logan (book) is an Oscar-nominated, Tony and Golden Globe winner. Brian Yorkey (book) has won a Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and more. The director, choreographer, and scenic/costumer designer are among Broadway’s finest. And the cast is a fine mixture of American and British pros. So why is this show struggling to stay alive?

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Plan Your Proposal in NYC this Holiday Season!

The Holiday Season is officially here in NYC and love is in the air!  People travel from all over the world with their loved ones to see the twinkling lights, shop, ice skate…and propose!  Here are Library Hotel Collection’s favorite ‘hot spots’ for proposals during the Holiday Season:

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Arman, our FOM

Meet the Staff: Arman Soukiassian at the Library Hotel

Any guest that has stayed at the Library Hotel would recognize Arman immediately. He’s always ready to assist in any way possible…whether is checking someone in, retrieving luggage, or suggesting a restaurant or Broadway show. He definitely knows what he’s talking about! We’ve been lucky to have Arman on our staff for over 8 years, starting as a Front Desk Agent and currently, as our Assistant Front Office Manager. He might be soft spoken but he ALWAYS goes above and beyond to make sure that every guest has a fantastic experience! Continue Reading


Why We Love Tony DiNapoli’s!

After a long day of sight seeing on a cold New York day, there is nothing better than settling into a warm inviting booth at Tony DiNapoli’s. Tony’s serves up some of the best Old New York Italian favorites right next door to the Casablanca . This year it won the Open Table Diners’ Choice Award and for good reason!

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