Broadway Musical Recommendations Tailored Just for YOU

Are you wondering what show you should see tonight (or the next time you are staying with us)? Here’s Shari on the Aisle’s guide to help you decide which Broadway musical(s) to see right now, based on your personal preferences. Read the “YOU” descriptions below, choose the one that best represents you, then go see a show!

Keep in mind: this list is far from exhaustive. With the Broadway Spring season well under way, there are abundant choices for both the occasional and frequent theatregoer. The following suggestions are culled from some of the newest shows. You should also consider productions that have been around for a while—those oldies but goodies like “Matilda,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Aladdin,” and “Kinky Boots.” (Also keep in mind that Shari on the Aisle hasn’t yet seen all of the new shows, including “Finding Neverland” and “An American in Paris.”

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Broadway Spring Preview, Part II: Musicals

Shari, our Theatre Critic in Residence, has given us  the skinny on the upcoming Spring Musicals and it is enough to warm any  theatre lover’s heart: Warmer weather and the new Spring Broadway season will be here before you know it, with some shows already beginning previews.

Here are a few musicals that are coming up soon—two revivals and one new work. (Keep in mind that dates are subject to change). For a look at the season’s upcoming plays, read my previous post, Broadway Spring Preview Part I: Plays.Continue Reading


Broadway Spring Preview, Part I: Plays

New York City is expecting some frigid temperatures this coming weekend, but the warm thought of the spring Broadway season is keeping us theatre lovers at the Library Hotel Collection afloat! Our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle, gave us the scoop on what we should look forward to this coming season in the world of Broadway! (Keep in mind that dates are subject to change).

As usual, there will be a mix of new works and revivals, musicals and plays, both serious and comic. (Stay tuned for my Broadway Spring Preview Part II: Musicals—coming up in my next post).

Fish in the Dark

First Preview: February 2
Opening: March 5
Theatre: Cort, 138 W. 48th St.

Attention, “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans: Larry David has written a play. The television star will make his Broadway debut—as an actor and writer—When David returns to the stage “for the first time since eighth grade” (according to the show’s Website).

In Fish in the Dark David plays Norman Drexel, a character he describes as, “very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name.” The story was inspired by the death of a Fish in the Darkfriend’s father. David told David Letterman recently that he never intended to play the role himself: “I imagined anyone but me as the star. I’m not an actor.” (Although one imagines playing himself won’t be too much of a stretch).

David will take the stage supported by a cast of theatre veterans, including Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Lewis J. Stadlen, and Jayne Houdeyshell (a wonderful Tony-nominated stage actress who is a personal favorite of mine). Anna D. Shapiro (This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, August, Osage County) directs.

Will Larry David become a big fish on Broadway? With advance ticket sales of over $11 million so far, it’s looking “pretty, pretty good.”

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas the Musical

Hello to all of our Library Hotel Collection fans, we hope everyone’s New Year  is off to a great start! Our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle started the year watching one of her favorite Broadway actors, Rob McClure, charm the crowd in his newest show, Honeymoon in Vegas.


Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street
Between 7th and 8th Avenue

The Honeymoon has just begun, in this big, brash, winning new musical starring Tony Danza and Rob McClure.

Lead Cast: Rob McClure (Jack Singer), Tony Danza (Tommy Korman), Brynn O’Malley (Betsy Nolan), David Josefsberg (Buddy Rocky/Roy Bacon, Nancy Opel (Bea Singer), Catherine Ricafort (Mahi)

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Side Show on Broadway

Broadways Must See- Side Show

Seasons Greetings, Library Hotel Collection friends and family!  If you will be staying with us prior to January 4th, 2015  our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle highly recommends the eye opening musical, Side Show. Side Show follows the lives of conjoined twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton as they become vaudeville stars. Shari cannot praise this show enough so we hope you have the opportunity to visit soon!


St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.

Unless you act soon—and by soon, I mean within the next 2 weeks, Side Show will be the best show you’ve never seen. And that’s just sad. I had the privilege of seeing this excellent production several days ago, and its poignant spell is still with me.

Lead Cast: Erin Davie (Violet Hilton), Emily Padgett (Daisy Hilton), David St. Louis (Jake), Ryan Silverman (Terry Connor), Matthew Hydzik (Buddy Foster), Robert Joy (Sir)

Director: Bill Condon

Music: Henry Krieger

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell

Additional Book Material: Bill Condon

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