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.

LOVE LETTERS

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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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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Purchasing Broadway Tickets

“New York, New York! It’s a helluva town!” New York City is known for many different things, but I would say New York is most famous for their amazing Broadway musicals and plays. Whether you are looking to see a New York Classic such as On the Town and the Lion King, or you would rather an ‘adults only show’ like Cabaret or  Kinky Boots, there are many different ways to purchase these tickets. Library Hotel Collection would love to help you find the best ways to get tickets to the show!

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Shari on the Aisle: Exploring the World ‘Off Broadway’

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. But many Off Broadway shows are equally dazzling.

When you think of New York City theatre, most likely the first word that comes to mind is Broadway. And yes, with 40 theatres, the Big Apple’s Great White Way is justifiably regarded as the theatre capital of the world. But if you haven’t explored the exciting world of Off Broadway, you’re missing out on some terrific theatrical experiences.

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Disgraced on Broadway

Shari on the Aisle Reviews the Broadway show Disgraced

DISGRACED

Lyceum Theatre
149 W. 45th Street
Between 6th Avenue & 7th Avenue
 
Aspiration, Assimilation, and the American Dream
 

Lead Cast: Hari Dhillon (Amir), Gretchen Mol (Emily), Danny Ashok (Abe), Josh Radnor (Isaac), Karen Pittman (Jory)

Playwright: Ayad Akhtar

Director: Kimberly Senior

In a nutshell: Ever since the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock, a steady wave of immigrants have left the familiar surroundings of their homelands for a better life in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Some are determined to forget their lives in the old country and to assimilate as quickly as possible to their adopted American homeland. Others cling fiercely to their traditions.

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