Times Square Iluminated Billboards at Night in New York City

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.”

Continue Reading

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)

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading