New York, New York – WHIRL Travel
Explore a contemporary boutique hotel and witness the best performances Broadway has to offer in New York, New York
by Christine McMahon Tumpson | Photos courtesy Shevett Studios, O&M Co., and Kimpton Hotels
On Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher
The theatre is smaller, the script is sophisticated, and the company is a perfect meld of talent in this five-time Tony Award winning show. Parents wink at one another at the inside jokes, thinking they are going over the children’s heads, only to see the children passing the same knowing looks between themselves! Pittsburgh native Christian Borle recently moved off of his Tony-winning role for Best Actor as Black Stash, to star in the television hit “Smash,” but the cast kicks it up in all forms, from musical puns to physical spars. Celia Keenan-Bolger shines as Molly, and Adam Chanler-Berat plays a convincing Boy. The script is fantastic, the choreography spot on, and the performances are the best that Broadway has to offer. Sitting next to Vanessa Williams and her daughter during the show was an added bonus.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., New York. 877.250.2929. peterandthestarcatchers.com.
On Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
The main phrase that stays with you after seeing this amazing show is “we will rise above.” And that’s exactly what happens to hero Peter Parker, aka Spidey, in this Marvel classic. With spectacular stunts, it’s worth getting the “landing zone” seats in the flying circle or orchestra section of the immense theatre for the close-ups of Spiderman actor Reeve Carney. Pairing him with Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson makes for a believable love story, but it is the costumes of the late Tony-nominated designer Eiko Ishioka that steal the show — especially that of the Green Goblin. (Christian Borle, a native of Pittsburgh, won a Tony award for his leading role in Peter and the Starcatcher).
Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St., New York. 877.250.2929. spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com.
The Muse Hotel: A Kimpton Hotel
At the end of our annual summer beach trip, our family sought to prolong the good times with a weekend stay in Times Square, New York City. We wanted to indulge the full-on Broadway experience with shows in the evening and streetwalking during the day. Our first call to The Muse Hotel came in under two minutes, consisting of a room check and verification number, all handled deftly. Pulling up to the hotel blocks from Times Square was slow with traffic, but doorman Willie made it all seem worthwhile. The subtle attention to detail quietly exudes throughout the hotel, from the smooth and cool contemporary lobby, to the unique styling décor for each room. The Muse staff lives up to the thoughtful and intelligent aura, with personal greetings for all, even the pets who are lucky enough to experience this boutique hotel in the middle of New York City.
The Muse Hotel, 130 W. 46th Street, New York. 212.485.2400. themusehotel.com.
The Hotel’s location makes for easy strolls to Broadway theaters, restaurants, and clubs.
This article is featured in the October 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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