Round Up

30 06 2005

Cinema
Good – Team America: World Police
Bad – The Aviator
Fugly – Million Dollar Baby

Cellar
Red – Clos du Val 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
White – King’s Creek 1998 Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Bubbles – Krug Grand Annee Brut Reims, Champagne, France

Cocktail
Light in the Piazza
* Combine 2 oz citron vodka, 1 oz limoncello (thanks R for the lemons) and 1 tsp superfine sugar, adding a dash of lime juice in a chilled cocktail shaker
* Shake with ice until very cold
* Strain into sugar rimmed glass and top off with sparkling wine
* Garnish with yellow lemon slice

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Week in Wine

29 06 2005

I had some really bad wine at a restaurant last night. They did not have two (2) of the sparkling wines etched on the blackboard and we had to send two (2) Cabernet Sauvignons back after tasting. I do not know why I do not take my own wines with me for dinner more often. It is ignoble to be at the mercy of some of these uncaring unfeeling perpetrators.

DOMESTIC ROSE
2003 Alderbrook Dry Creek Valley Rosé: $16
2004 Amador Foothill Amador County Sangiovese Rosato: $10
2004 Byington Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Saignee: $18
2004 Cheap Skate Skin Flint California Rosé: $8
2004 Curtis Heritage Series Santa Barbara County Rosé: $12
2004 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé: $20
2002 Fort Ross Sonoma Coast Vin Gris Dry Rosé: $16
2004 Francis Coppola Carneros Sofia Pinot Noir Rosé: $15
2004 Gargiulo Vineyards Money Rd Rnch Oakville Rosato di Sangiovese: $20
2004 Hess Small Block Series Monterey/Napa County Syrah Rosé: $15
2004 Hogue Columbia Valley Sangiovese Rosé: $14
2004 Iron Horse Vineyards Green Valley Rosé de Pinot Noir: $15
2004 Mount Tamalpais Vineyards Marin County Vin Gris: $15
2004 Ponzi Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé: $17
2004 Preston of Dry Creek Dry Creek Valley Vin Gris Rosé: $16
2004 Sierra Vista Belle El Dorado Rosé: $10
2004 Stevenot Olivia California Tempranillo Rosé: $14
2004 (Bonny Doon) California Vin Gris de Cigare: $11
2004 Vinum Cellars Napa Valley Rosé: $10
2004 Windsor Vineyards California Rosé: $12

THAI BOXER
* 12 Fresh Thai basil leaves (save 2 for garnish)
* 10 fresh cilantro leaves
* 10 fresh mint leaves
* 1 oz fresh lime juice
* 0.5 oz Thai cocoanut milk
* 0.5 oz simple syrup
* 0.5 oz Charbay Tahitian Vanilla Bean rum
* 3 oz Cock n’Bull ginger beer

Tear cilantro, mint and ten basil leave sinto small pieces.
Add to mixing glass with lime juice, cocoanut milk and simple syrup.
Grind torn leaves into liquid with wooden muddler for few seconds.
Add rum and enough ice to fill glass two-thirds full and top with ginger beer (I use ginger ale instead)
Stir ingredients together.
Strain into ice-filled Collins glass.
Garnish.





Showtime NYC

28 06 2005

Tickets for popular TV show tapings are free but necessary to hold the reservation for you. Nearly all tapings typically require you to be 18 or over with photographic identification. Tickets are no longer available by mail for NBC shows taped in New York. All NBC ticket information (for NY) is detailed on the NBC ticket line at (212) 664-3056 for NBC Studio Tour & Rockefeller Center Tour for tour times and additional information.

Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The show is really not daily (sorry E, I just broke your bubble) as it tapes only every Monday through Thursday at the Daily Show Stuio on 513 West 54th Street (until July 11 when i relocated to the New Daily Show Studio at 733 11th Ave between 51st and 52nd Streets). Ring 212.586-2477 by 1130 on Fridays, one week prior to the date of interest. Respond via email sent that confirms your attendance at the taping. Doors open at 1720 and you may hold your party’s space in line until 1700. Persons not available by 1700 will be turned away. Standby tickets are then made available at 1700 but do not guarantee admission. There is a very high probability you will be turned away if a VIP guest arrives before you are seated. It can be disappointing. The audience is typically stoned.

Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Tickets to Late Night with Conan O’Brien are available only by calling the ticket office at 212.664-3056. You can request up to 4 tickets at a time, all audience members must be at least 16 years old, you cannot book more often than every six (6) months and you cannot wear orange. Not really, but just seeing how far you believe me. For standby tickets, arrive no later than 9:00am on the morning of the taping under the “NBC Studios” marquee on the 49th street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Only one ticket will be issued per person. A standby ticket is no guaranty of admission.

Late Show with David Letterman
(i) Submit an Online Ticket Form
(ii) Visit the Ed Sullivan theater (1697 Broadway, between west 53rd St and west 54th St) during specified hours and submit an In-Person Request
(iii) Ring the stand-by phone line (212.247-6497) at 1100 the day of the taping you wish to attend.

Last Call with Carson Daly
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112. Ring (888) 4LC-TIXX or log on to www.1iota.com for tickets. Stand-by tickets are available each tape day at the NBC Experience Store (49th st. and Rockefeller Plaza). A standby ticket is no guaranty of admission.

Saturday Night Live
To enter the ticket lottery for the 2005-2006 season, send one (1) email with all contact information to snltickets@nbc.com in the month of August only. Posted ticket requests are no longer accepted. The lottery accepts one entry per email request and duplicate entries are autodeleted. Winners receive two tickets to a pre-assigned show date and performance (dress rehearsal or live show) and you are notified only in the event that you are selected. All audience members must be at least 16 years of age. Please note that snltickets@nbc.com is a computer-generated service and should not be used for questions or concerns (for which you should ring NBC Guest Relations at 212.664.3056). For stand-by tickets, arrive no later than 7:00am on the morning of the taping under the “NBC Studios” marquee on the 50th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. You may choose a stand-by ticket for either the 8:00pm dress rehearsal or the 11:30pm live show. Only one ticket will be issued per person. A standby ticket is no guaranty of admission.

The following tours are for hard core television fans only. You know who you are.
* Manhattan TV and Movie Tour $32 Daily @ 1100. 4 hrs
* Sex and the City Tour $37 Daily @ 1100 & 1500. 3 hrs
* Sopranos Tour $42 Sat and Sun @ 1400. 4 hrs
* Central Park Movie Tour $17. Fri 1500 & Sat 1200. 2 hrs
* The Seinfeld Tour (with the real Kenny Kramer) Daily 1145. $40. 4 hrs
* NBC Studio Tour
* CNN Studio Tour

Off-land Tours
* Liberty Helicopters $63 (7 mins) to $849 (15 minutes)
* Circle Line Sightseeing $17 (Beast Speedboat) to $28 (Full Island 3 hour)
* Circle Line Statue of Liberty Prices vary depending on route

Unique Tours
* Big Apple Greeter
* Discover New York Walking Tours
* Gray Line Double Decker Tour Note evening tours are not hop-on, hop-off





NYC Museums

27 06 2005

If you are not familiar with Manhattan, you should pick up a foldable map or download into your Palm Pilot as soon as you leave your hotel. Here is a quick guide to get familiar in a few minutes:
* Chinatown: between Worth and Hester, and East and West Broadway. Canal Street is the high street
* Civic Center: east of Tribeca between Broadway and Park Row
* East Village: east of Washington Square Park between 14th and Houston Streets
* Greenwich Village (“THE Village”, “West Village”): west of Washington Square Park
* Harlem: 110th to 145th Streets, including Morningside Heights and East Harlem
* Little Italy and Nolita: between Canal St and Houston St, Lafayette St and Bowery St
* Lower East Side
* Lower Manhattan (“Downtown”) where the East and Hudson rivers meet
* Midtown: between 23rd St and 59th St, incorporates Clinton, Sutton, Theater Distrcit, Garment District and Murray Hill
* Soho (SOuth of HOuston Street): between Houston and Canal Streets
* Tribeca (TRIangle BElow CAnal Street)
* Union Square, Flatiron, Gramercy, Chelsea: between 34th St and 14th St
* Upper East Side: between 59th and 96th Streets, east of Central Park
* Upper West Side: between 59th and 110th Streets, west of Central Park


Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave @ 70th; 288-6400 – Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India
Chelsea Art Museum 556 W 22nd st @ 11th Ave; 255-0719
China Institute 125 E 65th St (@ Lexington); 744-8181
Dahesh Museum of Art 580 Madison Ave @ 56th St; 759-0606
Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library 1E 70th St (@ Fifth Ave); 288-0700
Grey Art Gallery at New York University 100 Washington Sq E @ Washington Pl; 996-6780
Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave (@ 88th St); 423-5500
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave @ 82nd St; 879-5500
Museum of Arts and Design 40W 53rd St @ 6th Ave; 956-3535
Museum of Modern Art 11W 53rd St (@ Fifth Ave); 708-9400
Neue Galerie 1048 Fifth Ave @ 86th St; 628-6200
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave @ 75th St; 570-3676

You can also take a walking/subway literary tour of Manhattan armed with this map from the NYT. I think it is adorable.





Perfect New York

26 06 2005

NEW YORK RESOURCES
NY Convention and Vistors Bureau
NY Times on the Web
Broadway shows
(check the most recent Tony awardees)
NYC current weather, forecast
Airport-hotel or downtown transfer
Current Manhattan Traffic from NYDOT
NY Subway
MTA Map to plot your trip
Metrocard
Carey Bus (it is now called the New York Airport Service but it will always be the Carey bus to me) or Limo (cheaper if your party exceeds 4); $21 roundtrip to GCT from JFK, LGA or EWR.

Summer can be unforgivably humid and I want to get there before the Japanese tourists hit Times Square with their micromini digital cameras that can do everything except flip pancakes. Who am I kidding? There are always tourists, Japanese and otherwise, in the City (as opposed to Citi, which is SF for me).

Croissants at the Algonquin (59 West 44th) is where Dorothy Parker entertained her Round Table Crowd. Pick up a street vendor’s gelato and head for the Empire State BUilding at 34th and Fifth. I am staying in the heart of everything. Everything is a short walk from home. I like the crouching lions outside the NY Public Library (Fifth @ 42nd) – you can sit out there and watch off Broadway actors belt out tunes. For the die hard tourist, tell Al Roker it’s your birthday in LARGE FELT TIPPED PEN RED LETTERS on a cardboard sign and you’ll be on the Today Show. Katie Couric makes me physically unwell. Cappuccino kiosks are just outside the biblio but I prefer to get my dose of Dunkin’ Donuts. There are none in CA and A sent me some packs for my birthday – they are being rationed wisely. Empire State Building is once again the loftiest view in the City. The deck is open until midnight and the last elevator goes up at 2315. Free local events include HBO/Bryant Park Summer at the Movies (rain or shine!), Toyota Today Concert Series, and sundry.

Arty Chelsea is only a cab drive away. TIP: if it’s not a cab drive away (try finding a cab that goes to BKLN, you cannot), it is probably not worth the fare. Check out the art stores from 24th to 26th, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Lunch at Bottino (246 10th Ave; 212.206-6766), a Tuscan hangout for the fashionista. Ravioli verdi drenched in Merlot sauce. Walk south to Washington Square, the crossroads of Greenwich Village (“The Village”), for chess playing, frisbee tossing stroller pushing Bohemia. For history buffs, Stonewall Bar (53 Christopher Street; 212.463-0950. Subway: 1, 9 to Christpher St) is a landmark in gay rights history for a 1969 uprising resisting the police force that demanded they vacate the premises. Dinner at GoBo (401 6th Ave, Waverly Pl @ 8th St; 212.255-3242). If you want to eat $25 edamame beans, go to Megu. Frankly, I can steam them from Trader Joe’s and salt them myself.

This is Gay Pride weekend. Caution: Nudity, not all of it desirable. Best vantage points:
(i) spots along Fifth Ave towards the beginning (from 52nd to 34th St) are less crowdy, morr touristy (and more straight). Less room to breathe as you head downtown along the parade trail. Bible-toting protestors assemble at the north end of the parade too. Pick your poison
(ii) Christopher St: home stretch is the most packed. Once you find a spot, don’t even THINK of leaving, separating from your group or peeing. You get an up close and (very) personal view of the marchers. And parade onlookers. Again, your call.
(iii) Official Reviewing Stand where marchers get announced and floats get judged is on Fifth Ave at 23rd St but announcers are sprinkled throughout (Parade formation, Public Library on Fifth at 41st st, turn at Fifth at 8th St, and parade’s end)
Why is there no Striaght Pride Weekend? Just saying.

McNulty’s Tea and Coffee stocks about 100 coffees but it is the aromatic teas that hit me. Every time. They had a nice stone Buddha but refused to part with it. Buggers. Hudson Street has plenty of antiquing for those so inclined. We went to look for furniture for A. Mi Cocina (Jane @ Hudson) serves authentic Mexican dishes. This is rare in the City. Jazz at the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Ave) has nightly sets at 2130 and 2330 and late late Saturday sets at 0100. Secret time: jazz at Small’s around the corner (183 W 10th Street) is where the jazz goes on until 0800! R tells me CBGB’s may close down soon to have an old folks’ home constructed there. Gulp.

The Upper West Side is not on tourist itineraries but this is a good admixture of the creative types and the terribly literary. The Ansonia on Braodway (73rd to 74th St on Broadway) is a wedding cake of a Beaux Arts building. Lots of ethnic food here. Fairway Market (Broadway @ 75th) has the picky aggressive shoppers. I can’t bargain as well as B as I genuinely feel sorry for vendors: more areas to work on. Go for the cheeses (“produced in Austria by a farmer who has 200 goats and five houses”), buckets of olives and full sushi counter (with 2 slicers). The American Museum of Natural History has many stuffed wildlife exhibits but I like the rotating exhibits more (Tip: Bring your work ID as nearly all large corporations are listed for discounts). There is a small dog park right outside if you like to sit and enjoy that cheese with a bread with a latte from Zabar’s (80th and Broadway): try the sour rye, Russian pumpernickel, raisin pecan and sourdough boule. Cab it across Central Park to Fifth Ave for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on 82nd). Hike up Fifth Ave to the Neue Galerie (on 86th) that features Beckmann, Klimt, Breur and, my favorite, Mies Van Der Rohe. the museum’s Cafe Sabarsky is modeled on the great Viennese coffees. Have the regular roast of the day but head to Joe Allen (326 W 46th St) for a pre-show bite after you pick up your last minute bargain ticket at TKTS

Cafe Edison (228 W 47th St) is called the Polish Tea Room with amazing blintzes and matzo brie (Jewish French toast, if you must). The refurbished Grand Central Terminal is where you can catch the Metro-North Railroad (light rail) to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx in 22 minutes. The 19th centruy crystal palace called the Haupt Conservatory is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the nation. Return to GCT and lunch in the Oyster Bar on the lower level, known for its stews. take the underground to Canal on the West Side and hike southward along Hudson, then Broadway to hip TriBeCa (triangle below Canal Street) where you can see tiny St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church. Head east up Wall Street to see the New York Stock Exchange (Broad @ Wall) and cater-cornered from there, George Washington’s Statue on the steps of Federal Hall. Head north and east to South Street Seaport to whiff Fulton Fish Market en route to dinner at Acappella (1 Hudson St; 212.240-0163. Subway: A,C to Chamber St, or 12,2,3, or 9 to Chamber St). Back to work on Tuesday.





Dining NY

25 06 2005

There are more than 17,000 registered restaurants in the City. This is Restaurant Week in New York. A twice yearly culinary sale, it is the only way I can afford to get into the world famous Nobu and scarf down three (3) courses at $20.12 for lunch or $35 for dinner (beverage, tax and gratuity extra). Several of the most sought-after dining spots do not participate. In SF, things are more democratic (I had to put that in!). Per Se, Cafe Gray and Masa at Time Warner Center aren’t on the list either – a lunch could easily knock off a day trader by $250. Started in 1992 to help NY eateries through a recession, Restaurant Week is meant to lure lunchgoers for their pricey dinners. The chief cheerleaders were Tim and Nina Zagat, Yale educated lawyers who cofounded Zagat Survey LLC which makes those brown books that is surgically attached to every native New Yorker. A winter week was added in 2000 and the summer event expanded to two weeks in 2002: the event started June 20, skips the weekend, then continues through July 1. Participating restaurants pay $2500 which is steep for smaller places that are thus excluded. 201 establishments are taking part this year. Several offer a dinner for $35 and 82 extend their discounts through Labor Day. Get a complete list of participating restaurants. Make online reservations or ring directly. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO HONOR THE SPECIFIC MEAL OFFERINGS. There is no substitution, no walk-ins are taken, and the prices are valid only for three course prix-fixe meals.

For new restaurants, I use New York Metro as an up to date reference. Four (4) new ones that have just opened are Little Branch (929-4360; 22 Seventh Ave S @ Leroy St), Bolzano’s Bar Cucina (302-2250; 1515 Broadway @ 45th), Pizza Bar (924-0941; 48 Ninth Ave @ 14th St), and Bombay Talkie (242-1900; 189 Ninth Ave @ 21st St). If you want to eat at a branded place, it is easier to book on Iseatz. Some recommendations follow. All are area code 212. If it is not 212, why are you eating there?

Time Warner Center:
Cafe Gray 823-6338
Masa 823-9800
Per Se 823-9335

High End:
Cafe Boulud 772-2600 20 E 76th St
Jean Georges 299-3900 1 CPW
Nobu 219-0500 105 Hudson St
Oceana 759-5941 55 E 54th St
Peter Luger 387-7400 178 Broadway

Budget:
Bread Bar at Tabla 889-0667 11 Madison Ave
Craftbar 780-0880 47 E 19th St
Great New York Noodle Town 349-0923 28 1/2 Bowery
‘Inoteca 614-0473 98 Rivington

TIP
Jewel Bako 979-1012 239 E 5th St
Katz’s Deli 254-2246 205 E Houston
Pearl Oyster Bar 691-8211 18 Cornelia St
Prune 677-6221 54 E 1st St





Broadway Summer

24 06 2005

BROADWAY RESOURCES
Broadway.com
Playbill
Internet Broadway Database
Live Broadway
Broadway across America

What is a Broadway show? It refers to the plays, musicals and special attractions presented in any of the 39 designated playhouses in Manhattan’s Theater District which occupies midtown blocks between 6th and 8th Ave from West 41st St (Nederlander) to West 54th St (Studio 54). MTD stretches west across 8th Ave at 45th St to include the Martin Beck theater. A single Broadway playhouse (Vivian Beaumount at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) lies outside MTD on West 65th St. I love the walk across Central Park South to get there from Times Square. There is nearly always live entertainment outside the campus. many subway lines serve MTD, including the 8th Ave A, C and E lines (42nd or 50th St), 6th Ave B, D, F and V trains (42nd and 47th-50th streets), Broadway N, Q, R and W lines (Times Square and 49th St), the 7th Ave 1, 2 and 3 trains (Times Sqr and 50th St) and the Grand Central shuttle (TSQ). The 9 train has been discontinued so check local information. Buses traveling through the area include the M6, M7, M10, M11, M20, M27/50, M42 and m104.

You can buy tickets over the web, on the phone toll-free at 1-888-BROADWAY, at the Broadway Ticket Center or at the box office. You have to pay service charges for phone and web sales which can be avoided by visiting the box office in person. For real-time sales, visit the show’s official website or point your URL to Telecharge or Ticketmaster. As the national trade association for the Broadway indsutry, the League of American Theaters and Producers adopted the Live Broadway logo in 1997 to identify the genuine article. Some of these shows go on the road (“touring company”) and may visit a city near you in north America. In NYC, tickets cost between $10 and $100 but road shows cost typically less. You can pay higher prices for the best seats to hit shows on weekend nights, but your flexibility can make things affordable. Shows typically run between 90 and 180 minutes so be sure to check running times (and add the 15-minute intermission) if you are traveling with children or seniors. Children under four (4) are not permitted into theaters but there was a mesmerised 18 month old in front of me for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He bawled only briefly when the Childcatcher made his ominous appearance! I wanted to throw him a Cheerio or something. Flash photography and any kind of recording device is prohibited by law because of distraction and potential danger to the actors. Some productions use strobe lights or cigarette smoke; these disclosures are mandated by law at the time of ticket purchase but be sure to ask. Check local show websites for student rush tickets (cheap discounted tickets in orchestra made available one (1) hour before showtime at the box office). Approximately 25 million people paid for admission to a show each year, nearly half of them in 140 cities across north America.

GETTING YOUR TICKETS
All Broadway theaters offer orchestra seating on the main floor of the theater (same level as the orchestra) and mezzanine seating one level up (called loge in Beaumont). Some offer additional levels called balcony (or second balcony). A limited number of box seats is available on the sides of the hall, close to the stage. The view is abominable and the acoustics not so good. Standing room only (SRO) tickets at the back of the orchestra or mezzanine are available when the show is otherwise sold out – I do not recommend these. You automatically get the best available ticket (seats are color coded) for your price range so do not annoy the ticket seller by asking. IMHO the best seats in the house are the center part of the orchestra (I always specifically ask for the 6th or 4th row center depending on whether there are more than or less than 20 rows on the ground floor). For opera, the 2nd to 4th row of the mezzanine, one floor up, are the best. Evening performances begin at 2000 with speciall 1900 performances on Tuesday. Wed and Sat matinees start at 1400 (but 1500 on Sundays). Sunday eve performances are rare and most theaters are dark Mondays.

If you really want to see something specific, you should book in advance to avoid any perceptible disappointment. Common outlets are Ticketmaster and Broadway.com. Your hotel concierge can also access tickets and hold them for you prior to your arrival.

If you are not too picky and hate stratospheric prices, I recommend TKTS. in Duffy Square (47th between Broadway and 7th Ave; 212.221-0013). TIP: Both lines are statistically equally long but there are more children and families on the Broadway facing line so that line moves faster per ticket batch sold. Please don’t tell too many people! TKTS was established in 1973 by TDF for the betterment of theater goers and theaters by selling day of performance tickets for all shows at 25-50% off the box office price with a $3 service charge per ticket. Electronic LCD signs in the front display clearly what shows are available for that day and the counters accept only cash and traveler’s checks. Lines get long very quickly, especially with good weather and holiday season. For evening performances, lines are from 1500 until showtime. For matinee (Wed, Sat and Sun), lines open at 1000. You cannot buy an evening performance ticket before 1500. TIP: you can theoretically see five (5) shows in one weekend (yes, it has been done) but it requires some planning. Only few shows have Sunday evening performances. List those and plan to see them on Sunday evening. List out the rest and catch them in whatever order you prefer. There is also a satellite downtown office in South Street Seaport but you must buy matinee tickets the day before at the satellite (e.g., Wednesday matinees are sold Tuesday)
TIP: Students, teachers, union members, seniors (>62), civil service eployees, staff members, not for profit organizations, performing arts professionals, member of the armed forces and clergy are eligible to become TDF members which means you pay $32 or less per ticket. As you can see, only desperate housewives from Wisconsin ever pay full price so why should you? You can often greet the performers by waiting at the stage door after the show to get an autograph. They love it. I have many suggestions for eating dinner before or after the show.

SOLO
Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed Helen Hayes; Show Advisory: MATURE CONTENT
Mark Twain Tonight! Atkinson
Primo Music Box

DRAMA
Doubt Walter Kerr; Show Advisory: MATURE CONTENT **RECOMMENDED**
Glass Menagerie Barrymore. Star cast if that is what you want.
Glengarry Glen Ross Jacobs; Show Advisory: 138 “FUCK”s in 105 minutes.
On Golden Pond Cort
Pillowman Booth; Show Advisory: MATURE CONTENT **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** Easily the best dramatic performance I have seen. Ever.
Steel Magnolias Lyceum; Show Advisory
Streetcar Named Desire Studio 54 **RECOMMENDED**
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Longacre

COMEDY
Constant Wife American Airlines Theater

MUSICAL
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Circle in the Square **RECOMMENDED**
After the Night and the Music Biltmore
Brooklyn Plymouth
Chicago Ambassador; Show Advisory: MATURE CONTENT (Note: saw Bebe Neuwirth’s legs. YMMV) **RECOMMENDED**
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Hilton; Show Advisory: KIDS! (The car robotics alone are worth the price of admission)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Imperial
Fiddler on the Roof Minskoff; Show Advisory: HOUSEWIVES!
Hairspray Neil Simon; Show Advisory:TOURSITS! (Note: saw version with Harvey Feirstein. YMMV)
La Cage Aux Folles Marquis; Show Advisory: TOURISTS! (Note: seen in ORD road version. YMMV)
Lennon Broadhurst; Show Advisory: LENNON FANS ONLY (Note: saw SF originating version. YMMV)
Light in the Piazza Beaumont. Pleasant music. Actors average. **RECOMMENDED**
Lion King New Amsterdam; Show Advisory: KIDS! (Note: saw raw MSP originating version. YMMV)
Mamma Mia! Winter Garden; Show Advisory: ABBA FANS! (Note: saw SFO road version. YMMV but still great fun)
Monty Python’s Spamalot Shubert; Show Advisory: PYTHON FANS!
Movin’ Out Rodgers; Show Advisory: BILLY JOEL FANS (BOTH OF YOU)
Phantom of the Opera Majestic; Show Advisory: KIDS!
Producers St James; Show Advisory: MATURE (Note: saw in ORD originating version with Mr. Broderick and Mr. Lane. YMMV)
Rent Nederlander; Show Advisory: RENT FANS!
Sweet Charity Hirscheld; Show Advisory: APPLEGATE FANS ONLY! (Note: saw ORD originating version but she luckily broke her ankle and was understudied. YMMV)
Wicked Gershwin **RECOMMENDED** (Note: saw SFO originating version. YMMV)

Caution: I would recommend anything which makes me think, discuss it after the show, or contains gratuitous nudity. Just saying.