Saturday, October 17, 2009

What's Hot on Broadway?

One of New York's finest attractions is the Broadway scene, and thankfully it has enjoyed a good run through '09 despite recessionary setbacks. If it weren't for Broadway, Big Apple tourism would be very different indeed, and all of the luxury hotels located within close proximity to Gotham's finest stages would be left without a serious hook. If the shows made it through '09, they can make it through anything, say leading members of New York's artistic community. Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented about the economic concerns by saying "I can’t say the economy didn’t affect us at all, but Broadway’s just not one of those things that’s totally economy-dependent. We had a record-breaking season and we believe that we have every opportunity to do that again this year."

Shows like "A Steady Rain" and "Hamlet" have already generated a good deal of buzz, but what's even more surprising is the shows knocking it out of the park without even a prominent lead role, commented St. Martin. Besides Jude Law's pull in "Hamlet," Sienna Miller will also be starring in "After Miss Julie" this season--another must-watch. If psychedelic undertones and antics are what you're after, then "Hair" is the right Broadway show for you. Gavin Creel as Claude and Will Swenson as Berger rock the stage, and "Hair" is the perfect compliment to a more serious Broadway production seen during your stay in New York.

With all these shows to consider watching, and another successful Broadway season right around the corner, all you need is the perfect place to stay in New York. Choices can be dizzying, but these are some of the best in New York City.

Four Seasons New York: Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Four Seasons New York is an amazing place to stay for discerning guests. The city's tallest hotel, this gorgeous limestone modernist tower is a great pick for a room with a view. A classic choice never goes out of style.

Hotel Gansevoort: The Hotel Gansevoort is a full-service luxury hotel in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Known for its stylish spots in what was originally a gritty part of the city, the Meatpacking District is now home to designer boutiques and studios from some of the world's best designers. The hotel's stunning bright lights and glass, complete with a 14-foot high revolving door.

Intercontinental The Barclay New York: If you're in town for a quick jaunt and you want to go somewhere where you can zip in and zip out, consider this luxury business hotel just minutes away from "the city that never sleeps." You're close enough to the bright lights of Broadway and Central Park to enjoy all the sights that New York has to offer.

Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park: This luxury hotel is found right amongst some of the most impressive skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan. With its classic layout spilling over with elegant furnishings, the Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park allows you to enjoy views of Ellis Island and the Manhattan city skyline while still taking advantage of world-class dining and entertainment.

Sofitel New York: This deluxe four diamond hotel is found right on 44th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. This efficient service combines a mixture of contemporary and stylish decor with an advantageous location for the ultimate New York experience. Prepare to enjoy yourself thoroughly at the Sofitel!

With so many quality New York shows, and so many places to stay, this is the best time to head to the city.

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