Earlier this week, I got to see the new Broadway musical If/Then, starring Tony-winning actress Idina Menzel.

Like anything that reaches the masses, popular paperbacks leave themselves open to imitation and parody—I saw the latter earlier this week at 50 Shades! The Musical.

As the name suggests, Slate Restaurant Bar & Billiards is a mix of a few things: a trendy cocktail lounge, sleek restaurant, upscale gaming venue and intimate nightclub.

Earlier, this week my dad came to visit and we saw Once, the Broadway version of one of his favorite movies.

Tomorrow, Eric Vetter and his comedy-variety show No Name perform with big-ticket guests at United Palace Theater.

Don’t get me wrong I like to have fun as much as the next person, but I never hold out much hope when invited to karaoke parties. My reasons? Mainly, I can’t sing high-octave pop songs and I’m allergic to seafood, which pretty much rules out singing—or eating—at most karaoke spots. However, that all changed on a recent trip to Japas 27.

There are plenty of things to contemplate on Super Bowl Sunday: How happy/sad will I be when my favored team wins/loses? Will the halftime show be any good? Most importantly, should I change my fantasy football team’s name for next year? But, before all that, you should at least know where you’re going to watch the big game.

Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1920’s drama Machinal. Hall’s character Helen is listed simply as Young Woman in Machinal’s Playbill, which shows the audience the universality of her problems. Many women in that era felt trapped between two choices: work or wedding. Helen had to choose either marrying her boss who “made her blood run cold” or struggling to support herself and her mother (Suzanne Bertish) on her stenographer salary.

Still mapping out your New Year’s Eve plans? You’re in luck! The city is teeming with several worthwhile ways to ring in 2014. Here are just a few.

While there’s still plenty of time this holiday season to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s famed Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, the city also boasts several “reimagined” versions of the ubiquitous tale.


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