Best of Broadway

Best of Broadway

 

Patti LuPone (left) and Christine Ebersole in “War Paint.” (©Joan Marcus 2016)


 

We recently chatted with Peter Johnson, Chef Concierge at The Kimberly Hotel, about what he thinks are the top picks for Broadway right now. Here is what he has to say:

 

HAMILTON rose from bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero and loving husband. He was caught in the country's first sex scandal and wound up becoming Treasury head, making an untrusting world believe in the American economy. “Hamilton” is an exploration of a political mastermind and a musical masterpiece. (I left singing the music and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that)! It is hard to put into words the utter elation I felt leaving the theater, I didn’t want the evening to end.

 

NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 has opened to some of the most glorious reviews since “Hamilton.” Make time for this huge wave of a pop musical that will enthrall you with its passionate love story from a segment of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”  You will be totally immersed and surrounded by its sumptuous staging and lavish costuming.  Josh Groban makes his Broadway debut and he couldn’t be more suited for the role.  This show premieres some of the most beautiful ballads, clever and energetic choreography and the power of Mr. Groban’s voice at the Imperial Theater, which has been beautifully transformed into a Russian cabaret.  Add it all up and here is one of the most fantastic musicals on Broadway right now.

 

WAR PAINT star Pattie LuPone (as Helena Rubenstein) and Christine Ebersole (as Elizabeth Arden) and both bring their magical performances as the mistresses of the cosmetic industry to the Nederlander stage.   They stand on equal ground throughout this enthralling musical perspective.  Vocally, they are both in top-notch form and deliver their “Eleven O’Clock Nunbers” with a dramatic intensity that will leave you breathless.  The war is on, and these two relentless women, battle to the finish with a backdrop of lush costumes and scenery, reflective of the era. This is a musical theater memory to cherish.  I hope to see it again!  

 

HELLO DOLLY! stars The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, who has returned to the stage in a powerhouse performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi, the meddlesome matchmaker.  This role is perfectly suited for her as she flawlessly  belts out Jerry Herman’s showstoppers such as “Before the Parade Passes By,” ‘So Long Dearie,” and of course, “Hello, Dolly!” David Hyde Pierce also stars as Horace Vandegelder, the half-a-millionaire from Yonkers and object of Dolly’s attention.  Jerry Zaks direct this illustrious production.  Ms. Midler has broken all the box office records in her return to Broadway.  Her performance is unforgettable!

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