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Top Three Broadway Shows
There’s no shortage of shows on the Great White Way, with each offering something a bit different. From provocative productions about taboo subjects to stoic shows with historical merit and contemporary musicals about everyday life, there is definitely something for each and every theatergoer. “Broadway shows allow people to escape their normal routines for a couple of hours,” says Francisco Andeliz, Chef Concierge at The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel and a 10-year industry vet. “Depending on the show, the music and the beautiful voices performed by talented actors can transport someone to a happy place. It can create amazing memorable experiences, some that can last a lifetime.” Here, he recommends three shows that are sure to do just that.
First up, Andeliz suggests a trip to see the 2014 Tony Award darling Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The musical, which tells the tale of a rock ‘n’ roll band with an East German transgender singer at the helm, took home several 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical statue went to Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Hall also received an acting nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. The technical award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical went to Kevin Adams. The show was also nominated for a slew of other technical awards, including Best Direction of a Musical for Michael Mayer, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Julian Crouch, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Arianne Phillips, and Best Sound Design of a Musical nom for Tim O’Heir. “[This is the] best show in town, which is literally across the street from The Chatwal,” Andeliz says. “The superb acting and great storyline makes this one of my favorite shows on Broadway. It’s a show worth making any effort to see.” Neil Patrick Harris stars in his award-winning role thru August 17, then Girls’ alum Andrew Rannells takes the lead.
Theatergoers are transported to the tumultuous world of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century France in the 25th-anniversary production of the longest-running musical in the world, Les Misérables. The show recently received Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Ramin Karimloo’s turn as Jean Valjean, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Mick Potter. “I love classics; and this new production of Les Misérables, it’s the best I’ve seen,” Andeliz says. “Powerful performances that will make you talk about it for days.”
If/Then, a contemporary musical set in NYC about chance and infinite possibility, stars Idina Menzel in her recent return to Broadway after snagging a Tony for her work in WICKED. “This is a modern musical that is entertaining all around,” Andeliz says. “Great stories with amazing musical abilities.” The show earned Menzel a 2014 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, as well as a nod for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Music, Tom Kitt; Lyrics Brian Yorkey).