Your Personal Concierge
Top Four Picks For Broadway Shows This Season
“As a concierge at a Times Square hotel for the past seven years, one of the highlights is always to help guests experience a Broadway show while they are in town,” says Philip Accorso, concierge at the Millennium Broadway Hotel & Conference Center–Times Square. Accorso, a theater buff—who even boasts his own small theater company, Friends In Theater Company—has four top picks for Broadway shows to see this season. From across the pond, Matilda The Musical “is going to be the family show of the season.” Matilda tells the story of a well-read little girl from London who locks heads with her evil headmistress and is a spectacle from beginning to end. “High energy, amazing sets and costumes, and a big heart make this a show that I would run—not walk—to see,” Accorso says, adding that this should be a major Tony Award contender. Although family friendly, the show might be too scary for children younger than four but will not disappoint older kids and adults. For a touch of chart-topping nostalgia, Motown the Musical is hitting the Great White Way by storm—selling one million dollars worth of tickets in its first week of performances. This behind-the-scenes story of Berry Gordy, who created such superstars as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, has the audience singing in its seat and dancing in the aisles. Kinky Boots is the brand new musical with music from the one-and-only Cyndi Lauper and book by Broadway favorite Harvey Fierstein. This show, not for the ultra conservative, is about a drag queen who changes the lives and opinions of a small town. Kinky Boots “has one of the most unique and creative new scores of the past few years,” Accorso says. He recommends this musical for any family, teen or adult looking to have a night of pure fun mixed with relevant politics. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a Chekhov-inspired, star-studded new comedic play that has audiences “falling out of their seats and screaming for more night after night.” This off-Broadway hit recently made the move to Times Square and stars David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver. “Although this might be too fast-paced for kids to follow, I think this is a fun night out where you can see some stars and enjoy a great night of theater,” Accorso says.