The Norman Conquests Broadway Show Review

The Norman Conquests Broadway ShowShow Summary
A trio of interlocking comedies about three couples spending a crazy weekend at an English country home, each hilarious play in The Norman Conquests trilogy is set in a different location: the dining room in Table Manners, the living room in Living Together, and outside in the garden in Round and Round the Garden.

Broadway Review
Alan Ayckbourn, the prolific British playwright who specializes in wacky comedic plays with serious undertones, has crafted an intricate comic puzzle with The Norman Conquests, writing each play so that it essentially takes place at the same time as the others. If you see all three (and you can watch them in any order), the puzzle will be complete. However, each play is also a satisfying theatrical experience on its own, so you don’t have to see the entire trilogy. Either way, you’re in for at least one great evening of hysterical farce as you watch shaggy playboy Norman trying to seduce the various women at the house.

Trans Fat Ban in New York City Restaurants Proving Successful

New York City Fries less the trans fatAfter two years of waging war on artificial trans fats in New York City restaurants, nearly all city restaurants have successfully cut the artery-clogging unsaturated fats from their menus (or at least to low levels of less than 0.55 grams of trans fat per serving), health officials are reporting. New York City’s Department of Health announced in December 2006 all licensed dining establishments—not only restaurants, but school cafeterias and street vending carts as well—were required to phase out heart-unhealthy trans fats from their foods. Prior to the ban, the Department of Health found that about 50 percent of restaurants it inspected used artificial trans fats for cooking, frying, and baking in their shortenings, oils, and spreads.
The department originally tried a voluntary program and an educational campaign by mailing information to train restaurant workers about the issue to about 30,000 food establishments. This educational campaign had little to no effect after a year. The department decided to instead launch a full-on mandatory ban of trans fat, which has worked well, despite some resistance from the restaurant industry, thinking it would affect business.
By November 2009, less than two percent of restaurants still used trans fats, and that number has since decreased. Since the trans fat ban proved successful in New York, it has caught on and been adopted by at least 13 other jurisdictions, such as Boston.

God Of Carnage Takes a Summer Break

The Tony Award-winning hit Broadway play God of Carnage started a summer hiatus following its July 26 performance. Though it is unusual for a Broadway show to take an extended break, God of Carnage was only originally scheduled for a limited run to end in July. But due to the massive success of the dark comedy, the producers worked out an extension. However, a break is required first (most likely to accommodate the schedules of the show’s in-demand cast). God of Carnage will resume performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 8 for a run that will go through November 15. The play by French writer Yasmina Reza is about two couples (played by Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden, and James Gandolfini) who meet following a playground altercation between their children.

God of Carnage Goes On Summer Vacation

God of Carnage Broadway ShowThe Tony Award-winning hit Broadway play God of Carnage started a summer hiatus following its July 26 performance. Though it is unusual for a Broadway show to take an extended break, God of Carnage was only originally scheduled for a limited run to end in July. But due to the massive success of the dark comedy, the producers worked out an extension. However, a break is required first (most likely to accommodate the schedules of the show’s in-demand cast). God of Carnage will resume performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 8 for a run that will go through November 15. The play by French writer Yasmina Reza is about two couples (played by Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden, and James Gandolfini) who meet following a playground altercation between their children.

Tribute to John Lennon’s New York City Years Features Rare Artifacts, Bloody Clothing From Death

John Lennon Exhibit at the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame NYCA new exhibit created by Yoko Ono on John Lennon’s life in New York City is currently on display at the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Annex in Soho. The exhibit is named “John Lennon: The New York City Years” and features rare and never-before-seen artifacts, films and photos capturing a time when Lennon was politically and socially active and he put out some of his best work.
New York City was Lennon’s adopted home from when he left England and moved stateside in 1971 until his death in 1980. Some highlights on display include the original handwritten lyrics of 10 songs like “Luck of the Irish,” “Nobody Told Me,” and “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” as well as the New York City T-shirt Lennon wears with the skyline behind him in a famous photograph by photographer Bob Gruen. Another item is Lennon’s green card that expired in 1972, leading the Nixon administration to seek his deportation, but he remained in the U.S. thanks to the support of many like John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York City Mayor from 1966 to 1973. Most controversially featured are the bloody clothes Lennon wore on the evening he was murdered.
A portion of the ticket cost is donated to Spirit Foundations, a charitable foundation created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Extended exhibit hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11:00am to midnight with last admission one hour prior to closing. For tickets call 866-9-ROCKNY or 866-976-2569, go to www.rockannex.com, or visit the box office located at 76 Mercer Street.

Burn The Floor Burns Up Broadway

Burn the Floor Broadway ShowBurn the Floor‘s first performance on Broadway tonight signals the beginning of the 2009-2010 Broadway season. It is the first entry in what is looking to be an exciting year on Broadway. Burn the Floor is the steamy dance sensation that has been touring the globe and now lands at the Longacre Theatre for a limited engagement. The production will have its official Broadway opening on August 2, with a closing date set for October 18. Fans of TV’s Dancing with the Stars should get their tickets right away, because two popular dancers from that show, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, will be in Burn the Floor for a limited time. The regular cast of the production also features some Stars dancers, as well as dancers from So You Think You Can Dance and numerous championship Latin and Ballroom dancers from around the world. Accompanying these talented movers and shakers will be onstage vocalists and an onstage band playing live music.

Naked Cowboy Throws His 10-gallon Hat In The Ring For Mayoral Run

Naked Cowboy runs for NYC mayorAs New York City’s richest resident Mayor Michael Bloomberg attempts to run for his third term, Times Square’s famous busker and tourist fixture Naked Cowboy has offered himself as a write-in candidate against Bloomberg for the office of New York City mayor. Known for singing and strumming his guitar in nothing but a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and tighty-whities in rain, snow or shine, Naked Cowboy, a.k.a. Robert Burck, 38, officially announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City on July 22.
Burck held a press conference in Times Square where a large crowd of media gathered. He kept things brief with plenty of wordplay, promising to “do more with less” for New York City residents. Burck’s platform includes cutting wasteful spending, building the city’s economy and tourism, supporting small businesses, and greening city buildings. If elected November 3, Burck said he would remain accessible and carry on this usual routine in Times Square.
Though he may seem not seem like a serious choice, Burck cited Arnold Schwarzenegger as having not been elected governor of California for his vast political background, but rather because he “exuded the spirit of the community of which he represents.”
Burck has a political science degree from the University of Cincinnati, several self-published motivational books, a country music album, and is an ordained minister, eager to build a Times Square chapel marrying straight and gay couples in an effort to rival Las Vegas’ wedding business.

Mary Stuart Broadway Show Review

Mary Stuart Broadway ShowShow Summary
This 1800 political drama written by the great German poet and dramatist Friedrich Schiller is about the conflict between Queen Elizabeth I of England and her royal rival, Mary, Queen of Scots. The play dramatizes the point in time in which Queen Elizabeth had to decide the fate of Mary, who she had captured and imprisoned.

Broadway Review
Beautifully adapted by Peter Oswald, Mary Stuart is an excellent play that examines a historical period fraught with religious and political tensions, embodied by the main characters of Elizabeth and Mary. Issues of loyalty, love, jealousy, obsession, redemption, and the personal cost of power also come into play in the drama. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia), this production boasts a phenomenal cast headed by Tony nominees Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter.

The Notebook Will Become A Musical

Romantics take note – Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook is now being turned into a musical theater piece. The 1940s North Carolina-set love story about Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson gained a much bigger following when it became a major Hollywood film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and presumably it will reach yet another slice of the population when it takes the stage. The adaptation is being done by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Ron Aniello, who are currently putting together a preliminary workshop of the musical in Wilmington, NC. According to their website, the “musical styles for The Notebook range from American wartime standards and traditional musical theatre pieces to bluegrass and gospel.”

The Notebook To Become a Musical

The Notebook MusicalRomantics take note – Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook is now being turned into a musical theater piece. The 1940s North Carolina-set love story about Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson gained a much bigger following when it became a major Hollywood film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and presumably it will reach yet another slice of the population when it takes the stage. The adaptation is being done by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Ron Aniello, who are currently putting together a preliminary workshop of the musical in Wilmington, NC. According to their website, the “musical styles for The Notebook range from American wartime standards and traditional musical theatre pieces to bluegrass and gospel.”