Even though all of the Broadway shows have closed down for the holiday, you can still celebrate the New Year Broadway-style by tuning into the NBC network’s special “Countdown with Carson Daly” starting at 10pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31st. The Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning mega-hit revival of the 1960s hippie musical Hair will be participating in the on-camera festivities during the broadcast of “Countdown”. Also performing on the program are major music stars such as hip-hop artist Jay-Z, pop-punk band Green Day, and Rihanna. Although Hair canceled its evening performance for New Year’s Eve, it will be back on its regular schedule as of tomorrow night when the show has its regular 8pm Friday night performance on New Year’s Day.
Those of you who enjoy late-night reveling, close proximity to millions of other people, and staying up really, really late in the freezing cold will be in your element tonight–it’s New Year’s Eve, and the biggest party in town is in New York City’s Times Square.
Streets start getting roped off as early as 2:00 pm, and partiers often start gathering in the late afternoon to ensure a prime spot.
Festivities continue throughout the evening, with musical performances, opening ceremonies at 6:00 pm, and handouts of hats and balloons given out to revelers starting a little after 7:00 pm. Performers and celebrity guests this year include Jennifer Lopez, Daughtry, Taddy Porter, and Anderson Cooper. (Now there’s an eclectic mix).
At 11:59 pm Mayor Bloomberg and a special guest will push the button that signifies the dropping of the Waterford crystal ball. This year, the ball has been redesigned to include 300 Waterford crystal triangles woven into a Celtic knot–they are etched with ribbons, angel wings and flames to indicate the theme “Let There Be Courage.” The new lights, for those of you on green-watch, replace halogen bulbs, last three times longer, and use about the same amount of energy as it take to light up two regular ovens.
At midnight, following the dramatic countdown, confetti is released, shouting and kissing of your neighbor ensues, and we welcome 2010. More than 1 ton of confetti will be dropped.
And for those of you who were wondering, the ball-drop tradition goes back to 1907, and the ball tonight will drop 70 feet in 60 seconds. It weighs almost 12,000 pounds.
Happy New Year!
Broadway diva extraordinaire Patti Lupone, who recently garnered kudos for playing Mama Rose in the latest Broadway revival of Gypsy, will appear in conversation at the 92nd Street Y’s Buttenwieser Hall on February 4 at 8:15pm. Tony Award winner Lupone, whose most notable credits include Evita, Anything Goes, and Sweeney Todd, will discuss her distinguished career at the event.
As preparations for the festivities in New York’s Times Square get underway for New Year’s Eve, it’s time to start some planning of your own—especially if you plan to join the hordes ringing in the New Year in the heart of New York City.
First off, why not put your resolutions to paper (you do have resolutions, right?)–and add to the confetti that will rain down in Times Square at the same time. Write down a resolution, a hope, a wish, whatever you like–on a piece of confetti–and add it to the Wishing Wall at the Times Square Information Center (7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets.) All the confetti will be gathered on Thursday to add to the growing pile of midnight-ready pieces of paper. (You can also submit it online at timessquarenyc.org; it will be printed out and added to the pile. Some New Year’s wishes from last year can be viewed on line.)
While you’re at it, save on that bottle of champagne by checking out the new “Clink Clink” iphone app. Waterford helped design this virtual celebration, which lets two people toast in the New Year with pictures of Waterford champagne flutes and cocktail glasses on the screens. (No alcohol is allowed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, so you can get your toast in–and have a clear head when you leave as well.)
So get ready–and start counting down to the countdown!
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As with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bring many schedule changes for Broadway shows. Apparently the shows are expecting that few people will want to ring in the new year inside a theater because nearly every Broadway show has canceled its evening performance on December 31. However, a few of the more popular musicals such as Jersey Boys and The Lion King have added a matinee performance for that day instead. On Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day itself, the majority of Broadway shows are still doing their usual 8pm performance, but there are still a few that have canceled that performance. So if you have any plans of taking in a Broadway musical or play around New Year’s, be sure to check the schedules of the shows you’re interested in ahead of time, to make sure that you haven’t set your sights on a show that won’t actually be playing.
You’ve heard of meals on wheels and maybe even revolving restaurants. But we bet this is the first time you’ve heard of a New York restaurant that rises as its patrons do.
The restaurant in question is Subway; it’s been designed to feed the workers building the Freedom Tower on the site of the former World Trade Center. The Subway sandwich shop is attached to a lift on a hydraulic jack–the jack moves it up as each floor is completed. It allows the workers to grab lunch without having to descend, not an easy feat. (The full Subway menu, including the ever-popular $5 foot-long sandwich, is available.) The yellow concession trailer flies an American flag, and also boasts windows.
A bathroom and some offices for the project managers have also been hoisted above street level.
The 200-foot base of the building should be finished by February 2010; after that, a floor a month is expected to be added.
Let’s hope they have a lot of sandwich toppings and varieties of chips available—only five floors have been built so far, out of 105. Windows on the World, the famous restaurant that perched near the top of the World Trade Center, was approximately that height. The Freedom Tower is supposed to be finished in 2013, and will rise to 1,776 feet, including a spire.
It’s that time of year again, when Fox’s ratings juggernaut American Idol takes over the airwaves and a new slate of aspiring performers become incessant water cooler talk (a select few even go on to superstardom). During the audition episodes of American Idol, several guest judges will be sitting in on the panel, and among them will be a couple of Broadway babies. Kristin Chenoweth (of Wicked fame) will serve as a guest judge on January 20 for the Orlando auditions, and Neil Patrick Harris (who has several Broadway credits but is more recently known for TV’s How I Met Your Mother) will join the Dallas auditions on January 26.
That tax return you’d rather not look at again? Get rid of it. The receipt for the engagement ring your former boyfriend returned? Chuck it out. Your to-do list from the beginning of last year? Toss it away. Today at noon, New Yorkers have the chance to bid good riddance to paper memories they’d rather see relegated to the trash. It’s “Good Riddance Day,” on 46th Street and Broadway, in Duffy Square.
New Yorkers can shed themselves of everything they’d rather never see again with an industrial shredder and a dumpster. Got something other than paper? For harder-to-destroy items, a sledgehammer is available. (Is this safe??) Caution: It’s intended for things like electronic devices that got the better of you. (Goodbye, Palm Pilot…)
If unloading your trash isn’t enough of an incentive, the Times Square Alliance is giving out a $250 prize for the most creative memory. Participants can write down their worst memories on a piece of stationery, which will be provided. (You can also submit online, at timessquarenyc.org). Past creative entries included all the unmatched socks in someone’s drawer (winner of the creativity award); as well as good riddance to being single (this person was getting married.)
The first 100 participants will receive a special gift (their own paper shredder, perhaps?).
Organizers caution that the event is not meant to be used as a means of dumping all your trash. It’s about bad memories, people, not getting rid of the contents of your trash can.
So grab that nasty memo from your boss and go!