by Paul Riegler

The 73rd Tony Awards took place Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with “Hadestown” taking home the prize for best new musical, while “The Ferryman” won best play.
James Corden served as host of the event and kicked off the show with a nine-minute opening number that highlighted the importance of Broadway and live theater in an age of streaming services. Corden counseled the audience …

Lobby Bar – June 14th: Tom Bodet, Hotel Slogans, and ‘I’ll Take Ancient Romans for 500 Aureas, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: A Coin-Operated Summary of News and Views (Please Insert Coin Now)
When in Rome…The Eternal City is taking steps to curtail rowdy tourist behavior and also rein in unscrupulous hucksters dressed as Roman Centurions who prey on tourists. In other news, the Poliziadi Stato announced it was reverting to more traditional uniforms modeled after Roman army officers who, coincidentally, were Centurions.
We’ll leave the light on. Seeking to find a place for …

Theater Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

by Jonathan Spira

Singing dishes. Talking candlesticks. Enchanted castles. A witch’s spell. It’s no wonder that the Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” was Broadway’s tenth longest-running production and remains popular in tours and regional productions.
The musical, based on the Disney film that is based on the 1740 fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête,” by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his servants who fall …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

by Jonathan Spira

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance of a two-door truck.
Fast forward to the current model, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show …

Apple Wallet Tips and Features You Probably Don’t Know About

by Anna Breuer

Introduced as Passbook in iOS 6, Apple Wallet is a convenient way to store credit and debit cards for Apple Pay, boarding passes, event and movie tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, student ID cards, and public transit tickets. When the Apple credit card, called Apple Card, launches later this year, it will make the Wallet even more useful thanks to its tight integration.
Apple Wallet works in a similar manner on the …

Celebrating Pride in New York City

by Anna Breuer

June 2019 will be a month of celebration in New York as WorldPride comes to the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising, a major milestone in the gay-rights movement and for civil rights.
The entire month is LGBTQ Pride Month in the city and visitors will have a choice of dozens of events and exhibitions.
While the city is always a major Pride destination, the first U.S.-based …

Today Is National Doughnut Day: Here’s Where to Get Yer Free Donuts

by Paul Riegler

Today, June 7, is National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, in the United States and Canada. The holiday was established in 1938 to honor the “lassies” of the Salvation Army who served doughnuts to soldiers during the First World War and it takes place on the first Friday in June.
To celebrate, many U.S. doughnut shops offer their customers free samples.
The doughnut itself – a fried dough confection …

Travel News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Jesse Sokolow

Are you fully up-to-date with your travel news? Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am.
In last month’s quiz, the question about United Airline’s new livery and updated logo had the highest share of correct answers, with 91%, but only 44% knew the correct answer about which airline did not suffer a computer systems outage at the very end …