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Short Stay: The Arch London – Hotel Review

Finding a quiet corner in London is near impossible but in Marble Arch, a neighborhood replete with great shops and restaurants, the Arch London is a boutique property that evokes a quiet oasis a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Madonna and the Beatles seemed to think so too, as the former’s London abode is across the street. Nearby is a home purchased by Ringo …

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre is Fantastically Magical

The biggest hit in the West End deserves all the accolades it’s receiving. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which follows J.K. Rowling’s magical seven-volume Harry Potter series, picking up 19 years later as he enters middle age as a parent in London and civil servant employed at the Ministry of Magic. The two-part, five-hour sequel will soon be casting a spell on both …

Review: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ at Wyndham’s Theatre

LONDON—The legendary Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan and nicknamed Lady Day by her friend, musician Lester Young, had in her short 44 years a major influence on jazz and pop music. Another legend, Audra McDonald, who holds the record for the most Tony Awards (six), portrays Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” which crossed the pond from Broadway to the West End for a limited engagement.
The show …

Review: ‘Puffs’ at New World Stages: It’s ‘Third or Nothing’ for Those Other Three Student Wizards

This week, the hit play “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” moved seven blocks uptown to New York’s favorite off-Broadway theatre, New World Stages, for its third staging of the show.  Even if you’ve been one among the lucky few thousand to have seen one of the original adaptations of the play, you’ll want to return to your favorite school of magic if …

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Paper Mill Playhouse is ‘Practically Perfect’

Gliding through the air powered by an umbrella, everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, is back in the New York area, that is until the wind changes course.
The Paper Mill Playhouse version is a vast improvement on the production that graced Broadway not too many moons ago. The cast is stronger, the book by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame is tighter, and the score has the revisions that critics and …

Review: ‘Puffs’ at Elektra Theatre

Can’t wait for “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” to make its way to the Great White Way next year? No need to fret as there’s currently a play off-Broadway called “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” that is sure to delight any fan of the Harry Potter franchise. So if you find yourself anxious to see Harry Potter on stage, you don’t …

‘Great Comet’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead 2017 Tony Award Nominations

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Hello, Dolly!” came out on top of this year’s Tony Award nominations that were announced Tuesday morning.
“Comet,” which earned 12 Tony nominations and is based on a few pages of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is so complex and has so many characters that a tutorial – in the form of a song of course – is necessary to set the scene.
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