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Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ at Circle in the Square Theater

Based on a 1931 play by Lynn Riggs, the 1943 musical “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!” returned to Broadway not as your father’s or grandfather’s “Oklahoma!” Rather, this production should be thought of as “Oklahoma! (Unplugged).”
Daniel Fish’s revival, the fifth since the show’s 1943 opening, is about as far away from the original as the Circle in the Square Theater is from Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906.
Meanwhile, on the sweeping prairies …

Review: Taking the S-Bahn from Munich Airport to the City Center

Although I’ve taken the S-Bahn S1 and S8 from Munich Airport to the city center for years, it only occurred to me to document this fast and convenient means of transportation in the magazine on a recent trip.  The “S” is short for Stadtschnellbahn or urban rapid rail and it has characteristics of both a rapid transit system such as the New York City subway and a commuter rail system …

Restaurant Review: Intersect by Lexus, New York City, A Shrine to Automotive Gastronomy

Dining in a temple devoted to the automobile is usually devoted to just that, the car, with the food as somewhat of an afterthought.  The experience of sitting down to a meal at, for example, the BMW Welt’s Bavarie or Bertha’s Restaurant at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, has always been a satisfying experience, but the car is clearly the star.
BMW was the first, spending €500 million ($562 million) to develop the …

Theater Review: ‘Bat Out of Hell’ at New York City Center

“Bat Out of Hell,” the dystopia-meets-avant-garde musical that was a smash hit in the West End and is based on the bestselling 1977 Meatloaf album of the same name, arrived in New York’s City Center theater..
Originally conceived by composer Jim Steinman as a Wagnerian rock opera based loosely on J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” it took four decades to reach the stage, making it to New York via Manchester, London, and …

Review: ‘Two’s a Crowd’ at 59E59 Theaters

It’s not uncommon, even in better hotels, for two guests to be assigned to the same room.  It is somewhat rare that the two guests end up in that room at the same time, and it’s almost unheard of that the two decide to share the room.  The latter is the premise of the comedy musical ‘Two’s a Crowd,” starring comedienne Rita Rudner, who wrote the book with her husband, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s a doozy.
Designed by Sir Ian Callum, the I-Pace was unveiled in concept-car form at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto …

United Express Carrier ExpressJet to Open Base at Chicago O’Hare

United Express Carrier ExpressJet to Open Base at Chicago O’Hare

United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines announced plans to open a flight crew base at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for its new fleet of Embraer E175 aircraft.
ExpressJet is in the process of hiring 600 pilots in 2019, in part to operate the E175s.
The Embraer E175 is a stretch version of the E170 and can seat 76 passengers in a dual-class configuration. It competes with the Bombardier CRJ900. The version delivered is …