Articles in Journeys

Monday Is Memorial Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday that honors Americans who died while in military service.
Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday marks the unofficial start of summer. Since 1970, it is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.
The observance stems from the ancient idea of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers and evolved from various local holidays, first in the South in the early 1860s, …

Everything in Life Is Only for Now As ‘Avenue Q’ Closes After 16 Years

“Nothing lasts,” a line from the musical “Avenue Q” tells us, and that now goes for the Tony Award-winning show as well. The show’s last performance is Sunday evening and the denizens of Avenue Q will live on in regional productions and tours as well as in our hearts and minds.
As sunny as the show’s opening song is at first, theatergoers immediately start to realize they’re not on Sesame Street …

Restaurant Review: Sushi Seki Times Square, New York City

The variety of restaurants in New York City’s Theater District continues to grow, making pre-theater dining a treat rather than a tired ritual.
With the opening of Sushi Seki Times Square, the flagship restaurant of a group of three – the others are in Chelsea and the East Side – theatergoers can treat themselves to flavorful, carefully prepared, and varied sushi that is almost as much of an event as the …

Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil: Luzia – A Waking Dream of Mexico at Citi FIeld

While many people think of Cirque du Soleil as a show they saw in Las Vegas, few realize that Cirque reinvented the industry in the 1980s and 90s with a theatrical, character- and story-driven approach with an absence of traditional circus animals.
Cirque, which attempted to take Broadway by storm, has settled for something a little less ambitious, and far away from the Great White Way, namely an off-off-Broadway production in …

Eurovision Song Contest to Start Tuesday in Israel

The Eurovision Song Concert 2019 will take place next week in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv was selected after Israel’s victory at the 2018 Eurovision contest in Lisbon, Portugal, by Netta with the song “Toy.”
The glitzy contest, to which all of Europe and some neighbors send entrants, is going on its 64th year.
Eurovision, which is followed by music fans across the globe, came about as war-torn Europe was …

‘Hadestown’ Sweeps 2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2018-2019 Broadway season were announced Monday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Hadestown” and “The Ferryman” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Play, respectively, while “All My Sons” and the Yiddish language “Fiddler on the Roof” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Play and a Musical respectively.
Sam Mendes won Outstanding …

Review: ‘High Button Shoes’ at Encores Great American Musicals at City Center

More often than not, musicals of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s are being updated and reflect a more contemporary outlook on life. Be it when Billy Bigelow hits Julie Jordan, Henry Higgins molds Eliza Doolittle in his image, or Fred tames Lilli, the musicals “Carousel,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Kiss Me, Kate” represent what is considered by many an outdated point of view on male-female relations and adjustments were made.
Enter …