Articles in Journeys

Review: Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York City

Enjoying Russian cuisine and culture doesn’t necessarily require a trip to Mother Russia. New York City has several excellent Russian restaurants, and one of them is the Russian Samovar.
The Samovar, a Russian water heating urn, literally means “self-cooker.” The restaurant was founded in 1986 by the Russian exile and poet Joseph Brodsky, who died in 1996 and whose poetry, with its poignant images of wandering and loss, won him two …

Review: ‘Harry Clarke’ at Minetta Lane Theatre

As a boy of eight, Philip Brugglestein realized he didn’t fit into his Indiana surroundings so he invented an alter ego who came from London and spoke the Queen’s English. This was too much for his alcoholic Midwestern father who threatens to take the boy for electroshock therapy in order to turn off the “Britty Brit” accent and persona.
What eight year old would say, “Don’t get your knickers in a …

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Sweep Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2017-2018 Broadway season were announced Monday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding New Broadway musical, respectively, while “My Fair Lady” and “Angels in America” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and a Play respectively.
John Tiffany won …

Lobby Bar – May 4: The World’s Longest Receipt, Long German Words for $100, and Hotels on Wheels

Lobby Bar – The Occasional Gift That Keeps on Giving
Pocket calls. Check into the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront with Paul Riegler. The hotel is actually located on the tarmac and it needs to be wheeled off the runway for each takeoff and landing. The good news is that it shouldn’t cause any discomfort beyond a slight vibration that could be mistaken for an incoming call.
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‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Angels,’ ‘Carousel,’ ‘The Band’s Visit’ Lead 2018 Tony Nominations

The 2018 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee. A total of 30 Broadway shows were eligible this year, the smallest number in close to a decade.
Two new musicals, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Mean Girls,” led the nominations with 12 each including Best Musical. Also nominated for Best Musical were “The Band’s Visit” with 11 nominations and “Frozen” with three.
Broadway revivals “Angels in America” and …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2018

“Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May,” as the song from “Camelot” goes. May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in …

Review: ‘Mean Girls’ at August Wilson Theatre

Tina Fey’s breakout film “Mean Girls,” which every millennial has seen countless times, was something Fey always planned to turn into a Broadway musical and the day has arrived.  “Mean Girls,” the musical, opened on Broadway last week and, while it’s certain to bring a smile to even the unhappiest of people, it’s a messy clunker with what has to have the worst song I’ve ever seen performed on a Broadway …