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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 …

To Brexit, or Not to Brexit, That is the Question

The chatter around Brexit over the past few days is less about whether the European Union and the United Kingdom can reach a new withdrawal agreement, given that the two sides can’t even agree on conditions for starting new negotiations, and more about whether the United Kingdom will crash out of the bloc on October 31 or Parliament can step in to prevent this from taking place.
As London’s mayor, Sadiq …

Restaurant Review: Hickory’s Famous Wood Pit BBQ, Port Washington, N.Y

When I think of barbecue, I think of my drives through the state of North Carolina, the spiritual home of American barbecue and its mouthwatering ‘cue.  
As people in the South are wont to say, barbecue is a noun, not a verb.  It isn’t grilling and one doesn’t barbecue something.  One eats barbecue.  
In the Carolinas, a small restaurant serving barbecue is a barbecue joint.  It’s not fancy – no …

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, …

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

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 and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about which airline (Delta, it turns out) was introducing welcome drinks and a choice of appetizers in coach, with 92.6%, but only 29% knew the correct answer about which hotelier was introducing a “Treehouse” brand of …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2019

August is the month of the year in both the Juliana and Gregorian calendars, and is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar. The month was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest triumphs including the conquest of Egypt took place in this month.
August is …

Restaurant Review: McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites Menu

It was bound to happen, although I didn’t see this one coming: my editor assigned me to review McDonald’s.
He wasn’t having a Big Mac attack nor telling me to review a Quarter Pounder; rather, he asked me to check out the new Worldwide Favorites Menu, which features four items from McDonald’s restaurants around the world, namely in Australia, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.
There are many menu items from McDonald’s outside …