Articles in Journeys

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at Music Box Theater

Poor Evan Hansen.
A high schooler who is clearly a fish out of water (and probably falls somewhere on the autism spectrum), he just can’t seem to get a break in life.
Brilliantly written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for the musical theater stage, “Dear Even Hansen” isn’t a typical teenage angst or coming-of-age story.
When we meet Evan (Ben Platt), he is in his bedroom talking to his mother (Rachel Bay …

Lobby Bar – December 9: Portable Kitchens, Zero-Emission Aircraft, and How to Become Art

A Diabolical Diatribe of FBT News and Views
Many talents. Twenty-five years ago, Pan Am ceased operations. We were so attached to the airline that, before it shut down for good, we acquired one of its original Boeing 707 jets. Please contact us if you’d like a private lift from Jesse, our news editor and fully licensed pilot.
Chained freedom. You’re invited to be transported back to 1903 to the Palace Theater …

Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’ at Longacre Theatre

If you’re a fan of “Goodfellas,” “The Sopranos,” and “West Side Story,” there’s a lot you’ll recognize in “A Bronx Tale,” the musical that opened last week at the Longacre Theatre.
Indeed Beowulf Boritt’s set is so realistic – the Belmont Avenue area of the Bronx – that you are surprised that the concessionaire isn’t selling cannoli.
Those are the good points – but from the start, the musical is simply awkward …

5 Must-See Broadway Shows for the Holidays

New York City during the holidays. Thoughts fall to the timeless traditions of ice skating in Central Park, viewing extravagantly decorated department store windows along Fifth Avenue, the Nutcracker, and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Hall.
If you’re dreading the traditional holiday offerings, there is, however, still plenty to do in the Big Apple.
FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who serves as the magazine’s chief theater critic, looks at five …

‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ at Palace Theater

Perhaps no theater is better than the Palace in New York City to take a step back in time to the turn of the last century, a time (as the evening’s host pointed out) when there were no mobile phones, and the very stage where no less than hundreds of luminaries performed, including Ed Wynn, the Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, and Harry Houdini, the most famous illusionist of all time.
I …

Lobby Bar – December 2: Emotions Not Included, Carry-on Lounges, Luxury Carbs, and Potato Power

A Cunning Collection of FBT News and Views
Doggy bags. Jonathan Spira checks out United’s first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport an hour before anybody else had the chance to enter. The rest of the guests were slightly confused when they arrived as they could see none of the food that was promised to them. Then, they noticed in a corner our beloved editorial director with a smug look …

The Official Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

MUNICH—From mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many European countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Today’s markets have their origins in Vienna’s December Market, which dates back to 1294, and which was followed by Christmas markets in Munich in 1310, Bautzen in 1384, and Frankfurt in 1393.
The smells of a Christkindlmarkt are addictive: Glühwein (spiced wine), scented candles, …