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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

Photo Essay: The TWA Hotel at JFK, A Memorable Midcentury Time Capsule

by Jonathan Spira

The iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport was reborn as the TWA Hotel on Wednesday when it opened its doors to guests.
The 1962 TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen, was declared a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1994, and the hotel is a faithful restoration of the Finnish architect’s masterpiece.
“The memories of working here decades ago flooded my mind,” said, …

How to Evacuate an Aircraft After a Crash

by Jesse Sokolow

Images of passengers emerging from a burning Aeroflot regional jet at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, luggage in hand, made me recoil: Have we learnt nothing in the past few years about how to safely evacuate an aircraft?
Frequent Business Traveler last tackled this very important topic three years ago and little has changed, including the behavior of passengers exiting a plane after an emergency landing or crash landing with many …

Eurovision Song Contest to Start Tuesday in Israel

by Paul Riegler

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

by Anna Breuer

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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

Boeing Wants You to Trust the 737 Max: Here’s One Expert’s View

by Anna Breuer

Boeing, after bungling its response to two deadly crashes of its new 737 Max aircraft and admitting that the company knew of issues with new technology that wasn’t ready for prime time in the aircraft, has a credibility gap.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer is working to restore the faith of airlines, airline employees, and travelers in the aircraft while it tries to get its proposed software fix for the aircraft certified …