Great Moments in Travel History – May 2019

by Jesse Sokolow

Named after the Greek goddess Maia, 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. In Germany and Austria, the maypole, or Maibaum – a decorated tree or tree trunk erected on the first day …

Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ Dominates with 14 Nominations

by Paul Riegler

““Hadestown,” a new musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, led the Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday with 14, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Actress, and Best Scenic Design. The show will face off against “Beetlejuice” and “Tootsie,” both adaptations of movies, as well as “The Prom” and “Ain’t Too Proud.”
“Choir Boy,” “The Ferryman,” “Gary: A Sequel to Titus …

Measles Cases Climb, Most Exposed Through International Travel

by Jesse Sokolow

LOS ANGELES—Officials announced that an individual who was diagnosed with the measles flew out of Los Angeles International Airport on April 1 while infectious and may have infected others.
The individual, who was not named, is believed to have been at Gate 218 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Officials are reaching out to other travelers as well as to 1,500 others who may have been exposed to the …

United Airlines New Logo and Livery Represent a Turning Point for the Carrier

by Jesse Sokolow

Nine years after merging with Continental Airlines and melding its globe logo with the United name – with the result that the merged airline’s logo continued to scream “Continental” – United Airlines introduced an updated logo and livery on Wednesday at a special event at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
The move marks a significant turning point for the airline as it seeks to build a new unified identity. United completed merging …

‘Hadestown,’ ‘Tootsie’ Lead 2019 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

by Anna Breuer

The 2019 Outer Critics Circle award nominations were announced Tuesday at the storied Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel.
The award nominees were announced by Julie Halston, star of the new Broadway show “Tootsie,” and Michael Urie, who recently starred in Harvey Fierstein’s revival of “Torch Song” on Broadway.
Leading the nominations were “Hadestown,” the new musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, with …

Review: ‘Hadestown’ at the Walter Kerr Theatre

by Jonathan Spira

There’s a good reason that we repeat the songs and stories we’ve heard countless times, the oral tradition that preceded the written word. And that’s why Greek myths such as the story of Orpheus and Eurydice and of Hades and Persephone have endured to this date.
In a new twist on these ancient legends with its origins in a 2010 concept album by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, “Hadestown” turns the two myths …

How Airlines and Passengers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

by Paul Riegler

Travel, unless by foot, is not eco friendly but it is possible for travelers to take steps to lower their carbon footprint. The choice of airline, hotel, even the choice of renting a bike versus a car, can all make a difference.
When it comes to air travel and carbon emissions, doing something about it gets tricky. An aircraft burns thousands of gallons of fuel to move several hundred people across …