2019 Tony Awards: ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘Boys in the Band’ Are Best Plays, ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Oklahoma’ Best Musicals

by Paul Riegler

The 73rd Tony Awards took place Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with “Hadestown” taking home the prize for best new musical, while “The Ferryman” won best play.
James Corden served as host of the event and kicked off the show with a nine-minute opening number that highlighted the importance of Broadway and live theater in an age of streaming services. Corden counseled the audience …

Celebrating Pride in New York City

by Anna Breuer

June 2019 will be a month of celebration in New York as WorldPride comes to the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising, a major milestone in the gay-rights movement and for civil rights.
The entire month is LGBTQ Pride Month in the city and visitors will have a choice of dozens of events and exhibitions.
While the city is always a major Pride destination, the first U.S.-based …

Today Is National Doughnut Day: Here’s Where to Get Yer Free Donuts

by Paul Riegler

Today, June 7, is National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, in the United States and Canada. The holiday was established in 1938 to honor the “lassies” of the Salvation Army who served doughnuts to soldiers during the First World War and it takes place on the first Friday in June.
To celebrate, many U.S. doughnut shops offer their customers free samples.
The doughnut itself – a fried dough confection …

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

by Jesse Sokolow

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.
In last month’s quiz, the question about United Airline’s new livery and updated logo had the highest share of correct answers, with 91%, but only 44% knew the correct answer about which airline did not suffer a computer systems outage at the very end …

At WWDC, Apple Kills Off iTunes, Adds New Features to iPhone and Watch

by Paul Riegler

Observers reported that iTunes, 18, passed peacefully into the cloud Monday morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
Introduced in 2001 – even before the first iPod let alone iPhone – the tool was welcomed by music lovers who found it an easy way to rip CDs and create mixtapes (albeit without any tape). Two years later, Apple upended music industry with the introduction of 99-cent songs, the …

Review: Governors Ball 2019 Music Festival, Randalls Island, New York City

by Paul Riegler

Set in the middle of New York City’s East River on Randall’s Island, the three-day Governors Ball music fest offers a wide-ranging mix of music and culinary delights that will appeal to all.
Bold colors and patterns dominated not only the landscape with the colorful Governors Ball sign Hollywood style up on a hilltop and lots of rainbow flags, but were also in evidence in the crowds: festival goers were festooned …

Broadway Theaters Report ‘Best Attended’ Season in History for 2018-2019

by Anna Breuer

Broadway theaters reported that attendance at shows in the 2018-2019 season, which ended May 26, soared, making it the best attended and highest grossing season in history.
The Broadway League, the trade association that represents Broadway theater owners and operators as well as show producers, said that Broadway shows had grossed approximately $1.82 billion, and that over 14.77 million people had attended a show. With those figures, Broadway easily eclipsed attendance …