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The Lehman Trilogy Leads 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Six Wins Best Musical

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2021-2022 Broadway season were announced Tuesday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Six” and “The Lehman Trilogy” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Play, respectively, while “Take Me Out” and “Company” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Play and a Musical, respectively.
“Prayer for the French Republic” was recognized as Outstanding …

Some Broadway Theaters End Proof of Vaccination Requirement, But All Maintain Mask Mandates

Sunday marked the first day since the reopening of Broadway last summer that many theaters will not require theatergoers to present proof of vaccination to attend a show, although all Broadway houses will continue to mandate that they don face masks.
The change came as New York City raised its Covid alert from low to medium, amidst a high number of new cases clustered in Manhattan.
The Broadway League, the group that …

‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ ‘Harmony’ Lead 2022 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

The 2022 Outer Critics Circle award nominations were announced Tuesday, although, due to continued pandemic disruptions, there was no formal ceremony at the storied Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel this year to mark the pronouncements.
Leading the nominations was “The Lehman Trilogy,” a three-act play by Stefano Massini that follows the lives of three immigrant brothers who founded what becomes a successful investment, their descendants, and the firm’s …

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate for Planes and Public Transit

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate for Planes and Public Transit

A federal judge struck down on Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate for travel on planes and trains as well as on all forms of public transit including subways and buses.
The mandate was recently renewed by the CDC through May 3.
Federal District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said in her ruling that the mandate “exceeds the CDC’s statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rule …

Understanding the Calendrical and Religious Connection Between Passover and Easter

It’s no mere coincidence that this year, for the third time since 2018,  the first night of Passover overlaps with Good Friday or that the second day of Passover is also Easter.
Both arrive together every spring, just like blossoming tulips, and have many commonalities and share profound connections.
Sometimes, however, when the holidays occur on the Gregorian calendar vary widely.  Why this is has largely to do with the moon and …

Tomorrow is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow is Good Friday and, at sundown, the first day of Passover. The former marks Jesus’ crucifixion, the latter the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.
Neither is as widely observed as a federal or state holiday: relatively few offices close and most people simply go to work.
The two holidays do coincide with the start of spring recess at many public and private schools throughout the United States, so students get a break.
Here’s …

Four Seasons Hotels to Offer Luxury Driving Trips in Italy

Four Seasons Hotels to Offer Luxury Driving Trips in Italy

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a week-long driving experience in Tuscany that will take place in early fall.
The drive, dubbed “Beyond by Four Seasons: An Exclusive Driving Journey Through Tuscany,” will start in Florence and utilize the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze as a home base.
The week-long tour will start on September 24 and run through September 30 and is the first time the hotel company has offered a driving …