Whether you prefer plays, musicals, revues, magic shows or concerts – if you’re a lover of stage performances in the Big Apple, and you’re on a business trip, you’ll be itching to get out of those New York conference rooms! Home to many of the world’s greatest performers, this is perhaps the one place on earth where you can find the most number of world-class acts packed into just one area.
If You Can Make It There
The City That Never Sleeps is definitely the world’s centre of entertainment in many respects- no wonder many aspiring singers, musicians, dancers, actors and actresses of all types, stand-up comics and various performance artists come here from all over. After all, it’s true what the famous song says – “if you can make it there you’ll make it anywhere!” In fact, sometimes all you really have to do is have dinner at one of those hip and trendy restaurants (you will find more than a few of them not far from your New York conference rooms), or go shopping at one of the high-end designer boutiques housed inside the grand old edifices of Macy’s or Bergdorf Goodman’s, and you may bump into a celebrity or two!
If your interest in the performing arts goes beyond celebrity-watching, however, here are some places you will want to visit when you have time off from those busy days inside New York conference rooms.
If commercial stage productions, such as plays, musicals or revues, are your passion, the Great White Way, also known as Manhattan’s Theater District – Broadway for short- will definitely be top of your list of places to visit on those days when you don’t have to be in meetings inside New York conference rooms.
With Broadway theatres featuring an ever-changing array of wonderful productions almost every day except Monday, there is no end to the choices available to any aficionado of musical theatre out for an evening of relaxation. Afterwards, bask in the lights of Broadway, and enjoy the larger-than-life dazzle of Times Square; why not treat yourself and have dinner at Bond 45, the Italian steak and seafood restaurant designed by Tony award-winner John Lee Beatty.
If smaller venues, more intimate atmospheres, less commercial and more avant-garde or experimental productions are more to your liking, many Off-Broadway productions are also available for you to enjoy – a perfect antidote to those long business meetings inside New York conference rooms. Originally referring to productions housed in theatres on a street intersecting Broadway, it is now more commonly used for smaller productions in venues with a seating capacity between 99-499. Many largely successful Broadway productions such as Hair, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors and the longest running musical, the Fantasticks, began their lives as Off-Broadway productions – so you never know whether that unknown production you’re going to see may be the next Broadway smash.