NYC Life: Art Exhibits, Ferries, Theater, Friends, Flea Markets
New York City has a fleet of fabulous and efficient ferries and our roving photographer has captured images of several of them. Our pal Judy Stewart has the scoop on some of the fabulous art exhibits at our museums right now. Restart Stage at Lincoln Center launches next week. A star-studded cast will appear in special benefit performance for the York Theater. Friends fans rejoice—you can immerse yourself in the ultimate Friends experience. Our flea markets are back, including the new Hester Flea. And our Broadway Babe has some great finds. Happy Easter and enjoy the weekend!
Fabulous Art Exhibits at NYC’s Museums
Our Tomato pal Judy Stewart says NYC has some of the best art exhibits it has had in years and viewing them is a great way to put yourself on an “UP” after our Covid funk! Here are her recommendations with highlights of the The Frick Collection, The David Hockney Exhibit, The History of Musical Instruments at the Met, and “Magazines and the American Experience” at The Grolier Gallery. GET THE DETAILS.
join us for the insider’s event on the history of Comedy Central by the guy who started it. THE EVENT IS FREE BUT YOU MUST RSVP.
Launches April 7. Restart Stages at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing will launch Restart Stages— an outdoor performing arts center with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—to help kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival. The program will begin with a performance for healthcare workers.
Venues will include a cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza, dedicated family and kids’ areas with arts activities for young people, open venues for rehearsals, space for public school graduations, and an outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Get the details.
Now Streaming: Merman, Gershwin, “Chess” and More
Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller has curated some wonderful entertainment this week. It includes a fabulous NBC special from 1959 that celebrated Ethel Merman’s 30 years in show business. You’ll like Randie’s “Gypsy” sidebars. Plus there’s a Gershwin celebration, stories about West Side Story and a very young Josh Grobin in concert with Norm Lewis and Sutton Foster. Delightful! WATCH NOW.
Our Fabulous Ferries
New York City has a fleet of fabulous and efficient ferries that include the Staten Island Ferry. First launched in 1817 to connect Manhattan to Staten Island via a 5.2 mile singular route, today it runs 24 hours a day and transports 22 million people a year. The views are spectacular, and the fare is free. All aboard!
Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of “The Long P:ause and the Short Breath,” photos and poetry from NYC’s pandemic.
April 18 @7PM. Broadway’s Best Come to The Rescue!
Top Broadway stars will appear in a virtual performance of the off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSCICAL!) in special benefit performance for the beloved York Theatre Company, the only theater in New York City dedicated to producing new musicals and preserving notable shows from the past.
Rockwell and Bogart’s The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a loving parody and homage to Broadway’s Golden Age. It is made up of five hilarious mini-musicals telling the same story in the style of legendary musical theatre writers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb.
Featuring Appearances By:
Tony Award Winners Betty Buckley, Matthew Broderick, André De Shields, Jane Krakowski, Patti Lupone, Audra Mcdonald, Donna Murphy, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, And Lillias White; Oscar And Tony Award Winner Mercedes Ruehl; Drama Desk Award Winners Lewis Black, Richard Kind, Jose Llana, And Isaac Mizrahi; Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita; Emmy Award Winner Debra Messing; Tony Award Nominees Andrea Mcardle, Brad Oscar, And Ethan Slater; Emmy Award Nominees Giancarlo Esposito, Martha Plimpton, And Randy Rainbow; And Lucille Lortel Award Winner Soara-Joye Ross
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) premieres on Sunday evening, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM and will be available to view on demand through April 21, 2021. Free stream at www.yorktheatre.org. Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib
The Ultimate Experience for Fans of FRIENDS
The FRIENDS™ Experience is now open in New York City with two floors of immersive experiences, it’s the ultimate experience for FRIENDS™ fans. You can pose on the iconic orange couch, sit at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and so much more. General Admission Ticket Price: Starting at $45.00 plus taxes and fees. 130 E 23rd St. Get the details.
The Flea Markets Are Back
The Brooklyn Flea and the Chelsea Flea are back, and the new Hester Flea opens in two weeks. You’ll find furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. Check it out.