NYC LIFE: Outdoor Dining, Secret Florence, Music, Benefits, Entertainment
Enjoy our outdoor dining while we can and check out this week’s restaurant pick. We have a great armchair getaway to Florence for art lovers. Valerie Smaldone says if you don’t know who Ryan Shaw is, you should, and his fourth album is a celebration of Marvin Gaye. And we have posted a beautiful original song today called “What I Miss” that beautifully captures how we’re all feeling. We have the scoop on two upcoming benefits you should know about. And the Broadway Babe has new online finds to entertain you. And a happy Rosh Hashanah to all who celebrate!
Restaurant of the Week: Gigino at Wagner Park
Anne Akers highly recommends heading to Wagner Park for gorgeous outdoor dining at this Tuscan restaurant with views of the Statue of Liberty from it spacious patio. Superb cuisine including Frozen Rose and Afrigados. And make sure to take a walk along the Esplanade. 20 Battery Place, (212) 528-2228
Sept. 21. Tickets Now On Sale For SHOUT!
SHOUT!, the internationally acclaimed musical, will be streamed on BroadwayWorld Events for a one-night-only, very special video event on Monday, September 21 at 7PM Eastern Time. Net proceeds from this event will benefit Amas Musical Theatre and TDF (aka Theatre Development Fund). Tickets are just $10.00.
With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s. Created by Phillip George, David Lowenstein and Peter Charles Morris, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man, “Georgy Girl” and “Goldfinger.”
Oct. 22. Operation Warrior Shield – Saluting Our Heroes
Anne Akers invites Tomatoes to a wonderful virtual gala honor our heroes and discuss how OWS and their partners are working to combat stress, anxiety and gateways to better mental health for our Veterans, Frontliners, and NYPD. Wonderful speakers and celebrity guests. RSVP EARLY to qualify for a gift opportunity.
What I Miss
You must watch and listen to this beautiful new song from “The Music Room” of NYC Singer-songwriters ANYA TURNER & ROBERT GRUSECKI reflecting on all the things we miss: “Smiling faces, hugs and kisses, shaking someone’s hand…” Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s #SongsOfComfort project. It beautifully captures how we are feeling. More at AnyaRobertMusic.com
Armchair Art Tour of Florence and Secret Florence
A few months ago, we did a wonderful in person gallery tour with art historian Nadja Hansen whose tours are brilliantly inspiring! Now she is hosting virtual tours and this one which will be a dive into the extraordinary art, food, architecture, artisan workshops, and churches of Florence.
The tour will look at works in famed collections like the Uffizzi and the Accademia and less touristy (but wondrous) museums like the Horne, the Bargello, and the house museum Palazzo Davanzati. You will also stop off at secret spots hidden in plain sight and those that are truly hidden. You will not only see art of the Renaissance for which it is so famous but special places of 18th, 19th and even 20th century import. Along the way you will “walk” its beautiful streets, duck into some secret gardens and wineries, and see a quick video from a local. Register for one of two dates below. Tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes and cost $40.00
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 at 2pm. Register here.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 at 11am. Register here.
Now Streaming: Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, and More
Our Broadway Babe Randie Levine Miller has been part of the Broadway and cabaret community ever since she was a child. A performer, and a host of many star-studded benefits. Her invite only Broadway Roundtables where celebs share secrets at Sadri’s are legendary. Here are her picks for this week’s streaming entertainment and her sidebar commentaries with the inside scoop. Get the details.