Photo by Joan Marcus.
Photo by Joan Marcus.
As we wrap up 2021, we look back at a year full of challenges, but also a time with many green shoots of growth—the return of Broadway, the return of international travelers, the return of New York City tourism. Even in the context of the Omicron variant, there remains plenty of supporting data indicating an ongoing return for New York City. Despite the high-profile Broadway cancellations of the last few days, and the early end of the Rockettes's run, a look at the Broadway League's new resource for schedules shows the majority of shows going forward as planned. (And grosses have been up, while capacity holds steady.)
As we come down the homestretch on 2021 we are feeling thankful at City Guide. Thankful for the return of international tourists. Thankful for vaccines and the new treatments that will allow us to come together again. Thankful for governmental support and its promotion of our city. Most of all we are thankful for our colleagues and all our loyal partners. As we reflect with friends and family this weekend, we will feel grateful we have such a strong, vibrant community in New York City tourism, one that has better times ahead on the near horizon.
The White House has new details for the return of international travelers on November 8th. Tweaks to the guidance will make it easier for families to travel (children under 18 will be exempted from the vaccine requirement) and there will be exceptions for emergency, humanitarian, and medical reasons. Recent data shows a rise in bookings to the U.S. in tandem with reopening borders, with clear peaks at the point of reopening and again for the winter holidays. In mid-October, NYC's weekend hotel occupancy reached a pandemic-era high of over 80%. Read on for other signs of NYC and tourism comebacks.
The new theatre season is (finally!) official, marked by eye-catching previews and electrifying opening nights.
You may see everything from Hamilton to Hadestown, but New York’s theatre culture extends far beyond the stages of Broadway’s 41 theatres. The following experiences are for anyone looking for theatrical flourishes in their walking tours, exhibits, karaoke, and dining. Broaden your Broadway experience with these 9 fun-filled activities in the theatre capital of the world!
Après the Tonys…Thrill? Relief? Letdown? Opportunity? The latter, of course, has much to do with taking on uncharted Broadway by scoring tickets to the 2019-2020 season’s first wave of shows.
As we turn the corner to the Tony Awards’ home stretch, major star wattage fills the theatres of Broadway.
Jeremy Jordan to join the cast of Broadway's Waitress; Hugh Jackman to return to Broadway in 2020 starring in The Music Man, and James Corden will helm the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.
It was with great excitement that I looked forward to my fourth BroadwayCon, organized by Anthony Rapp and Melissa Anelli, in New York City. For the 2019 version of this mammoth undertaking, BroadwayCon returned to their original home, the Midtown Hilton, where in 2016 a massive blizzard had nearly shut down the prepubescent conference.
It’s time to zero in on the classic shows and sweep of stars that mark the New York theatre scene during the month of January.
Original, dynamic, and wildly anticipated, fall 2018 is unleashing its arsenal of new NYC theatre productions backed by some of the biggest names in showbiz. In fact, taking into account Broadway and Off-Broadway’s already proven super shows, this is an autumn so theatrically eclectic that no matter what you crave—from pop-saturated musicals to thought-provoking dramas—it’s yours for the taking in New York.
When the subject turns to New York’s summer performance scene, there’s a nifty element of surprise lurking behind countless curtains (symbolic or real), from Broadway to the hidden-treasure reaches of Off-Off the Great White Way.
Time to wrap up the 2018 Tony Awards: winners, losers, and more…so I didn’t totally tank on my predictions but I did underestimate the Tony voters' love for The Band’s Visit. And I am extremely pleased that love was reflected in the overall outcome…kudos to an amazing show.
At this very almost-March moment, the megalopolis known as New York, New York is the most theatrically exciting city on the planet thanks to electrifying new productions, record-breaking musicals, long-awaited revivals, and high-profile celebs who make Broadway and Off-Broadway their home for a limited—or ongoing—run.
Long-awaited Broadway blockbusters; adored stage and screen performers; the world’s best theatre companies stretching from one end of the island to the other…welcome to February, Manhattan-style. Here, even frigid pre- and post-Valentine’s Day temperatures don’t stand a chance against the sizzling love fest sweeping New York’s stages this February.