Traveling to NYC
I’m the only blogger (I think) on the Green Room that doesn’t currently live in New York City. So when I visit the city, like I did just last week, I want to make every day worthwhile. And part of me thinks that those that live in the city feel the same way.
As a theatre lover, I love going to Broadway and seeing the latest shows. With rush, lottery, and standing room options, I can’t even complain that that gets too expensive, because I got to see 3 shows when I went to visit for $118. But I can say that while Broadway is absolutely amazing and breathtaking, as a lover of new musical theatre, I crave hearing it live when I’m in the city in which it thrives.
But unlike Broadway, it’s a lot harder to find out what’s going on. You have to know where to go. And just like NewMusicalTheatre.com was created so you didn’t have to spend hours searching for sheet music, I’m here to tell you the places you should check out so you don’t have to spend hours searching for places to enjoy those singing that sheet music.
With their recurring events, like Backstage Broadway and Broadway Trivia, and the absolute best guest singers and writers, 54 Below has everything you as a musical theatre fan, new or old, could possibly ask for. To top it all of, 54 Below is a place where they do a lot of live recordings, which means you could hear yourself clapping on a CD!
Laurie Beechman Theatre
Laurie Beechman is a cabaret venue with weekly Broadway Sessions and Broadway Ballyhoo, as well as similar guest events and live CD recordings as 54 below. I have a special place in my heart for this place because it was my first cabaret event in NYC, and it’s only gotten better since then.
If you’re looking to find some Broadway and cabaret a little more downtown and not in Times Square, look no further than the Duplex. Located on my favorite street in NYC, Christopher Street, the Duplex offers a variety of entertainment options, including their weekly open mic night, Mostly Sondheim.
Joe’s Pub does a lot more than theatre events, but it is a place where a lot of live theatre cabarets happen. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to NYC when something new musical theatre related is happening, so be sure to check out their calendar.
Don’t Tell Mama
Full disclosure: I’ve never been here. However, I have friends who have and they recommend it highly. One weekly event hosts Seth Rudesky, whom we all love, and there’s a lot more where that comes from. I’m seriously regretting never being here, but I guess there’s always next time I come to the city.
I wish I knew all of the places. If you know of others, please let the world know about them!