Tue, Nov 13: Fly to New York City, New York. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Midtown Manhattan on the way to your hotel. Check into the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel, right in the heart of the theatre district. Get settled and have dinner on your own before continuing to your first musical, Pretty Woman The Musical. Based on the 1990 romantic comedy that catapulted Julia Roberts to superstardom and features a book co-written by the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall, and screenwriter J.F. Lawton with music by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Now, nearly three decades later, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) is bringing Pretty Woman: The Musical to Broadway. Samantha Barks—a 27-year-old British actress best known for playing Éponine in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables—will try to fill Roberts’ high, high heels. Steve Kazee, who won the best-actor Tony for the 2012 musical Once, will take on the Richard Gere stoic-billionaire role.
Wed, Nov 14: Today the fun begins on a “Taste Harlem” food and cultural tour to experience the sights, sounds, food, and friends on a journey through the heart and soul of Harlem. Home to landmark churches and stirring gospel choirs, as well as art galleries and fine dining, this area may bring many surprises as senses will travel from New York to the Deep South and from the Caribbean to West Africa and beyond. Next, visit the Museum of the City of New York and find out what makes New York “New York.” Showcasing the distinctive character of the city and its people, heritage, and current and future ideas, this historic museum offers a glimpse at all the ingredients that make New York City special. Tonight’s show, The Band’s Visit is a musical composed by David Yazbek with book by Itamar Moses. The show follows an Egyptian police band, who, after a mix-up at the border, find themselves in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. Over the course of an evening, the band members are led into unlikely friendships with some of the locals, causing their lives to intertwine and change irreversibly. (Meal: Lunch)
Thu, Nov 15: This morning, meet with an actor/performer from a current Broadway musical to hear personal stories of backstage antics, grueling schedules, and the excitement of a career on the Great White Way. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy New York City. This evening, meet up with the group for dinner before seeing Carousel. Rodgers and Hammerstein's timeless musical Carousel returns to Broadway for the first time in more than two decades. Three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien directs, with choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, Carousel’s story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama when it premiered in 1945, and it has captivated theatergoers for generations. (D)
Fri, Nov 16: Visit Lower Manhattan today, home to Wall Street, Battery Park, the 911 Memorial, and other historical landmarks. Visit One World Observatory also known as the Freedom Tower. Ascend 102 stories in 47 seconds on an astonishing ride revealing the city’s historic forest of skyscrapers and views as far as New York Harbor. At the top, take your time to enjoy this top of the world view and pick out your favorite buildings and parks below. Enjoy a matinee performance of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and wrap up your day in the Empire City, with King Kong, a new musical that blends robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft based on the 1932 novel by Edgar Wallace and Merian Cooper. King Kong follows a young actress and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930’s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of the stage show is a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians.
Sat, Nov 17: Savor a special Farewell Brunch as a group before heading to the airport to fly home. (B)
New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square.
Conveniently located in the heart of the theatre district and Times Square, with entertainment and restaurants just around the corner. Highlights: high-speed Internet access (fees apply) • four restaurants, including The View Restaurant, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in NYC • fitness center.