The Broadway Collection News for February 2015

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February in New York City:

River Café
DUMBO, Brooklyn

On February 21, 2015 the iconic River Café will have officially been reopened one year, after Hurricane Sandy closed its doors for 15 months between 2012 and early 2014. The floating restaurant is over three decades old. Located beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with spectacular views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, it serves classic New American cuisine

The New York Botanical Garden
Southern Blvd., Bronx

Only 20 minutes from Grand Central station, and easily reached by the B, D or 4 trains, the annual Orchid Show at the Botanical Garden begins February 28th and runs through April 19th. This year’s theme is chandeliers. On Wednesdays, admission is free for everyone! Please keep in mind that special exhibitions such as this one are not included.

The garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458.

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

Selma is the recent big screen film nominated for four Golden Globe award, and taking home one. On your trip to NYC visit the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library where the “Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein” exhibit is on display until April 19th.

The museum is located at 170 Central Park W. Richard Gilder Way (77th St.)

La Tarte Flambée

If you’re interested in French Cuisine, sample La Tarte Flambée. The NY Times raved about this Alsatian inspired eatery, and we haven’t forgotten. With two locations, one in Murray Hill the other in The Upper East Side, it’s definitely worth a visit.

In Broadway News:

Vanessa Hudgens, world famous star of Disney’s High School Musical films is set to make her Broadway debut in Gigi, a musical set in France. In 1951, the character of Gigi was portrayed on Broadway by a then unknown Audrey Hepburn. In 1958, the movie musical won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1974, the Broadway revival won the Tony for best score. The most recently reimagined Gigi is currently enjoying a preview at The Kennedy Center and will return to Broadway as a member of The Broadway Collection in 2015.

The New York Philharmonic, known for its classical and enriching musical selection, has plans for a whirlwind European tour this spring! Get a sneak preview on your next trip to NYC at Lincoln Center Theater. The New York Philharmonic is a newly instated member of The Broadway Collection.

Disney Theatrical Group introduces The Lion King Experience. Workshopped in Harlem and further developed at schools in the UK, and Germany, it incorporates The Lion King JR. (a 60-minute musical for middle-school students) or The Lion King KIDS (a 30-minute musical for elementary-school students) plus a theater curriculum for teachers and students. The Lion King is the most successful stage show in theater history. The release of rights to these shows marks the first time student versions have become available while the original show is still on Broadway.

Casting Announcements:

Lisa O’Hare of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder exits the production on February 8, 2015 after originating the role on Broadway at The Walter Kerr Theatre. Two-time Olivier Award nominee Scarlett Stralin will assume the role of Sibella from Lisa beginning February 10th. Scarlett played Mary Poppins in both London and Sydney.

Sienna Miller will step in for Emma Stone as “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret opposite Alan Cumming as “Emcee” for final six weeks of its acclaimed Broadway run beginning February 17th, 2015.

Off Broadway News:

Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep has received rave reviews. See the musical on stage at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). Roundabout Theater Company also produces Broadway Collection shows Cabaret and On The Twentieth Century. Their limited engagement production of Into The Woods has now been extended through April 12, 2015.

Tags: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Cabaret, Gigi, On the Twentieth Century, Roundabout Theater Company, The New York Philharmonic