The Ribbon Midtown

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The Bromberg Brothers have done it again. Located in the space vacated by Guy Fieri on 44th street in the heart of the Theater District is the newest hit from those responsible for Blue Ribbon, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken and more. The menu focuses on American staples and comfort food as well as contemporary twists on classics. You can find a amazing deviled eggs, a classic French dip, steak, seafood and even a “Beyond” burger.

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As you walk in you have a busy bar on your left that has an incredible happy hour; 8pm - Midnight. Stop by for a nightcap after your Broadway show! The main restaurant is a few steps up featuring antiqued wood to give a warm welcome feel. The restroom area is wallpapered with retro menus to continue with the throwback feel.

Another feature they have is their lounge/club downstairs, Blue. This is an homage to the old club days complete with caricatures of famous New York musicians, think of a rock n’ roll/hip hop version of Sardi’s walls. Blue will be doing nightly programming with DJs and performances by musical artists as well as others like magicians.

BE the QUEEN

BE the QUEEN

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Be More Chill

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Be More Chill is a contemporary musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. In a nutshell it is the story of a high school geek that takes a secret pill to become “cool.” The show bills itself as a mashup of Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Evan Hansen and I can definitely see the influences in some over the top characters and the central character being the outcast.

The songs have a contemporary feel to them with some witty lyrics. The performers were all of Broadway standard and put on a great show. I cannot really say any particular one stood out to me.

Overall the show has a good message “like who you are” and I can see a lot of people really enjoying this show. If you like Mean Girls or Kinky Boots, this might be for you. It seems to be very popular with teenagers as there was one sitting behind me mouthing every lyric. I cannot honestly say this was my cup of tea but it might be a favorite of yours.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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I was lucky to have recently seen To Kill A Mockingbird which is currently on Broadway. This new production is adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and srarring Jeff Daniels.

It is based on the book by Harper Lee and usually required reading in High School. Well this should be required viewing for anyone that is interested in theater, acting, directing, sets or otherwise. It is beautifully presented and timely with the nation embroiled with issues of race and identity.

Read the reviews and go see this. You will come out angry, sad, joyful and maybe even looking at yourself differently.

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Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald star in this intimate portrayal of courtship in a crowded city by Terrence McNally. The are two people past thier primes trying to figure out exactly what they want in their relationship. Together they shed their clothes and inhibitions, breaking themselves down and putting themselves back together and nourishing their emotions and hunger for more.

This is a beautifully presented show that pulls you into to Frankie’s tiny New York Apartment and lets you voyeur as they do to other neighbors. I absolutely loved the acting and staging. It quite possibly is the most beautiful show on Broadway.

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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