Many venturing to New York City make a point of taking in a popular Broadway show or visit one of the famous NYC comedy clubs. The vast variety of shows offer something for everyone regardless of age. These are some of the most widely attended shows and clubs of the Big Apple.
The Book of Mormon
This frequently sold-out show garnered a number of awards in 2011 including a Tony Award for Best Musical. The individuals responsible for the comedy presentation also created “Avenue Q” and “South Park.“ The adult themed event follows the journey of two missionaries making their way into the deepest recesses of Africa to share the good word with the locals. Audiences continue enjoying the uproarious humor of the show playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theater.
Douglas Carter Beane successfully adapted the ever-popular Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical for the Broadway stage. Showing at the Broadway Theater, audiences of all ages continue flocking to this regularly sold-out beloved fairytale. The play includes the original songs from the 1957 broadcast including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” Though presented on the limited space of the stage, rest assured that the adaptation remains true to form and features the glass slippers, pumpkin and masked ball along with a few fantastic surprises.
Two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks portrays the real-life scandalous columnist Mike McAlary in this play showing at the Broadhurst Theater that focuses on the controversial, graffiti laden New York City during the 1980s. The play marks the last production created by Nora Ephron, popular essayist, journalist and playwright who passed away in the summer of 2012. Ephron wrote the play with Hanks in mind as the two worked together on a number of projects including “Sleepless in Seattle.” The play represents McAlary’s rise, fall and rise again secondary to his coverage of the Abner Louima case that ultimately won the writer a Pulitzer Prize. After receiving the award, McAlary too succumbed to an untimely death on Christmas Day in 1998.
Billed as one of the most popular comedy clubs New York, the venue remains the longest running. The facility offers the comedic antics of some of the best in the business. Andrew Dice Clay, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Tim Allen are among the long list of popular performers who entertained audiences at Dangerfield’s. The facility often serves as the backdrop for many of HBO’s television specials.
Caroline’s Comedy Club
Beginning as a cabaret nightclub in 1981, this venue located in the center of Times Square continues booking some of the most legendary artists around. Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell and Tim Allen have all graced the stage.