Go Before the Show

    New York – News of the 2012 Tony Nominations earlier this week inspired us to do a round-up of some of our favorite theater and Times Square dining pairings. Awards night is Sunday, June 11, so plan accordingly.

     

    Nice Work if You Can Get It

    Nice Work if You Can Get It and Sardi’s

    Matthew Broderick returns to Broadway in this crowd-pleasing musical comedy that’s one of the most nominated of the year (10 – including Best Musical)!  A throwback to classic theater from Gershwin days gone by, what better place to start the evening than Sardi’s, a Broadway institution since 1921.   The place is such a blast from the past, you may find yourself wondering if the ghost of William Holden is in the next booth.

     

     

    Once and Bar Centrale

    Once Received the Most Tony Noms this Year!

    Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, Once is a touching musical about an unlikely romance between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant and how one week together changes the course of their lives.   The show received the most nominations (11) this year.  Be sure to make a beeline for the stage at intermission where you can grab a real brew from the handsome dudes tending bar — on the stage!  For this understated yet powerful evening we enjoyed a pre-dinner at the little known fav Bar Centrale, hidden away on the second floor of an unmarked Victorian brownstone next door to Joe Allen’s.   You won’t find an extensive menu here, but you won’t leave hungry either and the quiet and chic decor promises to get you in the right frame of mind for seeing one of Broadway’s best.

     

    Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland

    End of the Rainbow and The Lambs Club

    Okay, if you’re a fan of Judy Garland, have a deep curiosity about iconic stars with deadly addictions OR have relatives in town who are either of those, you’re going to want to make End of the Rainbow appointment viewing. And, if you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, Tracie Bennett is crazy amazing in her portrayal of Judy in the final weeks of her life.  To get in the mood (and for convenience you can’t beat), try The Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel, just across the street from the Belasco Theatre.  Named after the original Lamb Club, (a theatrical club), you’re sure to feel you’re in another era, where downing Old Fashions in red naugahyde banquettes never looked so cool.
    Stay Tuned for More Perfect Pairings to Come!
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