Extra, Extra! The Tony Nominations were recently announced to celebrate the year in Broadway. In case you missed them, Newsies is the “King of New York!” with eight nominations, Newsies is celebrating in a big way as the little show that the Fansies brought to Broadway. Based on the 1992 Disney film flop starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Ann-Margret, this movie has been given new life at the Nederlander Theater with a fresh score by Alan Menken and book by Harvey Fierstein. Our student groups that have visited New York City this spring have loved this show from start to finish and always leave singing and dancing. With so many amazing shows on Broadway this year, student group travel to New York City has never been more exciting!
Other new shows that have received multiple nominations are Once, based on the Academy Award winning film, with eleven nominations, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Broadway staples Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, and directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with ten nominations. The star appeal is even greater in the Broadway Revival Category with returning classics such as Evita, Follies, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. With stars like Ricky Martin playing Ché in Evita, four- time Tony Winner Audra McDonald as Bess in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and legends of Broadway including Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell and Elaine Paige having graced the stage in the Stephen Sondheim classic, Follies, this is a great year to see a show!
Other student favorite shows include Godspell, currently starring High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu, Sister Act: The Musical, starring a grown up Raven-Symoné, and Spiderman – Turn Off The Dark. And, of course classic shows such as The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Memphis, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and Wicked are sure to please any student group. This fall promises to bring another great student option when the classic Annie returns to Broadway!
Of course, there is so much more for student groups to do in New York City besides see a show. Our student group itineraries are filled with attractions, tours, restaurants, and shopping from start to finish. There are incredible museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located right off of Central Park. A visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is a must. And, the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a moving tribute to the city and the lives lost in this tragedy that pulled our nation together.
This summer the Space Shuttle Enterprise will be permanently displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This fitting tribute to the U.S. Space program will be on display on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid until her permanent facility is constructed. There are tours available of the Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, NBC Studios, as well as movie tours, walking tours, bus tours, boat tours, and more. Sports fans have plenty to cheer about with the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Liberty or Rangers throughout the year. And, a visit to the Big Apple would not be complete without a stop in Times Square.