Tue, Oct 17: Fly to New York City with a sightseeing tour of Midtown Manhattan on the way to your hotel. Check into the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel, right in the heart of the theatre district. Get settled and have dinner on your own before your first musical, Dear Evan Hansen. Currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, this deeply personal and profoundly contemporary new American musical is about life and the way we live it. A lie that was never meant to be told gives Evan the life he never dreamed he could have; and a chance to finally fit in. The marvelous Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered this season. The New York Times calls it “The Best New Musical of the Year,” and it is a Tony nominee for Best Musical.
Wed, Oct 18: Visit Lower Manhattan, home to Wall Street, Battery Park, the 911 memorial and more. Have lunch and free time, then take a glimpse into the past at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum where the apartments awaken with recreated immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood. Uncover the stories within these walls as you have a chat with the owners of Schneider’s Saloon; 97 Orchard Street’s longest running business. This immersive historical theater experience allows you to engage with actors playing the part of real-life saloon owners, captivating you with the life of early German immigrants. Then taste and experience the unique history of the Lower East Side paired with a three course dinner by Louie & Chan. This evening see the musical Come From Away, which will take you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that put their lives on hold and opened their homes to this world of strangers on September 11, 2001. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Directed by Tony®-nominee Christopher Ashley, The Washington Post hails it as, “an exuberant antidote for what ails the American soul.” (Meal: Dinner)
Thu, Oct 19: This morning, meet with an actor/performer from a current Broadway musical to hear personal stories of backstage antics, grueling schedules, and the excitement of a career on the Great White Way. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy New York City! This evening, meet up with the group to see Bette Midler’s return to the stage in the classic musical favorite, Hello, Dolly! Tony nominee for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Midler plays Dolly Levi, “meddler” and matchmaker in 1890s New York City, and David Hyde Pierce (also a Tony nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical) as Horace Vandergelder the object of her matchmaking and affection.
Fri, Oct 20: Start out your day with an insider’s look at the Garment District. Fashion and beauty rise to the top in the city that never sleeps. From hip boutiques featured in fashion magazines to private designer showrooms, and a world-famous fabric shop, enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience to not only learn the history and background behind this industry but meet in person with a fashion designer! Tour a world-class cosmetic shop complete with brand history and a tutorial by a professional make-up artist. Take advantage shopping discounts and exploring on your own, or take a rest at the hotel this afternoon. Tonight, the tour culminates with the last musical, War Paint. Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons who built empires in a business world ruled by men. This new musical tells the remarkable story of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden—fierce rivals who defined 20th century beauty. In creating an industry, they reinvented themselves and revolutionized how the world saw women.
Sat, Oct 21: Savor a special Farewell Brunch at Fort Tryon Park and visit The Met Cloisters. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.(Brunch)
New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square.
Conveniently located in the heart of the theatre district and Times Square, with entertainment and restaurants just around the corner. Highlights: high-speed Internet access (fees apply) • four restaurants, including The View Restaurant, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in NYC • fitness center.