Having a `Beautiful’ time in New York – A Report from the Great White Way

Our Director of Marketing Jason Wise (pictured left) took a quick trip to New York this week for the Broadway League’s Annual Winter Meeting – and, of course, to catch up on a few new Broadway shows. Whenever we’re in New York, we always try to see the latest and greatest Broadway has to offer, in hopes that we’ll be able to bring some of the shows to Bass Hall in the future. Jason sends this report from the Great White Way:

I was thrilled to be able to catch the revival of the play BETRAYAL at the Barrymore Theatre on Tuesday night. Starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, and directed by Mike Nichols, the show has a very limited engagement, running only for 14 weeks.

If you’re in the New York area between now and when it closes on January 5, I highly recommend it. BETRAYAL tells the story of Emma (Rachel Weisz), who is married to Robert (Daniel Craig), a publisher, and her long and complex relationship with Robert’s best friend Jerry (Rafe Spall). All three delivered powerful performances.

Wednesday afternoon, I caught A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, a new musical comedy that has taken Broadway by storm. Playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre, it’s a “knock-’em-dead hit” that tells the side-splitting tale of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who undertakes a, ahem, process of elimination in order to speed up the line of succession. Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays (I AM MY OWN WIFE, GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN) plays all eight doomed heirs, who meet their ends in ferociously funny ways.

Jessie Mueller as Carole King in BEAUTIFUL. Photo: Joan Marcus.
Jessie Mueller as Carole King in BEAUTIFUL. Photo: Joan Marcus.
Thursday night, I saw BEAUTIFUL, a great jukebox musical chronicling the life and storied music career of Carole King.

The show, playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, features all of King’s hits from her Grammy Award-winning album Tapestry, as well as a lot of her songs written for other artists. It was a great night at the theater and definitely a great show for the road!

Speaking of beautiful, I also snapped a shot of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza. Happy holidays, everybody!

– Jason Wise
Director of Marketing and Sponsorships

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