The Broadway Collection News for April
After a brutal winter in New York, it’s finally time for locals to peel themselves off
the sofa, go outside and feel the warm sun on their faces! For visitors to New
York, it’s the perfect time to arrive now that the bitter cold has disappeared,
leaving spring in its wake. Events to catch in the Big Apple this April focus on
gastronomy, horticulture and the arts.
Recently opened in East Village NYC is Izayaka, a new Japanese restaurant. Far
from your average eatery, it is quickly becoming the talk of the town. Japanese
chef Dai Watanabe studied cuisine in Naples, Italy and adds his own Italian twist
to classic Japanese dishes. From cheese risotto croquette with special tomato
sauce, to miso marinated tofu, foodie travelers will be sure to find a dish that
combines Asian and European flavors at this fusion cuisine hotspot.
After your meal take a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tramway! For the price of a
Metro ride you get to experience aerial views of the NYC skyline, the Queens
Bridge, the East River and arrive at Roosevelt Island. For directions and hours of
operations visit: http://www.rioc.com/transportation.htm
Roosevelt Island is an island between East Manhattan and West Queens that is
considered to be part of the Manhattan borough. Active travelers will be happy to
learn they can stay fit while visiting by participating in the NYCRUNS Race on
April 18th on Roosevelt Island. Funds raised from this campaign will go to the Pin
Down Bladder Cancer organization, which supports Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center’s Bladder Cancer Translational Science Program. For more
information visit: https://nycruns.com/races/?race=pindown-spring-fling-2015
For those who prefer relaxation and entertainment while traveling, The Tribeca
Film Festival is a fantastic option. It arrives to downtown NYC on April 15th and
runs until April 25th. With over 6,000 submissions from all over the globe, it is
safe to say there are a variety of films to watch. In addition to film screenings,
travelers will enjoy interactive activities including: Q&A’s with director, cast and
crew, a family street fair and free panels for working and aspiring filmmakers.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets
On April 22nd Earth Day will be celebrated internationally. This year marks the
25th anniversary of New York’s Earth Day, reminding locals and travelers alike to
be conscious of the planet where we live and explore. Check out the events
online at: http://www.earthdayinitiative.org
Also of interest, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden will hold Sakura Matsuri, its
annual celebration of Japanese culture and the cherry blossom season, on April
25th and 26th. This New York City celebration of spring is held in respect of
Japanese culture and the diverse collection of flowering cherry trees
concentrated in the gardens. Travelers from Japan should also plan travel
around a special exhibition of sculptures by renowned Japanese-American artist,
Isamu Noguchi, scheduled for September of 2015. These events are part of the
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden’s 100th anniversary at the Brooklyn Botanical
In Broadway News
Calling all jazz lovers around the globe, the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts
presents six unique jazz performances in New York City throughout April. These
explore the sounds and rhythms of North, Central and South America.
Performers include Joe Temperley, a 25 year veteran saxophonist and clarinetist,
and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant who was trained in Aix-en-Provence, France
by Jean-Francois Bonnel.
Vocal talent will also be celebrated at the 40th anniversary of Live From Lincoln
Center. Billy Porter, alumni of Broadway Collection member Kinky Boots will
perform in the American Songbook series on April 3rd. Phantom of the Opera star
Norm Lewis and six time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra
McDonald will host on April 10th. The concert series has evolved since it
launched in 1999 and now presents Latin music, indie rock, folk and country as
well as the classic sounds of the Gershwin brothers.
Of particular interest to Japanese audiences, Japanese actor Ken Watanabe will
star in Broadway Collection member The King and I officially opening April 16th.
To English-speaking audiences Watanabe is known for his performance in both
The Last Samurai and Inception. In Japan, Watanabe is known for playing
samurai in Dokuganryū Masamune, a television series, and won the Japan
Academy Prize for Best Actor twice. Be sure to catch his performance with lead
actress Kelli O’Hara in the Broadway revival of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s
Broadway Collection Shows, which began previews last month, are scheduled to
open this April:
- An American in Paris (Official opening April 12th, 2015)
- It Shoulda Been You (Official opening April 14th, 2015)
- Finding Neverland (Official opening April 15th, 2015)
- The King and I (Official opening April 16th, 2015)
- Dr. Zhivago (Official opening April 21st, 2015)
- SOMETHING ROTTEN! (Official opening April 22nd, 2015)
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