London and New York
The Musical has become a truly global phenomonen, with some productions being simultaneously performed all over the world. Phantom Of the Opera, for example, has been produced in 145 cities in countries as diverse as New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Korea and Russia and has been see by over one hundred and thirty million people!
But the 27 countries in which Phantom has been performed is nothing compared to the 42 countries which have played host to Les Miserables!
But wherever the musical appears – whether a tour of a succesful production or the World Premiere of a brand new one the dual homes of the Musical are undoubtedly New York and London.
New York’s Broadway and London’s West End vie, with good-humoured competition, for the top spot and the title of Home of the Musical, but in reality they both offer their own take on what is rapidly becoming the worlds favourite art form and each city is as important as the other in the history and development of the Musical.
Which of course means that you should take a Musical Break in London AND a Musical Break in New York!
With approximately 40 plays and musical in production at anyone time in London’s Theatreland and on New York’s Broadway they are about the same size. And for the most part visitors to one city would recognise the shows on in the other city. Some running concurrently, some now closed in one but still going in the other.
Memphis, Once, Venus in Fur, Spiderman, Other Desert Cities and The Book of Mormon stand out as good examples of what is on in New York whilst not on in London – although, with the globalisation of The Musical you can bet that someone is in a darkened room somewhere plotting to bring each of these to London at some time in the future. After all Broadway shows such as Wicked, Million Dollar Quartet and Jersey Boys are already wowing audience in the West End.
Of course with each city, it is not just the musicals and plays that attract visitors. A musical break can also include entry to a whole range of world famous attractions and specialised tours.
New York has The Statue of Liberty and Central Park, whilst London has Buckingham Palace and the Southbank. New York, Ground Zero, London the British Museum. New York the Museum of Modern Art, London the Tate and Tate Modern. Check Out New York attractions here and London Attractions here. Use the booking forms on the pages to start your city break bookings and then add the attraction s as you go through your booking.
And of course both have a wide selection of central hotels to act as a base to your city break.
If you have never been to London or New York before, do bear in mind that the theatres, are not ONLY on Broadway or ONLY on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. Most are dotted around the theatre districts on various side streets. In both cities space is a premium so you’ll find theatres crammed into the most surprising spaces!
A really great resource for helping you to get to grips with New York’s Theatre District, what to do in addition to the theatre, where to stay, where to eat, what to buy and , when you are done with all that, where else to go, is the Manhatten page at WikiTravel – http://wikitravel.org/en/Manhattan/Theater_District. It is short (if anything can be on the subject) and to the point and, apart from the first use of the word revivified I have ever seen, it is quite understandable.