Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - NYC Subway Art Tour and Fiorello

Were given a free New York City Subway Art tour for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: NYC Subway Art Tour

Where: Tour starts at McDonald's 51st and Broadway

Who:Teens and adults


Mom's view: If you like art, or history or if you just want to go on a really unique tour, you'll love the NYC Subway Art Tour led by Darryl Reilly. In 1985, a program was created to beautify New York City subway stations and since then gradually the stations have been renovated with beautiful works of art. There are currently over 400 subway stations and the process of renovating them is slow. Only a few are done a year. So there are still a good number of them awaiting renovation. On this tour, you will not see all of the renovated stations, but you will see a lot of them. You will see stations with very modern looking art. You will see stations with art that is based on classic literature. You will see stations with large murals and stations with art that is tiny. You will see stations that have more than one type of art in the same station. You will stations with art that looks like something really and stations with art that doesn't. There is even one station where all the artwork is pictures of hats. Between all the interesting information you will learn on this tour and all the beautiful artwork you will see, the approximately two hour tour will feel like it goes by in a flash. We would not recommend this tour for young children. They might enjoy riding around on the subways but they would probably get bored with viewing and learning about the art. However, if your child is a little older and they particularly enjoy art and/or history they might enjoy it. For more information or to book a tour go to http://nycsubwaytour.com/. For an interview with Darryl Reilly see this week's upcoming Saturday Special.

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We were given free tickets to Fiorello for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our viewing of the show.

What: Fiorello

Where: Classic Stage Company
             136 E. 13th St.
             New York , NY

Who: Recommended for 16 and up

When: Now through October 7, 2016
Mom's view: Fiorello is a classic musical that is not often revived. The current revival was so popular in its initial run at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts that it was moved Off-Broadway for an extended run. While the show, unlike most classic musicals ,does not have one memorable song, the story regarding the late former mayor of New York City, Fiorello LaGuardia is a good one. It is nice to have the opportunity to learn more about him than that he was the man an airport, a high school of performing arts and various other locations were named after. If you nothing about him, once you see the show, not only will you understand why so many places were named after him, you'll wonder why even more locations weren't named after him, and why younger generations including my own know so little about him. This particular production is quite a a good one. The acting and singing are all very good, Every performer is well cast and performs well in his or her role. The set is very interesting with large replicas of New York City locations being moved around it like giant chess pieces. It may sound like this would be distracting but it really isn't. I wouldn't recommend the show for young kids due to some language and situations although none of it is really that bad compared to what is in most PG or at least PG 13 rated movies today. However, the story probably wouldn't interest young children anyway, For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/theatre/619-fiorello-2. Keep in mind the show will only be running through October 7,
And that's Mom's view. Tune in tomorrow for more about NYC Subway Art Tour and Fiorello.

Photo credits: All Fiorello photos by Alexander Hill

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