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As the biggest and most populous city in the United States, New York City is more than just Times Square and the Empire State Building; hard as it is to believe, there is life beyond Manhattan. In fact, the city is split into five parts, usually called “boroughs,” that have their own unique histories. And although it is the most prominent, Manhattan is just one of the five. The remaining four are actually all bigger than Manhattan, and each adds its distinct significance to the culture of New York.

The “Cats” Musical Is Returning to Broadway

The greatest ideas usually sound crazy at first – the Bible put to music, a phantom rowing across the set of a stage to chase his love – but these have been crafted into iconic musicals through the genius mind of Andrew Lloyd Webber. His most extraordinary success, however, is surely the adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s poetry book into a musical, one where the protagonists are all cats. The fourth-longest running show in Broadway history sets “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” to Webber’s melodious tunes, and features a list of characters that is dominated by our feline friends. Most notably, though, it is roaring back into the limelight – that’s right, Cats is returning to Broadway.

Famous New York Foods

The city that never sleeps sure likes to eat. Although that does not reflect on the Big Apple’s uniqueness – everyone likes to eat – but the way New Yorkers’ found ways to indulge their love for food does. Already considerably different from most other places in the US due to its sheer size and diversity of demographics, New York City has also grown to cultivate its own culinary culture. That culture, like the city, is incredible in its variety: the different immigrant groups of the world have lent their best dishes to the city upon settling here, and over the years, the food has become an essential part of any experience centered in the legendary concrete jungle. In staying true to that aforementioned variety, listed below are the seven most iconic foods of New York City.

An American in Paris

This Broadway spectacle is, more than anything else, mesmerizing in its elegance. Perhaps the most physically pulsating show in the scene of New York theater, it features a seemingly smooth combination of complex European-inspired ballet dance and bedazzling US-inspired musical dance. Performing in the sold-out Palace Theater every night, the show is a two-hour performance scintillating with Tony-award winning, brilliant choreography and exquisite lighting. An American in Paris mixes the cultural energies of a post-World War II Paris and the soldiers that helped liberate it to produce a hit of a show, the best-orchestrated musical to see on Broadway this year.

The Color Purple

One of Broadway’s more somber productions in its beauty, John Doyle’s revival of The Color Purple musical is just as classic as the original. Full of awe-inspiring moments of strength and sisterhood, the show never ceases to amaze: the subtlety of the acting is complemented perfectly by the heavy, yet unique musical themes. The work of the set creators, the costume designers, and cast of The Color Purple all blend together to make for a powerful, heart wrenching, yet fully great performances every night.

School of Rock Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber

The School of Rock musical adaptation of the hit 2003 movie onto the stage, executed by the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber, is easily enjoyable and one of the most effortlessly entertaining Broadway shows on right now. The lovable adult delinquent leading a band of goody two-shoes kids on a rock-filled adventure is played wonderfully by Alex Brightman, who holds the show together almost with his presence alone. Nevertheless, the School of Rock Broadway cast of mostly children still glows in their innocent, vibrant brilliance: the reveals of the inner music stars within the academically oriented kids do not seem empty or excessive. As a matter of fact, the surprisingly complex performances of the cast are as genuine as the emotions they elicit in the audience – the people on both sides of the stage immensely enjoy their respective experiences.

The Humans (of Broadway)

Rarely does a small, personal drama survive for long enough on Broadway to be considered worthy of joining its already impressive list of classics, but Stephen Karam’s The Humans shows promise of doing exactly that only three months after premiering in the world of New York theater. While some epic productions with masked phantoms and royal lions have built their legacy on largely grandeur, The Humans, running in the literal smallest Broadway theater, the Helen Hayes, lends emotional weight to its every line of dialogue and minute action on stage. The intricate direction of Joe Montello allows the ultimately unsettling family drama to breathe with moments of humor and kindness. The family in question, the three-generational Blakes, are unique in their shortcomings, frustrations, and relationships with each other. The play continues the ever-present theme of addressing the truth and essence of the “American family,” and successfully manages to be original with it, while doing so in the face of decades of dysfunctional families created in the art world.

Something Rotten

Shakespeare and time travel together is a curious enough mix on its own. Couple that with “music, dance, and sweet romance” – and you get the smashingly hilarious, Tony Award-winning “Something Rotten”. Full of slick references to classic Broadway musicals and famous Shakespeare plays, it resonates with any and all theatergoers.

American Psycho: The Musical

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The iconic scene in Paul Owen’s apartment from the famous 1991 Brett Easton Ellis novel, featuring the 80’s hit, will excite whether you read it, watch it on a television screen, or experience it in a theater. The American Psycho Broadway musical places its emotional and thematic peak in the scene, and electrifies with it. The first act ends just after the hype of Patrick Bateman’s dancing, drinking, lip-syncing, and psychoanalytical music reviews culminates in the murder of his colleague, Paul.

No Sleepwalking Through Sleep No More

A traditional theater performance features a story delivered to an audience in a singular way, with limited details up to a viewer’s interpretation. The immersive theater experience of Punchdrunk Company’s “Sleep No More,” however, blows convention out of the water, and expects the viewer to watch and understand merely what they truly wish to.