Ask The Expert: Best Broadway Shows Right Now

Peter Johnson, Chef Concierge at the Kimberly Hotel, picks his favorite shows on Broadway right now

With so much entertainment is NYC's busy landscape, recommendations from a pro can go a long way. Where spoke with Peter Johnson, chief concierge for Kimberly Hotel to the details on the Broadway shows he tells his visitors about.

Javier Munoz and the Broadway company of "Hamilton" (©Joan Marcus)

Hamilton

From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, “Hamilton” is an exploration of a political mastermind. Mr. Miranda shows us pure genius in this musical interpretation of the historical figure.  Music, lyrics, book, set, costumes, lighting, and choreography,  meld together in this musical masterpiece I left singing the music and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. It is hard to put into words the utter elation I felt leaving the theater, I didn’t want the evening to end.

 

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Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

It is a beautiful evening at the theater with Chilina Kennedy playing the title role Carol King. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. The performances from the ensemble cast are dazzling. It is a perfect choice for your New York visit. This show is a bonafide hit.

Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole in ”War Paint”

War Paint

Pattie LuPone—as Helena Rubenstein—and Christine Ebersole—as Elizabeth Arden—bring their magical performances as the powerhouse mistresses of the cosmetic industry to the Nederlander stage. They stand on equal ground throughout this enthralling musical perspective. Vocally, they are both in top-notch form and deliver their Eleven O’Clock number—the play's showstopping number—with a dramatic intensity that will leave you breathless. The war is on, and these two relentless women, battle to the finish with a backdrop of lush costumes and scenery, reflective of the era. This is a musical theater memory to cherish.

Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!”

Hello, Dolly!

The Divine Miss M—Bette Midler—returns to the stage in a powerhouse performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi, the meddlesome matchmaker.  This role is perfectly suited for her as she flawlessly belts out Jerry Herman’s showstoppers such as 'Before the Parade Passes By,' 'So Long Dearie' and, of course, 'Hello, Dolly!' David Hyde Pierce also stars as Horace Vandegelder, the half-a-millionaire from Yonkers and object of Dolly’s attention. Jerry Zaks direct this illustrious production. Ms. Midler has broken all the box office records in her return to Broadway.

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