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Ask the Expert: Top Broadway Shows

Concierge James Lamboglia of The Plaza Hotel has an affinity for larger-than-life-musicals, like current Broadway hits Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical and Cabaret.

There’s no denying New York City is home to some of the best theatrical productions in the world—including thought-provoking plays and larger-than-life musicals. James Lamboglia, who has been a concierge for the past 11 years and currently works at the venerable Plaza Hotel (768 Fifth Ave., 212.759.3000), has an affinity for the latter, saying that a great musical can leave him singing the toe-tapping songs for days. Here, he recommends his top three.

First up, he suggests Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony Awards winner for Best Musical. Inspired by a true story, the show follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from an unlikely source. Besides taking home the grand prize, singer Cyndi Lauper also received a Tony for the score while Billy Porter took home the Best Actor in a Musical award for his portrayal of the drag queen Lola. “The show is uplifting, hilarious and touching,” Lamboglia says.  

James Lamboglia of The Plaza
James Lamboglia, Concierge at The Plaza Hotel (Courtesy The Plaza Hotel)

For a look at the history of Motown and its founder Berry Gordy, Lamboglia suggests a trip to see Motown the Musical. “The actors are great,” he says. “People will love seeing some of their favorite singers and groups on stage, including The Supremes, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Mary Wells and Michael Jackson.”  

To see a few big screen stars in the flesh—and rate their singing chops—the latest revival of the Bob Fosse classic Cabaret is currently playing at the iconic 1970s-era nightclub Studio 54. “Michelle Williams is a treat to watch as Sally Bowles, and Alan Cumming steals the show as the Emcee,” Lamboglia says. “People will enjoy sitting in the Orchestra level and ordering cocktails at the cabaret tables as if they really were at the Kit Kat Klub in the 1930s.”