Return of BEA Part of It: Broadway + Brews

BEApartofitNYNY: Tips, tricks, and recommendations for those attending BEA and New York City.

It’s that time of year again!

As everyone gears up for another trip to BEA and most importantly, NYC, I’m teaming up with a few of my local buddies to bring you some places we don’t want you to miss and the easiest ways to navigate the city to make sure your time is maximized to the fullest. I’m combining my two posts from last year (Broadway + beers) because so many of my suggestions are the same and this post is truly a supplement to those. (Be sure to check out both!)

Let’s start first with the shows

I’ll be truthful. I haven’t been too blown away by the new stage offerings this year. I still standby my recs from 2013 (sadly, Peter + the Starcatcher is closed now so that one is a no go) but here are a few others I think you should consider.

Heathers the Musical ( website | discount link )

Heathers the Musical

Technically this is off-Broadway but it’s filled with bright new talent + it’s based on that 80s movie with Winona Ryder. I’ve heard so many positive things about this (including my boss who took his granddaughter — they had a blast). My boss dubbed this perfect for a girl’s night out. I loved that recommendation!

The Cripple of Inishmaan ( website | discount )

The Crippe of Inishmaan

If you haven’t seen Daniel Radcliffe live on stage, this is your chance. He’s an amazing actor + you can tell he loves making his home on Broadway. The Cripple of Inishmaan is a play is about a crippled man who dreams of being in a Hollywood film.

Violet ( website | discount )

Violet the Musical

Sutton Foster is a gem. She’s amazing in every piece of work she does and if you are in New York and she’s starring in a show, you have to get yourself to that theatre. It has a very “YA-ish” tagline: “It’s about the journeys you take to discover who you are” about a disfigured woman who travels by bus to a man she believes that can heal her.

Update as of 5/14: Saw this last night & it was probably one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time. No intermission, wonderful voices, and a really great story about a woman accepting who she is and realizing what she deserves in life. GO SEE IT.

Runners up:

  • If / Then: Idina Menzel fan? Frozen fan? Like original musicals? This might be the one for you. Probably a little harder to secure a ticket but Anthony Rapp is in it too so if you are a Renthead — a mini reunion could be a bonus for you too.
  • Les Miserables: If you didn’t catch it the last time it was on Broadway, here’s your chance. A new revival starring one of my favorite Broadway leading guys (Will Swenson). Definitely worth checking out if you have the chance. This story gets me every time.

(Update 5/14: There is a discount for If/Then for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday performances through July 10 are $97. Visit Ticketmaster.com, call 877-250-2929, visit the box office. The promo code is PLAY2.)

My best tip for securing tickets are definitely buying them BEFORE you arrive + looking for discounts. (Broadwaybox.com is your friend.) If that’s not your style and you want to try your luck, here’s a list of current lotto arrangements for shows playing now. Of course, there is always the TKTS line. But who wants to stand in a long line when there is so much of NYC to see? Not me. Especially when so many of the prices aren’t better than what is already online. Up to you, of course!

And now for one of my other favorite things… beer!

When I travel places, it’s important for me to drink locally. First, you are supporting smaller businesses. Second, it’s the best way to break bread in a new town and try something you haven’t had before. I’m a craft beer drinker and since I wrote my brews post last year, I have been lucky enough to find a few other gems that I frequent quite often. (If you find yourself with enough free time to hang out in Queens, let me know and I can give you some suggestions!)

Local breweries I like: Brooklyn, Singlecut, Greenport, Great South Bay, and Sixpoint.

My motto: In NYC, you are going to be spending a pretty penny on a beer. It might as well be a good one.

Draught 55 (55th + 3rd)

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Absolutely amazing rotating line of beer, happy hour after work and on Saturday evenings, delicious pretzels and the most amazing chipotle nachos ever. (Really nice staff too.)

New York Beer Company (44th between 8th + 9th)

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The food selection is perfect for comfort food; there are daily drink specials; the beer menu is stocked with local picks including some creative beer flights. And bonus — it’s a great spot in midtown. (I don’t find myself saying that a lot.)

Brickyard Gastropub (9th Avenue between 52nd + 53rd)

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James and I stumbled into this one during the winter, and we’ve gone back twice … once for drinks and another time to take my parents out to dinner. First of all, totally surprised by how reasonable the food prices were and second the beer selection (and all their drinks for that matter) is fantastic. Another thing I concern myself with is clientele and there were a lot of locals in here and none of them were pretentious. Nice crowd = a nice place to eat and drink.

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There you have it! My most recent picks for Broadway + beers in NYC. 🙂

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for more BEA Part of It posts around the blogging community!

And certainly, do not be shy! Questions, comments, thoughts… I’d love to hear from you + help you out!