It always feels like the stars are aligned when you receive an incentive for something you’d do anyway. Like athletes who get paid to play a game they love, travelers who are hoping to catch a Broadway performance this summer are in luck. Not only have three of Broadway’s biggest hits met audience demand by adding a Thursday matinee to each of their performance schedules, but the New York Marriott Marquis is offering a dining discount to those who catch one of the shows.
Broadway launched its Thursday matinee triumvirate on April 3, 2014 to patrons who gave it an enthusiastic two thumbs up. Now theater-lovers can catch 2 p.m. performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mamma Mia! and The Phantom of the Opera and save their weekends to see other productions and explore all that the city has to offer.
While hotels on Broadway in New York have all embraced the new performance time, only the New York Marriott Marquis has given patrons the chance for an encore performance, albeit one of a culinary variety. Visitors who bring their Thursday matinee ticket stubs to the NYC hotel’s Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar, Broadway Lounge or The View Lounge will receive a 20-percent discount on their bill (exclusive of beverages and tax).
Considering the variety of cuisine and experience available at these restaurants, deciding where to eat can be as challenging as deciding which production to see. Crossroads satisfies guests with a hearty appetite and a taste for seasonal dishes with its modern New York menu. Those who value a sizzling atmosphere as much as a good handcrafted cocktail can grab a seat at Broadway Lounge. And for an experience unique among New York Broadway hotels, The View Lounge serves its fresh, local cuisine with a breathtaking skyline view.
Although other hotels in NYC may boast close proximity to Broadway, this property takes its location a step further by featuring its own, on-site performance space, the Marquis Theatre. The hotel, as a result, isn’t just on Broadway; it’s part of Broadway. And that’s something that will please any critic.
For Cinderella, Mamma Mia! and The Phantom of the Opera schedules, tickets and more information visit www.thursdaymatinees.com
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music that’s delighting audiences at The Broadway Theater (1681 Broadway) with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale.
This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream. Find details at www.CinderellaOnBroadway.com.
Now celebrating 13 smash hit years on Broadway Mamma Mia! celebrates 5,000 performances at its new home at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history and one of only 5 musicals to have run for more than 10 years on Broadway.
Acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon” Mamma Mia! continues its success around the world having been seen by over 54 million people, in 38 productions in 14 languages in over 400 cities.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer’s vision of writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolding on a tiny Greek island. Songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter. Find details at www.mammamianorthamerica.com/
The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera, directed by the legendary Harold Prince, is the longest-running show in Broadway history and the most successful stage musical of all time. As much a part of the New York City experience as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, Phantom remains the ultimate Broadway experience as it continues to shatter records at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street) with no end in sight.
The first and only Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, it has since played more than 26 Years to over 16 million people and next month will play unprecedented milestone performance #11,000. The New York production now stars Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis and Broadway and West End star Sierra Boggess. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc., the worldwide phenomenon has played “The Music of the Night” in over 65,000 performances to 130 million people in 29 countries. Find details at www.PhantomBroadway.com
About New York Marriott Marquis
Ideally located in the center of New York City’s bustling Times Square, the New York Marriott Marquis is a sophisticated and contemporary hotel that offers spectacular views and a prime location in the heart of Manhattan. The updated rooms and suites are outfitted with luxurious bedding, marble bathrooms, LCD TVs with cable and premium movie channels, large work desks with ergonomic chairs, enhanced high-speed wireless Internet access, and sweeping views of Times Square and the New York City skyline. There are three restaurants and lounges on-site including The View, NYC’s only revolving rooftop restaurant; the renovated Broadway Lounge; and Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar. Guests can work out in the 4,000-square-foot fitness center while looking out at Times Square. With 55 meeting rooms, an elegant ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,800 people, and over 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, the hotel is the venue of choice for meetings and events in Manhattan. The New York Marriott Marquis is just minutes from New York’s most famous attractions, including Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, UN headquarters and Madison Square Garden. This elegant city hotel provides the quintessential New York experience.