By LL Editorial StaffIt has been said that the world is a stage and, perhaps, everyone contributes to the daily drama. But if you want a bit of escapism, visit a theatrical city, slip inside a dark theater and enjoy a live stage performance. There are dramas, musicals, and comedies playing every day across the globe. Here are some of the best shows playing in cities known for their theatrics, both on and off the stage.
Who would have thought that an early 1980s movie would become a popular Broadway hit? 9 To 5: The Musical, set in 1979, is about a trio of unlikely allies who conspire to take control of their company while discovering there is nothing they canít do Ė even in a manís world. Now showing at the Marquis Theater in New York City, the musical stars Allison Janney and Wicked alums Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty. There are 18 original numbers written by Dolly Parton, who starred in the original film, that mix Broadway and pop with her witty lyrics. After the show, relax in the comforts of your luxurious room at The Plaza, The Sherry-Netherland or Jumeirah Essex House.
The Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys has been playing to rave reviews in Chicago at the Bank of America Theater. It follows a four-decade friendship of four blue-collared kids from Newark who find stardom as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The quartetís hits, Sherry, Big Girls Donít Cry and Canít Take My Eyes Off You, have the theater rockiní and a rollin.í Keep the beat going by checking in to the Hard Rock Hotel along Michigan Avenue.
Anyone who heads to San Francisco must make a stop at Club Fugazi in the heart of the cityís Italian neighborhood, the North Beach district. For more than 35 years, Beach Blanket Babylon has been the longest running musical revue in theater history. The costumes are extravagant with outrageously huge hats and zany wigs plus insanely humorous performances. After three decades, Beach Blanket Babylon is still a work in progress continually evolving in its hilarious parodies of current events and popular icons. After the show, hop the cable car to Pacific Heights and the Hotel Drisco, an elegant urban retreat located along Millionaireís Row.
Thespians take to the stage at Londonís Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus with the comic adaption of The 39 Steps, based on Alfred Hitchcockís 1935 classic movie thriller. Performed by just four actors who assume a minimum of 150 roles, the play features every scene that appeared in the film, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman and the death-defying finale in the London Palladium. Good news for Hitchcock fans and theater goers Ė The 39 Steps recently extended its run until mid-February. It is a little more than 39 steps to The Montague on the Gardens, but the walk to nearby Covenant Gardens is well worth it when you consider the contemporary luxury and superb service that awaits your arrival.