NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

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NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

Our roving photographer usually shares her NYC rovings, but this week she shares her getaway photos to Quebec. Let’s enjoy these last days of summer and look forward to fall and in ushering the reopening of Broadway Many of our iconic restaurants are reopening too! And the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival is back celebrating original new shows. Jazz fans are a twitter about the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival this weekend. But the hottest show in town in this fall is Tomatoes Got Talent. Tune in next Friday, LIVE on YouTube, when celebrity interviewer Richard Skipper interviews, Cheryl Benton, the head tomato! Our Broadway Babe reports in from the Hamptons today.


Oct. 4. The Hottest Ticket in Town

Tomatoes Got TalentJoin us for our long-delayed show that is finally happening at the Triad. This year’s talent is superb. And our celebrity judges are three top award-winning Broadway producers and performers: Lee Roy Reams, Margot Astrachan, Ken Waissman.  Watch the audition video.


Sept. 7-Oct. 3. Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

This annual boutique theatre showcase presents a collection of stimulating Off Broadway original productions many of which find a way to a larger stage. There are several outstanding shows you can see live, including Brilliant, The Musical. It tells the story of   Sarah, a devoted wife and mother, tries desperately to support her atypical son until his disruptive behaviors become too difficult to manage and she is compelled to make a decision that will affect his future and their relationship. Get the full line up of shows.


Sept. 3.  Richard Skipper Celebrates

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

Richard Skipper, interviewer, entertainer, emcee, and host is celebrating Cheryl Benton (aka the head Tomato) on his LIVE YouTube show on Friday Sept. 3 at 3 PM ET. It will also be posted to his podcast. He has conducted over 1000 interviews with his warm, friendly, never gossipy and engaging style. WATCH LIVE (or on demand) HERE.


Broadway’s Coming Back!

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and MoreThe Broadway season is gearing up to open bigger, better, safer. Sandy Durell shares the opening dates by alphabetical listing of all Broadway shows new and returning. Time to enjoy the THEATRE! Get the details.


Iconic Restaurants Reopening

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

One of our favorite restaurant columnists is Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post. He has been a wonderful supporter and voice for NYC restaurants all through the pandemic, and a cheerleader for re-openings. This week he reported a few classics that are coming back in September: The Oyster Bar, The Grill and Pool Room, and Danny Meyers The Modern.  Such great news. Still not opened yet, but hopefully returning soon are Shun Lee Place and Sardis. Read his article.


Aug 27-29. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

The annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz, is back! The festival celebrates the artistic and creative energy that has made Harlem a world-renowned artistic community. This year’s festival returns to Marcus Garvey Park and brings together multiple generations of musicians. The lineup includes artists whose spirit and talent pay tribute to Charlie Parker and jazz. Donald Harrison brings his quartet for a collaboration with some of Harlem’s finest string musicians in celebration of Parker’s most commercially successful works, while Willie Jones III has assembled a diverse ensemble of nascent stars and jazz veterans. Get the full line up of artists.


A Getaway to a Cottage in Quebec

Our roving photographer Nicole Freezer Rubens (author The Long Pause and the Short Breath) shares her wonder vacation photos.  She writes:

As much as I live to live in New a York City, it’s also great to get away. The US-Canadian border reopened after 17 months, and I was finally able to return to the quiet life at our family fishing cottage in western Quebec. My husband’s grandfather started coming here 75 years ago and not much has changed in general, but the sparkly lake is more beautiful than ever. The fishing is good this season and the sunsets are more spectacular than I remember. It’s good to be home again.


Broadway Babe and Celebs Support Animals

NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Broadway & Restaurant Re-Openings, Jazz, Talented Tomatoes and More

On the eve of the hurricane that wasn’t Randie Levine Miller (here with TV personality Bill Boggs) attended the star-studded benefit to support the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 12th annual Unconditional Love gala, chaired by socialite and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff. Get the details.


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