What's Hot in New York City Now
Frost/Nixon Direct from acclaimed, sold-out engagements at the Donmar Warehouse and London's West End, comes Frost/Nixon, written by Peter Morgan (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee for THE QUEEN).  It tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon?  Nominated for three Tonys: Best Play, Lead Actor, Best Director.  At the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre until August 19, 2007.
Grey Gardens Nominated for ten Tony awards, including Best Musical, Grey Gardens tells the story of East Hampton's most notorious recluses, the delightfully eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Living in a dilapidated mansion and facing an uncertain future, Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter, "Little" Edie, are forced to revisit their storied past and come to terms with it--for better, and for worse.  At the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Curtains Nominated for eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, Curtains unfolds backstage at Bostonís Colonial Theatre in 1959.  When the talent-free leading lady in a new musical dies taking her curtain call on opening night, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation.  But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder.  At the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
The Drowsy Chaperone The Drowsy Chaperone is about a die-hard musical-theatre fan whose favorite show literally bursts into life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find and keep her true love.   Winner of five 2006 Tony awards.  At the Marquis.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six young people on the edge of puberty strive to become adults in this funny, tender, sardonic musical by the composer of Falsettos.  This show is hilarious (and touching) - and it's probably coming to a theatre near you (on tour) - see it!  NOTE: It may not be appropriate for elementary school children - at least those not familar with the facts of life; one character misses his word because he has an erection (from fantasizing about a girl in the audience), and sings a very funny song about it.   Circle in the Square Theatre.
Jersey Boys Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  It got three Tony's but Candice was so disappointed.  It lacks dramatic impact, and the famous songs seem truncated (or maybe they just weren't that long to begin with).

Then there's the absence of JOHN LLOYD YOUNG who won the Tony for Best Actor in a musical.  He missed about two weeks at the end of August 2006 and a number of matinees, at least into September 2006 (including two that Candice attended).   The understudies (there are 3 of them) are okay, but without John Lloyd the thrill is gone.

Thank goodness Christian Hoff (who won the Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical) was performing - he was fantastic!  Otherwise, you might as well wait until it comes to a theatre near you in the next year or so.   At the Virginia/August Wilson Theatre.

Poster for Monty Python's Spamalot Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight who create unforgettable musical production numbers that Python-alum/book writer Eric Idle promises will be " as good as or quite likely better than any other show with killer rabbits and a legless knight opening on Broadway this season."  Directed by Mike Nicols.  At the Shubert.

Wicked Wicked  Long before Dorothy drops in, two girls meet in the land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.   The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  This fantasy-filled musical tells the story of how these two unlikely friends grew to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.  NOTE:Not recommended for children under 8 and children under 4 will not be admitted.  Gershwin Theatre.

The Grocery, BrooklynMake your reservation far in advance to see why this tiny Brooklyn restaurant was named one of New York City's top seven restaurants by Zagat.  Read about it on NPR or the New York Times.

Cesna Restaurant Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema picks these three NYC restaurants that "celebrate the simple", and so do the diners who rated them on www.NewYorkCityMetro.com:  'Cesca on the Upper West Side,  the East Village's Hearth, and 'Inoteca on the Lower East Side.