End of the Rainbow on Broadway

20120726-094425.jpg End of the Rainbow on Broadway | New York, United States | End of The Rainbow with Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland is the new absolute Broadway hit. It is like seeing Judy Garland be on stage once again, reliving her last year and fall down previous death while in London at the the Ritz Hotel. Tracie Bennett, is spectacular, her interpretation is beyond expected, her voice and energy. A must see and be included show, into your itinerary when visiting New York City. Her fears, her hunting past, her turbulent love affaires, and her fall down over drugs and alcohol, feeling there was nothing left to give to her public. After the show, we joined Tracie at the SOHO House for dinner, and I asked her, “…do you think that the adrenaline of being on stage ever was more than the effect of drugs and alcohol to Judy Garland.?..” and she replied “…darling unfortunatelly not, and that took her to a tragic end…” MUST SEE IT.!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City

New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Las week I discovered a little spring/summer/autumn GEM in the heart of Manhattan, at the new NoMad Hotel. An spectacular intimate rooftop with incredible views of true NYC icons such us the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Scheduled to open June 15th, this Rooftop Restaurant will cater three course dining experiences for reduced groups. Continue reading New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Moises Kaufman

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo | Broadway, New York |  Theater in New York City has become my favorite plan since last year, I have to admit that I have become addicted to it, and so far I can say that I have seen most of the shows, some AMAZING, some Entertaining and Colorful and others Boring and Blunt. But even when you think you have seen all, Broadway can surprise you with plays which go far beyond the big celebrity names, famous musicals or the catchy songs. To my personal joy, there are more than one example on stage right now, and Bengal Tiger is, without a doubt, one of those. Yes they feature a big star like Robin Williams – who plays the leading role of the Bengal Tiger, but there are a several other reasons why this play is as for today among my TOP 05 Must See plays in Broadway. Continue reading Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Moises Kaufman

R Lounge at Renaissance Hotel Times Square

R Lounge at Renaissance Hotel Times Square |  Times Square, New York City |   Have  you been looking for the most fantastic views of Times Square and Broadway.? Well stop, don’t look anymore, because I have found them for you, you must pay a visit and a drink or two, to R Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel Times Square. (FYI views are fantastic all day long, but to get the TOP experience, try to get your table book from 6PM on). Last night I was invited to the Renaissance Hotel Times Square, to assist to a private event to raise funds for the True Colors Fund (Cindy Lauper) sponsored by American Airlines, Grey Goose and my dear friend Troy Masters Founder and Publisher of Gay City News. Now I know where I want to be seating for next New Years Eve.
Surprise yourself with New York’s best kept secret. No matter what time of day, the views from R Lounge (voted Best Scenic View by OpenTable diners) are spectacular both inside and out. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking panoramic views of Times Square, this new NYC lounge and bar comes as a welcome oasis and stylish escape from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. The menus by Chefs Jason Potter and Bromberg Brothers. American food, influenced by Italian and other international flavors. Items such as Blue Ribbon’s – by Bromberg Brothers recognized with a slew of “Top 10” and “Best Of” awards, northern fried chicken wings, grilled cheese paninis, BBQ pork sliders, and smoked salmon toast are available at R Lounge in addition to the hotel’s complete dinner menu.
As if all this wasn’t enough, and after a few glasses of Grey Goose and enjoying the views with local friends and colleagues, the one and only Ms. Cindy Lauper came in to the room, looking AMAZING like always. She welcomed everyone and thanked us for supporting the True Colors Fund. (see her full speech below)

For more information on R Lounge check their website @ www.rloungetimessquare.com. To learn more about the True Colors Foundation www.truecolorsfund.org or Gay City News www.gaycitynews.com

Catch Me if you Can on Broadway

Catch Me if you Can on Broadway |  Broadway, New York |  Last night I was invited to see the preview of Catch me if you Can, the news musical opening in Broadway in only 4 days. Although there was a WHOLE show behind our seat, that I am not going to dish about now (but trust me was way funnier than the play itself). By the producers of Hair Spray and based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture. After this show, now I fully understand why Pan Am Airways went on bankruptcy. I would have to say that after an USD 18 glass of red wine at the Lounge of the Neil Simon Theater, the second part of the show was my absolute favorite. Norbert Leo Burtz – Agent Carl Hanratty, Aaron Tveit – Frank Abagnale Jr, Linda Hart – Carol Strong and Kerry Butler – Cheryl Ann stole the show with the best performances to my respect.

Frank W. Abagnale, one of the world’s leading authorities on secure documents, fraud and embezzlement. The story of his son, a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than a boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. During almost 3 hours you will get lost into his own turbulent fantasies and delusions, with a end that, although very predictable very catching and entertaining. CM

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Sister Act the Musical WIN 02 Tickets

Sister Act the Musical WIN 02 Tickets |  Broadway, New York City |  Are you in the New York area or planning to visit by March 30th.? YES…. then enter to WIN 02 Tickets to see the previews of Sister Act the Musical in Broadway by Whoopi Goldberg. Sister Act – a Divine Musical Comedy @ Broadway Theater (1681 Broadway, New York) Wednesday March 30th. at 8PM.

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(1). Go to Carlos Melia Page on Facebook. If you are not a FAN press LIKE. (see link below)
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The winers will be announced on the afternoon of FRIDAY 25th. of March. So be patient and check your messages, you might be the lucky winer. Courtesy of CM by Carlos Melia

Priscilla Queen of the Desert or Queen of Broadway ?

Priscilla Queen of the Desert or Queen of Broadway ? |  New York City, Broadway |  Fellows there is a new show in town – Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – and mark my words, will stay for long. So Spiderman stop learning how to fly, undust your pink wig and learn how to sing and dance, because there is brand new tough competition just around the corner. Long gone are the days were Drag Queens where a bad word, now they rein in the Big Apple across Broadway. La Cage aux Folles and now Priscilla Queen of the Desert.… No, my friends, despite they do look like ones, the are no Drag Queens in Mamma Mia. And for tenth time… Nathan Lane is not in drag any more, now he plays a man at The Adam’s Family, go figure, no kidding they are a very special family with him on that role.
What a fantastic show. What an amazing make-believe scenography recreating the original motion picture by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott. The glitz and glam of New York city, with one of the best products to come out of Australia, of course after Muriel’s Wedding, Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman. OH For God sake, No, again.. Nicole Kidman is not a Drag Queen either, give it a rest man.
What a talented, great looking cast leaded by Will Swenson Tick (Mitzi), Tony Sheldon Bernadette, Nick Adams Adam (Felicia) and the DIVAS. Colorfull, elaborated, tight and revealing costumes, catchy rhythms and songs, enterntaining choreographies, will make you dance, laugh, sing and clap during 3 hours, leaving you craving for more and more. My favorite acts both performed by Adam (Felicia) were The Road to Nowhere with the leading scene of Felicia on the roof of the Bus with the long dress and the classic music, and the opening act where Felicia plays Material Girl by Madonna.
There is a bunch of new over talented Drag Queens in town and not even SpiderMan will be able to glam them out with his boring spiderwebs. Seen them all, Mamma Mia, La Cage aux Folles, The Adam’ss Family, Wicked, Billy Elliot and my recommendation to all of them, watch out to  the Australian sensation. The Palace Theatre was sold out with queens and only a few kings both on stage and in the crowd. If you want to spend your dollars on a worth seeing Broadway show, then there is no doubt that Priscilla is one of you best bets.
Reporting LIVE from the Big Apple, Carlos Melia…. now heading back home. Can someone help me get out of this hills pleaseeee. They are killing me damn it.  CM

Broadway Reloaded 2011 Season

Broadway Reloaded | Three new shows coming to Broadway in the next two month Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical (opening February 28th), Sister Act the musical (opening March 24th.) and Catch Me if you Can the musical (opening March 11th.). Last night at the Hotel Excellence Awards 2010, I had a sneak preview of two of them Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Sister Act by its own Whoopi Goldberg and they look very promising. I already have tickets for the three of them and will be sharing my reviews with you all soon. So stay tuned…

Sneak preview of Sister Act performance at the Hotel Excellence Awards 2010. “Fabulous Baby” performed by: Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller and the Broadway cast of Sister Act.

Sneak preview of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical performance at the Hotel Excellence Awards 2010. “We Belong” performed by: Nick Adams.

Sneak preview of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical performance at the Hotel Excellence Awards 2010. “Priscilla’s Diva Medley” performed by: Jacqueline B. Arnold, Anastacia McClesky and Ahsley Spencer.

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SpiderMan or UninSpiderMan ?

SpiderMan or UninSpiderMan ? |  Broadway, New York City, United States | What happens when a COMIC classic goes to literally the Dark or blackout, as how they put it during the show ? I think that SpiderMan got trapped into the spiderwebs of their own production. OMG sorry for all of those fans of SpiderMan out there, but I would have to say it has been one of the longest, dullest and most disappointing show I have seen in my life. SpiderMan Turn off the Dark, Directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King), with songs by U2‘s Bono and The Edge, is still trying to solve many glitches of the show before they open officially next February 07 2011.
I was invited to a preview of the show last night at FOXWOODS Theater in Broadway. I usually refrain from doing bad reviews, I just rather let it go and not even mention them, but here the thing is that, they are focusing so much in the technical issues and setbacks of the show, such as the onstage accident of Christopher Tierney due to a harness malfunction, and Natalie Mendoza (role of Arachney) dropping the show for good after suffering a concussion backstage during the first preview, that they are not paying any attention to the story flow and the fact that second half of the first act and the entire second act is just BORING !!!!.
Song after song, you don’t know if you are in an U2 televised concert or at a Broadway show. To me it look like a school project play, with, and I have to give them this since I was blown away by it… AMAZING scenography by George Tsypin, that perfectly mimics the MARBEL style and esthetics. There is a 15 minutes intermission, where the comments among the attendees were not flattering at all… But hey don’t go yet, because if you made it trough the first act, through the nonsense of the villains fashion show and the story telling by this four young boys that completely confuse you, get ready for the second act which is even more boring and confusing.
What are your main expectations when coming to see Spider-Man Turn off the Dark the multimillion Broadway play. ? FIRST To see SpiderMan fly all over the stage and on top of the audience right.? Well you will see some of that…. not yet choreographed to perfection, or something you have not seen before in a live Rock concert… but indeed interesting and eye catching. SECOND to be amazed by the his spiderwebs all over coming out of his hands, well you won’t see ANY of that, except from the cheap confetti they use in the first act. SpiderMan is upstaged in two occasions by the stage presence and singing of the villainess Arachney (by TV Carpio ), especially in one of the most beautiful parts ” Rise Above ” where she comes to Peter Parker‘s dreams to claim his love and loyalty.
At least this was my impression of the show, and I invite you to come and judge on your own, after all I am not an expert Theater Critic, I am just another viewer.  CM