One of the most famous venues in the world, Madison Square Garden, is unveiling its brand new makeover this week. The Madison Square Garden Company will unveil a fully transformed Madison Square Garden Arena on Thursday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m., marking the completion of its unprecedented $1 billion, three-year, top-to-bottom project. With the Transformation of the Garden, which began in 2011 and included three offseason shutdowns in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the most storied and historic arena in the world is now also a fully state-of-art sports and entertainment venue – a powerful combination that will ensure its position as The World’s Most Famous Arena for generations to come.
Baltimore, MD had a little star power this week as Ben Elton, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen were on hand at the beautiful France-Merrick Performing Arts Center Hippodrome Theater to kick off the North American 24 city tour of their hugely successful London musical We Will Rock You.
Normally, I’m not a big traveler, but this year has been an amazingly busy year for me. If you are like me you have many a pet peeve, or idea on how to make your next trip a better one. The folks at Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International invited a group of journalists down to their Corporate Headquarters to take a gander at some of the new ideas coming in through their successful Travel Brilliantly campaign.
In 2004, Green Day released one of its most popular and influential albums, the Grammy-winningAmerican Idiot. In 2010 a Broadway musical was launched, a combination of two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
Angela Renée Simpson as Queenie (center, in pink dress) and the company of Show Boat. Photo by Scott Suchman.
It is always an odd experience seeing an old time Broadway show revived for today’s cynical modern times. The 1927 production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat is widely credited as being one of the first Broadway “super musicals.” The show spawned numerous, well known classics like “Ol’ Man River,” “You Are Love,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Bill,” and others. Washington National Opera under Artistic Director Francesca Zambello spared no expense in bringing this massive production to The Kennedy Center Opera house.