The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro – Little Italy (NYC)

The Annual Feast of San Gennaro is back!

Now in its 91st year, the annual event runs daily from Thursday, Sept. 14th thru Sunday, Sept. 24th in NYC’s Little Italy. The 11-day event is an annual celebration and salute to the protector and Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro is presented by the non-profit organization, Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. and has become a well-known and popular annual event in New York City attracting over a million visitors.

The event features a grand procession with floats and marching bands, a variety of food vendors and drink stations offering selections including sausage & pepper sandwiches, ribeye steak sandwiches, pizza, pasta, fresh seafood, arepas, fresh grilled corn, zeppoles, funnel cakes, cannolis, fresh lemonade, iced tea, sodas, frozen drinks & more, sit-down indoor/outdoor Italian restaurant dining, beer gardens offering beer, wine & spirits, live music & entertainment, contests & activities, shopping and more.

If you’re in the NYC area, make a stop into Little Italy and check out the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro. The event runs along Mulberry Street between Canal Street & Houston Street in Manhattan.

To learn more about the annual event, its history, hours of operation and daily schedule of events, visit the link below:

https://www.sangennaro.org/

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On Broadway: Waitress

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie maker working at a small town diner trying to find a way out of an unhappy marriage and a chance at a fresh start and new life.

Jenna’s life soon becomes further complicated by an unexpected pregnancy and an affair with her new doctor; but a pie baking contest in a nearby town may give Jenna her chance for a start at a new life.

The broadway musical is based upon Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film “Waitress,” book by Jessie Nelson with music & lyrics by singer/songwriter and six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

The show is an inspiring, captivating, relatable and touching story that will take you on a full, emotional journey topped with just the right touch of humor and reminds us that we shouldn’t settle to just be happy enough but to find our own true happiness.

Sara Bareilles, making her Broadway debut, currently stars as Jenna taking over the lead role from Jessie Mueller, who starred in the role since the show’s debut. Bareilles takes the stage for a limited ten week engagement (thru June 11th).

Bareilles and the entire ensemble cast put on a stellar performance (with some truly incredible vocal performances). The band is fabulous and the crew does a fantastic job keeping pace with all the moving parts of the show.

Waitress is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC. For more information on the show, check out the official site at the link below:

http://www.waitressthemusical.com

On Broadway: On Your Feet!

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On Your Feet! tells the story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan from their early meeting to their modern-day success. The show takes you on a journey through the ups and downs, highs and lows, challenges and struggles they faced, personally and professionally, on their rise to fame.

It is an emotional and inspirational story that touches on the impact and importance of family, life struggles & cultural barriers, the battle to rise above stereotypes, perseverance in the face of adversity and how love, passion, dedication, determination, family and a strong support system can help you overcome the darkest of times and reach higher than you could ever think possible.

The show has a fantastic ensemble cast and incorporates many of Gloria’s hit songs including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Reach,” “On Your Feet” and more. The show will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, sing along, dance, and most importantly, get you up On Your Feet!

On Your Feet! is currently playing at the Marquis Theatre in NYC with Ana Villafañe and Ektor Rivera in the lead roles as Gloria and Emilio; respectively. Villafañe has played the role of Gloria since the show’s opening and Rivera took over the role of Emilio from Josh Segarra in July 2016.

On Your Feet! is truly a must-see.

For more information on the show, visit their official site below:

http://www.onyourfeetmusical.com

Rick Astley is back . . . and better than ever!

80’s pop sensation, Rick Astley, rocked the house at The Town Hall in NYC this past Thursday night. Astley is promoting the US release of his new album, “50” which came out on Friday. “50” is his first US album release in 23 years, first new album in 10 years and “50” has already been certified gold in the UK.

While “50” may sound a bit different than Astley’s old hits, “50” certainly does not disappoint and Astley’s signature voice and sound has only gotten better. Some of the incredible new songs on “50” include “Keep Singing,” “Angels on My Side” and “Dance”.

At The Town Hall, Astley performed his classic hits including “Together Forever,” “She Wants to Dance with Me,” “Cry for Help” and “Never Gonna Give You Up,” songs from the new album and some covers while throwing in a few jokes now and then.

It was one fantastic and incredible night and an absolute joy to watch and listen to Rick Astley and his band perform live.

2016 San Gennaro Festival

Celebrating its 90th year, the Feast of San Gennaro kicked off this past Thursday, September 15th and runs through Sunday, September 25th in Little Italy. This 11-day festival is an annual celebration of the protector and Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. It has become a well-known and popular annual festival in New York City. The festival is filled with plenty of food, drink and outdoor dining, live music and entertainment, parades and floats, activities and much more.

Speaking of food, you certainly can’t walk through the festival without stopping by some of the food stations selling sausage & peppers, spinach pie, zeppoles, cannolis, pizza, pastas and much more. There are plenty of fine Italian restaurants with outdoor seating, beer gardens (please drink responsibly!) and refreshment stands selling lemonade, iced tea and other beverages. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, take some time to check it out!