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15 REASONS NEW YORK CITY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

2020 IS GOING TO BE A HUGE YEAR IN NEW YORK CITY

15 REASONS NEW YORK CITY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

  1. Erika Jayne, aka Erika Girardi of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is known for her head-turning musical performances. So her fans are not surprised that she’ll soon make her Broadway debut in Chicago. Jayne will play murderess Roxie Hart from January 6 through March 29. Another Broadway premiere takes place in March: the musical Diana, about the life and legacy of the late Princess Diana of Wales. —Christina Parrella

 

  1. We’ll say goodbye, again, to the yellow brick road.  Elton John is still standing (or at the least, sitting at the piano) and singing those sad songs. His final tour touches down once more in NYC, hitting Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden in spring. Consider it part of the circle of life. —Andrew Rosenberg

 

  1. Whoa, here they come. Hall and Oates are also set to perform live at Madison Square Garden, along with Squeeze, on February 28. Other concerts of note include the reunited Motion City Soundtrack at Webster Hall (January 8); Pomplamoose at Bowery Ballroom (January 17); Snoop Dogg at the Gramercy Theatre (January 22); Spin Doctors at Brooklyn Bowl (January 30); Chance the Rapper at MSG (February 8); Eagles at MSG (February 14, 15 and 18); Lauryn Hill at the United Palace Theatre (February 22); Wire at Music Hall of Williamsburg (March 11–12); Billie Eilish at MSG (March 15); Harry Styles at MSG (July 6–8); Green Day with Fall Out Boy and Weezer at Citi Field (August 22); and residencies from They Might Be Giants (playing Flood on select dates several months in a row at Bowery Ballroom) and Billy Joel (continuing to play Madison Square Garden once a month indefinitely). nycgo.com staff

  1. In May, the New York Botanical Garden will host Kusama: Cosmic Nature across its 250 acres, adding neon colors, polka-dot sculptures and mirrored installations amidst its already eye-catching spring blooms. —Gillian Osswald
  2. Hugh Jackman is The Music Man. If you loved Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!, you won’t wanna miss Hugh Jackman’s superstar turn as the fast-talking salesman-professor Harold Hill in another highly anticipated revival of a mid-20th-century Broadway classic. Directed by Jerry Zaks, who guided Midler’s Tony-winning performance in 2017, the show opens in September and pairs Jackman with Broadway veteran Sutton Foster as Marion the Librarian.
  3. Pride Plays is back for a second season. As part of last summer’s Stonewall 50/WorldPride celebration, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in the West Village put on a five-day celebration of LGBTQ+ plays and playwrights, which included staged readings of new and classic works along with panel discussions for creators and fans. The shows sold out, so the festival is returning in 2020 for Pride Week. Broadway star Michael Urie (Torch Song) is co-producing with Doug Nevins and festival director Nick Mayo. —BS
  4. We’re getting a ghost building. In fall, the Whitney Museum is set to unveil a massive outdoor installation that harks back to its neighborhood’s rich history as an industrial area and hotbed for outlaw art. David Hammons’ Day’s End will be a warehouse-sized outline of a structure that used to sit on Pier 52 across from the museum. The abandoned building was the site of an infamous work of art from the 1970s, also called Day’s End, which consisted of shapes carved by artist Gordon Matta-Clark into the shed’s walls. There will also be an accompanying exhibit exploring the legacy of the art scene on the waterfront during the ’70s and ’80s. —BS
  5. You will have many opportunities to “LOL” live and in person. In addition to great ongoing shows like Butterboy (Mondays at Littlefield in Brooklyn) and Whiplash (periodically at Union Hall, also in Brooklyn), 2020’s comedy slate will bring a veritable clown car full of outstanding stand-up performers. Among them: Todd Barry at Union Hall (January 2); Sinbad at Carolines (January 2–4); John Hodgman at Murmrr Theatre (January 13); Phoebe Robinson at the Bell House (January 16); insane sketch duo Tim & Eric at the Kings Theatre (February 11); Ali Wong at the Beacon Theatre (March 31–April 3); nycgo.com interviewee  Jim Gaffigan at Radio City (April 10–11); Jen Kirkman at Carolines (May 7–9); and Jerry Seinfeld continuing his Beacon Theatre residency each month. If you love sketch and improv, check out the schedules at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the PIT.  —nycgo.com staff
  6. New York City is full of delicious sweet treats, but there’s always room for more…and Krispy Kreme opening a mega flagship in Times Square in 2020 is good news for anyone with a sweet tooth. The 4,500-square-foot store will feature a glaze “waterfall”—or, we suppose, glazefall—from which glaze streams down onto doughnuts. A theater showing films on the doughnut-making process and a walk-up window open 24/7 are among the other highlights. —CP
  7. It’s crystal clear: NYC rocks. Two of our favorite sections of the American Museum of Natural History—the Halls of Gems and Minerals—reopen in fall 2020. Giant geodes from afar, stones unearthed from subterranean NYC, one of the world biggest sapphires—they’ll all shine brightly in a transformed, expanded setting. —AR
  8. Speaking of rock…may as well roll next door from the natural history museum to the New-York Historical Society to check out the Bill Graham retrospective, which for about half the year will fill the floors with concert posters and other music ephemera from the psychedelic rock era. —AR
  9. Midtown will get even more dramatic. The century-old Drama Book Shop was forced to close in January 2019—but, thanks to a funding boost from Lin-Manuel Miranda and other theater-lovers, it will open its doors again in March just south of Times Square. —GO
  10. Studio 54 is getting its own museum exhibition. Studio 54: Night Magic, opening March 13 at the Brooklyn Museum, puts into perspective the nightclub’s effect on NYC and pop culture. The show will feature images, video footage, drawings and fashion from the Midtown club’s 1970s and ’80s heyday. —CP
  11. We’ll go high. Hudson Yards’ outdoor observation deck, Edge, opens this March along with an indoor bar and restaurant called Peak, which will offer sky-high sips and snacks. The buzzy Moxy East Village will also debut a new rooftop bar this spring, just in time for outdoor-drinking season. —GO
  12. New rides are dropping at Coney Island. NYC’s famed boardwalk amusement district gets two major debuts next summer: a log flume and a roller coaster. The rides will be intertwined with each other for a little extra terror. Their names will come from the public’s submissions to a contest that was held last summer. Also scheduled to open: a waterfront ropes course and an interactive water ride. The park starts its season in early April. —BS

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