Top Off-Broadway Musical for 2010

The Scottsboro Boys

From Dixie…to the Vineyard Theatre …to Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys has had an eventful 2010.  When I saw this musical at the Vineyard Theatre I thought it would be criminal if this production did not make it to The Great White Way.  Luckily, I did not have to drop a dime to the theatre police because in the fall the musical debuted at the Lyceum Theatre.  Thrilling from beginning to end, The Scottsboro Boys took all the elements of great a musical production and created  a unique experience for its audience.  I hope it will return to Broadway once more this year.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of The Scottsboro Boys, click https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/04/13/time-traveling-with-the-scottsboro-boys/.

Photos:  Carol Rosegg  

Top Revival of a Musical for 2010

Promises, Promises

Do you know the way to Consolidated Life?  If not, then follow the timeless tunes of Burt Bacharach.  I love boys in dresses and who can resist Catherine Zeta Jones, but I believe this should have received more hardware at the 2010 Tony Awards.   After all, who could resist Neil Simon, or Sean Hayes, or Kristen Chenoweth?  The holidays are over for now, but if you have the temptation for some turkey-lurking, then go to the Broadway Theatre.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Promises, Promises, click https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/05/19/promise-fulfilled/.

Photos courtesy of Broadway.com

Top Revival of a Drama for 2010

Fences

Gabriel blow your horn!  The angels certainly did sing for this revival of Fences, and August Wilson must have been smiling from heaven.  The play itself is a tour de force; add the direction of Kenny Leon along with the brilliant acting of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, shake it up and you have lightning on stage.   I guess the best testament of this revival’s home run is the three Tony Awards it received.  This one knocked it over the fence and out of the theatre.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Fences, click https://famenycmagazine.com/?s=Fences.

Photo: Joan Marcus, http://fencesonbroadway.com.

Top Art Exhibit for 2010

Jason Covert’s CARNIVORA

Epic and wondrous to behold, Jason Covert’s CARNIVORA was a mystical journey of sight and sound.  This multimedia extravaganza gave new meaning to the Big Bang Theory as Jason explored man’s primitive ancestry and polytheistic creation myths.  I was truly inspired by the complete vision that started from doodling in a college classroom.   I think the Gods were very pleased.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s interview with Jason and view the slideshow of CARNIVORA, click https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/09/27/carnivora/.

Photo:  F.A.M.E NYC Editor

Top New Fashion Brand for 2010

American Apothecary

I simply love, love, love how American Apothecary’s fuses American pharmaceutical iconography to create a visual statement about the choices we make. I also love, love, love the quality of their merchandise.  Besides creating an eco-friendly line of T-shirts that are a guaranteed conversation piece, they also give 10% of their profits to drug outreach programs.  Someone call Dr. Drew Pinsky and VH1, because I’m addicted.  To view more of F.A.M.E NYC’s article about this bold new brand, check out https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/12/09/american-apothecary-adds-a-new-voice-to-fashion/.

To take a closer look at American Apothecary, visit http://a-apothecary.com/

Photo: Courtesy of American Apothecary

Top Designer for 2010

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is not only a fashion deity; he is also a New York treasure.  This Bronx native has created legions of devoted customers and provided a staple brand that represents the best of American fashion.  For Fall 2010, Ralph Lauren provided Edwardian-inspired romance mixed in with a little boho chic.   For Spring 2011, he went back to the range and sent Bonanza sexy down the runway at New York Fashion Week.  The west is a familiar place for Ralph Lauren and no one interprets American style better than him.  To view Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 shows, check out the following F.A.M.E NYC links, https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/02/20/ralph-lauren-fall-2010/

https://famenycmagazine.com/2010/09/19/ralph-lauren-spring-2011/.

Photos:  Getty Images, IMAXtree.com and Matteo Volta

Top Moment in Times Square for 2010

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

 

I spend a lot of my time walking the streets of Times Square, navigating through the cavalcade of tourists and spectators.  I have had quite a few special moments in Times Square this year, but my top moment was going to visit Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition.  Walking into the theatres of Times Square, transported one can be anywhere or to any period of time, but to actually be able to view artifacts that have survived for centuries had a profound effect on me.  It was humbling and extraordinary; a day I will never forget. 

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be leaving The Big Apple soon, returning to the land of the Nile permanently.  If you don’t get a chance to see it, you can always read F.A.M.E NYC’S review of this magnificent display of antiquity,  http:/famenycmagazine.com/?s=King+Tut&searchbutton=go%21/ .

Photo: F.A.M.E NYC Editor

Happy New Year

F.A.M.E NYC wishes you a New Year that is full of abundance and prosperity.  2010 is in the record books and as I reflect on the year that was, I feel it is my duty to chime in and share my thoughts on what I feel was the best fashion, art, music and entertainment New York City had to offer.  Hope you will enjoy walking down memory lane as I review F.A.M.E NYC  TOP 2010.

F.A.M.E NYC Editor

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