OUR TOP EVENT PICKS FOR APRIL IN NYC

April is the cruelest month unless you find yourself in the Big Apple. The New York City April Calendar, chockfull of spectacle and flair, will certainly brighten up your spring outlook and banish any lingering winter blahs.

A night at the theatre will transport you from banality and dread. If you still haven’t seen Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running hit ever, there’s no time like the present. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece continues to enthrall audiences, and the Majestic Theatre, one of the grandest in New York, is a perfect venue, right in the heart of the theatre district. | 212-239-6215

For slightly lighter entertainment you can’t go wrong with the supercalifragilistic musical, Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theater. This handsome production (if somewhat fluorescent) retains all of the best loved songs from the film including “Feed the Birds,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.” | 212-282-2900

Speaking of film, a Classic New York Movie Sites Tour at Ellen’s Stardust Diner will happen on Sunday April 8, 2012 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This tour highlights the timeline of filming in New York City. Stand over Marilyn Monroe’s subway grate from The Seven Year Itch (white dress optional); visit Holly Golightly’s brownstone from Breakfast at Tiffany’s; sit on Woody Allen and Diane Keaton’s bench from Manhattan; admire the Plaza Hotel, as seen in The Way We Were; check out locations from Taxi Driver and Marathon Man. | 212-956-5151

For an uplifting experience take in the Harlem Gospel Choir, the premier American Gospel Choir, on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Enjoy the spiritual harmonies and an all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch. | 212-997-4144

After a bucketful of hits, drugs, alcohol, depression, and an acrimonious split, Creed has lovingly regrouped and returns to NYC for a two night gig (April 19-20) at the Beacon Theatre. Lead-singer Scott Stapp exorcises his demons in songs from the new album Full Circle. | 212-465-6500

With a glass of Scotch in one hand and a cigar in the other, Ron White has put audiences in stitches with his drawling, low key, stand-up, on albums, and comedy specials. White rose to stardom while appearing on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy. Mr. White drops by Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to share more of his drunken adventures in Texas. | 212-247-4777

WHERE TO STAY

A new star is rising to fame in Manhattan’s Theater District; The Chatwal New York has debuted to rave reviews. This 5 star property is a true boutique, featuring a mere 76 perfectly-designed rooms and suites. Guests seeking a truly intimate experience in the midst of Midtown’s hustle and bustle will be instantly charmed by the Art Deco allure of The Chatwal New York.

Nothing says “New York” like The Plaza Hotel. For over a century, this has been the New York address for discerning travelers, dignitaries, and celebrities; the grandeur and opulence of this incredible 5 star hotel is recognized around the world. Their silhouette can be recognized in countless movies, and their name is synonymous with pure, over-the-top glamour.

With a location on Central Park South that is second to none, The Essex New York is situated near Broadway, Carnegie Hall, the shops at Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center. This desirable address makes The Essex New York a favorite among business and leisure travelers alike.  Rich jewel-tones combine with warm woods and architectural design to provide a true Manhattan hotel experience.

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