Manhattan's Upper West Side (UWS) is a neighborhood overflowing with renowned cultural institutions. From Lincoln Center to the Museum of Natural History on down to Juilliard and the School of American Ballet—the offerings are as diverse as they are celebrated. Residents of The Astor condos—centrally located in the UWS—can take a short stroll to experience some of the best performances New York has to offer. Here are our four favorite local cultural offerings for this summer.
The King and I | Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center This 2015 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I took home four Tony Awards and continues its lauded run through the summer. Featuring choreography by prolific movement-master Jerome Robbins, this Lincoln Center production is one of the most invigorating and thrilling shows on Broadway. The music is beautiful, the staging is enchanting, and the performances soar. See it before this wonderful cast splits.
Le Corsaire | Met Opera House La Corsaire, which runs from May 31st through June 4th, is intentionally lighter than most ballets. The performances and the dancing are still as world-class as you’d expect from the Met Opera, but the production has a fair amount of comedy woven throughout. It's a high seas adventure story, filled with pirates, planks, and shipwrecks, that is performed by a massive cast of over 120 dancers, who build an entire world on stage each evening.
Shakespeare in the Park | Delacorte Theater For over 50 years, Shakespeare in the Park has been one of the most anticipated summer events in New York. Presented in an ideal venue, Central Park's Delacorte Theater, each season delivers a pair of Shakespeare classics performed by masters of their craft. This season will feature an all-female production of the classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, as well as the tragedy Troilus and Cressida from Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan. The Taming of the Shrew runs from May 24th through June 26th, and Troilus and Cressida runs from July 29th through August 14th.
The New York Philharmonic - Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons | David Geffen Hall Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is probably the most famous and recognizable piece of classical music in the world. Bright summer days soar through boisterous major chords, as dark, rainy winter nights cascade in and change the mood entirely. The New York Philharmonic, led by Frank Huang, will be performing The Four Seasons along with Edvard Greig’s The Last Spring and Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a tango-infused version of the Vivaldi classic. It’s a weather-themed night of stellar classical music any aficionado will enjoy.