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THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO NEW YORK CITY!

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What theatre lover doesn’t love a visit to New York City?

The American Stage Travel Trippers will be packing their bags this April to visit “…the city that never sleeps!”

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our New york City Trippers:

5. CAROUSEL

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic returns to Broadway directed by three-time Tony-winner, Jack O’Brien with choreography by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck. The production stars Renee Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical and Tony-nominee Joshua Henry from Hamilton.

4.  THE 4-STAR SOFITEL HOTEL

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The Travel Trippers will be staying at the 4-star SOFITEL New York located on West 44th Street. This luxurious hotel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where breakfast will be served daily.

3. MY FAIR LADY

Lincoln Center’s production directed by seven-time Tony nominee, Bartlett Sher. The production stars Lauren Ambrose from the recent revival of Awake and Sing! and Harry Hadden-Paton from Downton Abbey.

2. THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART

We will visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art to see a special exhibit Rodin: The Body in Bronze, which is part of the worldwide, 100-year recognition of the famous sculptor’s death.

1. THE BAND’S VISIT

The new Broadway hot ticket that the New York Times calls a “ravishing musical that whispers with romance.” The show stars Tony Salhoub (Monk) with original songs by acclaimed musical director, David Yazbek (The Full Monty; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

 

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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going back to Palm Beach.

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s Palm Beach Trip:

5. DRIVE-THROUGH SAFARI

The Travel Trippers will be visiting Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park! There, they’ll spend the day on safari with over 1000 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, they’re sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

Learn more at lioncountrysafari.com

 

4. SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Stage Door Theatre

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The Trippers will get to experience SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Broward Stage Door Theatre! Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying experience that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ’50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre!

Learn more at stagedoorfl.org/smokeyjoescafe

 

3. Disney’s NEWSIES at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The Trippers will head over to The Maltz to see NEWSIES – A family friendly musical Based on the real-life 1899 New York paperboy strike, Disney Newsies tells the story of the youth who struggle to sell newspapers in order to survive. As paper prices rise, they band together to take on the biggest names in New York media, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. This Tony Award®-nominated story comes to life in a high-energy explosion of song and dance. This show is perfect for the entire family this holiday … Read the rest

THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO LONDON WITH P.A.D. STEPHANIE GULARTE

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Stephanie Gularte is thrilled to be heading to London with the American Stage Trippers this fallOctober 10-20, and would like to invite you to join! For the past thirty years, the Trippers have traveled around the country and around the world on cultural adventures. These trips have provided great memories and unique experiences to hundreds of travel lovers, while raising critical funds that support American Stage’s programming. 

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:

5. FOUR THEATER PRESENTATIONS AND POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS WITH STEPHANIE GULARTE

Our fall trip to what many call the “theatre capital of the world” will be Stephanie’s first opportunity to join the Trippers and she is already having a great time working with General Manager Tom Block to plan an amazing 10-day experience. Stephanie has been poring over the fall London theatre line-up to select the dynamic plays that the Trippers will be seeing— “We got really lucky with the tickets we were able to secure – some of the hottest productions this fall!”

In addition to visiting Salisbury and London, going on interesting excursions, eating great food and staying in elegant hotels, Stephanie will be hosting several gatherings where the Trippers will have the opportunity to chat about the plays before and after each performance.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.

4. A TOUR OF THE ROYAL ELTHAM PALACE

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The Trippers will experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as they are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!). Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. The Trippers will make themselves at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.

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THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO THE SHAW FESTIVAL!

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It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to NIAGARA ON THE LAKE for the George Bernard Shaw Festival!

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:

5. 4 STAR PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL

Offering close proximity to unique shops and boutiques and just steps from the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. The historic Victorian-style hotel has 110 individually decorated guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant, lounge and patio, a world-class spa and a lavish tea room serving afternoon tea daily.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.

4. NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Its many attractions include historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping, golf courses, parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.

3. The Shaw Festival’s production of ME AND MY GIRL
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“You don’t understand, do you? You could no more walk the Lambeth way than we could walk the Mayfair way.”
– ME AND MY GIRL

This delightful comic romp from the thirties follows the fortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he’s actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. But if he wants to claim his title, it looks as if he will have to shed his old life – and love.

With well-loved classic songs including The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, Me and My Girl was brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry in 1986 for a run that won a hatful of Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

2. The Shaw Festival’s Production of DRACULA
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THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO NEW YORK CITY!

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What theatre lover doesn’t love a visit to New York City?

The American Stage Travel Trippers will be packing their bags this March to visit “…the city that never sleeps!”

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our New york City Trippers:

5. SUNDAY BRUNCH

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There’s not much more quintessentially NYC than a Sunday Brunch. Our Trippers will be enjoying an excellent brunch together at a top New York City restaurant.

 

4.  SUNSET BOULEVARD

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The Trippers will see Glenn Close reprise her Tony-winning role in this paired down version coming directly from London.

3. OSLO

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Our Travel Trippers will see this darkly funny new play at Lincoln Center that explores how those involved in the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement overcame their fears and mistrust of one another to craft the accord.

2. THE SOFITEL

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The Travel Trippers will be staying at the 4-star SOFITEL New York located on West 44th Street. This luxurious hotel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where breakfast will be served daily.

1. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

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The American Stage Travel Trippers will also be visiting the New York Botanical Garden for their special orchid show as well as having lunch at the Hudson Garden Grill in the gardens.

 

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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going #InSearchOf: Palm Beach.
Follow along on all of their journies: #ASTravelTrippers

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our Pittsburgh Trippers:

5. Staying at the 5-star BREAKERS

Founded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896 by Henry Flagler —right at “the breakers,” where the waves crashed and sprayed. Today, The Breakers holds fast to the ideals that put it on the map—unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world-class service—but also embracing the new. In our modern world that is more interconnected than ever before, they’re fully committed to their employees, the environment and the enduring mission of their organization.
Our Trippers will be escorted via private coach to the resort, and will enjoy breakfast daily in the opulent hotel dining room, The Circle (pictured above). Through its 15-foot windows, The Circle boasts a glimpse of spectacular ocean views. The soaring 30-foot domed ceiling features eight oval fresco-painted murals depicting Renaissance landscapes. And at its center, a Venetian crystal chandelier hangs from a stylized gold-leaf sunburst.
Learn more at: https://www.thebreakers.com/about-breakers/

 

4. A Concert from the World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble Kalichstein Lordeo Robinson

The Travel Trippers will make their way to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. There, they will enjoy a concert with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, who have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. For its 40th season, the renowned ensemble, Kalichstein Lordeo Robinsonlooks back to the first program the threesome performed together – the concert for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.
Learn more at: www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com/

 

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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PITTSBURGH!

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The American Stage Trippers are at it again! Traveling across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee. This October, the Trippers will be visiting Pittsburgh, a Conde Nast Top Destination.
Follow their journey: #ASTravelTrippers

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our Pittsburgh Trippers:

5. A visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center

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Our Trippers will experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age (1870s to about 1900), view fine and decorative arts, magnificent exhibitions, and much more.
Learn more: http://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/

 

4. A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

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America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.
Learn more:
http://www.fallingwater.org/

 

3. A visit to the August Wilson Cultural Center to see a dance performance by Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Company

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The August Wilson Center for African American Culture building is on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It includes galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theater, a gift shop, a cafe, and many multi-purpose spaces for visual and performing art.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is an American dance company based out of Harlem in New York City. Based on a powerful oral history that Bill T. Jones himself conducted with the 95-year old French Jewish nurse/ social worker (and Bill’s mother-in-law), Dora Amelan, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane reveals a harrowing, touching and inspirational story, as told through 25 dance chapters. This beautifully choreographed narrative gives voice to Dora’s painful early life in Belgium during World War Two and her courageous work with the Jewish underground in Vichy, France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. Dora is a moving portrait of perseverance and survival.
Learn more:
https://culturaldistrict.org/pages/aacc

 

2. The Quantum Theatre’s production of THE RIVER, the poetic, haunting play by Jez Butterworth

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Jez Butterworth followed his smash Tony-winner Jerusalem with this poetic and haunting play: part mystery, part gothic thriller, and 100% Read the rest

The Trippers are heading to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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American Stage is going to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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Spoleto U.S.A was founded by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and is the world-renowned, American counterpart of the famed Italian festival, Festival de DuMondi in Spoleto, Italy.

Dates: June 5th – 10th

We have been looking into this trip for several years, and it seems like Spoleto’s 4oth anniversary is a good time to go. World-class music, opera, dance, theater – this festival has it all! Additionally, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast regularly list Charleston as the number one destination in the United States.

We will spend five nights at the 4-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, known for its southern hospitality and luxurious ambience. The hotel is centrally located on King Street and sits above the most elegant and refined shopping district in Charleston. It is also adjacent to the Old City Market.

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

 

The big opera this year is PORGY AND BESS, written in Charleston by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, a Charleston native and author of Porgy, from which the opera was born; and his wife, Dorothy.

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Other offerings will be announced in January and will likely include a dance company, an orchestra, and at least one play. We are currently working with other arts organizations in the area to get the inside scoop on the “do not miss” events this season.

Additionally, the trip will include one of Charleston’s famous plantation visits as well as a city bus tour.

And let’s not forget the food! The trip also includes two group dinners and one group lunch at Charleston’s finest restaurants.

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

We offer all this for $3345 which includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Five nights at the four-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • All coach services
  • Round-trip baggage transfer
  • Two group dinners and one group lunch
  • Five Spoleto performances including Porgy and Bess
  • A guided city tour
  • A plantation visit
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Theatre Travel with the Trippers: New York, New York… It’s a Helluva Town!

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“NEW YORK, NEW YORK, IT’S A HELLUVA TOWN!”

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AMERICAN STAGE’S FAMOUS NEW YORK TRIP IS ALL SET—ALL WE NEED IS YOU!

THE DATES: MARCH 30 – APRIL 3

HERE’S THE EXCITING PLAN:

  •  We fly nonstop to New York.
  • We’re met by our trusty bus to transport us to the SOFITEL, 45th St. off 5th Avenue near all the shops! (The bus will be with us during the entire trip fortransporting to theatres and all events.) The 4-star Sofitel has walk-in showers andtubs and an excellent restaurant where we will enjoy a fabulous breakfast daily.
  • We enjoy a festive group dinner.
  • We see four outstanding performances.
  • We visit the recently renovated Sagamore Hill, the “summer White House” home of Theodore Roosevelt and enjoy a group lunch in Oyster Bay.
  • We enjoy an excellent Sunday brunch together.

The four days we are there will be filled with THEATRE, the main reason we go to New York!

 

Here are some of the shows we’re considering:

  • She Loves Me – Laura Benanti and John Radnor star in Roundabout Theatre’s new version of this charming musical comedy classic.
  • Paramour – an exciting new experience that unites the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with the storytelling magic of Broadway.
  • School of Rock – featuring 14 amazing child rock stars, this new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber with book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) is based on the cult film.
  • Dry Powder – In this Public Theatre production, John Krasinski stars in a viciously, delicious new drama about the people who mold our economy.

Of course, if exciting new shows pop up, our ticket guru, Caryl, is always watching out for us.

 

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip air, bus service from and to N.Y. airport
  • 4 nights in a luxury hotel with breakfast daily except Sunday
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • A day trip with lunch
  • A splendid group dinner and an elegant Sunday brunch
  • A $200.00 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

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