By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I was considering visiting New York City for some theatre and museum hopping but am unsure of what to expect. What's it like now? And if possible, can you please forward details on some productions?

A: Recently, the New York Times reported that ticket sales to theatres and museums have exceeded all expectations with some venues reportedly doing better now than last year.

The Ford Center is the home of the renowned musical, 42nd Street whose songs "Lullaby of Broadway" and "We're In The Money" are now legendary. Over at Studio 54, the four-time Tony award-winning Cabaret has been a blockbuster draw with audiences since 1998.

For all your theatre news on the shows, theatre, cast and company, and news and reviews, is a great web site with a city directory of productions. Click on New York which links to a page outlining productions based on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and Cabaret.

All in all, approximately 16 shows are scheduled to open on Broadway between now and next fall.

Also, you can purchase tickets online. One site I came across bills itself as "your real-time ticket to Broadway." is a ticketing search engine with online reservations.

The CityPass is a great investment if you wish to see such attractions as The Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum and The Circle Line.

The seven- attractions coupons booklet is priced at $38 US for adults and $31 US for youth 12-17 years and can be purchased at any of the aforementioned locations or at the New York City Visitor Information Centre located at 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets.


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