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Schwartz-related Self-Guided Mini Tours

Just a few Suggestions-- Carol de Giere, Webmaster.

Tour I - Enjoy Greenwich Village and Cherry Lane Theatre

Gilmer McCormick standing in front of Cherry Lane TheatrePhoto: Original Godspell cast member Gilmer McCormick in front of Cherry Lane Theatre, April 2003. (photo by Carol de Giere)

Take the subway 1 or 9 downtown to Christopher Street in the West Village. Three blocks south you'll find the quiet, tree-lined Commerce Street where red-orange brick buildings create a sheltering, Old World effect. Toward the end you'll see the canopy for historic Cherry Lane Theatre. A glass-covered display lists famous shows that opened there. For 1971 you'll see Godspell listed.

The young thespians who formulated the show, including Stephen Schwartz, felt safe to offer their unusual new musical in this tucked away 99-seat theatre. To their surprise, Godspell was an instant hit and three months later moved Uptown to a larger venue. During rehearsals in April and May of 1971, cast members would come out on that street to practice their lines and songs (there was no rehearsal room inside except for the stage itself).

Performers would sometimes frequent the tavern at the end of the block. The facility is now a restaurant. I interviewed original cast member Gilmer McCormick there.

Greenwich Village is famous for the writers and artists who lived there in earlier decades, as various NY Guides will explain. Dining in the Village is its own adventure. You will find various ethnic restaurants around every corner: French, Italian, Indian, Thai, and more. You hardly need to plan ahead because there's always something. For unique shopping, try walking Bleeker street west from 7th Avenue. Artisan shops and little boutiques are tucked away in that area.

The Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014
Cherry Lane Theatre
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Tour II - The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

This cathedral on the Upper West Side is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. In structure it is similar to Notre Dame in Paris. I met with Stephen Schwartz there when I wanted to interview him about his work on The Hunchback of Notre film, stage musical, and upcoming live action TV movie.

John-Michael Tebalak who conceived and directed Godspell spent several years as dramaturge at the Cathedral in the early 1970s.

Find out hours, events, and tours of this amazing building at http://www.stjohndivine.org/ [new browser window] (opens new browser window)

Plan ahead with guide books (list includes walking tours, restaurants, etc.)

New York City Guides

 Guide Books to Enhance Your Trip to NYC 

Book Cover Book Title and Information
Photo - book cover of 'Musical New York: An Informal Guide to a history of musical activity in New York'

Musical New York: An Informal Guide [new browser window]

A brief history of musical activity (of various genres) in New York from Colonial times to the present with travelogue that includes the theatre district and other areas in the city.

cover of romantic guidecover of romantic dates book Romantic N.Y.: 165 Romantic Things to... Here's some specialty books for special moments. Amazon provides a discount if these books are purchased together.
The 52 Most Romantic Dates in and Around...
Photo - book cover of 'New York (Eyewittness Travel Guides)'Photo - book cover of 'Frommer's New York City 2003'

New York (Eyewitness Travel Guides) [new browser window]Eye Witness guide - enjoy the visuals

Frommer's New York City 2003 [new browser window]

Photo - book cover of 'The Rough Guide to New York City'Photo - book cover of 'Fodor's New York City 2003'

The Rough Guide to New York City [new browser window]

Two more general guides

Fodor's New York City 2003 [new browser window]

Photo - book cover for 'City Secrets New York City'

City Secrets New York City [new browser window]

City Secrets - A unique travel companion with special guest authors

 
Walking Tours

New York is compact. Walking tours are a favorite tourist pastime.

Book Cover Book Title and Information
Walking Tours book cover

Find books on walk tours New York Walking Tours [new browser window]
 

Photo - book cover for 'Grenwich Village: A Guide to America's Legendary Left Bank'

Greenwich Village: A Guide to America's Legendary Left Bank [new browser window]

 
Accomodations
 

Book Cover Book Title and Information
Photo - book cover for 'Sleep Cheap in New York'

Sleep Cheap in New York: High-Quality Lodgings at Rock-Bottom Rates [new browser window]

My friend Lisa wrote this guide to cheap rooms.

 
Restuarants
 

Book Cover Book Title and Information
Photo - book cover of 'The New York Times Guide to New York City Restaurants'

The New York Times Guide to New York City Restaurants [new browser window]

Phot - book cover for 'Zagat Survey 2003, New York City Restaurants'

Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants 2005

 
Musuems
 

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The New York Times Traveler's Guide to Art Musuems [new browser window]

 
What's Happening
 

Magazine Cover Book Title and Information
Photo - magazine covers for 'Time Out New York magazine'

Time Out New York [new browser window]

Time Out New York is the most comprehensive guide to what's going on in the city. Keep a watch by subscribing.