Friday, November 8, 2013

Take a Holiday Ride for a Rolling Theater Experience

For folks looking for fun things to do with the family while in New York this holiday season, The Ride's holiday version announces a second season Nov. 20 through Jan. 5

The Ride has played 27 months of sold-out tours with  74,800 customers taking the 4.2-mile journey that has been termed “a Passport to New York City.” Four motor coaches become a fleet of traveling, audience-participation theater. They are specifically designed theatrical vehicles; the tallest allowed by federal law, fitted with stadium-style seating that orients the 49passengers sideways to look through the massive windows that deliver New York as the most successful Broadway show on earth. The multi-million dollar coaches are equipped with surround sound, 3,000 LED lights and 40 video screens.  (I took a tour ast year. Read about it here:

This year's Holiday Ride schedule:
Nov 15th, 2pm, 4pm (Previews)
Nov 16th, 7pm, 8:30pm (Previews)
Nov 17th, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm (Previews)
Nov 18th, 7pm, 8:30pm (Previews)
Nov 20th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 21st, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 22nd, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 23rd, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 24th, 2pm, 4pm
Nov 25th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 26th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov 27th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov, 28th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Nov, 29th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Nov 30th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Dec 1st, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Dec 2nd, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 3rd, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 4th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 5th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 6th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 7th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 8th, 2pm, 4pm
Dec 9th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 10th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 11th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 12th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 13th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 14th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 15th, 2pm, 4pm
Dec 16th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 17th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 18th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 19th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 20th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 21st, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 22nd, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 23rd, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 24th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 25th, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8:30pm
Dec 26th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 27th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 28th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 29th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Dec 30th, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Jan 1st, 7pm, 8:30pm
Jan 2nd, 7pm, 8:30pm
Jan 3rd, 7pm, 8:30pm
Jan 4th, 7pm, 8:30pm
Jan 5th, 2pm, 4pm

Located on 42nd Street between Broadway & Eighth Avenue.
Directly beside Madame Tussauds.


Individual Tickets: & 866-811-4111

Groups: 212-244-2551 x168
Holiday Groups: 212-244-2551 x168

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** Mature indicates that the show has posted an advisory because of content. Usually this means I would recommend no one under the age of 16 attend.

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

My Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists. Her play concept, "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February 2018.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Intensive and other training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (, an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for She previously served as theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a former vice preseint and voting member of The Drama Desk.

She is a freelance writer and playwright (member Dramatists Guild of America). She is a member if the The Outer Critics Circle (event manager for the annual awards ceremony), The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and the Drama League. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She also is a member of the Episcopal Actors' Guild, the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts and The O'Neill Theatre Center..

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.


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Key to Content Notes:

God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.

Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

Reviewing Policy

I receive free seats to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made available to all voting members of the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama Desk, the two professional critics organizations with journalists covering NY theater. Journalistically, I provide an unbiased review and am under no obligation to make positive statements. Sometimes shows do not make tickets available to reviewers. If these are shows my readers want to know about (I review all Broadway shows and pertinent Off-Broadway shows), I will purchase a ticket. If a personal friend is involved in a production, I'll let you know, but it won't influence a review. If I feel there is a conflict, I won't review their portion of the production.

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