Chic hotel opening in New York City celebrates Broadway

NEW YORK (AFP) – Visitors to the latest stylish hotel to open in New York’s theater district can easily walk to any Broadway show – or they can stay inside and celebrate.

The Civilian – a 203-room hotel with bars, lounges, and a bistro – is filled with hundreds of Broadway art pieces, including drawings, collection models, costume pieces, photographs and antiques that showcase the theater’s past and present.

“I think people don’t realize this neighborhood is just a very long walking history,” award-winning architect and theater designer David Rockwell said during a tour of the hotel he helped make. “So I think it deserves to have a place dedicated to that.”


The 27-story building—at 305 W. 48th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues—is from Sixty Collective Hotel Jason Pomeranc, who says the goal is to immerse visitors in a theatrical experience. Civilian opens November 24th.

Almost every inch of Civilian is designed with theatrical brilliance, from marquee-inspired lighting, dramatic draperies, and theater-like elements to the industrial raw materials of life behind the scenes.

On screen are models of a range of shows – such as “Hadestown” by Rachel Hauck and “Slave Play” by Clint Ramos – and drawings from “Chicago” designed by John Lee Petty. The hotel plans to cycle new items every year or so.

Wall coverings throughout guestroom floors and elevators are taken from abstract details of couture designs by Isabel and Robin Toledo (“After Midnight”) and William Ivy Long (“Beetlejuice” and “Hairspray”). The creators hope this is an opportunity for behind-the-scenes talent to shine.

“I’m always amazed when I’m working on a project and there’s a moment on the show when you realize 25 people are touching that moment to make it work. So, in some ways, this is a chance to get to know all these different people,” said Rockwell.

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