Murder mysteries should be anything but silly. That’s the view espoused by Live In Theater Productions, the brainchild of prolific actor and playwright Carlo D'Amore. Eschewing the goofy tone of some other shows, Live In Theater plunges participants into cases that take their immersive details from unsolved, historical murders in New York. Showgoers make their way along the city streets where the real crimes once took place, interrogating actors playing roles ranging from 19th-century Irish slumlords to strung-out 1970s junkies. Each event plays out differently as the amateur sleuths weigh evidence, pursue leads, and finally find some use for their pocket-sized polygraphs, creating a one-of-a-kind adventure that earned a 2012 Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience.
For almost three decades, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has harnessed the melodious power of strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion to re-create classical pieces and vivify modern works. Shows speckle the schedule throughout the year, welcoming duos for “Date Night!” performances, delighting the senses with songs by local choirs, and celebrating snowmen’s birthdays with classic holiday tunes.
Life as a regular at your neighborhood bar can be idyllic, as any Cheers fan knows, but there's one big problem with that lifestyle—it can also get dull. SaturdayNightCruises.com specializes in solving that problem, with weekly party cruises that transplant all the best features of a bar onto a moving ship. As a live DJ plays Top 40 jams and hip hop hits onboard, passengers can sip drinks from the cash bar and dance. The backdrop might be the biggest draw of all, though. As the boat glides down the East and Hudson rivers, passengers soak in views of the Brooklyn Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, which commemorates the day New York declared independence from New Jersey.
Signature service: wine tastings
Staff size: 2–10 people
Sud de France tasks its employees with sharing goods from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France with the world. For New Yorkers, that means one thing: plenty of fine wines. " They put their certification and knowledge to use in tasting sessions, which begin with samplings and lectures on wines, before moving on to one of France's other famed specialities: food.