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Playbill Travel Experience

Why Playbill Travel?
Experience a vacation like never before. We craft each Playbill Travel experience for the discerning traveler with a passion for theatre, music, culture and the arts. This year Playbill Travel has taken on the joyful challenge of creating three terrific river cruises on the three greatest rivers in Europe. In May we sail France’s Rhône River from Avignon to Burgundy and back to Lyon. In August we sail the Rhine from Switzerland’s Basel to the Netherland’s Amsterdam. In November we finish this wonderful triad with a 10-night, 11-day cruise on Europe’s longest river, the Danube.

The genesis of Playbill Travel was simply to bring together theatre lovers with a passion for travel. We had no idea when we started operating vacations in 2011, that it would be met with such a remarkable reception from both the public and Broadway community. In six years, over 2,000 Playbill Travel guests have sailed on 8 voyages and visited over two dozen countries including Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Poland, Germany, French Polynesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Caribbean.

Our esteemed roster of performers includes some of the greatest talents the stage has ever known, including Chita Rivera, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tommy Tune, Christine Ebersole, Norm Lewis, Andrea Martin, Lewis Black, Laura Benanti, Cheyenne Jackson, Megan Hilty, Laura Osnes, Liz Callaway, Paulo Szot and many, many more.

Our signature experiences on Playbill Travel vacations include:

  • Intimate twilight and evening performances with the greatest talent on Broadway
  • Lively discussions and intriguing seminars
  • Unique never-before-seen star pairings, duets and song debuts
  • “Playbill After Dark” gatherings
  • Star-hosted excursions, sing-alongs, autograph and photo sessions
  • Expert travel planning from Playbill Travel’s agency Judy Perl Worldwide
  • Talent hosted cocktail parties, meals and much more!

Our three exciting Playbill Travel adventures lined up for the 2017 season are:

Broadway on the Rhône River


May 21-28, 2017: Avignon, Tarascon-sur-Rhône, Viviers, Tournon/Tain, Mâcon, Lyon

Enjoy a week full of Broadway, Bordeaux, and brie on one of Uniworld’s finest luxury riverboat, the S.S. Catherine. Witness the majestic landscapes and historic villages along the River Rhône, one of the most historic regions in France. Renowned sommelier Jean-Luc Le Du will provide an exquisite sampling of regional wines, to complement a rich selection of cheeses. Our star-studded roster includes Tony winner Paulo Szot; Tony nominees Liz Callaway, Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker; Drama Desk nominee James Barbour; and Grammy-winning Music Director John McDaniel.

Broadway on the Rhine River

August 13-20, 2017: Basel, Breisach, Kehl, Mannheim, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

Our second European river cruise begins in Switzerland’s Basel and concludes in the Netherland’s Amsterdam, sailing aboard Uniworld’s first super ship in their luxury river fleet, the S.S. Antoinette. Guests will discover the gorgeous region of Alsace, whose combined French and German heritage has created unique world-renowned cuisine and palate-pleasing wines. Explore the cities of Strasbourg and Cologne; and enchanting villages of Riquewhir, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim. Our growing list of talent includes Tony winner Faith Prince, Drama Desk winner Andréa Burns, Astaire Award winner Charlotte d’Amboise, Tony nominees Terrence Mann and Santino Fontana, and Grammy nominated Music Director Seth Rudetsky.

Broadway on the Danube River

November 3-13, 2017: Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Passau, Linz, Bratislava and Budapest

The final river cruise offering of the season, Broadway on the Danube River, brings the brightest stars of Broadway to the heart of imperial Europe for a 10 nights and 11 days of spectacular scenery, excursions and Broadway entertainment.The Danube has been a historic travel route for emperors and kings since the dawn of western European civilization. Be treated like royalty aboard Crystal Cruises’ luxury river yacht the Crystal Mozart, traveling roundtrip from Vienna through Austria, Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary. Talent to be announced.

Playbill Travel allows you to combine your passion for theatre with a love of travel and adventure. I hope to see you on one of our trips soon.

 

Sincerely,

Philip Birsh
President & CEO
Playbill Travel Inc.