This event space is part of the OUT NYC hotel complex, which also includes the Rosebud NYC bar and the nightclub BPM.
514 W 42nd St
|Cross street:||between Tenth and Eleventh Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority|
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A Plus for the room, but Some negatives too....
Went to see Reba Webb Monday evening at 42West. Rema a featured player in "The Color Purple", who also appeared in "Violet", "Book of Mormon" and "Lion King" performed her one woman show, Children Will Listen". As usual, Rema was fantastic, she has an amazing voice, dynamite presentation, and great audience rapport. Rema's musical accompaniment and backup singers were top notch too.
The room is nice, sort of a disco space, with good sound quality. Some of the moving ceiling lighting should have been killed as it didn't fit the cabaret environment. The food and drink left something to be desired. One of our party ordered a Rose and was delivered some form of pink sparkling beverage. Two non-drinkers, ordered Ginger Ale and received about a 6oz. serving. The $5 tab for the soft drink was not out of line for the area, but most places at least provide 12oz.
The only food ordered was some calamari, it arrive after a wait, bone cold.
The bathroom situation was interesting to say the least. You went down a set of stairs to a room with about 10 urinals against the wall and a washing up area. There was no signage to indicate that this was not the actual bathroom to use as it was down another set of stairs. Below was a unisex space, no government laws needed, with about 10-12 private stalls (rooms). the room was very nice but the stalls could have used some attention. When I originally walked down a couple of woman walked with me, so I was not tempted to use the first room, although I had had some experience with coed bathrooms in Japan. I friend, who had been previously, told a story of actually using one of the urinals in the first room, when a number of ladies entered. Not the end of the world, but some might be embarrassed. Why not put up a notice.
The various inconveniences did nothing to lessen the joy of Rema's music, but perhaps some improvements could be made in the venue.
Rema is worth the visit wherever she is playing, keep your eye out, or visit her at "The Color Purple".