Investment banking giant J.P. Morgan & Co. has picked Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and Leslie Odom Jr.’s latest album, Simply Christmas, as part of #NextList2017, the latest in an annual list of “highly curated activities” for its clients. The list includes “a diverse mix of art and cultural experiences, plus new thinking and ideas from non-fiction authors around the world.”
Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, rolled out the latest list, saying, “It features a range of items—from must-read non-fiction titles to the newest hits in music and Broadway as well as art and culture must-sees that we believe will enrich our clients’ lives as we enter 2017.”
Dear Evan Hansen is described as “the story of a socially awkward teenager living in a social media world who finds himself unwittingly, and then willingly, at the center of a local tragedy.” Great Comet is described as a “rollicking story of romance and passion [that] takes audiences back to Russia 1812, when war ripped people apart but also acted as a catalyst in the forging of tighter bonds.”
The Simply Christmas description says Tony Award winner Odom “shows off his effortless and expressive voice, turning holiday favorites, such as ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘Winter Song,’ into new, soulful classics.”
This year's list also includes La Cité du Vin wine museum in Bordeaux, France; the book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton; and a recording by Israeli pianist Idan Rachel, At the Edge of the Beginning, plus other items, places and experiences.