from home for the holidays
26 - December 31,
It's the end
of the year, and yes, I admit it, I'm a mileage junkie! I needed 3000
miles to make Premier for next year. Better seating, preferential treatment
for upgrades, whatever. But where to go? London was a possibility, but
I didn't have enough time. What about New York City? I hadn't been since
I was a kid and had been wanting to go. Phil goes there every year to
stay with his sister and brother-in-law. So... a place to stay, people
to hang out with, and cheap plane fare -- let's go!
I left the
day after Christmas, and Kurt stayed home to bond with Coda. In four days
we saw much of New York City, and took in 4 plays! I've got some recommendations
for seeing plays in NYC based on my brief experience, which is shared
below the itinerary.
up for all days.
New York City
We had no problems
getting two-fer tix for Chicago at the TKTS booth in Times Square. We
then went to the box office for several of the plays that had been recommended.
Without exception, all had tickets available, though not all with the
best seats. We had to be flexible on show times. The tickets are way cheaper
buying them from the box office rather than from a ticket broker.
Here are the
plays we saw and my impressions (ordered from my favorite show down).
I've also included the ticket prices in case you're interested in going.
All plays we saw were good.
the name stinks. But the play (a musical) was fantastic! We had
1st row balcony seats -- because of the way the play was structured,
it may be better to sit in the balcony than in the orchestra. Beware
of sitting in the 1st row of the orchestra.
the play about? I recommend that you just go see it. Don't read
about it, don't listen to the soundtrack, and don't think about
why it's named the way it is.
is great, and the acting/singing was great. Both Phil and I loved
and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
was an excellent play with a cast of two. (The movie, Frankie &
Johnny, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfieffer, was based on this
Falco (Sopranos) and Stanley Tucci (one of my favorite actors) played
the lead roles. The play was funny and touching and very well acted.
We saw the second-to-last performance with these actors; starting
in the beginning of the year, they'll be replaced by Rosie Perez
and Joe Pantaliano.
this play I won't tell you much about, other than the beginning
is a little bit surprising, and it's not a show I would take kids
enthusiastic thumbs up!
is an updating of Puccini's opera (to 1957) and is set in Bohemian
Paris. The music is fantastic, the libretto in Italian, but the
supertitles are quite creatively updated to be resonant with the
wasn't as enthused about it as I was, as he's not a big opera buff.
But even if you don't like opera, go see it. Just get better seats
than we had (we were in the 2nd-to-last row in the balcony).
a very funny musical, with some outstanding performances. However,
the music isn't that hummable; today, four days later, I can't remember
a single song. Still, it's worth seeing if you haven't seen it!