New York Diaries: Part Four ~ For Broadway Geeks

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Just when you thought we couldn’t pack anymore into a 4 day trip to New York — we did! We managed to sneak in two Broadway shows (thanks, Brian) and a trip to the Daily Show (thanks, Dan!) More than anything else, our trip to New York was about being an audience member — in several very different situations. I kind of feel like Regis — you know, when he tells Kelly Ripa all about the Broadway shows he saw over the weekend? Lists of 10 seem to be working well with this whole weekend wrap-up thing — so here’s another one!

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Just when you thought we couldn’t pack anymore into a 4 day trip to New York — we did! We managed to sneak in two Broadway shows (thanks, Brian) and a trip to the Daily Show (thanks, Dan!) More than anything else, our trip to New York was about being an audience member — in several very different situations. I kind of feel like Regis — you know, when he tells Kelly Ripa all about the Broadway shows he saw over the weekend? Lists of 10 seem to be working well with this whole weekend wrap-up thing — so here’s another one!

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Just when you thought we couldn’t pack anymore into a 4 day trip to New York — we did! We managed to sneak in two Broadway shows (thanks, Brian) and a trip to the Daily Show (thanks, Dan!) More than anything else, our trip to New York was about being an audience member — in several very different situations. I kind of feel like Regis — you know, when he tells Kelly Ripa all about the Broadway shows he saw over the weekend? Lists of 10 seem to be working well with this whole weekend wrap-up thing — so here’s another one!

1. THE APPLE TREE (B-way musical) is at Studio 54. Yes, THAT Studio 54. I found my mind wandering every now and again and thinking about the history of that building. Incredible. And then I found myself wondering if they gave it a good hose and scrub down when they turned it back into a theatre. If the historical bodily fluids in that building could talk!

2. We were the youngest people in our section by about 40 years (we saw a Sunday matinee). Old people love a good Broadway musical — and they’ve got the hard candy to prove it. They refuse to unwrap their hard candy at the same time. They seem to do it individually so as to remind you that they are still alive.

3. Going to a Broadway is becoming more and more like going to the movies. Everyone’s in jeans and T-shirts, they have crazy elaborate concession stands in most of the theatres, and the guy behind you won’t shut up.

4. People always end up talking to me about my brother (who is in the show) and then I have this odd moment of deciding whether or not I admit that I’m related to him. My rule of thumb is that I tell them if I like them. If they are at all annoying or weird, I don’t. The 82 year old woman sitting next to Sandy found my brother to be “dashing” and “very talented”. She was very concerned about whether or not Brian would have enough time to have dinner with us after the show. She was SO relieved when I told her they only have a matinee on Sundays. Then she told me that she often doesn’t agree with what the critics have to say about shows. “They don’t know so much!” were her exact words, I think.

5. The bigger the role you have in a show, the more stairs you have to climb to your dressing room. I would change that if I were in charge. Kind of like striving for the corner office, you should work your way “down the stairs” on Broadway.

6. On Monday night we attended an “invited dress” (which is the last night before the previews begin) of the musical CURTAINS, with David Hyde Pierce. Totally different theatre going experience than APPLE TREE. Everybody in the audience knew somebody who knew somebody. Most of our fellow audience members were actors. Remember when you were in high school and all the nerdy kids would laugh extra loud at the joke about Shakespeare to let the teacher know they really “get” it? It was kind of like 2 hours of that.

7. I didn’t really like CURTAINS. Don’t quote me. I’m not a reviewer.

8. Even though I’ve seen a TON of musicals, I always giggle just a little bit the first time somebody breaks into song.

9. During the show I kept imagining how excited I would be if Frasier was my favorite TV show and Musical Theater was my favorite form of performance.

10. Oh, I forgot to mention earlier that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were at the same performance of APPLE TREE. I didn’t see either of them. I was probably busy unwrapping the hard candy for the woman next to me.

Coming up next, we have a complete demographic switch as we head to a taping of the Daily Show. A lot less 50-something gay couples wearing full length fur coats…

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