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#17 See a Show on Broadway, Welcome to Broadway, NYC

It is fun to read the Playbill before the show.
It is fun to read the Playbill before the show.

As a kid growing up in Southern California I was no stranger entertainment. We are indeed the Entertainment Capital of the World. Radio, television, music, and film making, as well as the abundance of tourist and amusement attractions in the region, undoubtedly makes us the #1 entertainment place in the world, except for one thing, the stage.

Denise and AJ in front of the theater.
Denise and AJ in front of the theater.

To find the best musicals, the greatest musicals, there is only one place to go, and that is Broadway, New York City. They know, we know it, and if you ever go to a show on Broadway your pocketbook will know it.

Shows on Broadway are expensive. There are ways to try to mitigate. You can do what we did and try to find a show like Groundhog’s Day that is previews and rush it. That is when you go to the theater the day of the show you want to go to and see if there are any discounted tickets. There is a cost to that, in our case it cost us $119 dollars when we walked out during intermission when we discovered how much bad language can be crammed into a 4 minute song (it is a lot). It also means that you can you can find yourself 3 rows behind comedian Caroline Rhea. You just never know what is going to happen when you follow your dreams and perhaps that is why Broadway is so magical, because it is a not only a place of dreams, but it comes with a soundtrack.

Today (4/23/17), Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is opening on Broadway. It is amazing show. It brings in that magical mystical musical adventure that is Broadway. A mix of new and old songs, it brings new twist to the Roald Dahl classic. It is very different than both the 1971 Gene Wilder and 2005 Johnny Depp version.

It has the “Pure Imagination” song, it has some definite dark moments (when the oompa lumpas start singing you know something bad is going to go down), but it is unique, and they are my favorite part in the musical. How they do them is something you have to see for yourself.

As magical as seeing a show on Broadway was it was kind of eye opening. First of all the theaters are very close to each other, which is good because they are all in walking distance. The second was that they are all very small, or at least smaller than their Los Angeles counterparts. The term Broadway show does not necessarily mean that the show plays on Broadway, which is a street in New York, it more refers to how many seats the theater holds. If the theater has over 500 seats it is considered a Broadway show. The largest is the Gershwin Theater (currently playing Wicked) at 1,935 seats and the smallest is the Helen Hayes Theater (currently under renovation) at 597 seats. Compare that to the 2,703 seats at the Pantages and you notice the difference. The third thing was parking. At $38.01 an hour, you are not parking on Broadway. You are going to take public transportation in, which is fine because the streets.

Paying full prices were not so fun.
Paying full prices were not so fun.
It is very bright outside at 11 pm on Broadway.
It is very bright outside at 11 pm on Broadway.
Rush tickets can be a great deal if available.
Rush tickets can be a great deal if available.
The Neil Simon Theater currently playing a revival of Cats
The Neil Simon Theater currently playing a revival of Cats
The Wonka Emporium did sell chocolate but not Wonka bars, kind of weird
The Wonka Emporium did sell chocolate but not Wonka bars, kind of weird
Did not buy the soundtrack.
Did not buy the soundtrack.
A pre-show selfie at the Lunt-Fontanne
A pre-show selfie at the Lunt-Fontanne
Hamilton playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre, next to the Marques playing On Your Feet, as seen from the Lunt Fontanne Theater
Hamilton playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre, next to the Marques playing On Your Feet, as seen from the Lunt Fontanne Theater
Caroline Rhea sat three rows up from us during the show.
Caroline Rhea sat three rows up from us during the show.
A lot of people were pushing the button that was clearly labeled "Do Not Push."
A lot of people were pushing the button that was clearly labeled “Do Not Push.”
At $38.01 an hour, you should really find another way than your car to get to the theater
At $38.01 an hour, you should really find another way than your car to get to the theater
Apparently musicals run on Macbooks.
Apparently musicals run on Macbooks.
The production poster for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The production poster for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We waited at the door to the Lunt-Fountanne Theater at 10am to get discount tickets but there were none.
We waited at the door to the Lunt-Fountanne Theater at 10am to get discount tickets but there were none.
We were that close to the Groundhog day show.
We were that close to the Groundhog day show.
Side view of the Lunt Fontanne Theater showing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Side view of the Lunt Fontanne Theater showing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Look, a car elevator
Look, a car elevator
The inside of the August Wilson theater.
The inside of the August Wilson theater.
The August Wilson Theater playing Groundhog Day.
The August Wilson Theater playing Groundhog Day.
A look into the box office of the August Wilson theater.
A look into the box office of the August Wilson theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very happy to have been able to have finished this experience for the list. Saying that however I am OK watching the new musicals preview at the Macy’s Thankgiving Day parade and waiting for the good ones to come out to Los Angeles.

Thanks for reading
Thanks for reading