Sunday, 12 March 2017

NYC Day 4

This morning we left Amy's place...
And checked into the Da Vinci Hotel, a few blocks up. Still very close to Times Square. Small,quiet and clean, it served us well.
Still cold but look, a break of sun up there!
This morning we were determined to get tickets to Dear Evan Hansen. We tried standing in line and getting tickets at the box office, no luck. We tried the TodayTix app, sold out. So today we tried Stub Hub. The tickets are supposed to go down the closer you get to the show. But for this show, they went UP - look at that, up to $469! Come on!
So instead we saw the Waitress matinee with Jessie Mueller, who was finishing her last 2 weeks of the show.
The tickets were only $32 because we got standing room only. We were so close! Totally worth it, I would stand another 2 and a half hours for Jessie Mueller!
Our spots also happened to be very close to the lobby, where they were baking a real pie. OH BOY it smelled good. The show was amazing, probably our second favourite of the trip, after Come From Away. It's a very sweet story, also based on a movie, and Jessie Mueller was perfect. The music is very Sara-Bareilles-esque. We love her. And it was a real ensemble piece, with strong performances across the board. The other good thing was that there was such diversity in the cast: black, white, old,  young, skinny, not so skinny. It was really great to see.
We met Amy in between shows for dinner.
We went to a place called the Brazen Tavern on 44th Street. It was so great to be able to spend more time with Amy. She is living an amazing life in New York!
Hello, here we are in Time Square, wrapped up like eskimos.
Then we toddled off to our second show of the day - Beautiful, The Carole King Story ($65). I didn't get any pics of it so our ticket stubs will have to do. This was a wonderful show, and we missed it in 2014, when Jessie Mueller was playing the lead. This time we saw Abby Mueller as Carole King, her sister! She was fabulous, really looked and sounded like Carole King. This was the second time we siblings on stage, the first was in 2014, when saw Hunter Foster in Bridges of Madison County, and then Sutton Foster in Violet.
Beautiful was really, really wonderful. A really polished show with quick changes and a gorgeous set, including a full grand piano on stage. And it was an intriguing story, I knew some things about Carole King but not everything. And of course, every song is like seeing an old friend. Just lovely. 

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