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Old 03-10-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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My Whirlwind Wicked Weekend in NYC

OK, so my friend Sue and I jointly bid on this trip at a benefit auction last November. It was for a 3-night stay at a Marriott Courtyard in midtown Manhattan, 2 house seats for "Wicked" on Broadway, and a chance to go out for drinks & theater-talk with the show's stage manager afterwards.

I have been wanting to have a gal-pals Broadway weekend in NYC ever since Rick and I visited there in 2000. But of my friends who love theater, none were willing to spend the money to go to NYC. So when Sue agreed this sounded like a fabulous opportunity, I was thrilled. Sue is an architect who used to work for my firm (she's now a principal at a smaller firm), and I've always liked her. Her boyfriend is a principal at my firm, and he thought I would drive her nuts. Well, this week he admitted he was wrong -- she loved spending 4 days with me.

But YOU aren't surprised to hear that, are you?

We arrived Thursday, March 3 and it was really, really cold and windy there. We'd brought our winter coats & gloves, but not hats. Our ears were freezing, and we knew we'd be standing in a long line at the TKTS booth to get half-price tickets for a Thursday night show. So one of the first things we did Thursday afternoon was buy animal hats from a street vendor.

Now, I must explain that my friend Kathy back at the office has a "thing" for sock monkeys, so my choice was clear. Sue decided to buy a panda hat.



Aren't we too, too chic? Hey, those hats made great conversation-starters as we stood in line with others.

We decided to get tickets for "Billy Elliot" for Thursday night, and we were able to score some good Orchestra seats for half price.

Our hotel was super-close to the NY Public Library, which is a gorgeous building. So of course we had to go in there.




Out in front of the library:




Did we go into the Times Square Disney Store? What do YOU think? By this point, I'd purchased a scarf from a street vendor. Love Minnie as the Statue of Liberty, and had to take advantage of this photo opp making me a Statue of Liberty too. I purchased a small version of that as a Christmas ornament (Rick was thrilled -- NOT ). Of course, the NY cabbie Goofy made it home with me -- he's now on top of my collectibles cabinet with all his plush Goofy brothers.







That show is amazing! Where they find an 11-year-old boy who can sing like an angel, expertly dance ballet-tap-jazz, and act so convincingly as Billy is beyond me -- and they've actually got four 11-year-old boys who alternate in the role. Plus there are touring companies -- I know one is coming to STL in a couple months.
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Oh fun! I'm excited to read this! I love Broadway shows and miss being able to see them!
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i am also a sock monkey fan, so i am loving your hat! hmmmm...i can't imagine you driving anyone nuts on a trip. (consider the source here, people!) looking forward to more about your trip!
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Great start, Cindy! I saw "Billy Elliot" last year and loved it. The kids are amazing.
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Hooray! A trip report! I've been wondering where you've been - and thinking perhaps you're just not on the same threads here that I've been reading/posting.
Would love to see Billy Elliot - tried when we were in London last summer, but no tickets. I have seen Wicked three times, though, and will be seeing it again in August (a week before leaving on my Dream cruise!). Can't wait to hear what you thought.
I may need to take the cheap bus up to NYC just to shop at the Disney store!!
(there are buses running from DC to NYC for as little as $1!!!)
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What a great start to what I'm sure will be a great trip!
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I'm so excited I found this. Can't wait to hear all about your trip and your thoughts on Wicked!

ETA: We NEED to get together soon. Maybe we can go see The Little Mermaid when it comes to The Muny this summer.
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hmmmm...i can't imagine you driving anyone nuts on a trip. (consider the source here, people!) looking forward to more about your trip!
Yes, Sheri -- you would know! Let's hit the GF together soon!
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Late Thursday afternoon, after getting our "Billy Elliot" tickets, we walked around Rockefeller Center. Found a cute Sock Monkey card that Sue purchased so we could present the hat to Kathy back in St. Louis.

Sue had mentioned wanting to tour Radio City Music Hall, but it just never seemed to happen. Since it was so cold outside, we just explored the downstairs of the NBC studio. Sue loves this huge painting on the ceiling -- as you walk from one side of the room to the other, the man appears to shift his weight from one leg to the other.




See what I mean?




Isn't this a cool light?


We wandered over to the (30) Rock Cafe for a and enjoyed watching the ice skaters while we warmed ourselves from the inside.




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We NEED to get together soon. Maybe we can go see The Little Mermaid when it comes to The Muny this summer.
Kelly, that is a brilliant idea! I seem to be doing all my traveling this spring, so I should be around all summer. Let's go to The Little Mermaid!

Hey, anybody else going to be in STL July 6-14? That's when The Little Mermaid will be playing at our enormous outdoor amphitheater. Check it out: 2011 Summer Season
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I'm loving your trip so far!!! Enjoying all the pictures of NYC!!
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Here I am, enjoying my Mimosa at the Rock Cafe.




And then we started thinking about dinner, and the menu there looked good -- so they gave us a table right by the window, so we could actually interact with some of the skaters. Too bad I couldn't hold the camera still -- maybe it was the Mimosa -- but this little boy kept coming around to wave at me.



It was so cold and windy outside, we couldn't believe how many kids and adults waited off to the side while the ice got cleaned -- which made it even more slippery. We at everybody trying unsuccessfully to stay vertical after that.






Like I said earlier, "Billy Elliot" was incredible. Our seats were pretty far to the left side, but about 12 rows from the stage -- we could see everybody.

It was after the show that we stopped at the Disney Store. Look, even Disney loves New York!







Then we trekked back to our hotel, where we very well -- not much noise from the street, which is always a pleasant surprise. If you want a hotel recommendation, consider this one: Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue Hotel | Fifth Avenue Hotels New York | Hotels Near Rockefeller Center | Hotels Near Fashion District NYC


Gawrsh, we'd left St. Louis that morning and look at all we'd done! No wonder we were tired. Great first day in NYC!
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