I Love NY

Nowadays, I never know what’s going to happen when I travel, so I schedule plenty of padding time. As a result, I arrived in New York City this afternoon with no plans for the evening.

Getting to the hotel was easy, and we wound up sitting in the hotel café enjoying drinks and watching people go by while a brief rain shower finished up. Then it was walking through Times Square to the TKTS booth, where we bought tickets to The Drowsy Chaperone.

(New York is a great city if you have a little money. Half-price tickets were double the cost of full-price tickets back home.)

This was a very enjoyable show. It’s a meta-musical, in which one character (cleverly named “Man in Chair”) describes to the audience his favorite 1920s musical, which the audience then sees take place, while he makes asides. The narrator is played by the gentleman who co-wrote the show and is married to the lead actress, so it all wraps together tightly. Based on background notes, I got the impression the show came out of Canada, and that wasn’t the only thing that reminded me of SCTV in some ways. It was a loving tribute to classic, familiar entertainment — some of the character types parodied I’ve seen done straight in Astaire/Rogers movies. Lots of laughs and good songs.

My favorite line: “She was an aviatrix, which was 20s for ‘lesbian’.”

I forgot to mention our pre-theater dinner. We weren’t sure where we wanted to go, so we started walking, and the restaurant I thought was 10 blocks away turned out to be on the next corner. We ate at Blue Fin, an upscale seafood restaurant where I enjoyed brunch when I last visited a few years ago.

It was delicious. I like that they do fancy fish as well as sushi dishes, so we had a creative and tasty spicy crab roll for an appetizer (crab salad and cucumber sprinkled with tempura flakes); a classic field green salad with blue cheese, apples, and walnuts; and for an entree, halibut with gnocchi, chanterelle mushrooms, crab meat, and sauteed chard. oooh, it was good. Oh, and for desert, a chocolate cherry trio that featured small portions of chocolate-almond cake, cherry sorbet, and a to-die-for chocolate mousse. Highly recommended.

Comic content resumes tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “I Love NY”

  1. Barry Says:

    Glad you enjoyed Blue Fine – I’ve eaten there only during Restaurant Week, where most restaurants can be hit or miss and they were one and one in my experience. Sounds like you had a hit, which is great.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay in the city – I won’t be attending Comic Con, as I have babysitting duties, but I’m sure we’ll get a good roundup from you.

  2. Rob Staeger Says:

    The Drowsy Chaperone sounds great — I’ll have to check it out!

  3. Sam Hobart Says:

    Since you liked The Drowsy Chaperone you should check out Slings and Arrows, a Canadian TV show that takes place behind the scenes of a Shakespearen theatre company. It was created by the writers of The Drowsy Chaperone and Mark McKinney (Kinds in the Hall and now Studio 60). It’s in its third season on Sundance Channel and I believe the first two seasons are available on DVD.

  4. Doug Says:

    I’ve heard reactions to Drowsy Chaperone to be hit or miss, but we thoroughly enjoyed it when we saw it last summer. At one point the somewhat dim male ingenue roller-skates blindfolded–what’s not to love?

  5. Johanna Says:

    Sam, thanks for the pointer — I’ll check that out.

    Doug, hee hee, yeah, that’s a great bit! And it was nice to find a show that my whole family enjoyed.

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