Ah…New York. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. And I made it here…on a Delta/Southwest 747. I’m here for work, but I have to get out and enjoy the city! Now…you might not know this, but New York is a pretty big city. A few million people, lots of tourists. Pretty average. But it’s so freakin’ big, I can’t just comment on it like any other city. I figured I’d break it up and comment on a couple of different places.
First…the tourist destination of choice…Times Square. Here is my take on this location…it’s busy. Really busy. Lots and lots of busy. Walking here is like swimming upstream. But there is an energy here unlike any other place that I’ve ever been (except maybe New Orleans). Walking around, you can’t help but people watch. So many faces, so many different ethnicities, so many fish…swimming upstream. Anyway, it’s all very big and flashy. Giant video screens, flashing lights, cars and cabs. Half the time you catch yourself looking around and then you have to avoid an oncoming cabbie who is about to run you over.
Times Square has lots of places to eat (mostly your typical chains…the original, really great New York spots avoid this place like the plague). There are a lot of places to buy things. And, it’s really close to Broadway. So you can wander around then go check out a show. Which is exactly what I did!
Seeing a show on Broadway is unlike seeing a show anywhere. The acting and performances are top notch. There are usually big name stars involved. It’s the mecca of performance art in America. So what should I see? “Rent”? “The Phantom Of The Opera”? “Xanadu”? Nah…I wanted to have some fun. So me and my friend went to see “Spamalot”!!!
In 2005, Spamalot won a Tony award for Best New Musical. It is based (loosely) on the Monty Python movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. It’s a bloody, violent and sexually charged production filled with tension, amazing dance numbers and guys in tights. Okay…so it’s not really bloody. Or violent (which is the same thing as bloody…right?). Uh…and there is some sex…kinda. Anyway…it’s all silly and most scenes are straight out of the movie. The music is awesome! The production is a lot of fun and I got to see Clay Aiken (of American Idol fame) play the role of Sir Robin. He does a really great job! He is definately a good choice for that role! And everyone involved is top notch. I would definately recommend it to anyone who has a funnybone! The only downside…Nathan the maniac usher. Don’t you DARE try to sneak a picture in under Nathan’s watch…because if you do…he’ll tell you to delete it! I had the idea that Nathan had me in his sights…whenever he wasn’t checking his cell phone for messages. Anyway, I took a picture before the production. Nathan told me to delete it. I didn’t. Sorry Nate…but you can bite me.
Just an FYI…the show wasn’t really all that expensive for a Wednesday night. About $50. Not bad by New York standards! Dinner can go for over $100 or so in Times Square…so I had some fries and a beer at a local pub and called it a night.
If you do go to Times Square, there are lots of things to stop and check out. David Letterman’s theatre is around here, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Plaza, lots of stores and restaurants.
Its a great place to visit…once. Or maybe twice. But now that I’ve been here a few times, I think I’m over it. Too many people, too much noise. I’ll take Central Park anytime…
And that’s where I’ll go next!