We left at about 9:30 to get breakfast at a local cafe. They were having a “pre-opening” and were giving away free coffee. We got our pastries and Kelly got free coffee, and we were on our way. We decided we wanted to go to the middle, west side of Central Park to start, and then we would make our way down to the Theatre District, where our show would start at 2pm. We saw The Reservoir, The Great Lawn, and the Turtle Pond. Unfortunately we couldn’t see more because we had to get to the Theatre District, which was about 45 blocks away. We didn’t want to take the subway and so walked the whole way. We walked to the eastern edge of the park, 5th Ave., and made our way down to 45th St. The whole length of the park was in the shade of the trees, so there was some relief there. Once we got to the end of the park, we made our way west, towards 7th Ave. We had to walk through Times Square to get to the theatre and we saw why everyone warned us about the amount of people in New York City. We had felt that before this it wasn’t living up to the hype of what we’d been told about the crowds of people. Granted, we were visiting in the middle of the week. After slogging our way through the Times Square crowd, we made it to the theatre. We scoped it out and then walked across the street to get lunch right before the show.
We made it into the theatre about 10 minutes before the show was to start and quickly found our seats. Kelly and I needed to go to the restroom and the attendant kindly (this is not sarcastic) let us know beforehand that we would need our tickets to return to our seats. We rushed upstairs and made it back about two minutes before the lights dimmed. The attendant has also told us that if we weren’t back in our seats when the show started, we would have to wait the first 15 minutes of the show before we could return to our seats.
The theatre was quite small, but the sets were amazing. They had a screen behind the actors that would show the scenery pertaining to the scene. And yes, I know that a lot of plays have this; I’m talking about a screen like a t.v. screen, where the scenery is actually moving and seemed to be projected on the screen, though it clearly wasn’t being projected from the front, and it didn’t seem like it was being projected from the back. For example, the very first scene is on a ship and the screen was actually in front of the actors. There were waves crashing on the screen, overlaid on the actors who were rowing a boat behind the screen. This created a very believable stormy ocean scene. In the scene where Jean Valjean is carrying Marius through the sewers, the screen showed a moving tunnel, making it look like they are walking through. And of course the acting and singing was amazing. This was the first play I’d seen where all the lines were sung, some were more obvious than others, but the cadence was definitely that of a song. We were all happy to have seen the play and now I can cross “see show on Broadway” off my list (though now I want to see more Broadway shows, not just the traveling shows).
Kelly had two friends to meet up with, the first one was John, one of the photographers for her and Micah’s wedding. He brought his girlfriend Andrea along and we walked to Organic Avenue since Kelly hadn’t been hungry when we ate before the play and now she was. Kelly talked to John about a candy store he had taken her brother to once, so we walked to the giant M&M store in Times Square. Andrea had to go but John got on the subway with us. Our station came up first so we said our goodbyes and made our way up top.
The second friend we were meeting with was a bridesmaid in Kelly’s brother’s wedding a few months ago. She works for a casting company and lives in NYC. She had suggested a rooftop bar called “230 Fifth” and so we met her out in front. We all went up to the 20th floor and were quickly seated, having arrived close to when they opened. We enjoyed a close up view of the Empire State building, seated right in front of it. The walls of the bar were a little high, but for those buildings tall enough, we had a spectacular view. We enjoyed talking, Micah and Kelly caught Courtney up on their journey, she talked about her experiences living in NYC being from Vermont originally, and we enjoyed the view, the food and beverages, and the company.
Courtney had to leave at 8:30 but we stuck around a little to take more pictures. I walked around the other sides of the bar and was bummed that the trees blocked the view from the other side. When I was done up top, I went to go use the restroom and the attendant told me that there were more bathrooms downstairs. I went in, the bathroom was empty, and there was an open window that gave me a clear view of the very thing I was trying to shoot just minutes before. Yay! Upon exiting the bathroom, I found the rest of the group right outside where they had been taking pictures of the interesting seating that filled the indoor bar.
The night was still young so we made our way back to Central Park. We decided to take the subway since we had already walked a ton. Once we got there we discovered that, while there were lights, they were not effective in illuminating the park. We were on the south-western corner of the park and found a giant rock not too far in. We could see many of the skyscrapers and so Micah and I walked around, taking shots from different angles. After we were done, we decided to head back, wanting to get to bed a little earlier if possible. We just missed our connection to New Jersey and so had to wait about 10 minutes for the next train. Kelly struck up a conversation with someone while we waited and they ended up sitting next to each other on the car. She was getting off at our stop so we all made friendly small talk during the mad rush to the street.
By the time we were done with our showers and ready for bed, it was about 11:30 or 12. Time for sleepy time.