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April 14, 2010

I am lax in reporting on a day trip to New York City back in March.  My sister and I took a bus trip to the big city and immediately headed to Times Square to the TKTS window to find half price tickets to a Broadway matinee.  Tickets in hand, we searched for a nearby lunch spot.

A friend who lives in New York mentioned Angus McIndoe as a possibility and it is right in the theater district and we were cold so we went with it.  I went with the $14 prix fixe lunch and lest you think that sounds like a great deal for New York City, check out the portion sizes first.

Small cup of soup, slider-sized roast beef sandwich, and a sprinking greens with a splash of dressing.  My sister didn’t fare much better with her bowl of soup and grilled chicken salad.

Pretty skimpy.  Alas, all was not lost.  We had plenty of room later for big fat cupcakes from a nearby bakery!  I don’t remember the name of the bakery and we snarfed them too fast for me to take a picture.  I can tell you though that mine was chocolate with peanut butter frosting, topped with chocolate chips and and a caramel swirl.  Fabulous!

We had a little time to kill before the show so we headed for the garment district and stared in awe at the place where the magic happens…

Parsons, where Project Runway is filmed!

And the big button sculpture!  Does anyone else have the urge to darn something right now?

In a lucky chance of timing, we made our first ever visit to the big Macy’s during their spring flower show.  We wondered if that was literal or maybe just a name for a sale with pretty spring clothes?

It was literal!  Actual flowers, all over the first floor competing with all the pretty bags and jewelry for all the attention.  The highlight of the day though was the show – we scored half-price tickets to Rock of Ages, the Broadway musical featuring the music of Whitesnake, Journey and Night Ranger!  Totally awesome, dude. 

On the way into the theater along with our programs, we were handed fake LED lighters for showing our appreciation of retro rock.  The stage was designed to look like the Sunset Strip with neon signs and billboards for strip clubs and waitresses in faded concert t-shirts and mini-skirts actually served alcoholic beverages during the show.

And yes, that was Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame playing the lead in that video clip, but no, we didn’t see him. We saw an understudy but that dude was pretty awesome too. We had a great time and flashed back to all the good times in high school and squelched all memories of zits, social awkwardness and really bad perms.  Okay, actually we had no choice but to think of the bad perms with all those rockin’ 80’s wigs on the stage.  We did feel a litle old though when we browsed the program and one of the band members’ blurbs quipped that he was enjoying rocking out to the tunes he enjoyed in the womb.  That’s just cold.

After the show, we quenched our head-banging levels of thirst attained by shouting along to We’re Not Going To Take It with overpriced drinks at The View on top of the Marriott Marquis.  Good times!!  Coming up next – a whirlwind trip to Cape Cod.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. caryl permalink
    April 14, 2010 1:52 am

    Was that “friend who lives in New York” The Chicken? I haven’t heard from her in a long time. I miss her! You’re going to have to make another day trip to NYC when I’m there in a couple of weeks.

    • Jennifer A permalink*
      April 14, 2010 1:55 am

      Nope, wasn’t C&W this time. That would be great though if all three of us could meet up!

  2. April 14, 2010 2:06 am

    Nice recap! And I love the video from Rock of Ages! I wanna go see it again really badly!

  3. April 14, 2010 2:14 pm

    Broadway is making a lot of money on these retro shows. I blame Mamma Mia! But they are fun. Yep, NYC food is expensive but a fun place to visit.

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