New York City- 8/17/11 -8/20/11

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Day 1- Broadway

Broadway is a prominent avenue in New York City. It is the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. The name Broadway is the English literal translation of the Dutch name, Breede weg. A stretch of Broadway is famous as the heart of the American theater industry and that is where we are on the famous stretch near Times Square.  Broadway is the home of many Broadway theatres, housing an ever-changing array of commercial, large-scale plays, particularly musicals. This area of Manhattan is often called the Theater District.  This area is marked by the millions of lights on theater marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminate the area.

The Lion king show. 



Spider man is the most talked about show on Broadway at the moment!  With a reported budget of $65 million, it is the costliest musical ever produced on Broadway!

 Directed by The Lion King creator Julie Taymor and stars Reeve Carney, a relatively unknown 23-year-old singer, as Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego, Spider-Man. 

The show is attracting record crowds.


The New York Times reports that "Spider-Man" topped perennial favorite "Wicked" as the highest-grossing production on Broadway. Making close to $1.6 million for opening weeks and if this trend continue, the show might actually become a super hit.


Theatres are everywhere...




We saw Hair the musical - Matinee show (2:00Pm)

Set in an East Village park in 1967, Hair is the musical story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace and love in the shadow of the Vietnam War.  Lots of singing on the show.  The cast  manages to be all over the place during the show—climbing ladders into the boxes, cavorting in the aisles (get ready for some all-in-fun interaction if you’re on the front row or on an end seat in the orchestra) and dancing and singing up a storm, backed by a fabulous onstage band.

Hair is not a “family show” there is a full-frontal nude scene ends Act One, and the dialogue and songs include lighthearted profanity references to drug use and a variety of sex acts but overall we enjoy the show.

Once you are in New York you have to go see at least a show on Broadway!

Ky and I at the entrance of the show.

As usual, there are so many people staying in line for the show.  This is a matinee show so I can only imagine how crowded it is at night time.



Across the street is the Phantom of the Opera show. 

The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest-running hit.


Check out the line for Phantom of the Opera.

The Phantom of the Opera is a thrilling show, romantic, scary, with grand emotions. No wonder it is so popular and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score, with its beloved signature song “Music of the Night" is catchy.


We are done with our show and when we step out there are so many people....Barely any room to walk...


More shows... Baby its you!, Memphis, etc..


Late Show with David Letterman.  If you plan like a month ahead is is likely you will free tickets for the show.


Time Warner Center

The Time Warner Center is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of two 750 ft towers bridged by a multi-story atrium containing upscale retail shops. The property had the highest-listed market value in New York City, $1.1 billion, in 2006.  Originally constructed as the AOL Time Warner Center is divided between offices of Time Warner Inc. and an R&D Center for VMware, residential condominiums, and the Mandarin Oriental New York hotel.



The facade of Time Warner buildings.

Waiting to cross the street and looking at the Time Warner Center Building.

Huge metal globe in front of time Warner center.

The entrance of Time Warner center.


Inside Time Warner, 1st floor looking out.

Next... Per Se/ Masa/Bouchon



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