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Anika Noni Rose on living in NYC:

From the 2011 revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, with the NY Philharmonic.

It's also one of the best descriptions of NY life I've ever seen, although it leaves out the millions who were born there and remain b/c let's face it, it's a world-class city in a nation with very few of them. (Sorry, Oshkosh.)

Liza loves it too:

Wonderful Town sums up an earlier era:

Brooke Shields loves NYC too:

This could happen anywhere, but: brilliant.

OMG:

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  •  Barbara Walsh: (20+ / 0-)

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 01:55:46 PM PST

    •  I saw this version of Company. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was deep in the winter (likely December) and I stayed after to get autographs. I must have waited 20+ minutes and she was the last one to come out a good three or four minutes after the rest of the cast. She was so nice. She said if she knew I was waiting, she would have come out more quickly.

      In a strange twist of fate, a friend of mine had an extra ticket to a Broadway review where a number of performers sang songs from shows they had been in previously. She was one of the performers and sang this song again.

      Bit of trivia: Also in the show was Kelli Rabke who played the Narrator in the '93 revival of Joseph which is the first show I have memories of seeing but not the first show I saw.

      I must end each day with a dose of Top Comments. A TC diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

      by cohenzee on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:20:38 PM PST

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      •  I'll bet it was terrific live. (0+ / 0-)

        It's still terrific to see the whole thing on YouTube: live would have been awesome. (I feel the same way about the 2011 production with Neil Patrick Harris and the Met.)

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 01:56:13 PM PST

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  •  As one who was born and raised in the Second (6+ / 0-)

    City, it was no shame to be second to New York.

  •  I desperately want to go to Broadway (5+ / 0-)

    I live in Toronto and we get some musicals here (mostly traveling shows, but a few more permanent ones like Phantom).  I just wish it was a bit easier/affordable to get to New York to see Broadway shows.

    It can be so expensive now too.  When I hear stories of decades past where it was so cheap I can't believe how envious I am.

    Some day I am going to take a week off, go with a tour to New York, and watch a dozen shows in week!

    •  TKTS (4+ / 0-)

      Get tickets for that days performance for VERY cheap.

      You are only able to see whatever is available, but there's such a variety of shows on Broadway, you can't really lose.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:24:28 PM PST

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      •  How easy is that to do? (2+ / 0-)
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        I worry that since I would be a visitor and not familiar with the theaters and streets, trying to get last minute tickets would be a mess and I could miss the shows!

        •  whatever is on sale, you can get (4+ / 0-)

          TKTS sales don't have the sold-out shows, but they have plenty of others. Just get in line (it's around 44th St. and Broadway) and see what's for sale when you get to the window.

          Doesn't matter whether you're a visitor or a native: the TKTS booth is democratic-- first come, first served.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:49:33 PM PST

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        •  Easy peasy (2+ / 0-)
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          Really.  You just stand on line.  :-)

          I think they may have also reopened a downtown location (it used to be at the WTC).

          I have seen some shows I never would have thought of if not for TKTS.

          Also, you could work it this way, if there is a show you really really want to see, plan to pay the price for that one show, but do TKTS for any other shows.

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:56:13 PM PST

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    •  Where I live now, (3+ / 0-)

      it's not great theater: but then again, we get a lot of Equity actors, and it's not too bad either. Don't denigrate your hometown shows. The revival of Noises Off I saw here was better than the revival I saw on Broadway.

      THAT said, if you can catch the original cast, yes, Bway is probably a lot better. (And you're in NYC, which is the best city in the world: just ask any New Yorker!)

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:25:53 PM PST

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      •  I'm not denigrating the traveling shows (4+ / 0-)

        It's just the fact that they are the traveling ones means we don't get that many, and the ones we do get are often sold out/expensive or here for limited engagements and not always a good time for me to go.

        The nature of a big city like Toronto that sees itself as first class means that you either get major productions or else very small shows not really trying to compete with big Broadway-style shows.  One of the only other options is something like the Stratford Festival which is now offering more musicals and would be considered quality, midsized productions.

        •  Some of my absolute favorite plays (0+ / 0-)

          I saw Off-Broadway. Productions that aren't "big" enough for a huge house, but play very well in more intimate theaters. They mostly weren't musicals -- I only do musicals in this series b/c I can't find enough good clips of "straight" plays to fill a blog post, not b/c I only love musicals. And I prefer clips from stage productions to clips from movies.

          Also, people seem to like the big musical numbers.

          But I'd love to do more diaries about Off-Broadway shows w/out the big showstopping numbers.

          I just can't find them on YT.

          So maybe, just maybe, you would enjoy some of those smaller theatrical offerings. I know I often have.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 02:05:14 PM PST

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  •  I saw Brooke Shields (4+ / 0-)

    In Caberet. A friend of mine who's in the business scored some tickets and I met her backstage afterwards.

    I was pleasantly surprised at her performance! It was entertaining and fun show!

    :-)

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:21:35 PM PST

    •  I am SO sorry I missed that. (3+ / 0-)
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      (Shall we meet each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?)

      SRSLY, I have never seen Cabaret live. Wow. That must have been quite a wonderful show.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:28:13 PM PST

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      •  It was set up so... (3+ / 0-)

        The front seats were at tables... Like at a dinner club cabaret!

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:52:40 PM PST

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        •  It sounds like SO much fun! (2+ / 0-)
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          Glad you enjoyed it and wish I'd been there.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:56:56 PM PST

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          •  I got to see some great shows (2+ / 0-)
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            For free because of him! :-)

            I saw Sunday in the Park with George with him (my all time most favorite broadway production) and saw it again a few months later because I went with his ex who wanted to see it and he didn't want to join us when I went to see it the first time around.

            But I also saw Cats, Phantom and Evita with him. (I also saw the English production of Evita before it arrived in the US- student rush tickets in London)

            The very first show I remember seeing was one my parents took us all to see, that was Finians Rainbow!

            My mother loved the musicals and loved Broadway shows.

            All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

            by kishik on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 06:06:29 PM PST

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            •  Wow, I'm envious (2+ / 0-)
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              of Sunday in the Park with George and Evita.

              But I'm a Bway slut: I'll watch anything if the tickets are free (lol).

              I was really poor back then, but I'm still kicking myself b/c I never went to the original cast show of Into the Woods. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I should have been there.

              English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

              by Youffraita on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 06:12:16 PM PST

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            •  My most memorial show with rush tickets was (2+ / 0-)
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              front row seats for Full Monty.  Not great art, but fun to anticipate what you would see from the front row plus birdseye view of the orch.

              No doubt shows in NYC have something special about them, the old theatres play a part in setting the atmoshpere.  Enjoyed getting to see A Little Night Music a while ago.

              “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

              by ahumbleopinion on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 07:14:18 PM PST

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  •  Am so happy to see something nice about (4+ / 0-)

    NYC! I live here and when I travel in the US people make very snide remarks about NY so thank you for the nice words!!

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