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05 September 2005 @ 09:20 pm
Honeymoon notes  
Some thoughts and notes that didn't really fit in any of the other posts:

We were in debate on what shows to see and what shows to miss.  Obviously we had a packed schedule, and not everything would fit in.  The biggest piece missing from our agenda was The Light in the Piazza, which won a bunch of Tony's including best score, but whose segment on the Tony's didn't interest us.  Plus, we couldn't find a single person who'd seen the show, and therefore we couldn't get any recommendations for it.  The biggest thing it had going for it aside from the accolades from the critics and its awards was that we knew Forbidden Hollywood was going to make fun of it.  So it actually won out over the Pillowman, and we'd have seen it if there were tickets available.  But despite nobody having seen it, it was sold out.  So we saw Pillowman instead, and were very happy about that.  Plus, of everything we could've seen, that seemed most likely to tour.  We'll catch it at the Ahmanson or something.  The One Man Star Wars Trilogy was also in the running, but the SciFi Geeks were outvoted by the Tonys Geeks.

Of everything we saw, the clear winner for most highly recommended was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, followed by 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Spamalot and Avenue Q were both fun, but we felt like we'd already seen them to some degree or another - although that won't stop us from subjecting as many people as possible to Q.  Resistance is futile.  By that same token, when Scoundrels tours, don't miss it.  (If it shows up on PBS with this cast, so much the better.  Especially if they offer it on DVD.  We'd buy.)  When Putnam County shows up at your local high school, be very afraid.

We discussed when we're planning to be back in NYC.  Fifth anniversary is the tentative date.  While we were on the subject, we thought about other travel plans.  Sometime in the next ten years, Pampered Chef will be offering Disney World as their incentive trip -- our plan is to be at Disney World sometime that year, whether Jen earns the trip or not.  It won't be for a while, as they just offered it last year.  And for the first anniversary?  Probably New York New York in Vegas -- it's a much cheaper solution than coming back to the real thing...

We had an interesting conversation about what burrough of NYC we'd move to if we could pack up everything and relocate cross country when I graduate.  We agreed that the Village felt very welcoming and home-ey, but it'll never happen.  Too many friends and relatives would have our hides.  So Ventura County will have to do.  =)

Our first towncar trip included a conversation in which the driver mentioned that honeymoons are dangerous -- he and his wife have had four of them, and they have four kids.  Don't worry, we're not in danger of that yet.  *crosses fingers*

People warned us about NYC this time of year, but it turns out to have been very nice for a few reasons - not the least of which being that it's the end of the Broadway Season, so we caught the shows before they closed and/or lost key cast members.  The weather was a problem, but that seems to have been primarily due to the hurricane.  Once that settled down, so did the humidity, and that had been our biggest complaint.

Neither of us knew this:  Theatre size, not location, determines what is "on Broadway" and what is "off Broadway."  If a theatre is located on Broadway, but is less than 500 seats, it's considered "off Broadway."  If a theatre is located several blocks away but is over 500 seats, it's "on Broadway."  "Off off Broadway" is determined in the same way, but our tour guide didn't remember how few seats it had to be for that.

After all the hubbub and the many attempts, and even after one of the bus tour guides recommended above all else that everyone go there, we never did make it to the Central Park Zoo.  Guess it'll have to go on our To-Do list for next time.....
Fuzzybearfuzzybearca on September 15th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the marriage and the great honeymoon! Sounds like a glorious trip. L'Chaim

I'm so out of the loop on Broadway shows. I didn't know William Finn was working on another show much less that it was running and doing well.
Idtechnomonkey on September 15th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
It's worse than that.
It started off as a play somewhere off-Broadway or out of town or something. I don't know all the details. It was doing well, and moved closer to the big Street. Somebody saw it and loved it and brought Finn to see it. Finn fell in love with it and then worked with them to make it a musical. It started in this form Off Broadway, and was so popular it moved to Broadway, where it now is.

This sucker's been on the move! =)