I'm aware of how late this post is, but you have to understand that I'm a student who spends most of her time on campus either studying or being part of a theatre production. In other words: I'm usually busy. That being said, I will now complete my chronicle of being in New York City.
My dad and I woke up late and decided that we wanted to go to "Serendipity", so I looked up the location on my phone. I found out that it's actually called "Serendipity III" and that my dad had never seen "Serendipity".
On the walk to the restaurant, I explained what the movie was about and when we arrived there was about a ten minute wait. This was fine because they have a gift shop right as you walk in. In "Serendipity III" there are two levels you can be seated in, and my dad and I were seated upstairs... a few feet away from where they filmed scenes from the movie! There were a couple of teenagers seated there, so dad and I had to wait until they left so that I could take a picture there.
As you can see, the decor is very bright and fun. I would say that it's a 12 year old girl's dream as far as decorations go. Anyway, I really enjoyed how bright and fun the environment was. There was a mother seated with two of her college aged children having a calm brunch together. I noticed that this was a place that a lot of people go to relax and be with one another, which was nice.
I suppose that those of you who know a bit about this restaurant know of their famous frozen hot chocolate. For those of you who aren't aware, they serve frozen hot chocolate in a multitude of flavors. So what do you think my dad and I did? We got ourselves some frozen hot chocolate.
Being tourists, dad and I obviously had no idea that you should probably share this dessert. I got the salted caramel frozen hot chocolate, and dad go the strawberry frozen hot chocolate. They were as delicious as they look in the picture. I would also like to point out that they are basically giant frappuccinos, but still delicious. I then got a hot dog and dad got a burger of some kind and we left. totally anti-climactic, I know.
Having to leave that evening, dad and I wanted to see at least one more show before we left and decided on "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder". We were unfortunately unable to stay for the entire show, but what we saw of it, I really enjoyed. I would also like to throw in that the official twitter replied to one of my tweets and one of the producers of the show follows me on twitter now. It was honestly just a very fun show that would be good for families to go and see. I'm not usually a huge fan of musicals like that, but this one is different. There were also some extremely impressive quick changes for the characters, and having been involved in some pretty tricky quick changes, I was very... well, impressed. A quick change is basically what it sounds like: an actor needs to be in a different costume quickly. The fastest one I've ever done was eight seconds and was almost a full costume change. Anyway, I thought I would share this picture of the stage before the show started.
I know this is only an iPhone photo, but this was gorgeous. It gives me chills every time I look at it. To me, this photo represents a lot of things that I love about live theatre: the audience chatting away before a show, standing backstage hearing them chatting and knowing that people will be able to experience your art in the next little while, the beauty of the set and how well it seamlessly meshes with the lighting, the classic red curtain waiting to raise and reveal the actors... there's just a lot to love here.
Like I said, we couldn't stay for the whole thing, but I would definitely recommend going on Spotify to listen to the album because you understand the story perfectly from the music.
Here is what I learned from this trip to New York City: I do not want to live in Manhattan or Brooklyn. If I end up working in NYC, I hope to live in New Jersey because the environment is noticeably more calm and attracts a lot less tourists. The theatre scene is right up there with London (obviously) and I can see why so many artists drop everything to live there, I just can't see myself giving everything up to live there. I would much rather work in Boston or Philadelphia. But I do love New York City and wish almost every day that I could hop on a plane and see shows. Alas, I don't have that kind of time or money and I love where I'm at in my life at the moment.
I hope everyone is enjoying their spring while it lasts! Remeber: