We were both exhausted after our sleepless travels, so I dropped him at his hotel and then headed over to my own. I was staying for the first time (for a couple of days) at New York's Pod Hotel. I had the smallest pod you can get, and I was very happy and comfortable there. I crashed for a few hours before getting out and about in the city. I rediscovered my favorite sandwich shop in Manhattan, Toasties on 51st, where I grabbed a late lunch. Then I took care of a few errands. I hit the drug store and picked up a couple of items. Next up, I had to find a dirt cheap t-shirt for a Thrillerfest tradition I will write about later. Three dollars later, I had an I (heart) NY t-shirt, and it was off to Times Square.
I'd been on the phone with Jimbo on and off during the day, but we'd never quite managed to hook up again that first day, and I knew he was off to Boston by train first thing in the morning. After the play, I just wandered back to my hotel, grabbing a light snack and many beverages along the way. I was pretty pooped, as you can imagine.
Nonetheless, I dragged myself out of bed fairly early the next morning. I was in line in front of the Eugene O'Neil Theater before 9:00am. I had to establish myself in the line and make friends quickly, because I was going for a double-play that morning. After accomplishing the two tasks above fairly quickly, I dashed a few blocks uptown around 9:40am to get in a second line. I didn't bother to make friends there, but I did snag two rush tickets to Sister Act for that evening's performance. Two center orchestra seats for $38 a piece. After which I made my way back to the first line, stopping for a knish, several beverages, and a cup of ice along the way. I was now prepared to wait.
After I got out of the theater, I finally connected with my friend, novelist Elle Lothlorien. I had promised Elle that I would take her to her first Broadway show. How exciting is that? I was so delighted to share the experience with her! Hence the second ticket line that morning. I met Elle in the lobby of her hotel, and because we were both a little early, we had just enough time for a real dinner. We walked up Ninth Avenue, and Elle chose one of my favorite haunts, The Delta Grill. All I have to say is yum! But we had to dash over to 53rd and Broadway, making it just in time.
Elle and I knew that we had long days ahead of us, so we called it an early night. Thrillerfest began the following day, and that's where the stuff you want to hear begins. For me, that first night of the conference was the highlight, and I'll write about it tomorrow. Amazingly, those three shows were the only ones I saw all week. Let's face it, I've seen most of what I really wanted to. For now, for those who never did get the full list of Broadway productions seen this summer, here's the whole list:
- Catch Me If You Can
- The Motherf**ker with the Hat
- House of Blue Leaves
- Anything Goes
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
- Born Yesterday
- The Normal Heart
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- Death Takes a Holiday
- The Book of Mormon
- Sister Act