On Wednesday Kathy and I took a trip to NYC. We had tickets for two shows, dinner reservations, and a room at the Marriott Marquis. It was a great trip.
As we usually do, we took the 9:10 train from Middletown that got us to PEnn Station at 12:15. this give us enough time to walk up to 46 St, where the Marquis is located, with a lunch stop at the Euorpan which is between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
After a spinach quiche and salad we headed to the Marquis to check in. I have some Marriott points accumulated so I was planning to use them to upgrade rooms. Our room wasn’t quite ready so we checked our bags and went to the theatre for our first show. More about the room later.
Anyway, here is the matinee show we saw:
The major reason we picked this show is because Kathy is a huge fan of Josh Groban, and since he is leaving the show soon, we wanted to see him. I don’t know if you are familiar with this show or not, but it is based on a 20 page section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
It is billed as immersive theater so I had no idea what to expect. Turns out it means the entire theatre is the stage. Actors are everywhere, in front of us, beside us. People had seats on the stage. We were given rice filled plastic eggs to help accompany the one number. It was really an experience and yes, I did enjoy the show. Kathy was happy because she saw Josh.
After the show we stood outside the stage door, something I have never done, and Kathy collected autographs. Here are some of the actors signing:
At one point a manager came out and told us that Josh was not feeling well so he would not be out to sign. He also wouldn’t be playing the evening performance. At this point I was glad we had matinee tickets and not evening tickets. Kathy was happy, too.
By this time it was 5:25 and since we had dinner reservations for 5:30 we thought it best to head to the restaurant. Luckily, we only hat to walk from 46th Street to 47th Street. We ate at an Italian restaurant: Trattoria TreColori. The meal was delicious. However, the best part of dinner was having our nephew, Jason, and his fiancee, Marissa, join us. Always great to meet up with family.
After dinner it was time to head to our second show. This is a little show you may have heard of:
This show was unbelievable! Whatever you may have heard about it is true. If you can get tickets for it anywhere it is playing I highly recommend it.
Since the theatre is next door to the Marquis we didn’t have far to go to walk back to the hotel. I figured that at 11;00 our room should be ready. It was. As I said, I was using points to get an upgrade. I didn’t expect what we got. We were on the 45th floor, the highest in the building. We didn’t have just a room but a suite overlooking Broadway. Here is our sitting room.
Through a door to the left was the bedroom.
To the back of the bedroom was the dressing area and bathroom.
And here is our view of Broadway from the 45th floor.
All in all, it was a great trip. Next week back to Australia.