From the Great White North, although it wasn’t really white, in the sense that there was no snow, but it was cold in New York City this weekend. Suzy and I went up for our anniversary, just a quick Friday-Sunday jaunt, and had a great time. We spent time wandering around Rockefeller Center looking at all the decorations there, then checked out some of the 5th Ave. store window decorations, like the killer windows at Saks, then I took her shopping at Mood Fabrics on Saturday (she’s a Project Runway junkie, so this stop was a must), and I got to pop into Midtown Comics on the way back to the hotel.
Saturday night we saw American Idiot at the St. James, and it was a great show. Except for the seats. Let’s face it, I’m a big guy. I know I’m overweight, but I should still be able to fit into a seat in most places. But the older Broadway theatres are built for midgets! I literally had to sit almost completely sideways in my chair with my legs out in the aisle, because there was no way I was going to fit comfortably facing completely forward. This of course led to a sore neck by the time the show was over. But the show was very good, I highly recommend it to both fans of Green Day and of high-tech shows, because this was certainly a technical bonanza. If you’re looking for deep plot, go elsewhere. We both felt that there were several cliched moments in the show, but that the strength of the popular songs and the incredible lighting covered for it. On a purely lighting geek side, now I see what the new VLX fixtures can really do, and I was blown away by the intensity.
Then we went right next door to Angus McIndoe for a nice post-meal dinner, and I’m pretty sure it was the most reasonably priced, well-prepared, well-served meal we had all weekend. The service was excellent, the food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful. I highly recommend it for a quick bite after the show. We got out for under a hundred bucks, in a restaurant in the heart of the theatre district, so you know you can’t beat that. And we each had a drink with our dinner! Very reasonable prices and great food.
Here are a few photos from the trip –