My mother and aunt are musical fanatics – they love to go to shows.
So when they came for a visit, we made a beeline to the TKTS booth in Time Square to get tickets. The next day, we went to the Southstreet Seaport office location for tickets.
Be sure to check the hours for the TKTS Time Square booth, as it has weird hours. Also be sure to get there an hour in advance if you want tickets as people begin lining up early.
The Southstreet Seaport also has a long line, but probably about a 1/3 of the wait.
As both my mom and aunt have seen nearly every musical on Broadway over the years, we had two choices left for the two days they were in town.
First, we saw the adorable Nice Work if You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara.
After reading about many movie stars making the transition to broadway and being a big fan of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Producers, it was very cool to see Matthew Broderick perform live.
The show is set during Prohibition in the 1920s and depicts the life of Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) who plays a rich playboy who gets married (for the fourth time) to a woman, Eileen Evergreen. However on the weekend that Jimmy and Eileen get married, he meets Billie Bendix (Kelli O’Hara) who is a bootlegger and is hiding 400 cases of gin in Jimmy’s basement. “Knocked out by this one-of-a-kind woman, Jimmy must deal with his high strung fiancée and an assortment of bootleggers, prohibitionists, G-Men and chorus girls, as well as one very moralistic senator” (Wikipedia).
I definitely recommend seeing this light show if you have time before you leave.
The second show we saw was the opera and revival, Porgy and Bess.
Porgy and Bess is set in early 1900s in a fictional pocket of South Carolina which they refer to as Catfish Row. The story is focused on the crippled beggar Porgy and Bess, who is a drug addict. After her boyfriend Crown kills a man and has to flee the neighborhood, Bess is left homeless. Porgy agrees to take her in and they fall in love. After Crown returns and is killed himself and a number of other complications and events, Bess flees Catfish Row with Sportin’ Life, another character, to New York. The show ends with Porgy making the decision to run after her and find her in New York.
Unlike Nice Work if You Can Get It, I would not particularly recommend this show, yet I wouldn’t discourage it either.
If you are more so into plays, I would recommend Tennessee Williams’ (former Mizzou student) A Streetcar Named Desire which I have also seen this summer. If you go to the TKTS booth in Times Square, you can enter the plays express line!