I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, survived Black Friday and is gearing up for Christmas. This Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of traveling to New York for the first time to spend it with family over the Holiday – and although I would only be there for a few days we were determined to cram as much into those couple days as we could. Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, The Met, 30 Rock, and my wife wanted to catch a Broadway show and I happened to know one I wanted to see. Let me say that I’m not a Broadway fan by any means – I find them over done and corny most of the time. So this could have been a disaster no matter how well it was done. I’m not a judge on American Idol so I couldn’t tell good from great singing to be honest.
We had braved the wind and the rain all day wednesday visiting the Met, Times Square and 30 Rock. We made our way on foot over to Times Square before the performance at 7pm. The show was at the Longacre Theater which from what we read was cursed – or at least thought to be. Its a small theater just off Times Square and we all crammed into the front waiting room trying to get out of the cold. Doors opened about 30 minutes before the show giving us time to climb to the balcony. We were glad Zachary was going to be there for the show versus a fill in – I thought he might be traveling for turkey day.
Seven o’clock came around, the curtains rose and the show started. It starts right off with some singing and I thought it was going to be a long night or set changes, costume changes and so on. The show starts out in a bar/restaurant in New York with 2 couples the waiter/bartender and Zach. He waits at the bar for Krysta to arrive and once there they go back and forth breaking into songs about dating, first dates, bad boys, religion, parents, ex girlfriends and Krysta’s BFF rescue calls. The song break into the acting when something they are thinking is acted out and its done in a way that doesn’t seem corny or over the top. It works to make the whole show upbeat and moving at a fast pace. None of the songs are long drawn out numbers just enough to keep a smile on your face and induce a few laughs.
The show as a whole is well done and they do a lot with a small set an you really feel like your there watching a first date between the two of them. Zach gets a pickle stuck in his mouth during one of the numbers which was funny on its own. The show zips by and they go from “friends” to a kiss in front of her imaginary doorway. We laughed a lot and enjoyed the show fully as our first Broadway show. I can honestly say you will not be disappointed if you get the chance to see it before it closes its doors in early January.
Well done Zach and cast and crew looking forward to whats next!