Before you keep reading, all I did was eat & attend shows. Also, my enjoyment started out poorly but things got better as the weekend progressed.
I got up on Friday & it was snowing in Syracuse. It had stopped by the time I left for the city but I drove through a moderate snowstorm when I went through "the hills of the Onondaga" & kept on snow showering all the way until I was just north of the city. However, when I got to the city it was warm - comparitively. I arrived, parked my car & found my room at the Travel Inn & also the back elevator which meant I could take out or put in things into my car even with the garage doors closed.
After a bit of rest, I made my way to Hakkasan. At first glance, I was impressed but things went downhill from there. I was not offered a pre-theater menu even though I was there during that time. I ordered a drink & then one of my two friends I was meeting arrived & he ordered a drink as well. When our 3rd companion arrived, I asked to see the pre-theater menu (there was still time to order off of that menu) & was unpleasantly surprised to learn that wine & cocktails were included in the pre-theater menu. I did order a glass of wine after my opener of warm sake but I would not have had 2 drinks if I had know that a drink was included with dinner. I suggested that we order one each of the 3 small plates that were on the pre-theater menu & my companions agreed. However, we only got two & was promised that the 3rd was on it's way. It didn't arrive & then, when we got our entrees we noticed an extra something that was not explained but we decided was our missing 3rd appetizer even though it wasn't what was on the menu. The food was good but the inattentive service & the techno beat background music makes me think I wont be back. Then I headed solo to Matilda. The lead is a young girl & her music is mostly patter which I couldn't make out. Since I'm a bit ancient to have read the book & only vaguely remember the movie, I didn't really enjoy the show. I was wondering if it was just me but I was talking to a fellow patron when I went to see Kinky Boots & she basically had the same experience.
Day 2 I was thinking I would go for breakfast along the route to the show but I got up early enough to just grab a pastry at a nearby deli. I then went to The Gazillion Bubbles show. I know this is supposed to be a kid's show but I enjoyed myself thoroughly, especially when the bubblemaster blew a small bubble & filled it with smoke & then used a medium bubble wand to bounce the smoke filled ball like a tennis ball (one of my friends with whom I had dinner at Hakkasan is a competitive amateur tennis player.) I stopped at Starbucks & met a gentleman & when I told him where I had been, he told me he wanted to go but his wife thought the show would be "too silly." But I enjoyed myself because it was just mindless silliness. I then headed for Glass Menagerie. This was a phenomenal show!!! Williams calls it a "memory play" & that is how it was directed with minimal scenery & mime instead of realistic stage movements - just like how when you remember things you only remember the important details. I then headed for Bar Americaine for dinner. The place is spacious although my one (extremely minor) gripe is that, since it is one big space, the sound tends to echo around the room. However, the wait staff was attentive without being intrusive & the food was excellent. I will certainly put this on my "must dine here" list. Then I went to Pippin. I was a bit concerned because this is a favorite show & I've seen several incarnations of it but the circus theme might come off as gimmicky. Not in the least!!!! The cast was excellent expecially Terrence Mann who I have always loved. The choreography was just right. Not a pale imitation of the original Fosse nor (once again) gimmicky but such that I believe it is what Fosse would be doing if he were still alive.
Day 3 this day started out a bit rocky. My usual deli didn't have the entire NY Times (I found one across the street but no freshly made pastry like at the first place) & then there was the throwing out of all my liquids at Radio City. However, I enjoyed the show. I haven't seen the show except on tv for decades & it was just as I expected. I then headed for the Christmas Shops at Bryant Park & picked up some Christmas gifts & had a nice little turkey meatball slider at one of the booths. Since I was getting tired, I wanted to catch a cab but it had started to rain so I just walked. I went to Kinky Boots. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did as the show didn't get the best of reviews both professionally & from one of my NYC friends but I liked it. The first act is both fun & touching. The second act starts out OK but then hits a slow spot but the finale is so much fun, I overlooked the problems & just enjoyed myself. I then went to Ollie's & had a huge bowl of everything noodle soup (for under $10 including tax) & headed for Lady Day. I agree with the Times that the show can drag when they do the flashbacks of Holiday's life but Bridgewater is an amazing singer & she is most of the show.
The next day, I went to the Cake Boss Cafe. I bought an amazing cheese danish & cupcakes & cookies (not that impressive) to take back with me but at least I can say I've had the Cake Boss's pastry.
All in all, after a bit of a disappointing start, I had a really fun time bouncing from show to show.