Category Archives: 2011 NYC Christmas

News from NYC Theatre District…Broadway Musicals live on!

I think Sutton Foster is great, and I would probably buy a ticket to see her read the phone book. But aside from that, she was fantastic in this show! I’ve seen the show before, in a couple of incarnations since it first played on Broadway in 1934 (I think). It’s a great showcase of Cole Porter songs, and it has lots of funny moments mixed in with dance numbers and romantic moments. But this show was a fast and furious romp with exemplary work by the whole cast. Sutton Foster was a perfect Reno Sweeney, doing wonderful comic bits with the incomparable Joel Grey as Moon FaceMartin, Public Enemy No 13. The full length version of the tap number the cast did on the Tony Award show defies any descriptive words I have, but it was great, energetic, lengthy (a good thing) and precisely executed with 22 dancers on stage. Wow! So the sum of this cast is far greater than the sum of its parts, and true Broadway musical theater lives on…

Here are a couple of pics from outside the theater:

Here’s a view from our seats, which were fine seats three rows back in the mezzanine.

And here is a publicity clip from YouTube that will give you an idea of the show…


Sarge’s Deli

Okay, really this is the best deli in NYC. Not close to traditional tourist destinations, this Murray Hill gem is fabulous.

Several years back, Callie and I were staying in a hotel near the UN, and we got a late start one day (imagine!). Callie wanted breakfast, so I checked with Yelp and found Sarges. First, they are open 24 hours, which is pretty handy. But on top of that, they have great deli food (killer Reubens), and my sandwich came with vegetable soup that definitely never saw a can. All vegetable, and hot and tasty! Friendly waitstaff, too!


Callie had breakfast, and it was great, too.
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Shopping in NYC

We spent most of the day shopping, mostly at Rockefeller Center and walking around places like Fifth Avenue. Here’s some video of our outing. Two highlights in my opinion were the Salvation Army bell ringers, and the fact that Callie shows up in a couple of spots like Where’s Waldo!

All the Salvation Army folks we saw anywhere had some kind of added entertainment worked in. Some danced, some played instruments, some sang Christmas Karaoke. A nice touch but I wonder if they have to audition?

Some of the store windows on Fifth Avenue were so outstanding that there were literally crowds of people blocking the sidewalk to take pictures!

How rude! Actually we joined them and took a few pics of the store windows to see what was so interesting!


There were many good ones I didn’t photograph.