I'm blogging from an Internet cafe on 8th Avenue on my trek up toward Lincoln Center where I will be catching the matinee of "South Pacific." From there it's a stop for some jazz at Birdland and then the evening performance of the new musical "Cry-Baby," which opened on Broadway last week. Some random thoughts:
* It seems odd that this is the first Broadway revival of that classic show. What took so long?
* Seems kind of magical, too, that the same show being staged with a 30-piece orchestra and top-notch cast here is also being performed in Indy at Footlite Musicals and in dozens of places around the country. There are only a handful of shows as oft-staged as this one. The question: What makes a classic? (I know there's no answer to this or else there would be more of them.)
* The fact that Birdland charges a cover in the middle of Wednesday says something about this city.
* I've tried to avoid reading reviews of "Cry-Baby." But I know that the New York Times was tepid and the Wall Street Journal raved. A friend who I asked to join me, an actor, said that he wouldn't be caught dead at it. Still, I'm going in very hopeful. I try not to see anything that I can't go into with not just an open mind, but with enthusiasm. I want this show to be very funny. I want it, like all shows here and at home, to be a show I can rave about in my IBJ review. We'll see what happens.
More as the trip continues...
Meanwhile, feel free to chime in with great New York arts memories...