And from the first glance…
Times Square is a crazy spot to visit. The other day I was reading a fun quote telling that Times Square is the place in New York with less New Yorkers. For what we could witness this couldn’t be more correct, only that there are indeed New Yorkers walking around but going to other places like, for instance, the amazing Broadway theaters.
However, Times Square is that type of unavoidable tourist visit. Even after being in Japan, the screens and lights with the sky-high buildings are unique and very impressive, I couldn’t compare it to anywhere else in the world, so no doubts it deserves a stop. Even though I have to admit that it amazes me for 10 minutes and then I just need to go as far away as I can, ha!
I am not sure if I have mentioned this before, but we are big musical lovers. I think it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we enjoy them so much. I discovered musicals (besides Disney) during my early teens thanks to my friend Lucila, and this love grew bigger and has accompanied me till my adulthood. I shared from the first minute this passion with Dani, our first date was to watch Moulin Rouge indeed. We have enjoyed together some of them live like Next to Normal, Rent, Sweeney Todd, The last 5 years, Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, and a few more.
It was not a surprise that we got tickets for Broadway to celebrate Dani’s birthday. Alongside London, is the best place to watch a musical, the actors are trained specially for musicals, they put their heart and it’s something you can tell. From all the terrific shows available, like Hamilton, we chose The great comet of 1812, based on War & Peace from Tolstoi. The Russian author happens to be one of the favorites of Dani, so everything was calling us.
The show was a modern yet traditional yet can’t define exactly, but hugely enjoyable show. It was one of the biggest productions we have seen to date. This was also one of the reasons we opted for this one instead of the recently awarded Evan Hansen, since we are not used to this type of productions here, and thus was something we were specially looking for.
We have been practically playing non-stop the musical score once back home. This is one of the great things about musicals, you can become even more fonder of them afterwards, once you are able to replay & listen more carefully to all the lyrics.
While in the bathroom line at the teather I eavesdropped a conversation about the urban planning of converting Times Square into a pedestrian area. It is hard to visualize right now with all the hustle, but it may work.
What do you think about Times Square? I’d love to know your thoughts, I’ve learnt so many things thanks to your comments all over the blog years!