Saturday, 11 July 2009

Random NYC Musings.

A few random thoughts on Shabbas in Manhattan.

* It does seem as though there is a Canadian invasion. Aside from young David Alvarez in Billy Elliot, there are TD banks on every street corner from midtown north to the park, and we just read in the morning paper that a couple of dozen Dunkin' Donuts are being converted to Timmy Hos within the next few months. Finally, our American cousins will understand the true meaning of a "double double".
* The Husband has become a true afficionado of the premium M&Ms. The problem is that they are still only available in the States. No issues, right? We are in New York! The biggest M&Ms store in the world is right in the heart of Times Square. The bloody place is three levels of all things candy and it is jammed at all hours of the day and night. (Anybody looking for the answers to America's weight problem need look no further than this store!) We managed to squeeze our way to the top floor, where we spy a pristine display of the premium junk, for a buck more than at Target or Walmart! We left empty-handed.
* A young New York girl was slightly injured yesterday when she fell into an open manhole. The thing is that she was texting at the and not paying attention to where she was stepping. Of course, her parents are suing the city. It is a wonder to me how this is not a daily occurance. Everyone is on the phone or blackberry all the time. It is a true sign of the century we live in. Interestingly enough, we haven't had a single phone ring in the theatre. I think I need to recruit Broadway ushers for High Holidays.

A quick note or review, if you will, of Next to Normal, last evening's Broadway destination. This wonderful new musical looks odd at first glance. It is the story of a dysfunctional family attempting to cope with the ravages of bi-polar disorder. 2009 Tony winner Alice Ripley is a wonder and the supporting cast is stellar. The score is thumping and brilliant. It had to be to beat out Sir Elton and Billy Elliot. I was totally captivated from the first notes, as was the rest of the audience who refused to leave without a curtain call. Older Son-if you are reading this, this show is right up your alley. My only concern is how this material might be handled with lesser talent. The actors are everything to this show and they can't hide behind flashy sets or gaudy costumes! Without a doubt, a true gem! We are two for two!

Shabbat Shalom all!

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