It’s been three years since I last went in to see a musical on Broadway. Far too long. And so when the fam’s going down to Pennsylvania this Thanksgiving, I wanted to take the chance to head into New York. I debated taking the kids with Denisa and me, but in the end decided not to–we’ll be going to see Mythbusters Live in Philadelphia with them, instead. So it’s just going to be Denisa and me.
First question up was what to see. I went and glanced over the offerings online, but there were just so many to choose from. If I only get to see one show every three years, I want to try and be sure to make that one show count. Honestly, I probably would have gone to Book of Mormon the Musical if it were just me. I suppose that says something about me. But Denisa would hate hate hate it, so that one was out. I decided to check out last year’s Tony nominees, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder immediately stood out to me–mainly because it’s an adaptation of Kind Hearts and Coronets. Also because it was the Tony winner. And after checking out the music on the musical’s site, I was hooked.
But then, a problem. Tickets were something like $150. Each. I love Broadway, but do I love it for $300’s worth of love? Alas, no. Were there cheaper ways of scoring tickets?
To the internets!
Yes. Yes there were. I could show up the morning of the performance and try to score discounted tickets. I could also use some discount codes listed online. Unfortunately, Gentleman’s Guide wasn’t discounted for the day I wanted to go–too close to Thanksgiving. I looked at some other options: Cinderella for $64, Matilda for $50 or so. But I was still hung up on Gentleman’s Guide. (That’s a problem I have: I get something into my head, and then I have a hard time letting go of it. Denisa will tell you just how hard a time I have.)
So I poked around Gentleman’s Guide some more. I’d noticed some $42 obstructed view tickets my first time there, and I’d dismissed them. They were up in the balcony, and I worried I’d be stuck staring at some pillar for the whole show. If only I knew just how obstructed those seats were, I’d be able to tell if they were still worth getting.
Thankfully, there’s this thing called the internet, which people love to post things on. And I found plenty of people who’d been to the show, sat in the balcony, and reviewed it. There were even pictures. The seats are high up, and some people were worried about falling to their deaths, but the views looked just fine from what I could tell. People who had seen the show from there said they didn’t feel like they’d missed out on much.
So Denisa and I are heading into New York on November 24th to see the musical and catch up with my agents as well, hopefully. Looking forward to going back, and I’m thankful once again for research skills and the knowledge of when to use them.
Any of you out there already seen the show? I’d love to hear what you thought, though I’m going–whether you liked it or not. Them tickets ain’t refundable, yo.