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Can I see Violet at 8pm and make it to Hedwig at 10pm?

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mikem
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I have a ticket to see Hedwig at a 10pm Saturday night performance. Logistically, can I see Violet at 8pm on Saturday night and make it to Hedwig at 10pm? The theaters are only a few blocks apart, and I figure I can get from one to the other in 5 - 7 minutes once I'm on the street. I've read that Violet is an hour and 45 minutes, so I'm hoping it gets out around 9:45, but I wanted to check with you guys to see if that sounded right. I'm also guessing that Hedwig doesn't start exactly at 10, but wanted to check about that as well (or find out if there is a reason I should try to get to Hedwig before the last minute). Thanks in advance for your help!

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Updated On: 7/28/14 at 06:08 PM
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Kad
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Yes, you can make it if you hustle from the American Airlines. You should have about 10-15 minutes to do so- and Hedwig won't start exactly at 10.
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Glittergrrl
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Violet is an hour 45 with no intermission. When I saw it last week, it started more than 10 minutes late. I think it is doable if Viooet starts on time. The problem is that you're not going to know.. It's a close call. Wear shoes you can run in. And hustle, hustle, hustle. I hope it works out for you cause that sounds like a fun double feature.

Updated On: 7/28/14 at 06:25 PM
Phantom4ever
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I made the mistake of booking Les Miz and Patti Lupone's 11pm show at 54 Below on the same night. Les Miz ends right when Lupone's show begins. I already talked with the 54 Below staff and they're letting me in late.
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promisespromises2
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^That's AWESOME! Enjoy Patti, she was fricken brilliant!

And Mikem, I believe there was a thread awhile back (a long while back) about someone trying to make an 11PM show after an hour and 45 minute show.

I just went to see Violet on Saturday and I'm trying to look at my texts to see if I texted anyone after. I sent someone a text at 3:57 PM (went to the matinee) but I'm almost 100% that was after I got back to my hotel (which was about 6-7 blocks up the street). I think you should be ok! Best of luck to you.
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hotjohn
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No Broadway show starts at the advertised time, people are always drifting in five minutes or more after the "curtain up" time. Here in London when the show starts exactly on time, I turn to my husband and say "This would never happen on Broadway".
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mikem
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Thank you all for your help! I think I am going to go for it! I hope that Violet doesn't have too late a start.
"What was the name of that cheese that I like?" "you can't run away forever...but there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start" "well I hope and I pray, that maybe someday, you'll walk in the room with my heart"
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Can we get a vid?
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ethan231h
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yea i was at pippin 2 weeks ago and it started like 7 min late with people still coming in past 2:30 when the show begins
Updated On: 7/30/14 at 07:32 AM
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Jane2
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Shows here never start on the hour. More like six after.
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darreyl102
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When I saw the 10:00 Saturday show in June, it did not start till about 15 Minutes after. I was actually pretty surprised- Longest I have ever waited for a show to start after Curtain time.
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Junior Babcock
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Many years ago I was led to believe that in New York it was "common courtesy" by the theatre management to raise the curtain at least one minute late for every hour after noon according to the clock (ie. 8:08 PM for an 8:00 show), the purpose being to give those who arrive exactly at "curtain time" time be escorted to their seats.
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haterobics
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Tonight, the curtain call ended at 9:51.
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darreyl102
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Just haul ass to the theatre and you should be fine. But don't leave till after curtain because that is considered very rude to the actors

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haterobics
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It'll just seem like a quick intermission for a *very* disjointed two-act musical.
South Florida
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We need this filmed, the short film will be magic.
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ken8631
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Started about 10 min late last night. Was your show this past Saturday? Did you make it?
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Phantom of London
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For future reference and I assume Hedwig will run into next year with ease, when Constellation begins will be a great show for theatre fans, as it only runs 90 minutes without an interval, so two shows are doable, both great shows too.
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mikem
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Sorry, I didnít respond earlier Ė itís been very busy. Thank you all for your advice about the Violet/Hedwig doubleheader, which I did last Saturday with great success! Violet started at 8:05, so I thought Iíd have no problems, but the curtain call didnít end until 9:52. I had purposely gotten an aisle ticket and I got out of the theater extremely quickly without having to leave early, leaving on the 43rd Street side. It only took about 4 minutes to walk to the Belasco, so I got there about 9:57. I was surprised to find when I got there that there were still many people waiting in line to be let into the theater! Not sure what that was all about. Hedwig started at 10:07, so I had about a 15-minute break between the two shows.

It was a lot less crazy than I thought it would be, because the two shows were physically so close to each other that I didnít have to run and, as haterobics had suggested, it just seemed like intermission between two very different acts! Although I was a little distracted towards the end of Violet once it was getting to 9:40 - 9:45 with no clear sign when the show was ending. It seems like this performance was a little long, although Iím not sure why. It seemed to go smoothly.

(SPOILERS BELOW)

In terms of the shows themselves, I enjoyed them both. I thought Violet had a great cast and score. Alexander Gemignani was out, but Charlie Pollock did a great job. I thought some of the staging was less clear than it could have been, particularly what was a flashback and what was just a vision and only existed in Violetís head. And Iím not sure I understood why the three main characters all seemed to fall for each other so quickly. Someone once commented that the three all seem about 10 years too old for their part, which I kind of agree with. The characters seem more like people in their early twenties than people in their thirties. But Joshua Henry and Sutton Foster can sell anything, and listening to them sing was glorious.

I thought Hedwig and Neil Patrick Harris were hugely entertaining. NPH reminded me a lot of James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, both in the audience interaction and in the way he can effortlessly make something seem like improv when it actually isnít. He did the carwash on someone in the center section on the aisle, about 4 Ė 5 rows back, which I think is a different seat location than usual. I wonder if it was a celebrity or someone he knew. I couldnít see the person from my seat. There was one portion that Iím sure doesnít happen every night, although Iím not sure if NPH makes the same references every time it happens. When he asked the box occupants if they had seen Belascoís ghost, one woman said yes. NPH seemed a little taken aback, then said that since she had seen the ghost, then surely she could describe the ghost and the encounter in excruciating detail, so could she do that right now? This was of course met with dead silence from the audience member, which got a huge laugh. Then he riffed on that, saying that since she wasnít saying anything, maybe the ghost was a mime? Then he started talking about how the ghost must have been distracted by her huge breasts. He made more comments about her breasts when he returned to talking to the box occupants later. It was all really funny. I would agree with those who have said that his portrayal of Hedwig could be less ďfunĒ and he could have explored the pathos more, but I still had a great time.

For those who care, NPH came out the stage door about 35 Ė 40 minutes after the show was over, and signed for everyone within reach, but a bunch of people had lined up along the outer wall of the barricade and he only walked down the two sides between him and his car and didnít travel down the length of the barricade as people had hoped he would. I donít know if this is typical for him or not.


"What was the name of that cheese that I like?" "you can't run away forever...but there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start" "well I hope and I pray, that maybe someday, you'll walk in the room with my heart"
Updated On: 8/8/14 at 05:55 AM