Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#1
Posted: 7/25/19 at 4:28pm

I’m going to be in New York for 7 nights (September 27 - October 4) to see Madonna twice plus a bunch of shows.

Here’s my schedule so far:

Friday, September 27 - Hadestown (purchased)

Saturday, September 28 - TKAM (matinee), Moulin Rouge! (evening) - (both already purchased)

Sunday, September 29 - probably Oklahoma! (Matinee), Ben Platt in concert (purchased)

Monday, September 30 - maybe Tootsie or Little Shop of Horrors, but either would probably prevent me from seeing Freestyle Love Supreme at 10:00 p.m. Nothing purchased yet for Monday Night.

Tuesday, October 1 - Madonna 

Wednesday, October 2 - Betrayal (matinee, purchased). For evening show, I’m considering The Wrong Man, The Sound Inside, Slave Play or Little Shop (if I don’t see it Monday Night). 

Thursday, Otcober 3 - Madonna

I’m sorry to be that guy who asks for advice. I know everyone is different. But I can appreciate others opinions to factor into my final decisions. Hopefully, my past posts give frequent posters some insight into my preferences and what might resonate with me. 

I’m seeking advice for Monday night and Wednesday night. Everything else is pretty much set. Other than Tootsie (and Little Shop), I don’t know much about my other options. 

Specifically:

For those who saw FLS in its previous iteration, would it be worth missing a Monday evening show to see it? 

Monday night options if I skip FLS: I’ve been wanting to see Tootsie since it was announced, but I know it’s been polarizing. On other hand, I would love to see Groffsauce live in Little Shop. I missed him when I saw OBC of Hamilton as he was out filming Looking movie (I got Andrew Rannells - not exactly chopped liver). I see tix for LITTLE SHOP are almost gone for my two nights and I suppose Tootsie might (but probably won’t) close before I see it so that might make decision for me. 

Wednesday night - I’m honestly not sure what to do. I keep confusing Slave Play with White Noise (is that the right name?). I know it was polarizing. The Wrong Man sounds promising, but I know from seeing Superhero earlier this year that magic doesn’t occur every-time just because you like the creatives. The Sound Inside just sounds intriguing.  

FYI - I also considered The Inheritance, but only Part 1 is playing while I’m there and I don’t want to see one without the other. 

I also hope to make it back the first half of next year. And I think most of the Ben Platt bashers are now gone, but no need to suggest I sell my ticket. The ticket is bought, I’m going, and I’m excited. Ditto for Madonna. She’s my favorite artist and if it wasn’t for her concerts, I wouldn’t be making this trip at this time. In fact, I extended my trip to see her again from the front row on Thursday. 

Lastly, sorry this is so long. This is a sampling of what’s running through my head right now. Lol. And sorry for another of those “which show” posts...

Updated On: 10/14/19 at 04:28 PM
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#2
Posted: 7/25/19 at 4:33pm

I loved Tootsie  but LSOH seems like it's going to be an event, so I'd pick that instead. 

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#3
Posted: 7/25/19 at 4:36pm
True. It is possible I could see both of them then skip Freestyle Love Supreme, Slave Play, The Sound Inside and The Wrong Man.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#4
Posted: 7/25/19 at 4:40pm

Miles2Go2 said: "True. It is possible I could see both of them then skip Freestyle Love Supreme, Slave Play, The Sound Inside and The Wrong Man."

The Wrong Man seems to be a wild card, since nobody has seen it yet but the cast is great. I saw The Sound Inside at WTF and liked it enough but didn't love it. See if you love MLP but otherwise, I think it's skip-able. 

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#5
Posted: 7/25/19 at 4:58pm

First thought is that FLS has a 10 PM curtain on Mondays so there's a chance you can fit in 2 shows that night, depending.

From there, Slave Play is an interesting concept but beyond that, there's not a ton of "there" there IMO, so it's skippable if there's something else that compels you (though a solid choice if not).

Agree that Sound Inside sounds interesting, but just it's not going to be *that* hot a ticket, so I'm waiting for some buzz and you'll be safe if you do too and decide you want to go.

Was going to do the same for The Wrong Man, given that I also loathed Superhero (and had a pretty bad time at most of the other new original musicals I saw this season, Strange Loop being the primary exception). But! I looked it up and the "world premiere" billing is false; it premiered in LA a few years ago with a no-name cast and creative team to mostly strong reviews; was even recognized by some local theatre awards. Still a bit of a gamble, but that background plus Josh Henry (not to mention the rest of the powerhouse team) was enough to convince me to jump on it at noon tomorrow.

Updated On: 7/25/19 at 04:58 PM
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#6
Posted: 7/25/19 at 5:16pm
Hmmm...Tootsie starts at 7:30 (running time 2 hours and 30 minutes) and LSOH starts at 8:00 p.m. do think they do preempt seeing FLS at 10:00.

Initial responses on here have me initially moving The Sound Inside (I admire MLP’s career, have never seen her on stage, but I don’t know that I need to see her in THIS) and Slave Play to bottom of list.

I’m wondering if anyone saw FLS before? I know each night is different, but is it like an 8-Mile rap-off or what? If that’s what it is, I’m a lot less interested.

I’ll look up those The Wrong Man reviews. Thanks!
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#7
Posted: 7/25/19 at 5:31pm
Okay, read a review from 2014, listened to Stay Positive and watched a couple of clips on You Tube. So far, my excitement has plummeted for The Wrong Man (TWM). Of course, presentation is everything and seeing Joshua Henry perform is certainly enticing, but I’m thinking if this is actually good with these creatives I can probably catch it on B’way on a future trip, right? Right?

Right now I’m leaning toward seeing Tootsie on Monday night and Little Shop on Wednesday night.

But keep advice/info coming. The separate thread plus info above on TWM was very helpful.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#8
Posted: 7/25/19 at 6:20pm
I loved Tootsie and so did the audience I saw it with.. plus there are tons of great seats available.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#9
Posted: 7/25/19 at 6:53pm
Okay. Watched some YouTube clips of Freedom Love Supreme. I think I can skip it.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#10
Posted: 7/25/19 at 7:09pm
If you are incredibly excited for Tootsie, I wouldn’t miss it but I really disliked it. Terrible music but had a decently funny book but incredibly overlong. I thought it was a slog and the worst musical I saw from last season.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#11
Posted: 7/25/19 at 7:23pm

My advice would be to go for Tootsie and LSOH. Obviously no one's seen Little Shop yet, but with that amazing cast, it's sure to be amazing. And as for Tootsie, I loved it! The music isn't that amazing, but that really does not matter. The book is just so hilarious, and Santino gives a crazy performance.

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#12
Posted: 7/25/19 at 7:24pm
Thanks. I wouldn’t say I’m incredibly excited, but I am excited. For now, I think I’ve settled on Oklahoma! for my Sunday matinee, Tootsie for Monday night and Little Shop of Horrors for Wednesday night. I probably need to wait at least a week, but it looks like Little Shop is the show I should buy a ticket for sooner rather than later. I’ll probably use a lottery loser code for Oklahoma! and TKTS for Tootsie.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#13
Posted: 7/25/19 at 10:38pm

Hold up Miles doesn't live in nyc? This is unexpected. 

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#14
Posted: 7/25/19 at 10:41pm
Nope, I live in Oklahoma (sadly).
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#15
Posted: 7/27/19 at 12:07pm

Thanks all for your help! I actually threw in a wild card into the mix (see below), but my trip is almost completely set now:

Friday, September 27 - Hadestown (purchased)

Saturday, September 28 - TKAM (matinee), Moulin Rouge! (evening) - (both already purchased)

Sunday, September 29 - final performance of Sea Wall/A Life (Matinee), Ben Platt in concert (both purchased)

Monday, September 30 - Little Shop of Horrors (purchased)

Tuesday, October 1 - Madonna (purchased)

Wednesday, October 2 - Betrayal (matinee, purchased). For evening show, It’s now between Tootsie or Oklahoma!. It will almost certainly be Oklahoma! (Tootsie has been high on my radar since it’s out-of-town try-out, but I know it is supposed to tour plus it may close by time of my trip or else maybe it’ll still be playing when I’m back in 2020.) (Oklahoma! is also supposed to tour; in fact, it starts its tour here in Oklahoma City, but I can’t imagine it’ll match the unique staging at CITS)  

Thursday, October 3 - Madonna (purchased)

Thanks again! No matter how long my trip is, I never seem to have enough time to see everything! 

Updated On: 7/27/19 at 12:07 PM
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Posted: 7/27/19 at 12:43pm
We are watching many of the same shows except on different performances. Ben Platt’s concert is the only one where we match. You’re not seeing Beetlejuice? Ain’t Too Proud To Beg?

I had tickets to the Cher Show and The Prom, but since those are closing before I get there in September, I’ve had to replace them with other shows.

One other option to add another show is if you can get Ticketmaster to move your Moulin Rouge ticket to Thursday matinee on October 3 and then that gives you an extra slot.

I have a similar dilemma with Tootsie. I am seeing it on Monday Sept 23 and it starts at 7:30pm and finishes around 10:05pm. But I want to see Kyle Dean Massey at 54 Below that night at 9:30pm. If Tootsie does end its run early (not that I want it to), then it frees me up for Kyle. And also Norm Lewis is doing the 7pm show at 54 Below that same night with the New York Pops. I wonder if 9:30pm shows at 54 Below start on time or maybe they start late because of the earlier 7pm show. I could just buy a ticket to Kyle and just turn up after Tootsie, even if I only catch the last 30 minutes. I could just get a cheap bar ticket and pray it starts late so that I can see more of it. :)

In case you end up doing Freestyle Love Supreme on Monday Sept 30 at 10pm, you can do a 7pm Lucie Arnaz show at 54 Below that night.

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#17
Posted: 7/27/19 at 12:49pm

I'm surprised Ben Platt scheduled a performance on the first night of Rosh Hashana.

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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#18
Posted: 7/27/19 at 12:57pm

Javi, I’m already seeing Little Shop on Monday night (8:00 p.m.) so that will be by only show that night.

As far as moving Moulin Rouge! to Thursday matinee, I’m seeing it with a friend who heads home the next day so that wouldn’t work. I wish it would!

As far as Beetlejuice, it was a last resort if I just needed to see something, but as you can see I found other shows that excited me much more. I just can’t bring myself to take up a Broadway slot to see ATP, especially after talk about audiences members singing out loud throughout.

Updated On: 10/7/19 at 12:57 PM
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Posted: 7/27/19 at 5:21pm
Hope you enjoy your trip Miles!!! I would say for Tootsie, as others have said, if you’re really interested you’ll like it. Lots of seats available, laugh out loud moments, perfect show to see with a drink or two! Music isn’t outstanding but nowhere near as bad as some make it out to be. Oklahoma is probably a better choice but it may be risky since it’s a newer version of the material. Tootsie you’ll be able to see on tour. Good options nonetheless!
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#20
Posted: 7/27/19 at 7:30pm

OK, since I had already paid a Delta change fee to change departing flights to stay in New York City two days longer, I took the chance and called Delta to see if I could change it to one more day later for no extra change fee and they were able to do it for me for an even exchange which is not something that they normally do but she made an exception for me so now I can see Tootsie and Oklahoma. And then I just used more Hilton points to book that extra night.

So now my vacation is September 27 - October 5. I’ll likely see Tootsie the evening of Wednesday, October 2 and Oklahoma! will be my final show the evening of Friday, October 4. And best thing is the change didn’t cost me any extra $$$ in airfare or hotel fees.

Updated On: 7/28/19 at 07:30 PM
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Posted: 7/28/19 at 12:50am

Looks like an exciting trip, Miles2Go2!!!! Will be there at the Ben Platt concert at Radio City music hall so hope to see you there!!!

 

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Posted: 7/28/19 at 1:05am

Wick3 said: "Looks like an exciting trip, Miles2Go2!!!! Will be there at the Ben Platt concert at Radio City music hall so hope to see you there!!!"

I’m sitting in Row AA. Hope to see you!!!

 

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Posted: 7/28/19 at 8:21pm
So what do you plan to do with all your free time?? Sounds like a great trip.
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Posted: 7/28/19 at 8:26pm
Lol. I have reservations to eat at my favorite places plus try out a couple new ones. And I hope I have enough in my budget to have some “Carrie Bradshaw” retail therapy excursions.
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Advice Regarding My Upcoming Trip#25
Posted: 7/29/19 at 7:28pm
Well, Oklahoma! and Tootsie switched places. I was able to use Broadway Box discount code to get $49 ticket for Oklahoma! on Wednesday night although by time they added fees and I accidentally selected home delivery of my ticket, it came to $70.25.

So now I’ll see Tootsie Friday night as my final show. I may prepurchase my ticket for that one if they extend the discount code for it past September 1. It’s the only show on my itinerary that I don’t have my ticket purchased for yet.