Due to the never-ending drama of Covid (see Covid Test to Enter Puerto Rico: Another Asinine Policy) and the need to rehabilitate my NYE party list (see Where to Party? New Year’s Eve), I chose NYC for NYE (see Happy New Year! TPOL’s NYC NYE Party Guide). With three nights here for tourism and not work, I needed to fill the time beyond the usual stop for pho (see Game Over: TPOL Found the Best Pho in NYC ) and Korean BBQ (see Jongro: Best Korean BBQ NYC?).
Though I had been to plays before, TPOL is the Master of the House, I never went to one on Broadway. On a friend’s recommendation, I chose Moulin Rouge. I had not seen the movie and knew nothing about the production.
I thought about going old school and buying scalped tickets (see Ticket Scalping NYC: Know Before You Go & Bottoms Up! Crowne Plaza Sanya City Center) but found a good deal on Stubhub. It was $250 for two tickets Orchestra Right seats in row P for the matinee show. Covid did not approve of the show forcing it to be canceled. I ended up buying a second pair of tickets for Orchestra Center Row Q for $300.
The show started at 8. I recommend arriving 15 minutes before showtime.
Pictures and videos are not allowed during the show. The ushers are very strict about this and unlike the unsophisticated comedy show goers (see Etiquette of Things: Comedy Cellar NY), the crowd respected the rules.
I was surprised by how funny and entertaining the musical was. It was not outdated or boring. The talent of the performers is unquestionable. Even cynical TPOL could not help but give a standing ovation.
Going to NYC as a tourist is far different than going for work. #1 on the list of things to do as a tourist is to see a show on Broadway.