How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Last Saturday morning found me up at the crack of dawn and heading into New York City by 7:15am. I was online at the discount TKTS booth in Times Square by 8:30am. As an emissary for my family, I volunteered to go into the city and get us discounted tickets to a Broadway show for a group birthday gift (my mom, aunt, and I share birthdays within days of each other). My sister and cousin would be tagging along, making us a party of five.
I quietly hoped to secure tickets to How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying but wasn’t really holding out much hope. Saturday matinees are very popular, and with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and John Larroquette heading up the cast, I was pretty sure we’d end up with tickets to another show.
The booth opened promptly at 10am and the line, which had swelled to easily over 200 people since my arrival, surged forward. In a moment, I was face to face with the ticket agent and asked if she had five seats together for How To Succeed. Imagine my surprise and delight when she nodded! The tickets, most shows are 30-50% off retail price, were 30% off for mezzanine seats. My next worry: Would Daniel Radcliffe be in the show today?!?
My worry was for naught–apparently, the only time Daniel missed some shows (to promote HP7.2), they actually closed the production. As the lights went down and the orchestra music came up, the excitement in the Al Hirschfeld theater was palpable.
And then, there he was in all his glory. The crowd (mostly adults!) went nuts as Daniel Radcliffe pulled himself up 20 feet into the air on a window washing contraption and began to sing! From that moment until the intermission, I was rapt, Radcliffe, Larroquette, and the rest of the cast held me spellbound. Typically, I’m not one for singing and dancing, but this musical was so much FUN–the actors, the costumes, the sets, the dancing, the colors–everything was magical!
Daniel Radcliffe played wonderfully off of John Larroquette who was brilliant with his comedic timing. A strong supporting cast included Rose Hemingway, Mary Faber, and Christopher J. Hanke, and I ate up the performance. After intermission, the first number or two were a bit slow but then it picked right back up and carried me to a crashing finale. The plaudits were deafening–especially when Daniel came out. He was so charming and turned bright pink trying to wave off the standing ovation.
As we filed out, an usher informed me that Daniel wouldn’t be leaving (and signing playbills) between the matinee and evening performance as he uses the few hours in between to shower, eat, and take a nap. I then led the charge to restaurant row on W. 46th where I hoped to get us a table at Becco, one of Lidia Bastianich’s restaurants. Serendipity was on my side because they managed to squeeze us in upstairs, and we enjoyed a lovely meal of soup, seafood, pasta, and salad.
We did a bit of walking after dinner and all agreed that it was a wonderful day. I so enjoyed the performance that I decided to try to start using the TKTS booth every Wednesday morning during the rest of my summer vacation to see as many Broadway shows as I can handle! I’ll let you know how my Wednesday Matinees shape up.