Broadway: Monday 24th March
Theatrica’s tour of New York rocks on with another amazing day of activities.
The day began with breakfast at the Westway Diner where Seinfeld was conceived. It was in these seats where we ate pancakes, sausages and jelly this morning that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld met to discuss what would become one of the most successful comedy shows in recent television history.
Then off to the Broadway Dance Center, a multi-storey ultra-modern haven for professional dancers. This morning all three groups on the tour – Avila College, Firbank Grammar and Centrestage performing arts school combined to be treated to an extended dance session with principals from last night’s Broadway show of Chicago. The intermediate class were led by Brian, one of the swing members of Chicago. His job was to understudy seven principal roles in the show and when needed, be prepared to join the cast with little notice. The advanced class were headed by one of the leading men from the night before. Both session leaders were amazing dancers and both groups were taught the authentic Bob Fossey choreography in the famous Chicago number All The Jazz.
By late morning we were getting a one-hour tour of one of the most beautiful buildings in town – Radio City Music Hall. With its art deco interior and 5,963-seat capacity on four levels, the sheer expanse and beauty of this wonderful venue has to be seen to be believed! The list of famous music artists who have played there over the decades is almost incomprehensible.
In the afternoon we were all back dancing again, this time in preparation for the evening’s show. Everyone was learning a musical number from one of the most successful off Broadway musicals Altar Boyz, which is about to celebrate its three-year anniversary after winning the award for Best Off Broadway Musical in 2005. This was a fantastic dance workshop. After sneaking away for dinner, we soon returned to see the show in the evening. A parody on the boy band genre, the five characters in the show are a Christian boy band. It was a high energy, fun-loving spoof on N-Sync and The Backstreet Boys, but with a Gospel flavour!
Our final activity was around midnight where we went to the ‘Top of the Rock’ at the Rockefeller Centre’s observation deck. As it was a little windy, making taking photographs a bit difficult, I hope my images below do the sightseeing justice. The view of NYC on a beautiful clear night was nothing short of amazing.