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Pursuing Patti LuPone - A theatre-lover's trip to NYC
Pursuing Patti LuPone - A theatre-lover's trip to NYC
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Despite the headlines screaming out "RECESSION!" I tempted fate and went to New York City. Airfares are dropping and package hotel deals can be found on almost any travel website. Lucky enough to have friends in Greenwich Village I made a phone call, figured out a budget, found a great price on a direct flight to JFK and three weeks later I was off - but not before obtaining the new copy of Patti LuPone in Gypsy. With a few of her CD sleeves packed in my suitcase, I felt the three colored sharpies in my jacket pocket and was ready for signature stalking.

I'd rather travel with my partner or friends but this trip didn't allow such luxuries. To keep myself on budget, I took the air train ($7 shuttle) from JFK to the subway system and then bought a weekly subway pass for $20. Even though I wouldn't be there a week, it was more economical to get the pass than to pay as I went. The two cost less than a taxi ride into the city (approx. $45), but it took me about 90 minutes to get into Manhattan. The subway is efficient and inexpensive and is part of the true New York experience.

Entertainment was easy for me to find. I'm a theater junkie. The TKTS booth (discounted tickets) opens at 3 p.m. in Times Square, but the one at the South Street Seaport opens at 11 a.m. I arrived at 10:45 to find myself 23rd in line. TKTS is a great way to see Broadway and Off-Broadway shows at discounted prices. You never know what's going to be available, but the listing is long between newly opened and ongoing shows. Within a half-hour I walked away with a ticket for Daniel Radcliffe in Equus (10 rows back) for less money than I've spent out at a bar in Seattle ... on a Tuesday.

Within a few blocks of TKTS is a lighthouse memorial dedicated to the Titanic at Walter Street and Fulton. If you don't look for it you'll walk right past it, but the plaque is easy to read and despite frequent trips to NYC, this was my first time seeing the memorial. Also within a few block of the TKTS booth is Century 21 Department store at 22 Cortlandt. This store is huge, carrying designer labels at discounted prices. One "design queen" friend of mine recommends that you get there at opening and plan at least three hours, but I didn't find it necessary to go to that extreme. Hunting through can be a time-consuming job, but the savings can easily be noticed.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was next on the list, boasting a permanent collection including works by the masters Caravaggio, Da Vinci, Lautrec, Sergeant and even statues by Bernini. There are Renoir, Monet, Vermeer and Van Goghs. The specialty exhibits include a costume wing and are currently showing "Love in the Italian Renaissance" and "Daily Life in Babylon." Asking a $20 donation, I found it worth the full price.

I've never found eating in New York to be overly expensive. For breakfast, I traditionally have a bagel. How could you not? It's New York and any major street corner is going to have bagels that seem to flood out of Noah's. For lunch, diners are everywhere and are usually inexpensive. There's also the custom of having a "slice and a Coke," and New York pizza is its own specialty. Dinner may be a little more difficult because of theater schedules, but if you go one or two blocks off of Broadway, good food can found for half the price of what Times Square charges. There are many places that offer set priced menus for theater rushes.

My last day in NYC I had my tickets for Gypsy. I treat myself to a lasagna dinner (three blocks down from the theater, less than $25) and then get in line to enter. It's raining, but I don't care; I'm seeing Patti. The lights dim, the overture starts and then there's the distinctive line: "Sing out, Louise!" Before her first solo, Ms. LuPone has me hooked.

Gypsy originated in 1959, has had four Broadway revivals and is always being performed somewhere. Hell, I've performed in Gypsy. I have more than six different cast albums and two different DVDs. But there is nothing that prepares you for the force that is Patti LuPone. The high hype of the show is accurate and the synergy between the three leads (Patti Lupone, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti) explains why they all won their Tony Awards. At intermission I'm torn between the ferocity and the desperation of the signature song, "Everything's Coming Up Roses." When the show ends it leaves me with a new interpretation of Gypsy and a feeling of classic New York theatre.

After the show I make my way out to the stage door. The rain is a deluge, but I'm prepared; I have my umbrella balanced, my CD sleeves in hand and a pen ready to go. My wait is only beginning as the child actors begin to trot out with their own stage mothers behind them. The cast trickles out one by one and I wait. And wait.

When I arrive home that night, my feet are very wet. The December wind is beginning its rage and my body is feeling a chill. It's after midnight and I've witnessed the crazy show on the subway ride back. My friends are still awake and since they've already seen it, eagerly ask my opinion of the show. We discuss it with a cosmopolitan martini and more chat. They ask, "You didn't wait around in this weather, did you?" I smile and reach into my jacket pocket. Carefully wrapped in plastic, I produce my prize: The CD sleeve of Gypsy signed by Miss Patti LuPone.

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