It’s another rainy day. Really rainy this morning. We couldn’t face breakfast in the madhouse again so we headed out into that takeout café and sat on the bar stools there and had egg and bacon sandwiches. I liked mine. Graham didn’t. We got a cab to Broadway and 51st where we would later meet up with the tour bus for the tv and movie locations tour.
Today we've booked the On Locations Tv and Movie tour. We nipped into a bright 50s style diner/cafe there for a coffee while we waited. It looked as if it would have had a great breakfast. Damn. All of a sudden, though the music already seemed loud, it seemed like the song playing was being sung live. Why, yes, it is! Apparently this is a singing café where all the wait staff are actors and singers and take turns performing. Only in Times Square!
The guide’s name was Amadeo, Deo for short and he’s an actor and comedian. We drove around the city from midtown to lower Manhattan past lots of locations that have been used for movies and TV series. He showed clips of a lot of things as we were near some of the locations. We got to get off the bus a few times, the first time at Washington Square park which has an arch that has been seen in a lot of movies. There was a half hour stop in Soho where there were a half dozen places if we wanted to find them. Graham and I went to find the entrance for the apartment building that was used for the movie Ghost.
Just after that stop, the sun finally came out for the rest of the tour which included the stops for Ghostbusters (firehouse) and Friends (apartment building). Very nice to see the sun, too! The tour ended up near a pub that’s used as inspiration for a sitcom that I have never seen, How I Met Your Mother. Since we could get 15% off in there, we had a late lunch there and walked back to the hotel. It was a bit of a walk but it was nice out and we stopped in a souvenir shop and in a deli to get sandwiches for later after the theatre. We often end up doing that, eating a late lunch in the afternoon so that we aren’t hungry until late and then just having something light in the hotel later in the evening.
We had a rest in the hotel for a couple of hours and then headed back out for the theatre to see Rock of Ages at the Helen Hayes Theatre. It was only a few blocks away and in that area, each of the streets between 8th ave. and 7th or Broadway is lined on both sides with theatres. Rock of Ages is about a romance in L.A. on the Sunset Strip. It takes place in the 80s with all the 80s rock as the music. It is quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had in a theatre. Great stuff! Excellent singers and lots of comedy too! The theatre is small and it has more of a feel of a nightclub.
We had thought about having a cocktail in Sardis but we were both hungry and wanted to come back and figured with the crowds getting out of the theatres, it would be packed. Lifes of the party, we are! So here we are, with our last day in New York tomorrow. We are going to go up the empire State Building, take a cruise around the tip of Manhattan and see the Intrepid Air and Space museum. The weather is supposed to be nicer so it should be a good day for all three.