Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Phantom of New York. . .

When I heard that we were going to New York, the first thing I said was, "We need to see a broadway show, oooooh! Can we please see Phantom of the Opera! Its my favorite!!!"

I have never seen a "real" show on Broadway before, and I was super stoked!!! So we called around to a MILLION places and finally got the number for the theatre.

There are some things you will need to know when booking a broadway show in New York.

1. Tickets sell out fast!!! I mean fast!!! If you want tickets to anything buy them in ADVANCE. Especially a famous one like phantom.

2. Tickets will cost you more than you have ever spent on any kind of entertainment. Be prepared for the shock.

3. Tickets are totally worth it, and you should try to get the best possible seats you can, for the best price.

The lady on the phone and her huge accent, told me there were two tickets left in price range two. There are four price ranges she says. $300 and Up for a seat for the purple section front half. 250-200 a seat for the purple back half. 150 a seat for the green section, and 100 for the yellow section.

But she says, I only have two tickets left for the yellow section, and two tickets left for the purple back half section.

I couldn't allow myself to spend over $400 on broadway tickets but I really wanted THOSE SEATS!!! I knew from past experiance that we wouldn't be able to see the show THAT well from all the way back there in the yellow seats!!!

I talked to her for a little bit and told her it was our first time at a show, and to New York and that I have waited my whole adult life to see THIS show :) and that we really wanted to have the better seats and asked if she would give us any kind of a discount.

She paused for a minute and said she would knock $90 bucks off each seat for us making our total $250 instead of $400. ALOT BETTER RIGHT!?!?!

So we were happy with our purchase and even happier to see the show in a few days!!!

If you think that is cool, just read on!!!

So we arrived at the theatre which looks like it could be in a strip mall or something. I expected this big establishment like the capitol theatre, or kingsbury hall downtown in utah.

But it is a huge theatre inside that doesn't look huge on the outside!!!

Anyways, we walk inside to get our tickets and the ticket guy looks them up then looks at me, and looks at the computer and back at me for about 1 minute.

By now, I am paranoid that there is some problem and we are not going to get to see the show of my dreams. Why else would he be taking so long!!!

He then asks me if we would like better seats, and that they are available. I think that I don't want to spend more on them so I didn't say anything for a second.

"Do you not want them then?" he says.

"Well I do, I REALLY do, I just can't spend more on them, and it is our first time here, and. . .

He cut me off with a smile and says, " No additional charge, I am just going to upgrade you ok?"

He hands me the tickets, we thank him, and run into the theatre. Our usher took us to the seats and my jaw dropped. We were in the fourth row from the stage DEAD CENTER!!!

If I could have died from a delirium of joy I think I would have!!! He had upgraded us to 700 dollar seats!!!!

Just to give you an idea of our seat travel, here is the Before and After pics!!!

The show was amazing!!! From where we were sitting, I felt like we were in the play. And when the chandelier fell, I felt like it was going to land on my head!!! I loved everything!

The acting was superb,

their voices top notch,

costumes colorful and detailed,

and the scenery changes out of this world!

The whole show I kept hearing gasps from people around us. I guess they were as flabbergasted as us!!!

If you ever go to new york, please see phantom for me, and I guess for yourself! You will enjoy the heck out of it!

I have NO idea why we were so lucky to see the things we were in New York, and to get those tickets and seats, but all I can say is that I will never forget it! I must have gotten butterflies at least a million times that night!

Needless to say, all my cd player has played for the last three weeks is that music. I guess you could say I am on a mild phantom kick...

Love and Opera!



ashley and johnny said...

I am so jealous!!! What an awesome story.

Matt and Melanie said...

Hatred. Pure hatred... and some jealousy. :)

Lacie said...

Oh my goodness!! I just got chills and my eyes started to water a little reading this! You are so lucky and so deserving of such a great experience!!! I will put that on my list of things I need to do before I die! Love you!

Dowland Fam said...

AMAZING! Linds, that is one of the BEST holiday stories I've heard. Good will to men on earth, eh? Even those seeking Phantom!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Some luck you had! Phantom is the best show in NY! LOVE IT! Last time we were there we risked it and bought tickets from scalpers for a steal. Glad you had soooo much fun!

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