So, yet another busy day means yet another late post, but this should be the last late one (since there’s only one more to go after this). The morning of Day Twenty-One was a late one, since we had nothing planned until our 2 pm matinée. Around 12:30, we boarded the elevator, left the hotel, and wove our way through the masses of people as we headed up Broadway to 54th Street. Our destination: Studio 54 to see She Loves Me starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi, one of my absolute favourite musicals and the main reason for this stop in New York as I’ve waited years to catch a production of it (although an amazing British version starring Robin Ellis and Gemma Craven does exist and – I think – can be seen on YouTube).
After waiting in the outer lobby with the bazillion students who were there for a class trip (and were luckily, seated up in the mezzanine), we headed to our seats in the orchestra and waited for curtain time. Finally, the curtain went up and the awesomeness began. The production – also featuring Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel – was absolutely marvellous and the most perfect one I could hope to see, with Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi brilliantly portraying Amalia and Georg. I can’t be sure, but I don’t think I stopped smiling for the duration of the performance, silently singing along and mouthing the lines (it may be a bit sad how well I’ve memorised the script of that show). I know I’ve recommended the other shows I’ve been lucky enough to see – Gypsy, Beautiful, Finding Neverland – but I cannot recommend this production of She Loves Me enough. If you’re in New York City, go see it. If you can get to New York City by car, bus, train, helicopter, plane, or time-travelling DeLorean, go see it. Words cannot express how fantastic it is. In fact, I’m only sorry to be heading home without being able to see it again (and I may have to find a way to get back and catch it again before it ends in June). After the curtain dropped and the final bows were taken, we headed back out onto Broadway and grabbed an early dinner before heading back to the hotel.
After visiting the Sky Lounge on the 54th floor to take in the amazing view of the city and beyond, it was back to the room to relax and pack for our departure, songs from the show happily stuck in our heads.