They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway...

Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What I’ve been up to:

Central Park – I got up early and was at the Central Park by 8am. The days have been so hot, and even at this time of the morning I was already starting to feel the heat picking up. I started at Columbus Circle at the most south western point of the park. I passed the Baseball fields and the Carousel before reaching the Literary Walk. Here they had statues of famous writers including Shakespeare, Burns and Scott. I veered off the path to see the Balto Statue and then continued along the Mall towards the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. All I could picture while I was there was the scene from One Fine Day when George Clooney picks up Michelle Pfeiffer and carries her across the puddle making sure he jumps in it along the way! I went by the Boathouse on my way to see the Hand Christian Andersen and Alice in Wonderland Statues by Conservatory Pond. As I went by Cedar Hill I reached Belvedere Castle which didn’t open until 10am so I couldn’t climb to the top. On the other side of the Castle was Shakespeare’s Garden which is this quiet little garden with benches and excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays plotted about. It was cool and shaded, the perfect place to sit and relax. Just past the garden is the Delacorte Theatre and the Turtle Pond. It shouldn’t have surprised me to see lots of turtles swimming amongst the algae in the pond. I circled the Great Lawn to see the Obelisk and found myself on the running track around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Reservoir. Some people had plenty of energy and stamina to run in the heat but I just kept to the side and walked around the edge. Central Park is massive and I’ve spent 3 hours walking and I’ve only seen about half of it.

Mary Poppins on Broadway – I’d had these tickets booked months in advance. My seat was front row of the mezzanine right in the middle. I enjoyed the show and the dancing, singing and wire work was really sensational. However to make the production suitable for the theatre they had to make changes to the movie. I read in the show bill that there were elements in the movie that had no connection to the plot so these were things they modified or removed. Also the songs in the movie were too short so they had to make them longer for the theatre production. What they missed out on was Mrs Banks was not a suffragette, they didn’t ride horses or take part in the horse race in the painting, there were no dancing penguins, the admiral didn’t set off his canon on the hour, there was no tea party on the ceiling and they didn’t clean up the nursery. Instead the story was more about how their father was very strict and didn’t have a great deal of time for them. This was because of the way his nanny had raised him. At the bank he chose to invest with a man based on his heart rather than his head and the bank thought this to be a bad deal so he was suspended. During this time Mary Poppins has come along and is trying to straighten out the children. She actually leaves them and during this time Mr Banks’ old nanny comes to look after them. She is mean and horrible and eventually Mary Poppins comes back and gets rid of her. The children come to understand how hard it must have been for their father growing up with her. The bank summons Mr Banks who thinks he is going to be fired, rather they congratulate him on how the investment turned out and triple his salary. He agrees to stay so long as he can spend more time with his family which he has come to realise is more important than schedules and money. After that Mary Poppins leaves. Holding onto her umbrella she rises off the stage, into the crowd and then onto the set lights on the ceiling – how she does this every performance without freaking out I don’t know! It was a long way down. So despite a few changes to the characters and storyline it was a great show, but I still prefer the movie!

Staten Island Ferry – After watching Mary Poppins I took the subway down to the bottom of Manhattan and caught the ferry over the Staten Island. Not much to do over on the other side unless you get on a bus or train that will take you further into the island. The main reason I went on the ferry was to get another glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and some photos of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan.
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