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Monday, May 5, 2014

Dinner and a show

After seeing Spider-Man sling his webs through Times Square Friday night, on Saturday we got to see the real deal.

Times Square on Saturday night is a truly amazing experience. The crowds of tourists. The tour bus guys trying to sell you a ride. The comedy club guys selling tickets. We saw a young woman in Fossee-esque garb drumming up business for "Chicago". The costumed characters -- Mickey Mouse, Elmo, the Avengers -- posing for photos. Street musicians. Cops on horseback. Pedicabs.

Our evening began at Bubba Gump's. Yes it's a chain, and very touristy, but we like it. A bit overpriced, of course. But as I said before, they have all the movie details down -- you almost feel you're on the set.

Food was decent. We started with speckled lemonade -- lemonade with strawberry mixed in. Very refreshing.

The menu says appetizers serve two. Garlic bread was simple -- just butter and garlic on Italian bread. There was easily enough bread for 3 or 4 people.

I ordered the fried shrimp. Very tasty shrimp served with fries and two dipping sauces -- cocktail sauce with just enough "kick" and very bland tarter sauce. Cole slaw was equally bland.

Drew ordered a dish with four different types of shrimp -- fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, shrimp tempura and "chilly shrimp" (peel and eat cocktail shrimp). Served with fries and three dipping sauces -- cocktail sauce, teriyaki and Cajun marmalade. He didn't care for the marmalade.

Next it was on the the Imperial Theater, for the revival of "Les Miserables".

I saw the original production of Les Miz 8 times. Saw a student production of the show that Cameron MacIntosh helped stage. Saw the movie the day it opened.

This production has restaged the musical, made it fresh and new and yet oh so familiar. I was lip synching along with the performers.

Drew said to me "You were actually crying."

Yes, yes I was.

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