Finally went to go see a show last night that we’ve been waiting forever to see –
“In the Heights” was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and started off in its earliest stages at Wesleyan, the college Abe and I attended. He was a few years younger than us, but we’re good friends/friends of friends of some of the people who directed/produced the musical (more Wesleyan!) and have watched from afar as it developed and exploded into the raging success it is today.
I used to see musicals all the time, growing up around/living in NYC but this was my first one in Los Angeles. The Pantages is a beautiful old theatre in the heart of Hollywood. We got great discount orchestra seats via Goldstar but climbed up to the balcony to snap a few photos of the majestic lobby:
There’s a concessions stand that sells mostly overpriced sweets – big boxes of candy and packaged pastries for about $4 – $6. You can bring them in with you to your seat (but not your camera!)
I wasn’t hungry enough for a meal before we left so I packed my own snacks – an organic yellow plum (that I ate before the show began) and a Spirulina Ginseng Nut Butter Ball during the 15-minute intermission.
The show was seriously amazing – the best musical I’ve seen in a decades. Totally inspiring to witness people from our school achieve this level of artistic greatness, and the fact that they’re recognized for their incredible talents is emotional and uplifting. We got nostalgic for NYC and Washington Heights too, even the heat waves and the black outs!
After the show we headed across the street to the new W hotel/residences
Abe wanted to show me the rooftop bar that he went to a few weeks ago, but there was a long line to get in. Not really our scene. Plus, I wanted food. So we went to one of the hotel’s restaurants, Delphine, instead.
Unlike the rest of the hotel, the bistro wasn’t busy. It was gorgeous, and the service was terrific – very friendly and laid back.
It was already 11pm and I wanted to get dessert, but nothing on the menu sounded appealing so I ordered the Onion Soup Gratinee instead.
They brought us a basket of bread
One was multigrain, and one was cheese-flavored. Both were incredible. I had double of what was on this plate:
And a bite of Abe’s fries (perfectly seasoned and crisp)
My soup totally hit the spot – cheese-y, bread-y, and broth-y.
I ate the whole thing, but gave Abe half of the cheese layer so he could make his fries fancy.
The couple at the next table noticed I kept taking photos of my food and asked if we wanted to have one of us together. How sweet is that?
A really fun date night – totally out of our “norm.”
What’s your favorite musical? I am obsessed with old-school ones like “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and all the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows but “In the Heights” is changing my mind about the modern musical!