Chicago… and all that jazz!

On a rainy and cold Fall morning, I was determined to be one of the first students in line for Chicago on Broadway tickets. The weather was not going to affect my mood, I was too excited to let that interfere. Right after my 8 a.m. class, I ran to get a bagel and then to College Activities. Chicago was on my list of “must see” Broadway shows. I got my ticket and all that was left to do was wait for the day to come…

Finally the day had arrived to see Chicago! We left Marist College and headed to NYC. When we arrived, we had two hours before the show. First, it was a must to get some coffee to warm up. At Starbucks Coffee, we had an interesting experience because we are positive we saw Pro-Skater Rob Dyrek getting coffee. We were too embarrassed to confirm our thoughts so now we will never know, but I am positive that it was him.

After our close encounter with a celebrity, my friends and I decided to go eat lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. The Stardust Diner is known for giving you dinner and a show. It has a 1950’s theme and the wait staff will sing show tunes to you while you sit back and relax. My friends and I had a great time waiting for our delicious meals while listening to great music. It’s the best way to prepare yourself for a Broadway show. After lunch, we walked right down to Times Square where there are more than enough places to walk around in. The new two-floored, Disney store was our first stop. Who doesn’t love Disney? Well we spent the rest of the time we had before the show there. Time flew by as we looked at all the Mickey Shirts that had “I Love NY” written on them. Before we realized, it was time to see Chicago.

We walked to The Ambassador Theatre filled with excitement and anticipation for the show. We got center row orchestra seating, which gave us a great view. The lights dimmed and then the show began. Chicago is a musical that gives a story about women and their crimes, as well as their urge for fame and fortune during the late 1920’s. If you’ve watched the movie then you know what I am talking about and even if you haven’t there is no reason why you should miss out on a show that delivers what it offers. It is one catchy song after another with a great story line. Everything from the comedy to the choreography will have you clapping for more. When the show ended I was glad I took the time to wait an hour before tickets went on sale to make sure I got my ticket for Chicago. It is a show worth watching!

– Melissa Zuleta

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