Thursday, October 2, 2008
My first experience in the city was one that I will never forget. It started off a little nerve racking, being in a place that was completely new to me and then adapting to my surroundings. When I first stepped off the bus and walked through Port Authority, it seemed pretty normal. However, once I walked outside onto 42nd Street it was completely different.
Taxi's were stopped at lights honking horns, and people walked in packs across the streets. A ton of vendors were all lined up along the sidewalks. There were so many different noises and sirens going that I just had to take a minute to step back and get a feel for what was going on. It was as if I was in a completely different world.
Once the initial shock was over, it became a lot more enjoyable. As I walked around more, I got a feel for how to get around and realized that everything is just one enormous square, a rather large one, but nonetheless a square. I also got a feel for what it's like to roam around New York and also learned where some of the most important famous Broadway shows are located and the theater they are in.
As I was walking I also noticed the beautiful architecture of the buildings. It was amazing to see how old some of them were and how well they have held up; As time goes on, it seems like everyone is so interested in building skyscrapers and other tall buildings that they forget to appreciate the history and beauty of some of the older buildings. Even the theater that In The Heights was in was absolutely gorgeous inside. The attention to detail on the work on the ceiling was so extravagant that it made my experience at the theater that much more enjoyable.
The play overall was outstanding. I wasn't quite sure what to expect because no one that I talked to had ever heard of it before. When I first saw the set I had this feeling that the musical was going to be one to remember just because of how intricate the detail was and how much work was obviously put into the designing of it. The music was also a very vital contributor to make the musical more realistic. It was very upbeat and had a modern style with a latin feel. Lighting was another key element that was used to make it feel like a completely different scene or to accentuate the end of a song. Another thing that I liked, was although the plot takes place in Washington Heights, I felt as if I could relate to a lot of what was going on, such as the college tuition situation and Abuela's death.
Overall, I had an amazing first experience in the city and can not wait to go back!