Friday, September 9, 2011

Oh, What A Night!

Ben's Deli & Jersey Boys:  Last Thursday, Abq Jew & family had great seats all night - first at Ben's Deli, then at the August Wilson Theatre on 52nd Street.  More about Ben's later; first things first.
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The last Broadway musical that Abq Jew & wife saw anywhere was Wicked, at the Popejoy.  We paid about $60 per ticket, which, in the Albuquerque scheme of things, is a lot, but which, in the New York scheme of things, is very little.  We enjoyed the show ... but we remember the ticket price.

The last Broadway musical that Abq Jew & family saw on Broadway was Annie Get Your Gun at the Marquis Theatre, sometime around the year 2000, twice.  Once with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat, and again with Crystal Bernard and Tom Wopat.  Yes, we enjoyed the show that much - so who remembers how much we paid?

Jersey Boys just began a national tour on Wednesday - in Omaha, of all places.  And when, you ask, is Jersey Boys going to come to Albuquerque?  According to the official schedule - never.  So here is a taste of what you could see in Chicago or Dallas - but hey, if you're going to get on a plane, better you should just fly to The Big Apple and see the Broadway cast!

For the honor and privilege of seeing Jersey Boys on the very night we decided to go, Abq Jew & wife & daughter paid $129.95 per ticket.  For seats in the middle of the mezzanine.  And we'd do it again!  And again!  And maybe even again!  The show was so good that Abq Jew may - in a few years - forget how much he paid for tickets.  As the MasterCard commercial says: having a great time with your family - priceless.

And now, a few words about Ben's Kosher Deli on 38th Street.  There's good news ... and there's bad news.

The good news is: the food is delicious, the food is kosher, and Ben's delivers!  The bad news is: not to Albuquerque. 

But to Abq Jew, the best part of the Ben's experience was when a Chinese waiter - who spoke perfect Yiddish! - came over to take our order.  After he went back to the kitchen, we called over Warren Krieg, the General Manager.  We asked Warren, "Where did you find a Chinese waiter who knows Yiddish?"  Warren put his finger to his lips.  "Shh!" he said. "He thinks he's learning English."

Abq Jew must mention, once again, that he & family were in NYC for the wedding of his handsome and talented son, Dov Israel Yellin, to the beautiful and smart Dr Jessica Robin Schnur.  Here's another photo:

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