The battery has been down on this blog, too, for the last few days. But now that we’re back, I can catch up the weekend over here in New York, where the other Battery is also down. Not that I’ve been that far downtown, either; but thanks to one Broadway show, I have at least been as far uptown as 181st Street to Washington Heights, from the comfort of a stalls seat on West 46th Street. (Ah, the joys of the theatre: you can travel the world without having to stray beyond the comfort zone of Times Square!) That show, of course, is In the Heights, a downtown show (well, it began on 37th Street, to be more accurate) that is now playing in midtown and that is about uptown!
In what is being regarded as a poor season for new musicals on Broadway, the two most anticipated blockbusters have failed to send queues around the block: Young Frankenstein is now seriously ailing at the box office with its highly controversial premium seating that has now been totally abandoned and discount offers doing the rounds everywhere; and a friend told me that when he saw Disney’s The Little Mermaid the stalls were half full.