What can my parents do in NYC this Saturday?
January 14, 2015 1:40 PM   Subscribe

My parents will be in NYC this Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate their anniversary. They already have a hotel room in Midtown East. What's a fun activity/show they can attend that isn't too expensive?

My parents live in upstate NY, and are coming to NYC this weekend for their anniversary. Ideally they want to see a Broadway show but A. they don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on tickets, and B they can't wait outside in the cold at TKTS. Any suggestions for an off-broadway or otherwise not so crazy expensive show? Maybe like dinner theater? Cheesy is ok!

If not, any suggestions on something fun they could do in the city that night? They used to live in NYC, so they're not interested in touristy stuff. Also, they're pretty conservative/traditional so Sleep No More and awesome stuff like that which I would love... is really not their scene. And lastly, they can’t do anything that involves too much walking, because my dad tires out very easily. Their hotel is on East 51st so near that is a plus.
posted by silverstatue to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Times Square TKTS booth has a Play Only line that can be dramatically (heh) shorter. Perhaps they'd enjoy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?
posted by zachlipton at 1:52 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Do you live in NYC and do you have the time to go to TKTS for them? The booth in Downtown Brooklyn is significantly less popular than the Manhattan booths and about 60 seconds away from the A stop. If you show up shortly before they open in the morning, you'll have minimal wait time (especially in this weather) and a good shot at any show.
posted by telegraph at 2:34 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Off and Off-Off Broadway would be more affordable, without necessarily being super avant garde:

Wyoming is playing at Theater for a New City, but will probably be super dark so maybe not a good anniversary show.

Here's a bunch of Off-Broadway show on Theatermania.

And here's the NYT listing for Off Broadway with little blurbs that you may find helpful.

The South Street Seaport TKTS booth is also way less crowded.

Jekyll and Hyde is always running but I've never been.

Several co-workers have seen and loved Curious Incident.
posted by edbles at 3:08 PM on January 14, 2015

They can try for the Book of Mormon ticket lottery, where you can get two tickets for $35 each. Show up 2.5 hours before showtime. My sister went with friends and won.

Brunch in Harlem. Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster or the gospel brunch at Sylvia's.

Maybe the Turner Classic Movies bus tour would be of interest. It's a narrated tour of iconic sites for movies. It's not touristy per se and it has the benefit of being seated in a nice warm bus. It's $41 each and it's 3 hours long.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 3:10 PM on January 14, 2015

The Matisse cut out exhibit at MOMA has been extended.
posted by brujita at 5:10 PM on January 14, 2015

The Matisse show is wonderful! Definitely worth the visit.
posted by Sublimity at 5:53 PM on January 14, 2015

OK, I know, not tourists .. but still: Circle Line
posted by LonnieK at 7:21 PM on January 14, 2015

Would they be interested in opera? The Met has La Traviata this Saturday night and the prices look reasonable (compared to Broadway anyhow)

The Philharmonic is playing Verdi's Requiem and this Saturday they also offer a talk ahead of the concert.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has Bill Frisell giving a guitar performance of Hollywood music

The Royal Danish Ballet are performing at the Joyce.
posted by Mchelly at 8:15 PM on January 14, 2015

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