Do not say “Wicked.” I’m telling you now, right up front. We good? Alright then.
My wife and I are going to New York for three days in early August, on our way to WorldCon in Montreal. Some of our time is already filled (we’re going to Tor for a few hours on Monday, and we’re seeing “In The Heights” Tuesday night), but other than that we’ve got some time and we’re looking for recommendations.
Why do I not want anyone to mention Wicked? Because thus far in my planning, 99% of the people who find out I’m going to New York immediately say “go see Wicked!” and I’m so sick of this I cannot even tell you. I like musicals, and I’m excited to see one on Broadway, but seriously: New York is one of the biggest and most interesting cities in the entire world. It’s overflowing with stuff to do and see. If the best thing you can think of for me to do in New York is lock myself in a dark room and watch stuff that I could watch, frankly, anywhere else in the world, I don’t want to hear it. Tell me about your favorite restaurant; recommend your favorite landmark or museum; tell me where to find your favorite bookstore or some other awesome shop. I’m going to be in New York, and I want to see New York.
And by all means: if you actually live in New York, let me know! I’d love to say hi.