We started our day taking the subway to the Cloisters Museum, and then hiking uphill in order to get there. (Quite a hike uphill, as a matter of fact.) The Cloisters is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This separate building houses the museum's collection of art and artifacts from Medieval Europe.
The Cloisters is on a hill overlooking the Hudson, and it was gorgeous on a cold day with the steam rising from the river. The building is composed of parts of five abbeys that were disassembled, and reassembled between 1934 and 1939 on the present site. We spent most of the morning wandering through the collections.
Our next stop was at the Hungarian Pastry Shop across from St. John the Divine. One of my co-
The holiday bazaar was fun, but it was the display at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine that was wonderful. Xu Bing, a Chinese artist, built two phoenix birds out of trash on a Chinese construction site. A Chinese businessman purchased them. They have been exhibited in China, Boston, and now New York City. They are stunning, lit by LED lights.
We ended the evening at Les Miserables, starring Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean and Will Swenson as Javert. Fabulous! My all-time favorite show. It was funny, though. This weekend was the weekend when all the Broadway shows raised money for their charity, Broadway Cares. After the curtain call for the shows, someone in the cast stepped forward to talk about what they were doing, collecting money, selling the cd, Carols for a Cure. Will Swenson was the spokesman for Les Miz. He said they were in a tough competition with Phantom to see who raised the most money. He said they would auction off the kids from the cast. And, then he joked that for $50, someone could touch Ramin Karimloo's abs. He said, "We'll raise a shitload of money."
And, what better way to end the blog than with the cast of Les Miserables singing "One More Day" on Good Morning, America in March, the week before the new production opened on Broadway?