New Year's Eve was another wonderful weather day in my area. Hubby Tony and I did our best to enjoy it. After lunch we stopped for coffee on our way down to the Central West End neighborhood, where we went to a matinee screening of the new version of West Side Story at the Chase Park Plaza. The hotel was setting up for an evening event. I was thankful I would be gone before the hordes of people arrived to ring in the new year.
|Floors so polished they reflect the lights|
Tony had bought our tickets online, but we still had to wait in line at the cinema concession stand, which also doubled as a ticket collection station. Everyone in line was masked. The theater showing the movie was set up with two-seat rows on one side of the aisle, and we selected one of those. However, any row would have worked; the room was empty enough that patrons could spread out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of the movie. I thought it was a little more realistic than the original one (or as realistic as a
musical can be). All of the singing was fantastic, and some of the dancing moves were reprised from the original version. Rita Morino, who played the character Anita in the
original movie had a part in this one as the owner of a drug store.
After the movie let out it wasn't even 5 pm yet, so Tony and I walked around a little bit to kill time, then ended up at Shake Shack for dinner. I used to eat there on a regular basis, but that was before Covid times. The food still tasted as good as I remembered. We got sandwiches and split an order of fries, then went back for shakes.
A couple of decades ago those activities would have just been Act I of a
proper New Year's Eve. This year they were the entire show. We were home before 6:30. At 9 pm (midnight in Rio de Janeiro) we broke out some fizzy water, toasted to the new year, and headed to bed.