To complete our third day in NYC, we saw the Broadway musical, Les Misérables, at the Imperial Theatre, located at 249 W. 45th Street [between Broadway and 8th Street]. The musical is based on the French historical novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1862. We couldn't go to NYC without going to Broadway.
The performance began at 7:30 p.m.
Set in early 19th century France, it is the story of a French peasant, Jean Valjean, who sought redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's starving son and her family.
Valjean, prisoner number 24601, is released on parole. As a convict he is shunned and unable to find permanent work or lodging. A bishop offers him food and shelter, but Valjean desperately steals his silver and flees. When he is captured the bishop tells the police the silver was a gift. Humbled by the bishop's kindness, he breaks parole in an attempt to start a new life free from the stigma of his criminal past. The rest of the story you must see or read for yourself.
It was a great performance which lasted about three hours including intermission.
Afterwards, we went to nearby Junior's on Broadway, famous for their cheesecake and deli sandwiches.
I ordered their 'baked onion soup' and a slice of blueberry topped cheesecake. Divine!
Then we took a taxi back to the guest house, and settled in for a good night's rest. Only one more day left in NYC, and it was as action packed as all the others.