Apr. 5, 2014

Last Christmas, my parents generously bought us two tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Academy of Music. Neither Joan nor I had ever seen the musical before, so we eagerly looked forward to it.

We dropped off Michael with my parents for the day, then drove into Center City. For lunch, we went to Luke’s Lobster, a terrific place on 17th Street that’s one of my recent favorites for lunch at work downtown. Joan and I then walked over to the venue for the 2 p.m. matinee, and upon our arrival, found out that our seats were in the front row! (My parents had intended to get us seats close to the front, but judging from their expressions when we later told them about the show, they didn’t think the seats were that close.)

The show lived up to its reputation — beautiful music, intricate sets and costumes, and even some special effects that included pyrotechnics! After the show, we took a long, leisurely walk over to Old City for a special dinner at Amada, a Jose Garces restaurant and one of Joan’s favorites. The wide assortment of tapas and pitcher of sangria were both delicious!

We arrived home around 8 p.m. to pick up Michael and take him home for a slightly later bedtime than usual. Great day in the city!

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