lights flashing through the city and polluting the air, car horns honking and people colliding with your shoulder. billboards flashing advertisements for the crowds below: ‘get a coke! stop by olive garden! try this phone service!’ and surrounding those screens, posters for the theater. wicked, lion king, hamilton, and more go to west 46th street and fight the crowd, feel the excitement, hear the orchestra, touch the souvenirs, let even a native new yorker become a tourist for one day take your seat, admire the view, take some pictures, listen to the ushers, watch the crowd settle, straighten as the lights dim. everyone in places--it’s showtime.