Balthazar & War Paint

April 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!!!! I hope everyone is off to a great start this week, I’m sorry I didn’t get any posts up yesterday, I was playing catch-up after getting home from my weekend in New York City. I want to do a couple of posts and share with you some of the things we did and places we visited while we were in NYC. One place we always visit while in NYC is Balthazar Restaurant, Balthazar is a French Brasserie that was opened in 1997 by restauranteur Keith McNally, it’s one of the closest places I’ve ever dined that is truly like being in Paris. (above image via)

The interiors at Balthazar are gorgeous, and those smoky mirrors are amazing. (via)

The food at Balthazar is wonderful, lots of seafood dishes as well as classic french quiche and steak and pommes frites.

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A shot of the beautiful bar inside Balthazar. (via)

This time I had a Toasted French Ham and Cheese sandwich that was amazing with gruyère cheese on toasted country bread, Donna had their seafood ceviche and we both had one of our favorite desserts, their Chocolate Pot de Creme, an amazing lunch at an amazing place that never disappoints.

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That night we went to one of the newest shows on Broadway, War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole and it was glorious. War Paint tells the stories of Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, two women forging their ways in the world of cosmetics in the first half of the 20th century. The musical is very poignant as it shows what these two women went through in a male-dominated world and how they worked and fought to build two empires. I think it’s interesting because supposedly the two women never met in real life but had shops close to each other on 5th Avenue in NYC and both lived in NYC. LuPone and Ebersole are brilliant in the roles, the show is colorful and full of new musical numbers that are bound to become classics. The costumes and set design are amazing, especially the costumes and jewelry worn by the two leading ladies. If you get a chance to see War Paint, definitely check it out, I’m planning on some posts focusing on Rubenstein and Arden in the near future. Enjoy!!!

Here we have original images of Elizabeth Arden on the left and Helena Rubenstein on the right, so different but so much alike. (via)

Here you can see how much the two actresses resembled the women they’re playing. The costumes are gorgeous. (via)

This is the first time I’ve seen Christine Ebersole on stage, I’ve seen her on television and in film roles. She’s amazing in person and has a beautiful voice. (via)

The resemblance between Rubenstein and LuPone is amazing, her costumes and the jewelry were so chic and of course, Patti LuPone is one of the true Broadway greats. (via)

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