A Trip to Beautiful

This week we took a trip to San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater to see Beautiful, a musical about the life and works of song writer and singer Carole King. We enjoyed the show. Several friends had seen it and recommended it, and we were able to purchase great tickets for a weekday evening performance one day before.

Shown above, the Orpheum Theater is located on Market Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, known for street people. We were careful, and there were no problems.

We purchased parking at the nearby Holiday Inn Civic Center in advance, saving half the price of paying when you exit. The parking started at 6:00 pm, and the show was at 8:00. We ate a simple dinner at Sam’s Diner, close to the parking and the theater. The food was good, the service fast and friendly, and we finished dinner with plenty of time for the show.

Carole King and Laura Nyro are female song writers whose works I like. Most of King’s songs were sung by other people. She sang for Tapestry, which won a grammy for best album; this album talks about relationships.

Beautiful program cover
Beautiful program cover

King wrote the music for her early songs; her husband wrote the lyrics. The musical brought in another song-writing couple, which added variety to the songs performed. King wrote and performed the songs for Tapestry after she and her husband separated.

The Orpheum features touring Broadway shows like Beautiful. We enjoyed the show, and we’d consider seeing future shows, either Sunday matinees or weekday evenings if the price is right. Purchased the day before the performance, our tickets for a weekday evening were half the price of comparable seats for other performances. We sat in row K of the center Orchestra. As a friend advised us, these orchestra seats were much closer and better than in the loge or mezzanine. For an evening show, we’d park at the Holiday Inn again.

As retirees, we have a fixed income. We learned that we have more time than money — very different from when we worked and could look forward to the next promotion and income boost. So we take time to stretch the dollars we have, to fit more experiences we value within our fixed income. This is part of happiness.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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