Television is powerful. The Stranger Things and Game of Throne tours became internationally popular. Interest in shows like HBO’s Sex and the City and now The Marvelous Mrs. Amazon’s Maisel is also taking fans to New York.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its fourth season on Amazon Prime, is so popular that millions of fans follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MAISELTV. There’s even prominent placement on the Tupperware website, noting the pioneering plastic used in the series.
Now, fans can visit the hauntings of the comic’s courageous central character, Mrs. “Midge” Maisel, (played by actress Rachel Brosnahan) as she takes on New York City. On Location Tours is offering a wonderful tour of Ms. Maisel Sites. He promises ‘you’ll go back in time and follow in Midge’s footsteps as she takes a peek at 1950s Manhattan!’
The tour guides are local New York actresses who dress in 1950s style and know the show. The tour explores Manhattan neighborhoods including Greenwich Village and the Gramercy area. Tour guests are encouraged to dress in their finest 1950s clothing.
Katherine, a young actress dressed in Mrs. Maisel and Poodle Skirt, was our tour guide for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour. We also had a driver with her own 1957 Chevy, used on the show, so our tour started in grand style from the Washington Square Arch.
Katherine proved to be a wonderful tour guide. Not only did she look like the role, but she actually appears on the show. She was lively, positive and energetic as we braved the NYC heat to hit the highs and lows of Greenwich Village used as venues.
Of course, the On Location tour is not a real part of the TV show or Amazon empire, as per this disclaimer. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour is not affiliated with, associated with, authorized, endorsed or in any way officially connected with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Studios or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.”
The ’57 Chevy dropped us off in the narrow streets of the Village for our shoe leather ride. Tour participants will enjoy The Gaslight Cafe, the comedy club where Ms. Maisel gets his first chance. Then there’s the classic archway in Washington Square Park, where Midge leads a protest, and the eclectic Music Inn, home to vintage instruments and old records, where attendees can test their own musical talent.
Fans can also do a photo shoot in front of Lutzi’s butcher shop, where Midge famously yells, “We’ve got the rabbi!”
“Mrs Maisel” also turned local cafes into her 1950s doppelgangers. One we passed walking the historic streets of the Village was Café Reggio. It was the first cafe in the US with a genuine Italian cappuccino machine. order your own cappuccino and recreate the scene where Midge’s father Abe meets his lawyer.
Speaking of coffee, our guide Katherine confided that since show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino writes tons of quick dialogue, Rachel Brosnahan had ten cups of coffee before a scene because she needed to talk really, really fast. (Mrs. Maisel is supposedly based in part on Joan Rivers, but mostly on Ms. Sherman-Palladino’s father, a comic book.)
Our tour guide told interesting behind-the-scenes stories, how the death of a 90-year-old New York woman led to the arrival of a treasure trove of thirty perfect period women’s hats – still in their boxes – for the show. Customers honored her arrival with a special ceremony.
Other On Location tours in Boston and New York include Gossip Girl Sites, Sopranos Sites and Boston and Central Park TV & Movie Sites. The company is expanding to Los Angeles, where the popular TV drama This Is Us, featured on the New York tours, will also receive the guided treatment.
The classic car for three people Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour costs US$150 per person and is approximately two hours long. You can book tickets for the NYC Maisel Tour here.