Television is powerful. Stranger Things and Game of Throne tours have become internationally popular. Interest in shows like HBO’s Sex and the City and now Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is driving fans to New York as well.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its fourth season on Amazon Prime, is so popular that millions of fans follow it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MAISELTV. There’s even prominent placement on the Tupperware site noting the pioneering plasticware used in the series.
Now, fans can tour the haunts of the plucky central comic character, Mrs. “Midge” Maisel, (played by actress Rachel Brosnahan) as she takes over New York City. On Location Tours is offering a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour. It promises ‘you’ll step back in time and follow in the footsteps of Midge as you get a swanky peek into 1950s Manhattan!’
The tour guides are local New York City actresses who dress in 1950’s 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 best 1950s garb.
Katherine, a young actor dressed in Mrs. Maisel hat and poodle skirt, was our tour guide for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour. We also had a driver with his own 1957 Chevy, used in the show, so our tour kicked off in style from the Washington Square arch.
Katherine proved an, ok, marvelous tour guide. She not only looked the part, but actually appears on the show. She was peppy, positive, and energetic as we braved the New York heat to hit the Greenwich Village high spots and low dives used as locations.
Of course, the On Location tour is not an actual part of the TV show or the Amazon empire, as per this disclaimer. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Studios, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates.”
The ’57 Chevy dropped us off on the narrow streets of the Village for our shoe leather tour. Tour participants will enjoy The Gaslight Cafe, the comedy club where Mrs. Maisel gets her first shot. Then there’s classic arch in Washington Square Park where Midge leads a protest, and the eclectic, Music Inn, home to vintage instruments and antique records, where participants can test their own musical talent.
Fans can also stage a photo-op in front of Lutzi’s Butcher Shop, where Midge notoriously shouts, “We’ve got the rabbi!”
“Mrs. Maisel” also transformed local cafes into their 1950’s doppelgangers. One we passed walking the storied streets of the Village was Café Reggio. It was the first café in the U.S. with a genuine Italian cappuccino machine. Tour guests can order their own cappuccino and recreate the scene where Midge’s father Abe meets with his lawyer.
Speaking of coffee, our guide Katherine confided that because the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, writes tons of rapid-fire dialog, Rachel Brosnahan had ten cups of coffee before one scene because she needed to talk really, really fast. (Mrs. Maisel is reportedly partly based on Joan Rivers but primarily on Ms. Sherman-Palladino’s father, a comic.)
Our tour guide offered interesting behind-the-scenes tales, like how the passing 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—to the show. The costumers honored their 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 tours. The company is expanding to Los Angeles where the popular TV drama This Is Us, featured in New York tours, will also get the guided treatment.
The three-person classic car Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sites Tour is $150 per person and approximately two hours long. You can Book NYC Maisel Tour tickets here.