Wow! I’ve been home from NYC for a week now! The trip was indescribable and a blur, much like the photo above! I loved every minute: loved every show, loved the time spent with friends, loved my sleeping accommodations, loved the nighttime, loved the walks, loved the musicals, loved the play, loved the theatre district walking tour, loved the YouTube screenings… loved it all. It simply flew by and I cannot wait to go back. I’m thinking October, if it works for you Troy!
Highlights: Click the links to see clips or the official sites for everything below!
Monday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was such a fun show to start off the week! Literally dancing in my seat and singing along to the music! Quite a spectacle – so glad I got to see it, as it closed last Sunday!
After the show we went to Carnegie Deli for some late night “snacks.” The portion sizes are crazy! I ordered a chocolate cream pie and didn’t expect to get the whole pie piled on one plate! Yummy!
The High Line Park
Tuesday I walked a lot on the High Line, attempting to walk off the previous night’s dinner. 🙂 The High Line is a new park that is built on an abandoned railroad bed above 10th and 11th Avenue on the west side of Manhattan. I walked its length, getting off in the Meat Packing district and enjoyed lunch at a French restaurant and then rambled around Greenwich Village a bit. I took a lot of pictures of interesting buildings and sat in a few parks for shade, when needed.
On the Broadway Stage! Once: A New Musical
Tuesday night we saw Once: A New Musical. It was just sooooooo good. During intermission they opened the bar onstage and we got to go up there. It was fun to stand on the stage where the performers/musicians had been standing. It was a great show – the music is made right on stage and I either had goose bumps or tears in my eyes throughout the entire show. The show flew by and before I knew it, it was done. Troy and Luis were kind enough to wait at the stage door with me and I got Steve Kazee’s (Guy in Once) autograph. Ah. Afterwards, a delicious pub meal at the Playwright’s Celtic Pub – although it is noted that it wasn’t true Irish fare offered, as there were some Mexican offerings on the menu. 🙂
Kevin, tour guide, and George M. Cohan (“Give My Regards to Broadway”!) statue at Times Square
Wednesday Troy and I signed up for a walking tour of the Times Square Theatre District. Kevin was our tour guide, and of course he was an aspiring actor. It was a lot of fun to walk around the district and learn about the history of the theatres and how Times Square has changed. It was beastly hot on this first day of summer, so a brewery lunch was a perfect respite before the matinee of Newsies! A great fun show! I took pictures of the cast after but somehow I saved them so that I can’t get them off my camera. Ugh. But what fun, that show was. Great singing and dancing. Loved it! Seize the Day!
Brilliant, it was!
Adam Chanler-Berat (Boy) from Peter and I!
We freshened up and ordered Chinese before our second show of the day, Peter and the Starcatcher! What a joy that was! I loved the books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and the play was so fun! Very musical, very funny, very smart! Black Stache cracked up the cast on stage, and it was just a delight to be there! He obviously doesn’t like to smile offstage, as he looked so serious while taking pictures with the stage door fans. But I smiled big enough for the both of us! How fun. His last day in the show was last night, as now he’s focusing on Smash, the TV show. I’ll have to catch up with it!
Delicious desserts were brought home to savor while we sat up late (again!) and talked and talked and talked. Ah. Good times.
Thursday was the hottest day of the week so I jumped in a cab to 80th street, wandered Zabar’s for a bit, and then grabbed coffee and a muffin and walked to Central Park and sat in the shade. I took a LOT of photos this day, and I walked a lot of the city. From Central Park I walked down Fifth Avenue for some window shopping, and then caught a cab back to 18th street to meet Kaitlyn for lunch at Room Service (yummy Thai!). Then more walking around Chelsea and on the High Line. Then back to Troy’s to rest my weary feet. I had blisters in several places, I think because of the heat of the day.
After Nice Work If You Can Get It
And then the finale of the week – Nice Work If You Can Get It! what a fun show! It is so beautiful to look at and reminded me of an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie. The dancing, the Gershwin tunes, the beautiful costumes and set, the bootleggers and the high society. How fun. And to see Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara was a treat! I can’t wait til this Broadway Cast Recording comes out!
Post-Broadway dinner at Sardi’s
And to top off the week of Broadway Blitz/Bliss, a post-show dinner at Sardi’s.
This was a perfect vacation.
Broadway Blitz Week
I’m already making plans for next time and hope that I can get there again in 2012!
The Empire State Building from the High Line Park