Something unbelievable has happened. I am still trying to wrap my head around it. The time has come and after 26 years of loving theatre, finally, I am going to NEW YORK CITY!!!! This is what I’ve been doing for the past few days:
It is no secret that I love Broadway and it would be a dream come true to travel to New York to see some real live Broadway theatre. I’ve mentioned it many times before (for example here and here) and my dream is becoming a reality.
My Mom has a business conference trip planned for the end of June and it will take place in Bethlaham, PA. She will be less than a 2 hour bus ride away from The Big Apple itself. Talk about temptation! After much consideration, we have made the decision to go together for our first trip to NYC. I will meet her at the end of her conference in NY and we will stay there for 7 days!!!!! I honestly have no words to describe how I am feeling. I can’t even talk about it without smiling. This is seriously my dream vacation coming true!
I realize I have been on plenty of vacations in the last few years, yet I haven’t made the effort to go to NYC. I think the reason why it hasn’t actually happened is that I am scared. Scared that I won’t be able to control myself. I would spend way too much money on Broadway shows because I wouldn’t be able to pick only a couple. I’d want to see all of them. We have already been looking at theatre schedules and have come to the realization that we have the possibility of seeing 10 shows! TEN! That is a lot of Broadway delight. Thank goodness they perform matinees because that means we can see two shows in one day if we want to. So much for not going out of control.
Some of the shows that will be playing while we are there and that I want to see are If/Then, Rocky the Musical, Cinderella, Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, The Realistic Joneses (starring Michael C. Hall), Just Jim Dale, The Cripple of Inishman (starring Daniel Radcliffe). Others to consider are Kinky Boots, Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables, Newsies, Pippin. Although I have already seen them before, I would also love to see The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Mamma Mia again. Although I am seeing them all again within the next year anyway. Score one for traveling Broadway shows! Anyway, my Mom and I will talk and try to narrow down our choices. Then we’ve got to decide if we should buy our tickets online beforehand or risk it until we get to NYC. Buying beforehand will be super expensive, but I also don’t want to arrive in NYC and be unable to see a show I want. That would be so disappointing. Any advice on buy Broadway tickets?
Besides attending loads and loads of theatre, I don’t really know what else we will do in NYC. I would love to take a stroll in Central Park, visit the World Trade Center memorials, go up the Statue of Liberty, see the flashy lights of Times Square and of course eat at some of their world famous restaurants. My Mom and I aren’t ones to buy ridiculously expensive clothing or shoes, so I don’t know if we will be doing much shopping. I’d like to buy some touristy things, but I’m not really interested in what 5th Avenue has to offer.
We are currently trying to find a nice hotel to stay at that is in Manhattan near the theatre district. Of course, they are all very expensive, but we think that it is worth the money to be right in the middle of everything. There are some good deals around and a lot of options to choose from. It’s hard to decide where to stay when there are so many choices.
So does anyone have any suggestions for what to do in New York City? Or where to eat? Or what shows to see? Or what hotel to stay at? Any kind of suggestions would be wonderful. I would love to hear some stories from anyone who has been to NYC!
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