Feb 20

Thu '14

Addicted to theatre

Following my big announcement about heading to NYC in June, I can’t believe how much positive feedback I have received from people! Everyone is so nice in offering advice and comments on visiting the big city. I am honoured that some of my online friends even want to meet me! I sure hope we have time for everything we want to do!

My Mom and I have been busy booking the necessities for the trip. We’ve booked our flights, our hotel and even bought some tickets for some Broadway shows. We were unsure at first about booking tickets in advance because they are so expensive. However, we decided that there were some shows that we definitely wanted to see no matter what. So those are the ones we decided to bite the bullet and book for ahead of time. As we have the possibility of seeing 10 different shows, we hope that there will be a lot of options once we get to the city.

So far we have booked 4 shows, with one more to book before we go. I am very excited that, in the very least, we will definitely see 5 shows.

Rocky the Musical The Cripple of Inishmaan The Realistic Joneses Just Jim Dale The Phantom of the Opera

The unique thing about Rocky the Musical is that they have some special seating in their theatre. These seats are clarified as the “golden circle.” What that means is that in the last 20 minutes of the show, audience members who are situated in the golden circle will be escorted onto the stage for the final fight scene. They will act as the crowd for the epic battle between Rocky and Apollo. How cool is that??! Naturally, we decided to spend the extra money and we snagged a couple of front row tickets in the golden circle!! So so exciting. I honestly can’t believe that I will be NYC, let alone on an actual Broadway stage. Dream. Come. True.

We’ve decided to see The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Realistic Joneses because they star Harry Potter and Dexter. Well at least the actors who play those wonderful characters, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall, respectively. Haha, silly reasoning, I know. Hey, we may only visit NYC once in our lives, so why not see some celebrities while we are at it!? Just Jim Dale is along the same reasoning. Jim Dale narrated all 7 Harry Potter audiobooks and has been part of our lives for the past 15 years. He reads us to sleep every night and on almost every road trip we have taken. Plus, who can forget him as the crooked doctor in Pete’s Dragon?! His production is a one man show and I look forward to learning more about his career and life.

Phantom of the Opera is pretty self explanatory. One cannot simply visit Broadway and NYC without seeing the longest running show of Broadway history. Plus, we managed to get front row tickets for this show as well. When we saw Phantom in Calgary in 2006, we were in row Q (I think). It will be interesting to see how different our perspectives will be from the front. The lifting/crashing of the chandelier and the phantom’s adventures above the stage will be especially different views. I look forward to the comparisons.

Here are some of the other shows we might consider to see:

Aladdin The Bridges of Madison County Cinderella If/Then Kinky Boots Les Miserables Matilda the Musical

Yeah, as you can see, I am addicted to theatre. No shame here. I am SO excited.

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3 Responses to “Addicted to theatre”

  • Kim
    February 21, 2014 @ 5:30 am

    So jealous! I hope you both have a wonderful time.

    I’ve never been to NY (our America in general… or outside the EU haha), but I’ve seen some of these shows in the Westend and am dying to see Matilda (one of my favourite books as a child).

    Will you be hanging around the stage door afterwards to meet cast members? I’ve done it once and loved it.

  • Jen —
    February 21, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I didn’t realize there were so many cool shows in NY! I would see the Idina Menzel show because I love her. Probably Matilda too because that was one of my fave movies as a kid.

  • Lissy
    February 22, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    I didn’t even know there was a Rocky musical. Sounds like you two are gonna have a great time!

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