New York, New York: It’s a Helluva Town!

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This post is a little overdue, but it’s taken me way too long to actually sit down to type it up. So here it goes. Cue “Musicals in NYC” playlist in the background.

I was in New York from Dec 27-30, as many may know.

It was probably the best trip I’ve ever taken. We saw 6 shows in 4 days and got to experience the bustle of New York City throughout those 4 days. So here’s a play by play of our trip.

We left Michael’s around 11 on the night of the 26th after literally stuffing the car full of our bags. The car ride was long. Michael drove until about 6 am, leaving me awake in the passenger seat. We knew it was time to switch when Michael and I were both hallucinating and thinking signs were people and dogs were running across the road. We handed the front seats over to Lexie and Devin and settled down for a nap in the back.

We got to NYC around 10:30 on the 27th. We couldn’t check in until around 12:30 so we explored Queens, the area we were staying at. We noticed that Queens, no matter what time, always smelled like chicken. We bought our subway cards and finally checked into the hotel. We took about a 5 hour nap (well Lexie and I kinda watched the UofL UK game) and then it was time to get ready for the show. We fought our way through Times Square, grabbed dinner, and then made our way to the Belasco Theatre on 44th street.

Our first show was a 10 o’clock showing of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, featuring Michael C Hall and Lena Hall. Though I was BEYOND exhausted, the show was absolutely amazing. Lena Hall is phenomenal at literally everything and Michael C Hall KILLED it. After the show, we of course stage doored. Michael C Hall was on vocal rest so we didn’t get to talk to him, but he signed our playbills and such!

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Michael C Hall signing playbill after Hedwig

It was back to the hotel and to bed for the night. Sunday, we woke up and hit the city pretty early. We walked around, grabbed lunch, and then headed to see Sideshow.

We were all (excepting Michael) not too excited about this show, but it was phenomenal. It actually closed January 4, 2015, so I’m VERY glad I got to see it. I cried multiple times through the show of course. Again, afterwards, we stage doored and met all the actors.

Right before seeing Sideshow

Right before seeing Sideshow

There were two highlights to the Sideshow stage door:
1). Some kid said to one of the actresses, “I love this show so much! I hope it goes on tour!” and she looked him straight in the eye and replied, “mmm, doubt it.” Michael and I laughed for a long time.
2). This guy walked out of the stage door, stood there for a second and made eye contact with me. I saw him and thought, Wow, he looks really familiar! As he started to walk away, it hit: Mark Evans. Jess and Dev realized it at the same time. (Mark Evans played Elder Price on the Book of Mormon tour in Louisville and we were obsessed with him.) Sadly, we realized it too late and couldn’t get a picture or anything.

After that show, we grabbed dinner and headed to a little store next to the theatre showing Matilda to shop for some Broadway items. As we did this, we noticed a HUGE crowd around the stage door for The Elephant Man, the show Bradley Cooper is currently starring in. So, we stage doored for that show and got pictures of Bradley Cooper.

Bradley Cooper after The Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper after The Elephant Man

After that crazy stage door and fulfilling our shopping needs, we headed to The Walter Kerr Theatre on 48th street to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Again, another phenomenal show. Jefferson Mays blew me away with his quick changes and his ability to play as many characters as he did. I laughed through the entire show. Meeting the cast of that show afterwards was also very cool.

That night, we got to-go from a little restaurant called Juniors and met our best friend, Gregory. He was the worker that night and when Michael ordered “a regular cheesecake”, Gregory said, “Just a regular cheesecake for a regular guy” and all of us died. He was a pretty swagging individual.

The next day was fun. We met my big in the Hershey store and went to Shake Shack with her and her friends. We had to eat in McDonalds, which turned out to be a good thing since Alex found a fingernail in her burger and needed different food. It was too good to see her since I hadn’t of course since leaving school for break.

Afterwards, we rode the subway and visiting the 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park and Central Park, all which were things we wanted to see before leaving. Devin won tickets to On The Town that night, of course taking Michael who was dying to see that show.

Battery Park

Battery Park

Central Park

Central Park

Battery Park

Battery Park

The Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower

We put our hashtag on a pole in Battery park

We put our hashtag on a pole in Battery park

That left me, Jess and Lexie with nothing to do. We decided to play the lottery for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, but they ended up not having a lottery, so we bought standing room only tickets. The usher for that show was insane and took her job WAY too seriously. But, that show was the best show I’ve ever seen and we ended up moving to the 5th row of the balcony at intermission. Afterwards, we met Jessie Mueller, one of the coolest people I’ve met to date. The stage door was so calm and with so few people, and we made friends with the lady next to us. There is no better word to describe Beautiful than “beautiful”.

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Jessie Mueller and I after Beautiful

We met back up with Devin and Michael and headed back to the hotel for the night.

Tuesday, our last day, we checked out of our hotel and headed into the city. We played the Kinky Boots lottery and all 5 of us won tickets. Lexie, Devin and I were in a box, first and second rows and Michael and Jess started in a box but moved down to orchestra seating. Not only was that show absolutely phenomenal, Billy Porter sang straight to me many times. We were so close to the stage, he made eye contact with us throughout the entire show. We got to meet him afterwards, ultimately causing a little bit of death because we were so excited.

Our winning button; me before the show; and then Billy Porter and I at the stage door.

Our winning button; me before the show; and then Billy Porter and I at the stage door.

Right before the show, proudly displaying our "I won the Kinky Boots Lottery!" buttons.

Right before the show, proudly displaying our “I won the Kinky Boots Lottery!” buttons.

That night, we played the Aladdin lottery but sadly didn’t win. We ended up at On The Town (yes, Dev and Michael saw it twice). The show was good. It was very dance heavy, which I liked a lot, but didn’t have much of a plot, which I didn’t care for. The dancing was BEAUTIFUL though.

Then came the long carride home. We left around 11 and got home around 11:30 or so the next morning. It was crazy and we were all exhausted, but we were all on such a high still.

Now, we’ve been back for a little over a week and I still haven’t stopped listening to the playlist I made with the songs from the shows we saw. I hung all my posters up in my dorm. We have a plan for Jess and Dev to come visit me in Nashville in early February to see Kinky Boots on tour (which won’t have Billy Porter or the rest of the Tony award winning cast but we’ll have to deal ;D). We’re still on the NYC high, and you better believe I’m missing it like crazy. I’d go back and deal with the thousands of people any day just to relive that trip.

I still can’t get over the fact that the trip actually happened. We saw some fantastic shows and met some crazy cool people, a lot of whom are Tony award winning actors and actresses. It was something I only dreamt of and I’m SO blessed to have been able to spend those 4 days in such a wonderful city with such wonderful people. Like they say in On The Town, “New York, New York! It’s a helluva town!”

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Police Memorial

Police Memorial

Times Square

Times Square

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

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