we were very fortunate, while we were adventuring in new york, to be able to see many broadway shows. coming from a very musical and theatrical family, it was of utmost importance to us that we saw all that we could see while we were there. (little known fact: i did a lot of theater as a kid, when i wasn't playing violin in the pit. i was sarah brown in guys and dolls, deborah sue in bye bye birdie, and supporting or chorus roles in ragtime, the wizard of oz, oliver, and i made my community theater debut as the fezziwig fiddler in scrooge: the musical. if i hadn't latched on to violin so strongly, i think i would have pursued acting. i really enjoyed being both on stage and in the pit. ha!)
first, we saw once. i think if ever i was to have an ideal role in a musical, it would be reza, the czech violinist. every member of the cast in this musical was an expert musician. there was no pit, the only music that occurred was played by the actors themselves. i really enjoyed how different this form of theater was.
next was bullets over broadway and boy was it fantastic! one of the best musicals i've ever seen! zach braff was the star and was surprisingly awesome. he is a truly multi-talented man. (funny story: i just worked the premiere of his new movie, wish i was here, before my NY trip. ha!) i don't think anyone could dislike this show. amazing musical numbers, fast-paced dialogue, and tap-dancing gangsters. you heard me.
cabaret was a snot-fest. we were a puddle after the show. alan cumming and michelle williams were flawless and this production showed no weaknesses. i felt as if i was watching their opening night, not their hundred-something-th performance.
and lastly, a gentleman's guide to love and murder, this year's tony award winner for best musical. as an actor, i loved this show, but as a musician i knew i would hate playing it. it's rare to see a full string quartet in a pit nowadays, however, the music was very light and sparse like a chamber opera. i would have personally hated playing the show, even though it was amazing. lane and i woke up at 5 o'clock that morning and waited in line for 4-hrs to get student rush tickets. oy. we ended up getting great box seats, so it was definitely worth it. (the last time i waited that long for something was for a harry potter midnight movie premiere...)
in the midst of it all, i was lucky enough to see my friend laura while in NY. laura goes to school at berklee in boston, so she took the bus to NY so we could see each other and adventure together in the big city.
now, laura is one of my oldest and dearest friends. she was the first friend i made when we moved to lancaster, over 14 years ago. i have always treasured my friendship with her. friends like her don't come around very often and i realize that many people in this world wish they had a laura. so, it was only fitting that i asked her, as two desert rats in the big city, to be my bridesmaid. i thought it would be funny to propose to her on the dirty streets of little italy and she reacted exactly as i thought she would: bright red in the face and laughing hysterically. is was a success :)
our final adventure was a water taxi around the city by night. it was the most touristy thing we did the whole trip, but it was amazing. the boat sailed around the south tip of manhattan, showing us wall street and the absence of the twin towers. we floated by ellis island and stopped at the statue of liberty. boy, was she a beauty. the trip concluded under the brooklyn bridge, seeing the lights of the city from the water with a complimentary glass of champagne. don't mind if i do!
i have always loved city lights. i never feel so small and insignificant, yet full of hopes and dreams, as when i'm surrounded by millions of lights that resemble stars in the sky. i loved my new york experience. i loved walking everywhere, hopping on the train to times square, eating frozen hot chocolate at serendipity (yes), feeling like a bride, eating pizza (martone pizza is still better), seeing amazing theater, and being constantly amazed at the beauty in the world. NY was life-changing and i'm beyond thankful that i was able to experience it in my lifetime.