NYC Trip: Days 4 & 5

Welcome to the third and final installment of my NYC/BroadwayCon trip recap! If you missed parts one and two you can find them here and here.

Sunday
Sunday was the final day of BroadwayCon. Sarah and I decided to sleep in a little bit after our late night out, and mixed up our breakfast routine by hitting a little deli for some egg sandwiches to go. I kind of wish we’d gone there every day instead of Pret a Manger, as it was cheap, fast, and delicious! We made it to the Javits Center by 10 am for my photo session with Jenn Colella. Those of you follow me on Instagram probably already saw my hilarious “photo essay” of being completely starstruck, so instead, here’s the nice professional photo we took together:

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While I was busy at my photo session, Sarah went to a panel celebrating Ahrens & Flaherty musicals, and when I was done I slipped into Stage Door Stories with Broadwaysted and Friends. The hosts of Broadwasted spoke with Hayley Podschun (Hello, Dolly), Alex Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton) about fun/interesting/weird stuff that has happened to them at the stage door. It was fun and also ended up being a bit thoughtful too, which was nice. I snuck out a few minutes early to line up for my Stephanie J Block photo session. She was totally gracious and lovely and I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with her. I love, love, love this photo!

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When I was finished, I joined Sarah at the Mainstage for the Come From Away show spotlight, as we’d be seeing the show later that afternoon. It was great to hear the cast and creative team talk about the show and made us super excited to see it.

Since the programming for the rest of the afternoon didn’t look terribly interesting, we decided to head out in search of lunch before the 3pm show of Come From Away. Since Shake Shack is such a luxury, we went again! Their fries are just so damn good, people! And my pregnant self was loving their milkshakes.

We had a bit of time to kill so we stopped in at the Disney store in Times Square, where Sarah bought some gifts for her nephews, and I somehow restrained myself from buying every single Little Mermaid-themed item in the store for my unborn daughter. We also grabbed some tissues because we knew Come From Away was a tear-jerker.

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From the moment the show started, I was enthralled. It was a beautiful story, imaginatively and sparsely staged; just actors, some chairs, and some tables. The music was incredible and I definitely cried several times. And I wasn’t the only one. I can’t recommend the show highly enough, particularly while most of the original cast, including Jenn Colella, is still in it!

After the show we were emotionally drained, and headed back to our hotel to regroup. We had left Sunday evening open to possibly go out to a nice dinner, or see another show. Or just nap if we were too tired, as we didn’t know how I’d be feeling as an 18 weeks pregnant lady. Ultimately, we decided to grab some last-minute tickets to Kinky Boots, since the tickets were cheap and the theatre was literally around the corner from the hotel.

Before the show, we treated ourselves to Coldstone Creamery for dinner. I had been craving ice cream all weekend, and Coldstone is another thing that we can’t get up in Vermont, so I was in heaven with some cake batter ice cream, sprinkles, and Heath Bar.

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While Kinky Boots was a lot of fun (who doesn’t love to watch 6 foot tall glamazon drag queens kick higher than their heads while wearing stilettos?), I was pretty underwhelmed by the music. The story was wonderful, and the spectacle was great, but it was my least favorite show we saw for sure. I kind of wish we’d gone out for dinner instead, but oh well!

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Finally, it was time to hit the hay. We were both exhausted after having been on the go all weekend and not sleeping very well in our tiny, hot, loud hotel room, and we had a long day of travel ahead on Monday.

Monday
Our train was due to leave Penn Station around 11:20, and while we had originally planned to be super touristy and go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for breakfast, we opted not to. Ellen’s was in the exact opposite direction of Penn Station, and we didn’t feel like walking or paying for a cab, so we just hoofed it the 10 blocks to the station and grabbed some deli sandwiches and coffee.

Our train left almost exactly on time, and was once again pretty sparsely populated, so we passed another day in the Wi-Fi enabled lap of luxury. It was a long day and I wasn’t really able to nap at all, but I was intensely grateful to have room to stretch out nonetheless.

We arrived at Essex station at about 8:30 pm, and Ben was there waiting to pick me up. I gave Sarah a big hug goodbye, and thus ended my NYC trip. It was an incredible, fun, exhausting experience, and I’m so, so glad I went. I knew when I booked the trip that I might be pregnant, and it might be my “last hoorah” before becoming a mother, and it was indeed just that.

 

Friday Free-For-All – 08/04/17

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Holy crap it’s August. I mean, seriously. I know I say this pretty much every month, but I feel like July didn’t even really happen. I’m not happy about the fact that summer is almost over already. Boooooo.

It’s the last week of shows for Dogfight. We’ve got one tonight, and one more tomorrow. This show ending is even more bittersweet than usual. Bitter because I love the music and show so much, and because this may be my last show for quite some time if we get pregnant. Sweet because the rehearsal process was so frustrating, and I’m EXHAUSTED from doing two shows in a row. I’m just trying to enjoy every last minute. On that note…

My bestie and her husband are coming to see the show tomorrow! Mandy and Vinny live in Jersey, so I only get to see them once or twice a year. They’re making the 6+ hour trek up to see Dogfight tomorrow night and I’m so excited and so grateful. I can’t wait to see them!

Ben is officially on the last leg of his whirlwind summer tour. He’s currently in Prague visiting his sister Emily, and he’ll be home for good on the 10th. And I can’t. Freaking. Wait. Of course I’m happy that he got to enjoy his summer break and have lots of adventures, but I missed him! And I’m also very excited to go get pre-approved for a mortgage and start house hunting in earnest. Whee!

I know this is really silly, but I have recently had a delightful string of celebrity interactions on Twitter and Instagram. Or, people I consider celebrities. Specifically, Broadway stars. One of my idols, Stephanie J Block, replied to my tweet about her upcoming Live from Lincoln Center performance. Caesar Samoyoa, a member of the cast of Come From Away, replied to my response to his tweet about the new immersive Star Wars experience coming to WDW. And Mamie Parris, who is playing Grizabella in Cats on Broadway, liked a comment I made on one of her Instagram photos. It’s SO INDESCRIBABLY CHEESY, I know, but I love it nonetheless.

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Happy Friday!