A few weeks ago, Kat and I went to see Once The Musical for Broadway Week (2-for-1 tickets!) and I’ve been thinking about it ever since for a few reasons: (1) because 5% of me is an aspiring singer-songwriter just like one of the main characters, delightfully referred to as “Guy” in the Playbill (2) because 65% of me is a hopeless romantic, similar to the other main character, “Girl” (3) because the story and music is absolutely beautiful. I downloaded the soundtrack the very night I saw the musical and have been listening to “Falling Slowly” on repeat ever since. The version here features the original cast, Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti (the mother of HIMYM and who I once saw perform at UCB).
Now that summer is winding down, the nights of drinking on boats are coming to an end. My friends and I have decided this fall that instead of going to whatever bar has the cheapest happy hour specials, we are going to finally explore NYC’s most historic bars. This idea was sparked with a trip to McSorley’s earlier this month and brought a few of us to Marie’s Crisis Cafe in the West Village last week.
Caitlin is responsible for this task being on my list and therefore blamed for my foot injury. But she is also blamed for all the fun I had and good food I ate on my adventure, so I guess it evens out. Broadway is the only avenue that stretches the entire length of Manhattan, from 225th Street to Battery Park City – a good 13.6 miles – a half-marathon, if you will.
On Wednesday night, Kat and I went to see “Avenue Q”, the off-Broadway play which, while on Broadway, won the Tony award for best musical in 2004. I was excited to go because I hadn’t seen a play since “The Book of Mormon” in April, which I neglected to write about because I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t think it was the best play ever.
This past Wednesday, I found myself with nothing to do after work (gasp) and I couldn’t just come home and relax so I looked on StubHub to see if anyone had any theatre tickets for sale. I did still have to see three more Broadway shows (as per my 26 things to do before I turn 26 list) and I am running out of time before my birthday.
My dear friend, George, was able to get two tickets to “Wicked” through his work. He had already seen the show so he offered me the tickets to help me on my way to my 10 Broadway Shows goal that was on my 26 list. The only payment he asked for in exchange for these tickets was a shoutout in this here blog. Cue shoutout: THANKS GEORGE!
A couple weeks ago, a few friends and I went to see the play “Memphis”. If you are keeping track (which I’m sure you are), this means I only have four more shows to see in order to cross this item off my “26 Things” list. Any recommendations? (No, not planning on seeing “Spiderman”.)
One of the things on my 26 things to do before I turn 26 list is “see ten Broadway shows”. It’s really more “take advantage of your proximity to the Theatre District” but I felt like I needed to quantify that item before I could cross it off. This year, I have seen:
“Lend Me a Tenor”
“Hair” with Emily
“Mary Poppins” with the ‘rents and sister
“Billy Elliot” with Nicole and her cousins