An impromptu decision back in September and a very low bank balance later, I was thrilled to see, what is rightfully described as “the best musical of the 21st century” at the show’s Broadway home. Hamilton created an earthquake in the theatre industry when the show opened at the Public Theater in February 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s score is infused with inspiration from a mix of … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Seeing Hamilton on Broadway
The final two shows of the trip! It’s an Andy Blankenbuehler special! It’s a very late post, but the jet lag has been winning me over. I ended my trip with two wonderful and very American shows. I was worried (particularly with Hamilton) that I wouldn’t feel a connection to the shows but I pleasantly enjoyed Bandstand and, as expected, Hamilton was simply perfection. Bandstand … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Bandstand on Broadway.
When it rains, it absolutely pours in New York. But that didn’t stop me being stoked to see the award winning Dear Evan Hansen. The show is about a 17 year old called Evan Hansen who suffers with social anxiety. After the suicide of Connor, a fellow student at his school, Evan finds himself tangled up in Connor’s family based on a lie. With a … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Dear Evan Hansen, here’s why you won best musical.
I promise you we are doing more things than just seeing shows! My mum really wanted to go up to the top of the Rockefeller Centre. Slight tangent here but when I was about 10, my mum and I walked all the way up the Monument in London. I loved it and she spent most of the time panicking. 10 years later, my mum loved … Continue reading NYC’17 | Top of the Rock and Sweeney Todd.
In which I survive my first solo outing to a Broadway show and a Broadway stage door! Based on a 70 page section of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Dave Malloy has created an immersive and truly fantastical musical theatre experience. I was sat in the last row, right at the back of the theatre and I still felt so included in the show. Right … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Hayley, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
The first 24 hours are always the most tiring. Changing time zones is so weird when you’re not used to them! Once my parents and I had checked into the hotel, we headed straight for bed! It was still light out and everything. These pillows in the hotel are the comfiest I’ve ever slept on. (A contender for Lea Michele’s bed series, yes?) Tuesday was … Continue reading NYC ’17 | In bed by 9, Pancakes at 8, Sondheim at 7.
I’ve only ever been on two flights prior to this trip. One going to New York last time. And one going back home to London. I don’t remember much about those flights but it’s safe to say I was probably super nervous, having never experienced flying before as well as a Delta experience. This was definitely not the case this time. First change was the … Continue reading I have a lack of experience on flights.
Greetings, friends I am writing to you as I depart for New York City. The city that never sleeps. By the time you read this I will be on the plane. It’s like I’m meant to be here. I probably won’t get any sleep on the plane. Because I’ll so excited and also because I’m what I call a “stretch sleeper”. I like to take … Continue reading Staying in a Travelodge and heading to New York.