Hey, coffee lovers! I just got back from my recent trip to NYC, and it was beyond amazing. I had the privilege to see two broadway shows and one off-broadway show, and they were all phenomenal. I’ll talk more about what I did in New York in a separate blog post, but first, here’s the three shows I saw while in New York City.
We took advantage of the TKTS booth in Times Square, which is basically a place where you can get discounted broadway and off-broadway tickets for that specific day. My dad and I decided to take a look at what was available, and sure enough we could get Avenue Q tickets for 30% off. I’d been wanting to see the show for a while, so it was perfect.
The show itself is a comedy about the wrong side of Sesame Street, and it was honestly one of the funniest musicals I’ve ever seen. The cast utilizes puppets like Sesame Street, but the show have much more realistic themes. It was hilarious! The theater was really nice as well, and was home to multiple other shows which played at the same time. There was a full bar and all of the cast and crew were extremely kind.
I definitely recommend this as a great first-time off-broadway show! It was my first off-broadway show actually, and I was not disappointed. The seats were in the back orchestra section, and definitely worth what we paid for them. We’ll be taking advantage of the TKTS place in the future!
So Mean Girls was still in its previews when my mom and I saw it, and I am so excited for this show to blow everyone away! The amount of energy was phenomenal, and it was maybe even more full of life than Waitress (wow I know). I was really impressed with the choreography for all of the dance numbers, and the show really did remain close (but not exact) to the original movie. I was pretty happy that it wasn’t word for word, it was cool to get a bit of new story.
The acting was amazing, as expected when first taking a look at the cast list. Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janice) is an actress I really look up too, and watching her from the third row was so cool! She made some great acting choices and I could tell she was having an amazing time onstage. Her and Grey Henson (Damien) also had awesome chemistry, which made them so much fun to watch! We went to the stage door after, and the cast was incredibly kind and so energetic.
I was also really impressed with the set. It seems like lots of shows are using very technical sets, and Mean Girls did a good job with it. There were some parts where I was a bit thrown off but for the most part it was well executed. I was definitely getting very Dear Evan Hansen vibes, which is totally alright, but I can see how some people don’t like it that much.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two
Let me start by saying that I am technically not allowed to talk much about this show. Sorry, but J.K. Rowling made me promise! I can tell you one thing: this was the best show I have ever seen. I went to see this half-dead because I was getting over a stomach bug, and I was still overwhelmed with emotions the entire time. Honestly, it was better than Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen combined. I know what you’re thinking, “Carson it can’t really be that good!”, but let me assure you it absolutely was that good. I was also just as surprised with the show having read the play already, so you can totally read it beforehand! My dad and I loved it so much that we are planning a trip to London to see it again.
So, I definitely saw some of the best shows ever this trip! I’m sorry there’s been a lack of posts recently, but life has been crazy. I’ll be more active I promise! Until next time, grab a coffee and watch some broadway!