The reason we went to NYC was to see Ricky Martin in Evita (and it was the BEST part of the trip), but it's not the only thing we did. Besides my honeymoon (also in NYC), it was my favorite trip of all time. It will take me a couple days to relay all the amazing events, so stay tuned.
Since I am already on the topic of hot men and Broadway, I think we should continue with the theme...
However, this time, let's talk about men in knickers...dancing...AND singing. Mmmm-mmmm.
Though I'd consider Ricky Martin the King of New York, "for now", we're talkin' Newsies.
We went to the city with the idea we'd fit in 1 or 2 more shows beyond Evita. We also decided that we were going to take our chances at the TKTS booth and get discounted tickets for these shows.
Krick really, REALLY wanted to see Newsies. (1) Because it was one of the few plays she hasn't seen (she's a broadway whore like me). And (2) it is a limited engagement; only playing from March to August (or so they claim). Knowing that we wouldn't be back before the show ends, she was determined to fit this in if we could get the cheaper tickets.
As we toured around NYC, it just didn't seem like a possibility. The only opening we had in our schedule was for Sunday night and Katie, Krick, and Bec had tickets to the matinee of Wicked. They would literally have to run to the Newsies' Theatre and hope they make the show.
Sunday morning we went to the TKTS booth, sans Katie, to get matinee tickets for Hilz and I. As tour guide, I had planned on the TKTS booth opening at 10am, so we arrived around 9:30 in order to get in line. When we arrived, there was NO line. Because the booth didn't open until 11am on Sundays. Oops.
So we walked around Times Square wasting time away. [Which isn't a bad way to waste time.]
In pattern with the rest of our vacation, serendipitiously we met Mark as we strolled around. He belonged to a ticket company and happened to be selling discount Newsies' tickets for the Sunday evening show. Tickets were going for $180, but he was able to get us $60 orchestra seating and all seated together, to boot. Amazing fella. We love him.
We then grabbed matinee Avenue Q tickets at the TKTS booth for Hilz and I and then went on with our remaining plans for the day, which I'll come back to another day.
At 3:00, Hilz and I split from the group to attend the off Broadway Muppet show for adults, Avenue Q.
(what happens in New York stays in New York...right girls? right!?). So this was the perfect play for us to see.
'You Can be as Loud as the Hell You Want When You're Having Sex' and 'Everyone's a Little Bit Racist', it was 2 hours full of gasps and laughs. And the actors were amazing. How they do impersonations, sing, and puppeteer multiple characters beats me. Talent. Pure talent! I'll be seeing that again. For. Sure.
We then ran over to the Newsies' Theatre to meet up with the others for our evening show.
Awesome assignment. I just swooned over Christian Bale (and still do). I was skeptical that the musical could live up to his performance, but our Jack Kelley was smokin' hot!
The large cast consist of all but, what, 3 girls? And boy those men could dance! I recognized immediately one of the dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Evan. I've only watched 1 season of the show. But, this guy was my favorite (and the only one I've ever voted for).
[Eventually, I want to frame all my playbills. And now I have 4 signed ones...Billy Elliott, Jersey Boys, Evita, and Newsies.]
As the boys came out to sign our playbills, we hollered and cheered. We laughed over the fact that we were all in our mid/late-20s to early 30s and either married or with kids, yet we allowed ourselves to get star struck and giddy. It was a sight I am glad you all will never see, but one that was a complete blast.
When Jeremy stepped out, we tried and tried to get him to kiss Hilz on the cheek (against her will). But, he was...in his words "cough, cough
Regardless of the kiss-less night, the whole day was fun. Two plays in one day. I could live life like that.