For a few years now, I’m working as a hostess of a big restaurant in Amsterdam. My favorite part of the deal is making some chitchat with the guests while they’re either waiting for a table or leaving the restaurant. Once I booked my trip to New York I got so excited that I asked every American tourist where they where from. First of all that got me amazed about the amount of New Yorkers we seem to accommodate every evening. Second of all, it got me amazed about how passionate true New Yorkers are about their city. I easily ended up talking for 15 minutes with some guests. They all advised me the same thing: “OMG, you should see a show!”. Because I am a stupid European I didn’t get it at first. But then it got to me. They meant a Broadway show. So when I started to make my New York bucket-list as a part of the preparations ritual for the trip, I made sure I included a Broadway show.
The New Yorkers were right. It was one of my favorite parts of my New York trip. Apart from the minuscule seats (like, Monica would say: “I am one tiny person!”. Ok, maybe not so tiny, but I definitely am short) that made my knees bruise and the drunken couple that decided it would be fun to watch a Broadway show so hammered they weren’t able to do anything but laugh so hard no one around them could hear a thing anymore. I chose to see Aladdin. Why? I am a big Disney Geek, but the Lion King was so far out of my financial league I can’t even… But no, no regrets. The costumes were so sparkly and instead of it turning out to be just a kids show, it was so entertaining for adults as well. Dirty jokes, jokes about memes. It had it all. And as a cherry on top of the musical cake there were glitters flying into the audience at the finale of the show. I was so stunned.
So, experienced as I am now…I can reassure you. Once you go to NY, you SHOULD see a show! I think it doesn’t matter that much which one you end up seeing, since all the theaters are mindblowingly beautiful (another reason for seeing a musical) and (unless you go for an off-Broadway show) I presume all the shows must be as glamorous as the one I saw.
$-tip: A little low on the dollabills? Don’t panic! TKTS offers several booths throughout New York (TSQ, Brooklyn & South Street Seaport) where you can purchase musical tickets (mostly for the same day) with discounts up to 50%. Examples of musicals they offer tickets for: Les Mis, Jersey Boys & Chicago.