My girls and I planned a super fun, entertaining and busy vacation for my BFF’s birthday. We decided to spend a day/night in Philadelphia, three days/two nights in New York and one day in Atlantic City. Mission accomplished. Now not everything went 100% as planned but thanks to proper planning, great organizing, back up plans, budgeting and cool friends who can roll with the punches, it all transitioned smoothly. Leading up to this trip, we each had one assignment. That assignment was for us each to make a list of the one thing you absolutely wanted to do while in NYC. We all put our #1 thing on the list. The list included, walk the BK bridge, visit an African American History Museum, eat at Sylvias in Harlem, see the Statue of Liberty.
Now growing up as a little girl, I’ve always had big dreams of living in New York City. I was head over heels into fashion and I just knew my dreams would come true if I moved there. Once I grew up those dreams changed. The week of our trip, Monday to be exact, a friend of mine overheard the radio station discussing Keke Palmer playing the first ever black Cinderella on Broadway. She immediately jumped in the group chat and told us about it. We were soooo ecstatic that this could be our opportunity to not only witness a Broadway Play LIVE but to be apart of history. Opening week was to be talked about and we all love Keke Palmer so it was no-brainer. We were all scheduled to fly out in 2 days and be in New York in 3. We made arrangements to purchase a ticket, rearranged a few things on our itinerary and made it happen.
The day of the show we were soooo excited. We all got dressed, experienced our first taxi cab ride in NY and headed to Broadway to see Keke Palmer in Cinderella. We attempted to purchase snacks and wine at the concession stand but thanks to those triple threat prices, we kindly passed and thanked God for the food we ate before we left the hotel room. LOL. We called our families and told them what we were witnessing, we took lots of pictures and we found our seats. The way the theater is set up, no matter what seat you pay for, you will have a great view. We were seated in the front row of the 3rd section which was still perfect for us considering it was our first show. Lights dimmed and music shouted. Keke came running out and we all shouted and clapped. She smiled and the show began.
The experience was nothing less than amazing. Not only Keke Palmer but EVERY actor/actress on that stage did so great. They sung and danced their hearts out and left all of their fears behind the curtains. Production was that in which you see in a movie. There was a lot of magic happening on stage that I’m still unsure of how it happened before my eyes but it made for great discussions. Watching the Cinderella story live took me through every emotion possible. From smiling, to laughing to crying to singing and even dreaming. A standing ovation was granted at the end and all I could do was instantly become inspired. This play left me feeling speechless. Now I can’t leave this post without giving you all a couple of pointers if you do decide to check out a Broadway play…
1. Eat and Drink before or have plans to eat/drink after the show. The small can of pringles will run you $5. A small cup of wine will start at $12 and go up from there.
2. Arrive a little early so you can find your seats and use the restroom if needed. Our show was scheduled for 8pm and begun at 8:07pm
3. Bring a light sweater or cover-up. ALL theaters do not believe in heating systems lol. It gets cold!
4. Stretch during intermission. There will be a 15 min. break in between the first half and the second. Use this time wisely to use the bathroom, stretch and use your cell phone.
5. Speaking of cell phones, you cannot use them during the show (for obvious reasons). No picture snapping, no texting, etc. Well you can, just don’t get caught. Dim your lighting on your screen and do your thing. But I would much rather you actually enjoy the show and get your money worth. It’s worth every penny.
Bucket List Item Crossed off!
Have you ever been to a Broadway Show? Is this on your bucket list?