Review | My trip to Broadway

Let’s go back to September last year. It had been announced that Jessie Mueller, and at the time Betsy Wolfe, were going to be appearing in Carousel on Broadway and I started investigating the price of flights to New York, wondering if I could justify trip number five to the Big Apple. Fast forward to 24th March 2018 and I was sat on a plane with tickets booked for Carousel, Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen with ice hockey thrown in for good measure.

Itinerary

Sunday Matinee: Come From Away (booked February 2018, cost $199.50, Centre Orchestra)

Tuesday Evening: Carousel (booked January 2018, cost $181.50, Centre Mezzanine)

Wednesday Matinee: Dear Evan Hansen (booked September 2017, cost $161.50, Right Mezzanine)

Come From Away

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I was absolutely blown away by this show. I could see it another one hundred times. Everyone will know that when I was booking shows I was struggling to choose what my third one should be, and I am so very glad I chose this. This show is stunning, uplifting, shows the good that can come from the absolute worst of situations. The best of human behaviour in the midst of the worst happening in the world. Come From Away tells the true story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland following 9/11 and the 7,000 passengers who found themselves stranded there. The show is only 100 minutes long with no interval.

Carousel

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Carousel is still in previews at the moment, with its official opening on April 12th. It truly does have an all-star cast starring Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renee Flemming and Lindsay Mendez. The iconic songs, including June is Bustin’ Out All Over and You’ll Never Walk Alone are sung beautifully. There were murmurings in the interval from fellow audience members about the show being dated. Of course it is. No one would write this show today, and some people have been saying that about Friends since it was added to Netflix – it’s unrealistic to assume that all forms of entertainment will stand the test of time. The most unpalatable lines have been cut to make it more acceptable to a modern audience, which on balance I think they did. The cast make this show, with truly outstanding performances from all involved.

Dear Evan Hansen

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I booked my tickets for Dear Evan Hansen back when I booked my flights in September. The tickets for the weekend had limited availability back then, even six months in advance, hence I went for the Wednesday matinee for the best available tickets. When collecting my tickets this week the box office said the best availability now was for December. This show is something that does need proper planning for, but it is worth it, and who knows by the end of the year we may have news about a West End transfer! As expected the show was wonderful. Plenty of tears and laughter. There’s very little to be said about a six Tony Award winning musical other than go see it if you can!

There is no getting away from the fact Broadway is expensive. A lot of shows do have rush lines, lotteries, TodayTix or there’s TKTS if you don’t mind what you see, but obviously if you have your heart set on seeing something and you’re travelling from overseas this is a risk. It can save you a lot of money though so it is something to think about and research. All policies can be found here  and TKTS availability can be seen here.

Outside of the theatre I experienced a few other firsts on this trip. My first ice hockey match, my first time up the One World Trade Center, my first trip to Eataly. There’s so much to do in this city that there are still things I should have done that I haven’t. I could stay for a month and still have things to do, theatre to see and absolutely no money. A provisional date for the next trip is in the diary already!

– Becca & Gemma –


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