Sunday, February 17, 2013

Broadway Bound!

I'm back.  Been a long time since I've written.  The pregnancy with my third little munchkin was quite an adventure, taking all of my thoughts and time.  Thankfully, he's a perfectly healthy, beautiful little boy.  The past year and a half since he was born has completely flown by!  All three kids are great and life is very good.

My husband and I have been getting out a lot which has been amazing.  This year for Christmas, we decided to give each other the gift of going out.  We're seeing Broadway show after show and are trying restaurants we haven't been to before and also going back to old favorites.  I'm loving it. Stephen is too but says he's really in it for the dinners. His favorite play to date is A Behanding in Spokane with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell, he's a huge fan of both of them.  His favorite musical is Jesus Christ Superstar.   We saw that last year.  Amazing!  I was kind of surprised that closed already. It's one we both would have enjoyed seeing again.

I spent time the other day listing all of the shows I've seen. I listed thirtyone Broadway and three off-Broadway productions to date.  As of January alone, we've seen Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, starring Scarlett Johansson, Evita with Ricky Martin and took the two older kids to see Annie.  Scarlett Johansson actually wasn't there the day we went.  Many people returned their tickets.  We stuck around.  It was okay. Loved Evita.  Kids liked Annie.  I couldn't get past the thick accent the girl who played Annie maintained throughout the songs.  Next up in March is Mary Poppins, Ava and I will be seeing it for the third time, but it's the first time seeing it for Stephen and four year old Luke.  Luke loves the theater so much that I almost enjoying watching his reactions to the shows more than the shows themselves.  Stephen says we're "making memories". 

In mid March Stephen and I are seeing Lucky Guy with Tom Hanks.  I love Nora Ephron and this is the last play she wrote before her death.  I have high hopes for this one, so I'm hoping it doesn't disappoint.  Saw her Love, Loss and What I Wore a couple of years ago.  It was off-Broadway.  Anne Meara was in it and Jerry Stiller was seated two rows in front of my sister and me.  That was cool.

I think we'll be making the gift of Broadway and dinners out a yearly tradition.We have many more shows scheduled for the rest of the year and lots of dinners planned, which has gotten me thinking about starting a new blog or perhaps changing the direction of this one.

Anyone have any shows or restaurants in NYC area they'd recommend?  Any shows or restaurants to avoid?

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