One of the things I love about New York City is that there are just SO many things do in New York. High on the top of my New York bucket list was seeing a show on Broadway. So my last trip to New York, I planned on seeing as many shows as I could. I ended up going to my first show on my own, but it was worth it, because I got to see Daniel Radcliffe perform on Broadway! In case you didn’t know this, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I also saw Kinky Boots, and the most incredible show of all time, Wicked!
The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe
My first show on Broadway was to see Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan. It is a rather dark comedy about a young boy, Billy, who is crippled, played by Daniel Radcliffe. A Hollywood crew visits the remote Irish island he lives on to cast a new film, and all the locals are abuzz. Billy sets out to be cast in the new film, much to the uproar of the locals.
I didn’t really know what to expect, given that it was a mostly English cast and my first Broadway show. But I was super excited to see Daniel, as was the rest of the 15 to 20 year old audience that I was sitting with! The Cripple of Inishmaan was definitely a treat, and Daniel and his co-star, Miss Sarah Greene, were absolutely incredible! If it hadn’t have been Daniel Radcliffe on stage, I would say that Sarah stole the show! She was absolutely amazing. The show takes you on many twists and turns and is a riot the whole way through.
Of course, after the show I did what any fan girl would do: I waited at the stage door for an hour. While I didn’t get a selfie with Daniel, I did get to see him close up and personal – and I’m happy with that!
By now, the Broadway bug bit me hard. Leaving the Cort Theatre, I practically skipped all the way home. I was on a high and reveling in the experience of theatre – something I have missed since moving from South Africa. My mind was all a flutter and motivated to now go and see every possible show I could on Broadway! I had Wicked booked with friends for the following Saturday evening, and I just could not wait.
What a show! Wicked has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. You know it's good when you want to go and see the production again and again, and willingly fork out the $150 we spent on orchestra level seats. Wicked was without a doubt, the most incredible production I have seen. From the cast to the set, from the music to the story, Wicked blows your mind. I sat in the audience with goosebumps the entire show. When Defying Gravity is performed at the end of Act I, I just about burst into tears. It was such an incredible moment in the show, and it will awe every single one of your senses. I went with Miss GF-NM and her boyfriend, who plays rugby (so you know he’s hardcore), and even he enjoyed it #justsaying. Wicked will have you laughing and loving every second!
No matter what show you see on Broadway, it is a great experience to have! But if you have to pick one, go and see Wicked!
After seeing the absolute splendor that is Wicked on Broadway, my friend Lauren, Miss Gluten Free Nourish Me, and I decided to get tickets for Kinky Boots, as we had heard rave reviews from everyone who had seen it. Unfortunately, I was extremely hung over, thanks to a large bottle of champagne and a bunch of Spaniards (who were celebrating their friend being called up to Barcelona FC's first team – we still haven’t verified this). Broadway is the best cure for a hangover. While it’s hard to follow up Wicked, it was a lot of fun. The cast is incredibly talented and the music is stunning.
Broadway Tickets can be tricky, particularly if you travel to New York at peak seasons and want cheap tickets to one of the big shows. The biggest shows on Broadway continue to be Wicked and the Book of Mormon. It's difficult to get cheap tickets to these two shows. If you are like me, and would rather just buy your tickets, and not have to worry - try and book way in advance, preferably online. If you are looking to get cheap tickets to the good shows - good luck. You can purchase these from the ticket offices TKT in Times Square, but you aren't guaranteed to get tickets for the shows you want. You may also stand in the line for a long period of time. Frankly, I'd rather spend an extra amount of money in advance, then wasting a few hours standing in a line to potentially get cheaper tickets.
Have you seen a broadway show? What was it? How did you find it?