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Hamilton Broadway musical – review and discussion

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have talked to me in real life, you know that I’ve been a tiny bit obsessed with a new musical called Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also stars in the show as Alexander Hamilton. The show’s premise? The life (and death) of founding father Alexander Hamilton, told through a variety of musical styles (from Broadway to hip-hop, with a whole lot of other influences and a ton of references), performed by a diverse cast.

If you live here in NYC, Hamilton has become ubiquitous — everyone is talking about it. The show ran at the Public Theater, off-Broadway, this winter into spring, and opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater this summer. I bought tickets to see the show at the Public way back in December, and in early March, just before seeing it, I bought tickets to see it on Broadway in August. All of us who have been following the show knew before we saw it that something special was happening here.

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Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park — Sunday, October 4

I have a lot of favorite places in New York. Some of them I go to all of the time and others I don’t get to visit nearly enough. The Cloisters in Ft. Tryon Park falls into the second category — I can’t remember the last time I was there! In case you haven’t heard of The Cloisters, it’s an offshoot of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which features art and architecture (including the building itself, which was assembled from time-appropriate elements) from the medieval period. The Cloisters is a gorgeous space — I wrote a few years ago about visiting a musical installation that was there for a while — and the artwork is stunning. If it’s been on your list for a while and you haven’t gone, may I recommend Sunday, October 4? Because if you happen to go that day, you’ll also get to experience the annual Medieval Festival in Ft. Tryon Park. I’m hoping to be there, too! And speaking of things that are coming up, don’t forget about square dancing this weekend in Bryant Park!

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Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Bed Bath & Beyond

Confession: 99.9% of the time I do not miss living in suburbia, but every once in a while, for a minute or two, my hometown looks pretty good — and not only because I miss my family and friends who still live there. Why? Well, its easy proximity to my favorite fall activities tops the list. But second on that list: the fact that all the stores you might need for inexpensive apartment stuff are just a quick car ride away. Soon after I moved here, I discovered the next best thing: the Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Bed Bath & Beyond complex on 6th Avenue at 19th Street in Manhattan.

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Coming soon: Square Dancing in Bryant Park

Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 25-27: square dancing is coming back to Bryant Park! It’s on their calendar so it must be true, and since unlike most of the things I post about, this is a time-sensitive activity, I figured three weeks notice was only fair. That’s plenty of time to get excited, and to figure out which of your friends you might be able to convince to go with you. There are three nights of dancing — Friday 9/25, Saturday 9/26, and Sunday 9/27, all from 6 till 9.

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The Broadway Princess Party and missing things in NYC

So I missed the Broadway Princess Party at 54 Below. I have my excuse ready: I was out of town, and even if I’d been in town, the tickets were pretty pricey. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t bummed when I realized I couldn’t go, because let’s face it, I am a Broadway nerd who was raised on Disney, and princess songs are in my blood. My friend calls Alan Menken her first voice teacher, and it is so, so true. This princess party was hosted by Laura Osnes, who won a Tony for her turn as Cinderella on Broadway. She’d left the show by the time I saw it, but she sounded like the perfect host for an evening of Broadway women singing princess songs.

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Sneak Peek of The Wiz at SummerStage with curator Danni Gee

Two posts in one day — crazy, I know! But I just had to share with you this awesome interview I did with Danni Gee from SummerStage over email, about tonight’s FREE concert performance of The Wiz! No plans? I’m pretty sure reading this will make you want to come to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park — did I mention it’s free?

Tell me a bit about your role with SummerStage. 

I am the Dance Curator for the festival and my role is to engage domestic and international dance companies and masterclass teachers for both Central Park and all five boroughs.

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