A Day in NYC


It is hard to believe, for me anyway, that Christmas is fast approaching.  I am a fan of the holiday and love the Holiday movies.  One of our favorites is Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Lord.  Yes, I am showing my age.

Anyway, when I read that they turned the movie into a Broadway musical I knew we had to get tickets to the show.  Since the show was just a limited run, there was only a small window of opportunity to see it.

Well, last Wednesday was the day.  The show is slightly different from the movie but totally enjoyable.  When I bought the tickets I didn’t give a thought to the fact that we would be in the city the day after election day.  Anyway, it was great getting lost in a fun show for two and a half hours.

We took the train out of Middletown at 9:10 and arrived in NYC at 12:30.  This gave us enough time to walk from 33 street to 534 street with a stop for lunch.  One of our favorite lunch spots is the Europan Cafe on 8th Ave and 43rd street. The food is delicious and the service fast so we knew we could eat and still make it to the theatre in time.  Lunch consisted of lobster bisque, spinach pie, and a salad.  We split the pit and salad.


After lunch we continued our walk to 54th street and saw the show.  As I said, we thoroughly enjoyed it.


As great as the show was, what happened after the show is something I still can’t believe happened.  To set the scene I need to tell you that our nephew lives and works in New York.  He met a lovely girl and they are now engaged with a wedding planned for next year.  When we saw them over the summer and told them that we were going to get tickets for the show Marissa said that she was sure that we would enjoy it and by the way her cousin was going to be in the show.  She didn’t tell us his name just the part he would be playing.  Turns out he was going to play Ted Hanover, the Fred Astaire part.

Fast forward to last Monday when I received a text from our nephew, Jason. Marissa’s mother, Dayna, arranged backstage passes for us for after the show.  We couldn’t believe what we were reading.  We were going to meet one of the stars of the show in his dressing room after the show.  Oh, turns out Marissa’s cousin is Corbin Bleu from High School Musical fame.

I have never been backstage at a theatre nor have I ever met a well-known actor.  We waited inside the stage door until Corbin changed and then we were told to go up to his dressing room.  It happened to be on the top floor.  What a lovely young man.  We must have spent about 15 minutes with him.



The fact that we got to meet him and the fact that even indirectly he will be part of our family just blows me away.

Because we had to catch the train back home we left and started our walk back down to the train station.Just a picture of New York during the evening.


We decided to eat at a restaurant in the station so that we wouldn’t have to rush after eating to make the train.


We have eaten here before and the food is really good.  Many choices as you can see.


I had the chicken marsala and Kathy opted for quesadillas.


Of course we had to have dessert.


It wasn’t until we got home that we heard about the protests in NYC and other places around the country.  I guess we got out of the city in time.  All in all, it was a great day.


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9 responses to “A Day in NYC

  1. What a great experience for the day after Election Day!

  2. Exciting adventures every time you head out in the world! Usually they are the culinary variety, but what a treat to meet the star of the show! You do know how to have fun, keep it up!

  3. Kimberley

    It sounds like you had a wonderful, memorable experience. That movie will mean even more to you each year now.

  4. Wow! What an exciting addition to an already exciting day!

  5. What fun to get to go backstage. It is always interesting to literally go behind the scenes.

  6. lindabaie

    The day sounds wonderful all the way through with the bright part about meeting the star! That’s just great.

  7. Oh, I love that movie and didn’t know it was now on Broadway. I love how you told your tale with text and photographs. Wonderful!

  8. Judy C.

    What a fantastic treat for you and Kathy – movie, meeting the star (who is almost family), dining royally. Nothing wrong with that picture!

  9. Such an exciting day! I hope to one day see a show on Broadway. I can only imagine your surprise and delight going back stage! It was a perfect day indeed!

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