Weekend in NYC

I had a great weekend, spent in New York City. I feel like I accomplished a lot in just two days of travel. Here are some of those things:


I saw Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater. This show is amazing and I would highly recommend it, especially if you like some of the other Disney musicals turned Broadway, like Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. James Monroe Iglehart won a tony for his role as Genie and it’s pretty clear why. Iglehart gives the show lots of laughs and energy. I especially enjoyed “Never Had a Friend Like Me,” which was, of course, one of the biggest numbers in the show.

Strand Bookstore



I took my first trip to Strand and could have probably stayed all day. The store has many new and used books as well as out-of-print and rare editions. Many of the out-of-print books aren’t very expensive, unless you go up to the vault upstairs, in which case you can buy a rare copy of Gone with the Wind for $10,000. I managed to snag a rare illustrated edition of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” for $20.

Forbidden Planet

Outside Forbidden Planet with The Terminator

Outside Forbidden Planet with The Terminator



Next to Strand is Forbidden Planet, where you can find comic books, action figures, collectibles, those Pop! figurines, and many other nerdy specialty items. This place is awesome. I loved wandering through, oohing and aahing over all the cool stuff.






Something Rotten!14508492_10102489270673476_879011038_n

This Broadway musical’s tagline is “A Very New Musical” and it essentially brings Shakespeare and Broadway
together in a crazy way. It was great to see a musical that I new nothing about. It definitely had some great musical numbers, funny characters, and I loved the Shakespearean-era set pieces. The story is about two brothers who are playwrights looking to write the next big hit, while competing with the very successful William Shakespeare.

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