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.
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.
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.
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.