New York City had been on my bucket list for a long time. I first talked about going just before 9/11, but then I ended up not going. I’d wanted to go for such a long time, but then I fell in love with cruising as an adult (I’d previously only been on family holidays) and wasn’t so desperate to go.
My friend and I won some money on a TV quiz show and as we had always talked about going, but the time had never been right before (one of us didn’t have money or the other one didnt’ etc) and as she was likely to be getting engaged that year, we decided to have a girls holiday to the Big Apple!
We arrived in New York and got a cab to our hotel. We were there a bit before check in time so we waited a while at the hotel until our room was ready. We wanted to put our things our room (rather than the luggage room) and freshen up before exploring. It was the greatest decision. Once we were ready we set out from the hotel, turning left down 8th Avenue, only because it was the way the cab came from) and walked a block. The first turning on our left didn’t look particularly interesting so we kept walking. The next block we came to, I could see a theatre tent which of a show that one of my favourite celebrities was in at the time. I mentioned this to my friend and she pointed out that there were a lot of people outside. It took me a moment to click, and realise what she meant. We walked down to the theatre and the matinee had just finished. Dule Hill (who I love most from Psych, but who has also been in The West Wing and Suits). I went up to the queue waiting to meet him and finally got to speak to him. I told him I was very sorry I hadn’t seen the show – but I had just arrived in New York and I was so excited to meet him. He was so lovely and it was such a fluke with regards to time and location, but it worked out perfectly. From that moment on I was in love with New York!
I’ve been back a couple of times since, and I have to say, going to the theatre and seeing Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows is one of my highlights. I saw Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and he was outstanding. I’ve seen Disney’s Aladdin twice on Broadway (and more times than I should probably admit since it moved to London as it is one of my favourite shows of all time). I also saw a great cast in “It’s Only a Play”. That cast included Matthew Broderick, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally and Stockard Channing. I was most excited about seeing Matthew Broderick and Rupert Grint. The play was hilarious, and very very enjoyable. I wasn’t planning on staying around after to meet any of the stars, but when I came out it was such a nice night, and there were other fans hanging around, and even having banter with the NYC cops on duty that I did stay, and I’m so pleased I did as both Matthew and Rupert were lovely. I got a photo with them both, as well as their autographs.
Obviously if you know what shows the stars are in it is easier to find them and meet them, but like happened to me and Dule Hill, you don’t necessarily have to have seen the show to meet them.
The biggest queue or huddle I ever saw outside a show was one time when I walked past a theatre where Idina Menzel was in a show. I can’t remember the name of the show, but there were so many people. It would have been great to meet her but it was a bit cold and I wasn’t prepared to wait that long!