A Manhattan Love Story | Day 3


Day 3.
Oh beautiful, wonderful, life-changing day 3.

Day 3 - otherwise known as the day of my first Broadway experience.


I had researched plays and musicals well ahead of time, knowing that I wanted to invest in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and kept circling back to "The Real Thing."

Now, I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking, but Macey, if you are going to see a play on Broadway, why wouldn't you choose one starring your favorite Broadway star, Idina Menzel?

And you would be right.  But I'll get to the that on day 4, don't worry.

"The Real Thing" is a play about life, love, playwriting and the uncertainty of it all.  This run stars Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Cynthia Nixon... how could I miss that?  It's a limited run on Broadway with this particular cast, and I just could not pass up the opportunity.

The experience was everything I'd hoped for.  It was a small theater with no bad seats.  Ewan is INCREDIBLE in person, and the play was so well done.  Seeing live theater with trained actors is something that just doesn't compare to anything else.  The excitement and energy in the whole theater is electric.  Ahhh, it can't be beat.

I was glowing for quite some time afterward...


I met up with Hannah after the play and we wandered around the area to find somewhere to eat.  We ended up in Koreatown and found a great place for Pho.  As we wandered we saw our first glimpses of the Empire State Building...


It's quite breathtaking in person.

We also passed the Conde Nast building.  When I was first in college I had dreams of working for this publishing company.  I can honestly say I don't know why I didn't pursue it.  Maybe I still will someday...



At dinner I couldn't stop gushing about the play and Hannah snapped another picture of me with my Playbill.  I love that I actually have a Playbill now!


After dinner we headed to Rockefeller Center since Hannah hadn't seen it yet.  I was excited to see the tree at night, and apparently 3 million other tourists had the same idea because the area was packed and insane!  There were people EVERYWHERE.

I talked Hannah into finding the entrance with the Jimmy Fallon marquee and then we wandered through the building and into the NBC souvenir shop.  I was excited to take pictures with all the Jimmy Fallon things.  I was really hoping to see a live taping while we were in town, but unfortunately he was on Christmas break and wasn't filming the entire time we were in NYC.  Next time though for sure!


We popped out for a quick picture with the tree and got the heck out of there!




20 comments

  1. What a fun vacation! I've only been to NYC once..and it was with my parents (buzz kill!) Maybe I'll get back...someday....

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    1. Go back for sure! It's such an amazing city!

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  2. SO happy that you got to go on this trip, and your smile says it all! :-) I am totally jealous of you seeing The Real Thing, too. What an awesome experience! Can't wait to read more about your trip!

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    1. Thanks Marlynn! It was such an amazing trip!

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  3. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I used to work for Conde Nast, and the building was pretty great—except for dodging all the tourists who gummed up the sidewalks! Haha! But glad you got to see it and so many other wonderful NYC things.

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    1. What?! That's amazing! What did you do for Conde Nast? Did you live in NYC??

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  4. So jealous that you got to see a Broadway play! I've been the New York maybe 3 times and although I tried to see one my last trip, didn't get to. You packed so much in!

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    1. You have to go back and see a play! It's AMAZING!!

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  5. So fun! I have only been to one Broadway play in NYC and it was Fela. Super heavy, but also amazing. When I lived there years ago, I went to a taping of the Colbert Report. It was awesome, I should have done more of that kind of stuff when I was there. I hope you can see Jimmy Fallon next time!

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    1. I didn't know you lived there! That's so awesome!

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  6. I've been loving reading your day by day in NYC! And Ewen *MUAH*MUAH*MUAH* I hearts him so much!

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    1. Oh Bee, you have no idea how pretty and amazing he is in person! Standing there in front of me was a GOD in flesh ;) Mmmmmmm.

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  7. I've been following your IG photos and oh I'm so jealous! While I love living in the PNW I miss living in New England and being able to travel to NYC and Boston whenever I please. Looks like you are having an amazing time!

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    1. Thank Lindsay! It's been a struggle being back. I love the PNW, but oh what I wouldn't give to live on the East Coast for a bit.

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  8. ah wow this sounds so fun! i have never been to an ON-broadway show and it'd be so awesome
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    1. It's AMAZING!!! If you ever get the chance to see one, DO IT!

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  9. So fun! Love the energy Broadway has! It really is a special treat.

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  10. This just makes me ridiculously happy. Being in love with a city is THE BEST.

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    1. Sigh... it really is. What's funny is that up until this point I was not in love with the city yet. Wait for it... it's coming ;)
      PS - I totally love that you get it. Not many people do, and it just makes it that much more special.

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