clang, clang, clang went the trolley

As a child, I spent a good chunk of time at my grandparents’ home in Los Gatos (one of my favorite cities in California). I have lots of happy memories of my time there; walking to the creek with my grandpa, eating my grandma’s delicious Swedish pancakes, and playing dress-up with my best friend, Emily. But one of the things that has stuck with me for all of these years is my grandmother’s love of musicals. She had all of these musicals on VHS and I would watch them with her over and over again…and sometimes by myself.

There were so many. I remember watching Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, and my favorite at the time, Meet Me in St. Louis. Then, when I was 12, my mom and dad took us to see Les Miserables in San Francisco. It was such an incredible experience to see a live performance. She also took us to see Starlight Express. (If you’ve never heard of it, you are missing out!!!) Anyway, I fell in love with musical theater. And then, last summer in New York, I went to see a few actual plays (no music) and I realized that I don’t even need music to make me enjoy theater. I just love it all and Broadway is the perfect place to enjoy the wonders of the theater.

So, of course, this trip to New York would not have been complete without a visit to the theater. And in fact, I saw a fabulous play , Time Stands Still with Kelly and Sarah, and then I went to see a new musical, Next to Normal, while Sarah and Kelly went to see In the Heights (two different days). And one of my favorite things about seeing live theater is hanging out after to meet the cast…something I didn’t know was possible until Sarah introduced me to the stage door. The other thing I love about it is the possible celebrity sightings…like when Alec Baldwin basically ran into us as we were entering the theater to see Time Stands Still. Just one more reason to love New York.

Feb. 20 – I love Broadway…which means I have to tolerate Times Square!

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