Anywho, we got in around 3 on Friday, planned a bit and then headed out to explore. Lauren has never been to NYC before, so we went to lots of touristy places like the M&M store, FAO Schwartz, Central Park and other Times Square locations.
|Our hotel at the Milford Plaza|
|Typical NYC tourist activity|
|we stopped for amazing cupcakes|
|OM NOM NOM|
|We stopped by Toys-R-Us. Lauren barely|
made it out alive!
It was crazy crowded cause Sierra Boggess is somewhat of a musical legend nowadays, having been Andrew Lloyd Webber's star child for the past few years, but we managed to meet her and get an autograph and picture, despite rude, pushy adults being douchebags.
|She's quite lovely and has gorgeous hair|
Saturday, we did some more touristy things such as visiting the Central Park Zoo and exploring the snow festival they were having (complete with hot apple cider and apple cider donuts, YUM!). We stopped and did a bit of shopping/browsing, then headed back to get ready for the show.
|clearly we are related- any weird statue must be|
|found this guy hiding in the tropical zone|
|cesca doesn't like this snake|
|This snake wants to eat Cesca|
|NEW FAVORITE ANIMAL OMG|
|cesca gets creative|
|Sea Lions being cute|
|we found Balto!|
|Gotta keep those tosies warm|
|Just getting her Dark Knight on|
|Final lair- Lauren and I make an excellent|
|Cesca and I fangirling over Hugh Panaro|
Despite the fact that we had to wait in an ALLEY to pick up our tickets in 10 degree weather, it was worth it to be a part of this monumental event.
|Fancy schmancy at the show|
|Champagne cause it was a super classy|
|Curtain call with Hal Princ and Cameron MacIntosh,|
the director and producer of the show
|Hugh and Kyle, the Phantom and Raoul|
|The lovely Sierra Boggess, whose portrayal I really liked|
|The post show celebrations included speeches and a|
4-Phantom rendition of MOTN
...For about 40 min. In the FREEZING cold. Buuuuuuuuuut he's adorable and gorgeous and wonderful so it was totally worth it. I mean, look at that face!
|Totally worth it|
I even snagged a playbill so I could have his autograph
It was one of, if not THE best trips to NYC I have ever had. It was great to share with my sister, friends from home and other Phantom Phans. I hope to be a part of many more milestones in my lifetime, but for now I am content that the universe wanted me to go to this and made it all possible. What a great start to the new year and my last semester at IC. I can't wait to see what 25 more years of Phantom brings me!