Trip Recap: NYC & BroadwayCon 2020

It’s a few weeks later and I’ve finally settled back into life enough to talk about my latest trip to NYC for BroadwayCon. We did see lots of shows during this trip, but I’ve already covered those details in my January Show Recap, so I won’t duplicate that here.

Lynette and I headed to NYC on Wednesday January 22. After checking into our hotel (Hotel Edison, my favorite theatre district hotel), we grabbed lunch at Patzeria Perfect Pizza just outside the hotel on the 46th St side. Us Patreon Peeps of The Hamilcast jokingly refer to this place as “Scientology Pizza”, as it’s next door to a church of Scientology and Hamilton cast members who’ve been on the podcast have mentioned calling it by that nickname. I can’t say if it’s the best pizza in New York or not, but it’s consistently good and it’s inexpensive and that’s good enough for me. We decided to take the ferry over to Weekhawken, NJ and see the Hamilton-Burr Dueling Grounds. The views of the city are breathtaking from across the river and there’s a somber little monument on the cliff above the dueling grounds to visit.  We did a little treat shopping at Schmackary’s (don’t sleep on the funfetti cookie), and then got ready for the evening. We met some other peeps at dinner at B Squared, and then went to see Hadestown. Pretty successful for day 1!

Thursday was our two-show day, but we still managed to squeeze in a few other adventures. We had breakfast at Bond 45 (the BEST eggs benedict on the planet) before heading out for a little shopping. We browsed the planner goodies at MUJI and bought gifts for the kids in our lives at the Times Square Disney Store. Before heading to show #1 (Moulin Rouge), we went to City Kitchen for lunch. City Kitchen is a small food hall and it’s great for groups when everyone has a different food preference. Lynette had a lobster roll from Luke’s and I had a steak quesadilla from Gabriela’s Taqueria, and we both chose a donut for dessert from Dough. After our matinee, we had just enough time to get dinner before our evening show (Jagged Little Pill). We went to Junior’s (the 45th St location); I had the grilled cheese with bacon and Lynette had the loaded potato pancake and they were both great! The show ended our night and that’s the end of day 2!

Friday was the first day of BroadwayCon 2020! We grabbed a quick breakfast at Carve, then headed to the convention hotel. We shopped in the marketplace and went to a panel on De-stigmatizing Mental Health before lunch. When it was time to eat, we headed across the street to Café 53, a typical New York deli with lots of quick food options. I had a grilled chicken club sandwich that was fantastic! We went back to the convention and grabbed seats for First Look, a session full of performances from new and up-and-coming shows on Broadway, hosted by Alex Newell. The session ended with the highlight performance from the queens of SIX, which began Broadway previews just last week. We had a troubled dinner at Dutch Fred’s (long story short – the hostess was a witch who didn’t want to seat us because we weren’t hot, trendy 20-somethings) and then went to Beetlejuice. The stage door was an impossible mob scene, so we went for dessert instead. We went to Hell’s Kitchen to Holey Cream, and ice cream shop that makes ice cream sandwiches on donuts. I had birthday cake ice cream on a chocolate glazed donut and it was amazing. That was it for day 3!

Lynette didn’t feel well on Saturday, so I got another quick Carve breakfast and headed back to BroadwayCon solo. I started the morning with a photo session with Queen Lesli Margherita, literal Broadway royalty. Then I walked the marketplace a bit, then caught the end of the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child panel so I could have a good seat for the following Beetlejuice panel. I wanted to leave the hotel for lunch, but it was raining pretty heavily so I opted to stay. I had a hot sandwich and some chips from Herb ‘n’ Kitchen, the counter service restaurant at the New York Hilton Midtown. I watched a few minutes of the Broadway Makers panel before I needed to go change clothes for my afternoon workshop. I was selected as a participant in the SIX Dance Workshop, taught by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (choreographer) and Eliza Ohman (US assistant choreographer and Hamilton alum). It was such a blast and Carrie-Anne and Eliza were wonderful to us. I rushed from the workshop to my scheduled autograph session with Kelli O’Hara before heading back to our hotel room to clean up for the evening. Lynette and I had a lovely dinner at Sardi’s, where the food is delicious and the service is impeccable. It was so cool to see all the Broadway portraits on the wall as we ate and chatted. After our evening show (Hamilton), we stopped back by Scientology Pizza for late night slice. Day 4 was great!

Sunday was the last day of our trip. We started with a peep breakfast at Brooklyn Diner (the 57th St location). They were great at accommodating our group! Then it was back to BroadwayCon for a panel after our own hearts on the legacy of Hamilton. After all the heartfelt tears dried, we walked the marketplace one last time so I could say goodbye to so many of my friends who were vending this year. We had another quick lunch at Café 53 (the food on the hot bar is not as good as the made-to-order stuff, btw) and then headed over to 42nd street for one last show (Emojiland). After the show we picked up our luggage and headed to airport. After a dinner at the LaGuardia Five Guys, we were headed back to Texas and it was all over.

This trip was just incredible. A little sightseeing, lots of good eats, face time with internet friends, and a whole lot of Broadway magic made it perfect. TAKE ME BACK!

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