If you are thinking about heading to the USA and NYC in particular, you have to try a big gay Broadway holiday. Not only is NYC the home of America’s gift to the Arts and Musical Theatre, but you have a ton of things that you can do to have a Broadway themed holiday. Here are some shows that you may want to check out for the 2011 Broadway season and some places that you may want to go.
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Broadway is located in Midtown Manhattan. You have the main Broadway theatres, off Broadway shows and off off Broadway which gets further and further away from the main area and main productions (i.e. New Jersey). One of the best things about a Broadway vacation in NYC is that you can see classic shows and revivals like “How to Succeed in Business Without Ever Really Trying” or brand new shows like “Catch Me If You Can”, which is a show based off of the movie. You can see American and International stars and more importantly be transferred into alternate times and universes. Broadway is great for both gay and straight travelers and here is how I do my big gay Broadway vacations.
I usually head to NYC on a Saturday. When I get there I check into my hotel in Midtown and then head straight to the TCKTs counter in Times Square. The TCKTs ticket counter sells Broadway show tickets for shows that day at huge discounts. They basically help the theatres sell out their shows. You can get everything from orchestra to balcony and save a ton of money. If the show doesn’t have any sale seats, you can still buy full priced tickets to most shows at this stand as well. I then buy tickets for a Sunday night show and get ready for the theatre. After the theatre, I head to dinner and then I’m usually pumped up from the show so I go for drinks. The only place to go if you have theatre on the brain is Don’t Tell Mama.
Don’t Tell Mama is not only the name of a song from the show Cabaret, but it is also a small little hole in the wall piano bar where you can sometimes find Broadway stars hanging out. They have a piano player who plays show tunes, as well as, regular hits and everyone has a good time. The bar isn’t new by any means and is not a classy place, but if you want to have a good time and sing along to a fun piano player and show tunes, Don’t Tell Mama is the place to start for cocktails before you go out.
If you are up early on Sunday, which is hard to do if you go out on a Saturday night in NYC, then head back to the TCKTs counter in Times Square. The earlier you get there the better the tickets you can get. Sundays are great because you can get two shows in if you do a Matinee and an Evening show. I love doing this because I can do a serious show that makes you think, like “Spring Awakening” or the “Scottsboro Boys” in the afternoon, go to an early dinner and think about it, then see a fun show, like “Wicked” or “Jersey Boys” at night to get me in a good mood again. It might be a ton of theatre, but if you are doing a big gay Broadway vacation, that is why you are in NYC anyways.
Monday is a black night (all the theatres are closed) on Broadway so you unfortunately cannot go to a show. On a good note there is one of my favorite things to do in NYC, Broadway night at Splash Bar. Splash bar plays show tunes on the upper floor for a few hours and then plays them on their huge screen in the lounge downstairs for the rest of the night. What better place to watch the Tony’s or Broadway casts singing on a large screen than in NYC? Splash bar is the place to go on a Monday night if you want to stick to your Broadway themed vacation. Splash bar is not located in midtown so you will need to take a cab. If you are still in NYC on Wednesday, there is one last thing to check out, the live recording of XM satellite’s shows at the ticket center in Times Square.
Not only will you get to see Seth Rudetsky record his show, but you’ll hear live performances from Broadway stars and also possibly get to be a contestant in their live Broadway trivia game for matinee tickets.
NYC is the home of Broadway and Musical theatre and the perfect place for your big gay Broadway vacation. If you go, come back and let us know how you loved your big gay Broadway holiday.
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