25 Hours in NYC

25 Hours in NYC
January 22, 2018 | Anna Wehr, Managing Director of VTA

25 hours in New York City may seem like minimal time to take in the sights and sounds, but my family and I find unlimited ways to make the most of every second in the city that never sleeps. Each New York trip my family takes has a clear purpose. This time it was to see Chicago and Hello Dolly!, which are both clear Broadway classics.

Chicago included a dear friend of VTA’s Charlotte d’Amboise who also happens to be one of my theatre mentors. She lit up the stage and was truly born to play Roxie Hart. She embodied the character in her every move. We met up with Charlotte after the show and were able to step onto the Ambassador Broadway stage. Chicago is unique in that the actors have minimal space to perform due to the band’s placement on the stage, but they use every last inch. During the show we also experienced character turnover, which had never happened to us before. Velma Kelly lost her voice during the performance and the understudy stepped in. The understudy did a fantastic job of taking on the role in the knick of time.

Hello Dolly! was a joy! To see a theatre legend like Bernadette Peters perform live is an honor. She was joined by Victor Garber and a phenomenal cast. The show is masterfully written and the revival brings happiness to a whole new age of audiences. The choreography was especially fun and where we saw Lynchburg native Justin Bowen in his element. His performance was fantastic and full of energy. We joined Justin backstage and learned more about the show as he took us on stage at the Shubert and answered our questions. One of my favorite lessons was learning how the set pieces fit back stage. It’s a puzzle to say the least.

My weekend in NYC was a magical whirlwind full of Broadway and family. I can’t wait to be back on The Great White Way!


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