West End Wilma

Start spreading the news, I’m going to New York.

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In a moment of self-indulgence and extreme over excitement about my upcoming trip to New York this week, I thought I would tell you all about my plans while I am going to be there!

I’ve been to New York before, once or twice (what self-respecting theatre blogger hasn’t), and so for me it’s all about the shows. Call it a working-holiday if you like. I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty and I’ve walked around Central Park, so now it’s about packing as much theatre in to a trip as possible. Eight shows in six days are my plan this time around. It’s going to be tough, especially in -14 degree blizzards.

I am due to arrive at JFK Airport around 5pm and so I am planning to fly through the airport with my jazz hands flapping, hail a taxi to my hotel and fingers crossed make it to the Belasco Theatre in time to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I really want to see this show but in a ticket-booking frenzy I accidentally got my dates and shows mixed up and ended up not having any spare time to fit this show in. EXCEPT for the night I arrive! So cross your fingers and toes and pray that life is shining upon me and gets me to the theatre (on time).

On Friday, I intend to drink through the jet lag, eat a giant pretzel off of a street vendor that may or may not have a UK approved hygiene rating and then salivate in my theatre seat whilst watching Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations the Play. If you didn’t catch this show when it was in the West End a couple of years ago then you missed a treat. It’s a brilliant show of one couples relationship with flashback scenes to their life together. I’m delighted to hear a UK tour is coming later this year for the show but I am super excited to be seeing it on Broadway!

Saturday is a two show day for most theatre shows and so, naturally, I’m using the opportunity to see two different shows! A matinee of Cabaret, now starring Sienna Miller alongside Alan Cumming and a show I see every time I go to Broadway, Wicked, in the evening!

Sunday is another two show day on Broadway (most shows take a day off on Monday or Tuesday and maximise on weekend audiences). I’m hugely excited to be seeing Les Miserables, starring Ramin Karimloo! I’m interested to see if the show differs at all from the London production. Then in the evening I’m hoping to get down to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see Idina Menzel, hopefully hit 75% of the notes in If/Then. I love the music and have heard great things about the show so I have high hopes!

On Mondays many shows are closed in New York but one that isn’t is possibly the one I am most excited about seeing. One of my all-time favourite musicals, Chicago for a bit of the old razzle dazzle!

My final show on Tuesday will be Kinky Boots which I booked before hearing it would be coming to London this summer. I loved the film and the music to this show, which has been written by 80’s icon Cyndi Lauper, is cracking so I’m really looking forward to getting a sneak peak of what the West End can expect, later this year.

After eight shows in six days, I am going to collapse into my first class seat #JustSaying and celebrate the gorgeous Broadway adventure with a glass of champers (or six) on the way back to London where I will have a quick snooze at home before resuming my normal crazy West End theatre schedule!

Speak to you soon!

Lots of love, Wilma xx
West End Wilma
Causing theatrical chaos since 2012

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