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Series: My Perfect Broadway Day - Chanelle

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Here at Broadway Inbound, we proudly know a thing or two about Broadway. We’re frequently asked what shows we’d personally recommend and what we like to do around the city. We thought we’d take you behind the scenes on what our perfect Broadway day would look like! Check out Chanelle’s day below, and tell us about your perfect Broadway day over on our Facebook page.

My day starts by heading over to Levain Bakery (167 W 74th St.), famous for their ridiculously delicious cookies. The New York Times says these "may possibly be the largest, most divine chocolate chip cookies in Manhattan."

While I am going to get their signature chocolate chip walnut cookie to enjoy later at night, I’m also getting a baguette with butter and jam to satisfy my breakfast cravings. It sounds simple, and it is, but sometimes simple is so, so good. The fresh sweet butter and seedless raspberry jam slathered on a perfectly crunchy baguette is the perfect way to start my morning off right. I take my goods and head over to Central Park to enjoy my breakfast and do a little people watching.

I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl, so next I head to Steps on Broadway (2121 Broadway) to take a dance class with my favorite teacher, Robin Dunn. Just a few of the people Robin has worked with include Missy Elliot, Tony Award® winner Heather Headley, The Braxtons featuring Jay Z and Brian McKnight. Robin’s Hip Hop class is a great way to put a boost in my day.

It’s not simply a dance class, it’s an experience. Robin always says, “A teacher’s job is to shape lives, build dreams, and give hope for the future." We may be moving, grooving, popping and locking, but Robin’s class is also a confidence booster and a lesson in loving yourself.

After a quick shower and a change of clothing, I’m heading down to Ippudo Westside (321 W 51st St.) If you love ramen, and I do, then Ippudo Westside is a must. I have to start my meal off with their delicious Hirata Pork Buns, and follow it up with the Karaka-Men Ramen. It’s their original tonkotsu broth with an added kick, and I love spicy food! It’s a delicious bowl of thin noodles with Ippudo’s special blend of hot spices, topped with pork chashu, cabbage, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Following a delicious dinner, it’s off to the crème de la crème of my day, seeing Chicago on Broadway!

A true New York City institution, Chicago (219 West 49th St.) has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s sultry, it’s scintillating, and celebrities have been known to pop in to the cast from time to time. One thing that sets this show apart from others is that the orchestra is on stage the whole time, incorporating them in to the show in a whole new way. I once was a little girl who dreamed of being a big-name performer, so I can identify with Roxie Hart.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers. Chicago is a classic and has true staying power; The first time I saw it, I was 14 years old. Now I’m 30, and I’ve seen the show six more times since the first! Each experience has been memorable and magical in its own way. It’s the show you can always count on to give you the thrills and memories that only come from seeing a Broadway musical.

After a long and exciting day, it’s time to get home and change into my pajamas to enjoy my delicious Levain cookie. For me, this is the perfect Broadway day!



Author: Chanelle Cotton