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 Jacob’s day below, and tell us about your perfect Broadway day over on our Facebook page.
Every Saturday in New York City should begin with brunch, and you’ll find an endless array of boozy brunch spots in the West Village. On my Perfect Broadway Day, I’ll choose one of my favorite restaurants, Barraca (81 Greenwich Avenue), where I scarf down plate after plate of their delicious tapas (try the gambas al ajillo!) and sip on one of their eight homemade sangrias.
After brunch, I take the ten minute walk over to the beautiful Hudson River Park, where I take in some of the best views that New York has to offer. On a hot summer day, the breeze from the Hudson River makes this the perfect place to lay out under a shady tree. I’ll spend an hour or two alternating between reading a good book and watching my fellow New Yorkers pass by.
Next I’m headed up to the Theatre District, because I have tickets to see the matinee of Hello, Dolly! I’ve seen this production three times, and I always leave with a smile plastered from ear to ear. Bernadette Peters stars as the meddling Dolly Gallagher Levi through July 15, and later this summer, Bette Midler will return for six weeks to the role that won her the Tony®. Either way, you’ll see a living legend hold an entire audience in the palm of her hand, and you’ll love every minute of it.
After the show, I have some time to kill before dinner, and there’s no better place for a theatre-lover to roam around than The Drama Book Shop (250 W 40th Street). Located just below the hustle and bustle of Times Square, it’s a treasure trove of scripts. From O’Neill to Vogel and everyone in between, it’s the perfect place to stumble upon a hidden gem of a play you’d never heard of before.
Dinner has me headed back up to 44th Street, to the most unique pizza place in New York. John’s Pizzeria was built out of the shell of an abandoned church, and it still has the gorgeous stained glass ceiling to prove it. Unlike most New York pizza places, you can’t just take a slice to go, which just means more time to sit and enjoy the ambiance and the pizzas straight out of one of their coal-fired brick ovens.
Now it’s time for me to put on something with sequins and head over to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre - I’ve got tickets to see Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. This new musical tells the story of how the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, found her voice, and it’s filled to the brim with her best songs. Led by Tony-winner® LaChanze, this musical will have you dancing in your seat!
When the show’s over, it’s not really over, because it’s time to dance the night away at Summer’s nightly disco party. Yes, you read that right: every night, Summer hosts a dance party at Bond 45, right next door to the theatre. Your ticket stub gives you a free cocktail and, inexplicably, cotton candy. I can’t think of a better way to end My Perfect Broadway Day!