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Series: My Perfect Broadway Day – Mandy

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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 Mandy’s day below, and tell us about your perfect Broadway day over on our Facebook page.

My Perfect Broadway day starts out with a hearty brunch at Mom’s (701 9th Ave.) in Hell’s Kitchen. Mom’s features all day brunch, a whimsical cocktail list, and gigantic milkshakes. I’m ready to chat with the locals, discuss last night’s drag shows, and catch up on the latest Broadway gossip.

After that, I’m walking off that bacon and headed to The Longacre Theatre to catch the newest original musical on Broadway, The Prom. The Prom tells the story of a group of narcissistic Broadway actors looking to do some low-risk good in the world after their latest musical is a flop. They find their cause in Emma- a high school student in Indiana who has divided her town because she wants to bring her girlfriend to prom. I love the energetic choreography by Casey Nicholaw, and the beautiful ballads Emma sings about her trying to capture her feelings. It’s a story about friendship, love, kindness, and a reminder that the show must go on!

Still feeling the love, I’m ready to shop for holiday presents for friends and family. I walk over a few blocks to Bryant Park and wander around the lovely Winter Village holiday market that opens every winter. Local and international artisans fill kiosks with a wide array of items like jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, maple syrup, and alpaca products. There’s also the best of the best local restaurants selling their customer-favorite dishes, so I’m loading up on Arancini Bros, DAA! Dumplings, and Ducinea Churros.

After a quick stop at home to drop off all my gifts and feed my dog, I’m back down to the Cort Theatre to catch Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show, The New One. If you’ve ever seen or heard any of his standup, or seen his films Sleepwalk with Me or Don’t Think Twice, then you know you’re in for an evening of razor-sharp self-deprecating wit with a size of laughing yourself into tear. In The New One, Mike takes us on the recent journey he and his wife made into parenthood, all while keeping a grounded and deeply realistic perspective on the topic. You will leave the theatre with your face hurting from laughing so much- which is a good thing, because we have one more stop for a late dinner.

I’m heading around the corner on 47th Street to a secret little sushi bar that I made a reservation for weeks ago. Sushi by Bou (132 W 47th St.) serves a timed omakase sushi dinner of 12 pieces of sushi in 30 minutes. Only 8-10 people can fit at the small underground sushi bar, while you watch your chef prepare each piece of delicate fresh sushi and put in on your plate in front of you.

This is the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life, and the experience is so special that you feel like a celebrity (and you might even be dining next to one!) If you’re a foodie who has always wanted to try sea urchin or fatty tuna, this is the place to do it! Because of the intimate atmosphere, everyone is there to make sure you’re having the best experience. The mixologist gives you personalized instructions on how to consume your cocktail, and the sushi chefs makes sure you know what you are eating and love to share their craft with you.

After that, with a belly full of sushi and a heart full of laughs, I nudge past the tourists and walk back home to dream Broadway dreams and get ready to face New York another day!

Author: Mandy Sellers