Time to Come Out of Hibernation

It’s pretty dreary and cloudy in NYC today, but the past couple of days have shown signs that pleasant spring weather is here – it’s just facing a few minor setbacks. After one of the most brutal winters in recent memory (for me), it’s been nice to be able to leave the house without piling on layers or wearing leg warmers that keep slipping down.

To celebrate the beginning of spring, last week I went to the Macy’s in Herald Square to check out the store’s flower show. There were a lot of events scattered across the two week-long exhibition. When I went, I had a chance to see artist Joe Mangrum and his assistant create some beautiful sand art in the plaza in front of Macy’s. The inside of the store is also impeccably decorated, as you might expect. (Click images to make them larger)

In a few weeks, I’ll most likely be moving out of NYC, so I’ve started to curate a “bucket list” of sorts. One of the places I had never been to was Riverside Park, literally just a few blocks away from my apartment. Since yesterday was such a beautiful day, I went for an evening stroll to the park. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I really liked what I saw. It may be right next to a major highway, but you don’t really feel it. And check out this sunset!

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Aladdin: A Whole New World (On Broadway)

Before “Harry Potter,” there was “Aladdin.”

Many people associate me with the Boy Who Lived (“Hey Steph! What’s that one spell that turns on the lights?”), but since I was a child, Disney’s 1992 “Aladdin” movie had a stronger hold on me than anything else. So when Disney first announced last January that they were bringing “Aladdin” to Broadway, I was ecstatic. I knew I had to see it. And on Saturday night, a week after it began previews, I finally did.

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The show was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. It stayed true to the movie, while also adding and removing a few things to make it more adaptable for the stage. Obviously, the genie isn’t going to be able to shape shift into different people and objects, but that didn’t make his character any less entertaining on stage. From the opening number, “Arabian Nights,” I had goosebumps. They kept all the songs from the movie and even added a few more, which were just as catchy!┬áCertain lines of dialogue from the movie were also included, but a lot was also changed to make it more relevant to the times we live in.

Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in the movie, reprised the character on stage. I cackled so loud when he said, “Prince Abubu” and was on the edge of my seat toward the end when he sang his (evil) version of “Prince Ali.” My brain could not handle hearing Jafar in real life, just a few feet away from me on the stage. The rest of the cast was equally amazing; Adam Jacobs who plays Aladdin even sounded a bit like the character from the movie (and wore the infamous vest well); Jasmine was as feisty and beautiful as you would expect, and every time the Genie was on stage, you knew you were in for a treat.

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I went to the show with my cousin, who is just as big of a fan as I am. We both wore Aladdin shirts from Hot Topic – seriously, check out their Disney collection – and went a little overboard at the merchandise stand. But we made a friend named Zach, so shout out to him for being so patient and awesome with us!

I already have tickets to go back next month with another group of friends, and I’m counting down the (32) days before I return.

Have any more questions about the show and want spoilers? Ask them in the comments! I’m only too happy to dish and continue fangirling.