Who's Crazy?

As mentioned in Hillary's first post, we've well established the fact that we lead double lives. Average college student by day, Broadway junkie by...pretty much every hour of the day and night. (We have now been either awake in preparation for, in transit to or from, or actually in New York City, at every hour of the day. All by the tender ages of 19 and 20. If that's not an accomplishment, I don't know what is.)

The next two months of our lives will be no exception. On the contrary, in fact - we're making more trips to the city than ever before. Out of the six weekends that we have left at school before classes end for summer and finals begins, we will spend four of them in New York City. We will wake up at the crack of dawn on multiple occasions to catch the Megabus, which we should probably own some sort of stock in by now. We will spend approximately 20 hours in transit (barring any serious traffic jams, which is highly unlikely). And we will see a total of five Broadway shows and two concerts in the next six weeks.

Our upcoming schedule is as follows:

March 19 - Next to Normal, with the fabulous Jessica Phillips taking on the role of Diana for the week while Tony winner Alice Ripley is on vacation. After seeing the show *cough* times, catching understudies becomes a valued experience, and seeing a different take on Diana morphed into a life goal that we will finally accomplish. After several blatant attempt to see her, all of which failed epically, our rear mezzanine seats are purchased, and we can't wait until next Friday.

March 27 - American Idiot is a new, sure-to-be-groundbreaking rock musical with a brilliant creative team and a top-notch cast. Attending the show in previews on Broadway, and its fourth performance in New York, no less, is going to be absolutely mind-blowing, even from the top of the St. James balcony. And, on a personal note, I can't quite describe what it will mean to finally see John Gallagher Jr. perform live.

April 17 - Our first trip following Easter break was initially planned around The Spring Standards' CD release show at Le Poisson Rouge. After following this group of incredibly talented personalities and their brilliant music for nearly two years, I'm so proud to watch them create their first full-length record. Seeing them perform on their home turf for the first time is sure to be electrifying. We also decided to add In The Heights to our day, for which we will be trying lotto for the opportunity to see Corbin Bleu in the title role of Usnavi before he departs the show.

April 21 - Four days later, Hillary and I will make our second Wednesday adventure to the city this year, to attend Matt Doyle's solo show at Joe's Pub. Though song choices and guest stars have yet to be announced, Matt's blog informs us that he will be performing songs by up-and-coming composers such as Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Joe Iconis and Ryan Scott Oliver (which we are praying includes a reprise of "Last Year's Alcohol").

April 24 - A mere three days later, our final trip to the city for the year will commence as we completely ignore the fact that we will be in New York three times in one week. Oops. We're planning a two-show lotto day as we look forward to catching the new Tribe over at Hair after they've had a few weeks to settle into the Hirschfeld, and returning to our favorite, Next to Normal, one day before our one-year anniversary.

Our plans are certainly adventurous, time-consuming, and possibly a tiny bit insane. But hey - life is meant to be lived, right? And what better time to be crazy than the college years.


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