Wednesday, June 20, 2007

BEA 2007 Part Three...Enjoying NYC

I promise this is the last post about my trip to New York for BEA 2007.

If you've never read this blog before then you may not know that I love New York City. Love it. I try to make my way to the Big Apple whenever I can. I have three staples on my "to do" list when I visit New York: shopping at Macy's, eating Chinese food, and seeing a show...or two...or three. Of course, I was able to squeeze in all three of my favorite things.

On Friday night, I, along with my friend Karen and her sister Julie, saw the new musical Legally Blonde. Even though I've only caught parts of the movie, I figured the musical would be cute and something different. I loved it, and I've been singing "Oh my God, Omigod you guys" for the past three weeks!

Best of all, because of Julie's kick-butt connections as an employee at, we were given Row H house seats. Sitting beside us were three of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet, and they just so happened to be from Houma, Louisiana. I always run into someone from my home state when I'm in NYC. I must have Cajun-radar or something.

On Saturday, after spending most of my day at BEA, Karen and I tried for tickets to the Wicked lottery. Even though I had just seen the show in Dallas a few months ago, I was not going to pass up the chance to win front row seats for $26.25. But, alas, of the 200+ people who'd put their name into the basket, our names were not called. To ease our sorrows, we pigged out on delish Chinese food and reruns of Beverly Hills, 90210.

When we headed back out to the city early Sunday morning, I went to BEA to sign copies of Deliver Me in the RWA booth, and Karen, a.k.a. the Bestest Gal in the World, sat in line at The Color Purple box offices for THREE HOURS to buy rush seats for the Sunday evening show. We landed second row seats to see the fabulous Fantasia perform in the starring role.

We decided to try once again for the Wicked lottery, and Karen's roommate, Joanne, came over to help us out. There were even more people waiting to put their name in the running for the Sunday matinee, but Joanne assured us she had a knack for winning the Wicked lottery.

Guess what? She was right.

Joanne's name was the third one called. So, on Sunday I was lucky enough to see two of my favorite musicals for less than $30 each! Between Wicked and The Color Purple, Karen and I dined at Cosi, which has the best bread in the world, and S'mores for dessert. Does life get any better than this?

I'm waiting desperately for my next excuse to visit New York. I just cannot get enough of that beautiful city.