One week ago, I returned from my most recent journey to New York. If you’re a Facebook friend or Instagram follower, you’ve probably already seen that I (once again) had an immensely successful adventure. It’s been a very long time since I’ve visited the city in winter, and it was my first time there with my friend and roommate, Ryan, so there was plenty of newness and excitement to enjoy. Here’s a quick(ish) rundown of all our shenanigans.
Monday, 12/15 — We arrived in Times Square Monday afternoon to leave our luggage with our friend Kaitlynn who was kind enough to let us stay with her during our trip. Monday was mostly spent wandering the area a bit, and we happened to walk past Rumer Willis on the street (not that that’s very exciting, but it happened). We had some unfortunate timing outside “The Late Show with David Letterman” and missed Emma Stone going in and leaving later, so that was a bit of a bummer. That night, we went back to Kaitlynn’s apartment in Queens and had some very enjoyable pizza.
Tuesday, 12/16 — Ryan and I left Kaitlynn’s and headed into Central Park for a while to enjoy the scenery. Since we knew Anna Kendrick was the guest on “The Late Show” Tuesday night and we’d seen how the stage door worked there the day before, we decided to make another attempt at it. On our walk, we bypassed Sting, who was carrying a guitar and looking very Sting-esque.
Our second day at “The Late Show” was much more successful, I’m happy to say. There was a small crowd gathered in the designated area across the street from the stage door, and we ended up standing with a a group of people calling themselves “graphers” who basically stalk celebrities to get signatures they can sell online. I’ve dealt with these people before (especially at Sundance), but I became weirdly interested in listening to them all talk. I smell a pop culture research paper! (Just kidding. I think.)
Anyway, we were also joined by an old woman with an insane voice who Ryan got stuck talking to. When Anna Kendrick’s car pulled up, she got out and posed for the paparazzi at the stage door for a while, during which time the woman next to Ryan screamed bloody murder. Ryan said she sounded like Anna was her long lost daughter. You’d have thought so. She did a lot of “ANNA! CROSS THE STREET!” and then screamed some profanities because a car momentarily blocked her view. Good news: Anna did cross the street and quickly signed a few things and came up to me. I asked if we could get a picture of the three of us, she grabbed my phone, and said, “oh, the three of us?!” and quickly snapped four photos on my phone before running back across the street. As you can tell from our photo, we’re basically a trio of friendship. The crazy woman came over to us after and when she learned that we’d gotten pictures, yelled some more profanities and walked away (#welcometonewyork).
After that thrilling moment, we decided to stalk outside the It’s Only a Play stage door since the show has a wonderful cast. We made a few nice friends there, and luckily saw every member of the cast enter, apart from Megan Mullally. Matthew Broderick came first and appeared generally wary of us all, like we might attack at any moment. Nathan Lane was next, and was rather scary and mean and I kind of tried to sink into the wall when he walked up. F. Murray Abraham dropped out of the sky, apparently, but was very nice to take a photo with someone and smiled in a way that was surprising to me. Stockard Channing drove up in a fancy car and has a fancy lady who escorts her fancy dog through the stage door. Rupert Grint also appeared out of nowhere and snuck in quickly, though I’m happy to have stood so close to him, if only for a moment. Here are some photos of the whole experience.
To kill time, we went to Rockefeller Center where we could eat and sit down for a while, and apparently had really great timing because we walked through 30 Rock behind Brian Williams after finishing the news, so that was fun. We also made an effort at the Cabaret stage door, but the show ended earlier than we’d thought and it was rainy, so things didn’t work out so well. Oddly enough, we also walked past Sting again, in basically the exact same place as we’d seen him earlier that day, so that was weird. Then we got to spend a bit of time with some of our other cool friends who are fancy and live in New York, so it was a happy night, despite the rain and somewhat failed attempt at Cabaret.
Wednesday, 12/17 — It’s safe to say that Wednesday was most exciting because it was finally the day when we had some real plans for our lives. Since we had tickets to Cabaret that night, we decided to make the most of our stage door experience at the matinees in the afternoon. We walked past Cabaret first, but were told that Emma Stone and Alan Cumming had already gone in, so we went back to It’s Only a Play in the hopes that we could be more successful. Though we didn’t get any pictures, we did see Stockard Channing and Rupert Grint go in again, and I felt special because no one really seemed to realize who Rupert was (he was very incognito and covered his hair). There’s no proof, unfortunately, but I’d like to think we had a moment.
Then we were able to meet another of our friends for lunch, which was both a good way to catch up and a good way to pass our time since we didn’t really have plans for the day. By the time we were finished, we went back to the stage door at The Elephant Man, which I desperately want to see, but it couldn’t happen. Time was back on our side, though; we got there just as the stage door barricades were being set up in Schubert Alley and immediately staked our claim on a spot. After a short wait, Bradley Cooper came out to sign autographs and take pictures. He had a very long battle with the zipper of his jacket that was rather entertaining to witness, and when he got to the people next to us, he had to ask a bodyguard for a new Sharpie and I laughed and looked into my eyes and smirked (I assume this counts as a proposal; wedding invitations to follow soon). WE HAD A MOMENT. When I asked for a picture of the three of us, he took my phone and took one photo, which didn’t exactly turn out so well, but hey, life happens. I’m actually pretty proud of our lame picture, and since it has Bradley Cooper in it, it’s still pretty important to my life.
That evening, we met up with Kaitlynn for a bit before going in to Cabaret. Unfortunately, Ryan and I weren’t able to sit together during the show, but we also got our tickets for $25 each, so it’s worth it. After having recently watched the movie (and not loving it), I was hoping to take more from the show, which I absolutely did. The stage production is both funnier and more tragic, ironically enough. Alan Cumming is fantastic, and I was so happy that Emma Stone was wonderful as well. It was well worth our money and time.
After the show, Ryan and I had a game plan made for our final attempt at the stage door. We got there as quickly as possible, and thankfully got a good spot without much fuss. Some of the supporting cast members came out and signed, and in our wait for the stars, we watched Christie Brinkley and her daughter, Alexa Joel, talk with the guy at the stage door about going backstage. In case you’re wondering, Christie Brinkley is every bit as beautiful as you’d imagine, and based on her behavior, super nice as well.
Not long after, Emma Stone finally came out. Her body guards said she had somewhere to go so she wouldn’t be taking pictures with fans, but she signed for everyone. When she got to us, I congratulated her on her Golden Globe and SAG nominations and said that we loved Birdman, before I remembered to add that we also really loved Cabaret. She seemed genuinely thankful and gracious, and was very quiet and sweet as she made her way down the line.
Alan Cumming was equally kind and quiet (and very Scottish). I told him this was an iconic performance (to which he responded, “oh, bless you”), and he laughed and thanked Ryan when he said how much we love Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. We got to meet a few more of the supporting actors in the play before heading back to Kaitlynn’s apartment feeling quite successful.
Thursday, 12/18 — Thursday was our last day in New York, and I’m always kind of bad at knowing how to spend my final hours in the city. I knew I wanted to visit Taylor Swift’s apartment in Tribeca (because I’m a creepy stalker lady), so we made our way in that direction in search of a tall blonde with a cat and hopefully some good pizza for lunch. We weren’t entirely successful, but I did take a picture on steps outside Taylor’s apartment in true stalker fashion before we wandered around a bit. To combat the cold and our hunger, we settled on a quiet Italian restaurant for our last meal. Here are a few other pictures of our Tribeca adventure.
We also visited a cute little bookshop before heading back to Times Square to say goodbye (and thank you!) to Kaitlynn. We must have timed things just right, because on our ride back, we ended up on the subway with Jane Krakowski, which was an exciting surprise. She caught Ryan and I looking at her and gave us a kind smile. After saying our goodbyes, we got back to Kaitlynn’s just in time to meet the car that took us to the airport. Overall, it was another wonderful few days spent in New York. Thanks to Ryan, Kaitlynn, Jana, Trip, Drew, and all our new celebrity friends for the perfect time!