For my 13th birthday, my mom took me to New York City for a fun girl’s trip! We stayed at my Aunt Sharon’s apartment, stood in the audience at The Today Show (and they asked me a few questions on TV!), did some sightseeing, but my favorite part of the trip by far was getting to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. It was amazing and it is still the best musical I’ve ever seen live. I got kind of obsessed with it, read the book that it is based on, saw the movie in theaters (more than once) when it came out, bought the movie… I just love it so much. So when I saw that Phantom would be at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, I knew that I had to see it!!!
My friend Allison is also a lover of musicals and we decided that we would see it together. I bought us the tickets the day that they went on sale last fall, we picked the date and our seats, and we were so excited! Then I started interviewing for new jobs, got hired, and realized I would be moving the day after we saw the show. Talk about cutting it close! Allison came in town the day before to help my mom and I finish packing and cleaning and then on my last night in St. Louis, Allison and I got to relax and enjoy a night at the theater.
We started out the evening going to dinner downtown at 360- I had always wanted to go there and I’m so glad that we went! The restaurant is located at the top of the Hilton downtown and has amazing views of the city, the Arch, and Busch Stadium! There is an open-air area where you can eat, but Allison is just a little bit afraid of heights, so after walking around to take in the views we decided to eat inside (there were still huge windows to see the city!) The food was pretty good, too!
I love the Fox Theater- it is so ornate and gorgeous and brings back fun memories from when we had our prom there junior year (yeah, that was pretty darn cool.) The performance was awesome and we had pretty decent seats! I’m not going to lie, I think that we both struggled to not sing along out loud from our seats! They did a really great job with the chandelier drop, and it was different that when I saw it 14 years ago, so that was new and exciting. The part where Christine and Raul kiss went on… forever… We get it, you’re in love, but take a break to breathe, people!
What a great way to end my time in St. Louis- good food, time with a great friend, and an awesome production of Phantom! I hear there is a great theater here in Dallas (similar to the Muny perhaps?) that has performances during the summer, so I’ll definitely have to check it out!