Recently I was invited to one of the most amazing events of my blogging career – a day making Disney memories with my 6 year old son. We went on a backstage tour of the historic New Amsterdam Theater, got on a billboard in Times Square, and saw Mary Poppins — all on Broadway in New York City.
The tour was so cool — I loved actually setting foot on a Broadway stage and hearing the anecdotes about the history of the New Amsterdam Theater. It was built in 1903 and decorated in a Shakespeare theme. The opening play was Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, and it flopped! The Theater went onto host the Ziegfeld Follies from 1913 to 1936 and closed down after that (that thing called The Depression had an effect) and was reopened as a movie theater a year later. In 1993 Disney bought the building and renovated it and it officially opened in 1997 for Disney’s Theatrical productions. It was restored to its former original splendor. Read more about it at NYC Architecture.com. We got to see the props from various Disney Theatrical productions like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Tarzan.
Plus, my son and I got to be on Disney’s Times Square Billboard (Buzz Lightyear was on standby).
My very cynical 6 year old loved Mary Poppins – did you know they are celebrating their fifth year on Broadway? We both loved the show and I’m glad I spend the day with my big guy. With 3 kids, spending the whole day alone with him is rare and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to have a great time in Manhattan without his little sister and baby brother around.
My favorite part of this day? Watching the wonder and awe on my son’s face as he saw his first Broadway Show. Truly priceless and humbling.
Huge Thank to Disney and Maria Bailey/BSM Media for providing the tour, pictures, and tickets to Mary Poppins.
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Tyler Wasserman says
That is really cool!!! I want a backstage tour too!!!