I'm going on a quick vacation to New York City for the first time later this month. New York has always intimidated me for a handful of reasons: It's incredibly busy, it is obscenely crowded, and it is hellaciously expensive.
That all being said, one of my sisters will be there on a business trip, so I'll be saving by staying with her in her company-paid hotel room for a couple nights.
I stumbled upon the trailer for the (then brand new) musical Anastasia shortly after it was uploaded online last year. I shared it excitedly and told my sisters about it. I had never had a longing to visit NYC for all the aforementioned reasons, but now I caught myself daydreaming about a brief visit to the Big Apple to be transported on a "Journey to the Past" to Russia and Paris.
My sister's business trip sealed the deal, and the two of us will be "Together in Paris" in a matter of days.
This movie came out on VHS when I was really young (in 1998; hello, Meg Ryan and John Cusack, omg) and we have it still on video somewhere. I re-watched it recently on Netflix (I love you, Netflix), and learned I still know ALL the words to the songs. I can't wait to hear the new musical's cast album; it was just released this month. Anastasia opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24th, and has a bunch of the 20th Century Fox movie's original favorites like "Once Upon A December" and the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past", as well as musical originals.
I recalled the Pooka stuffed puppy I had as a little girl; he had ears that flapped and a crazy tuft of gray hair on the top of his head. I looked online to find out if that was a made-up childhood memory, or if it was in fact real. (Some serious Anya amnesia stuff going on.) I found the same toy on eBay, so I am not delusional.
I also found an amazing Anastasia music and trinket box that plays "Once Upon A December" when wound up. It is beautiful; I was mesmerized and looked into it more online and found out they were released in 1997 by the San Francisco Music Box Company. It features Nicholas and Alexandra (Anastasia's parents) dancing while the song plays.
I ended up finding a couple online being resold anywhere from $80-$300. I scored this one on eBay for a great deal. I reached out to the San Francisco Music Box Company to see if they would be reissuing the lovely hinged music box now that "Anastasia" has been adapted into a musical. They are! And they will be available again in July 2017.
Feeling extra nostalgic, I ordered my sister an Anastasia-inspired necklace to give her while we're "Together in Paris" *ahem* New York.
Neither of us have been to New York before, and seeing a Broadway musical seems like such an iconic thing to do while there. It is even more fitting for us to see a beloved childhood movie that's been turned into a musical together.
Aside from having a traditional music box winding key at the bottom, rather than an actual key that is also a necklace (something definitely fit for a Grand Duchess), it is a pretty accurate semblance to the movie version.
I can't wait to see what else we explore in NYC. Please leave suggestions in the comments, and tell me which Broadway shows you've seen. (I've seen The Book or Mormon and Wicked in Houston.)