This year I got to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City! My boyfriend and I left from Cleveland on the Great Wall Bus line, as I've done several times in the past 5 months, on the day after Christmas and spent the week leading up to December 31st doing awesome things on a dime. One of the things we got to do was see the off-Broadway musical called, Natasha Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at the Kazino, which is a pop-up immersive dinner theatre. The show has received rave reviews since it opened in May, and it was quite obvious why. The show was adapted from a small love story within Tolstoy's War and Peace. It's set in 19th century Russia and tells the story of crossed lovers who in the end are all left alone to watch the Great Comet they thought would kill them pass through the Moscow sky. The music is Russian folk meets techno-pop and brilliant. It is now closed at the Kazino but it is still playing in Midtown and is a must-see for any theater goer.
My Christmas present from my boyfriend was tickets to see "The Nutcracker Ballet" performed by the New York City Ballet Company at Lincoln Center! He knew I grew up performing nearly every role in "Nuts" in my hometown and wanted me to see Balanchine's original stunning production. The Nutcracker has been performed by NYCB for nearly 60 years since George Balanchine choreographed it and is still a spectacular holiday classic. It was absolutely beautiful and inspiring, and yes brought tears of joy to my eyes, so needless to say my boyfriend won the best Christmas present award. After "Nuts" he and I grabbed coffee and went to Rockefeller center to be tourists and take pictures with the massive Christmas tree on the plaza. The sight was everything I wanted with the holiday ice skaters and lovers hand in hand. Finally, it was time to head back to Brooklyn where my boyfriend lives for the New Years "Bootleggers Ball." He gets a newsletter of hip and affordable things to do in Brooklyn and when we read about the swing dancing, dress-up ball we knew that's what we were doing for New Years. It was an amazing time with swing dancing lessons, sword swallowers and burlesque dancers. It really felt like we were in an underground speakeasy--so fun and so NYC! This trip was everything I could have asked for and more, plus I got to spend it with someone I love. Everyone needs a NYE in NYC!