SDD is in a ‘New York State of Mind’

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher.


When I saw Peter and the Starcatcher this past July, I was completely blown away by how imaginative and inventive the storytelling was.

It was during intermission that I decided that I would be present for the closing night, an unknown date in the future at that time. As an already huge fan of Adam Chanler-Berat and Celia Keenan-Bolger, I greedily wanted to have another opportunity to see the show, especially on such an important night. (And although Matthew Saldivar was brilliant, as a lover of all things Christian Borle, I could only hope he would be present as well.) Unfortunately, the show is closing at the Brooks Atkinson too soon for my liking but true to my promise made to myself I will be there on Sunday afternoon.

And because every so often you have to do things to make yourself happy, I turned my one-show event into a 10-day adventure through New York City. I’m not staying in a swanky hotel (though that would be nice) while I indulge in my biggest passion – enjoying theatre, writing about theatre, and getting to meet some of my favorite performers.

I’ll admit that the shows I have tickets to are because I’m deeply moved or inspired by someone in the production.

I’m seeing Newsies twice because Andrew Keenan-Bolger is my favorite person on Broadway right now. (And here’s a few reasons why.) When Steve Kazee sings, it touches my soul in a way that I have never been able to adequately describe so buying a front row ticket for Once was among the easiest decisions I ever made. Attending Max von Essen’s last performance as Che rather than seeing the show with Ricky as lead again was an obvious choice as well – not only does Max have an exceptional voice but he’s right up there as one of my favorites with AKB.

Rory O’Malley is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the good fortune of meeting and he is the glue that has held Book of Mormon together since the start (more on that coming soon in its own article) so attending his final performance, on the last night of my trip, is very bittersweet. And I could not be more excited to see Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes in Cinderella’s first preview next Friday.

And these are just a small handful of the 14 shows I have plans to see.

In addition to writing about brushes with my favorite Broadway stars and experiencing many of these shows for the second or third time, I have some interviews and photoshoots lined up and I plan on making the most of this trip and sharing my experiences with SDD’s already growing audience base.

I won’t give secrets away about who I plan on meeting up with in the city (I’m hoping to provide some fun surprises and schedules change at the last minute and things sometimes fall through so speaking too soon is never a good idea) but I will say that I cannot wait to have these incredible experiences and share them with all of you.

About Samantha S.

"I found the theatre and I found my home.” ― Audra McDonald

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