Story time. When I began planning a three day trip to New York City, I immediately started thinking about what Broadway shows to go see. I was going to be there from August 6-9, so I had to make the most with the little time I had. I decided to see Phantom of the Opera (in addition to loving the show, it was also the cheapest one on the entire site) on the 8th as well as Cinderella on the 7th (my birthday). I bought the Phantom ticket in the spring, but I postponed on the Cinderella because I wanted to wait to see if my friend wanted to join me, but just days before the trip and we were getting stuff sorted out, I saw the cheapest seats (the only ones I could justify buying) were sold out for the entire day. So a couple days later I remembered a musical I came across a few months before as I was browsing the Broadway site, and I bought a ticket to see that on my birthday instead, which also happened to be the last night of previews for the show before it officially opened the next day. The show was called First Date: The Musical. It was a new musical comedy with an entertaining synopsis, and I recognized one of the main actors, so I figured it would be a good show to see for my first real Broadway experience (outside of two musicals I saw at the Orpheum in Minneapolis when they were on tour). My entire New York trip was fabulous, and Broadway was definitely a highlight I was especially looking forward to. About a half hour before the show started, I joined the line outside the Longacre Theatre, and upon entering and finding my way to the third level of seats, I was overcome with the magic of it all. I flipped through my playbill and chatted with the people next to me. The lights went down a while later, and the musical started. I enjoyed every second of the ninety minutes, and it was interesting to genuinely not know what would come next. After the show, I joined the mass of people crowded around for stagedoor, and over the next hour or so I had great interactions with four out of the seven cast members in which they signed my playbill and wished me a happy birthday, and I got pictures with two of the people, including Zachary Levi, the person I was most looking forward to meet. Afterwards we went to Sardis for dessert, and I had a type of molten chocolate cake that tasted like perfection, complete with a birthday candle on top. The entire experience was impossibly surreal, yet serendipitous all the same. If I had done things differently and went to Cinderella instead, I would have different excellent memories, but I wouldn’t trade what actually happened for the opportunity to change the show I saw. I got to see something new and fall in love with it, and I got to give myself the opportunity to see the first ever production of an excellent musical, complete with an amazing original cast. The show closes in January, so I was lucky to see it when I did, otherwise I would have never gotten to see it at all. Hopefully it’ll be recorded professionally and be released on DVD so I can relive it, but I’m so grateful that I got to see it live, and it’s a night I will definitely never forget.