I used to wonder and wonder for months what am I getting my family for Christmas. I used to make a list and do my best at trying to buy the perfect gift. Then the family started to grow and everyone had their life and I felt like the best gift was to spend time together. So I started taking my niece to Broadway on her birthdays and then last year I thought why not Broadway for Christmas. We would all be together, enjoying and experiencing a live musical and being in the moment. Last year at my daughters’ suggestion, we went to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and we had the most magical time. This year after a little research and again at my daughters’ suggestion, I chose Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical. An Afternoon Of Pure Imagination!
We almost took up the whole row. My daughter and her family, my son in law and my three grandchildren. My sister and my mom, we were a little worried about my mom (she is getting stronger everyday coming back from the stroke in March). My sister and I got my mom into the city with a cab, nothing like door to door service and the weather played along being a beautiful day. My niece Sandra and her boyfriend Robbie took the MTA and met us at the theatre. Believe me,we have our days, but today we were one big happy family. The theatre was filled with smiling and laughing children and they were selling cotton candy and popcorn, so everyone was having a great time! Happily waiting for Charlie, Willy Wonka and the Oompa!
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is a beautiful place and waiting for the curtain to rise we were all 10 year old again, even my mom (she is 87). This was my grandchildrens’ first Broadway Musical and they did not know what to expect, they have seen the movie countless times and just wanted to see Charlie. So when Charlie found that golden ticket. Yes!!! They were so excited for the magic to begin. We all were.
The show is just fantastic and at one point the children in the audience were cheering Charlie on!! It was a wonderful Sunday and we all loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Amazing time, I love this time with my family and I loved giving them this gift, a gift I hope they remember when they think of me. Family is the best part of Christmas. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2018.