I am so excited to kick off my new blog series “Broadway Sessions” by introducing you to my dear friend, Amber Owens! I met Amber back in July of 2015 on my very first night swing-dressing at Aladdin. She was literally the first actor I dressed at that show, and I could have never imagined that day (as I nervously scribbled down costume notes) what a gigantic impact she would have on my life. Amber is extremely intelligent, insanely talented, always down for an adventure and loves me like her own sister. She is one of my role models and I pray one day God will bless me with a marriage like hers.
Anyways, Amber is currently dancing on Broadway six days a week in the hit Disney musical Aladdin. I love taking you all backstage with me and hope you enjoy the first edition of Broadway Sessions!
Hi guys! I was inspired to write this blog post when I received the following message last week: “Hi Teale! I loved your blog about things to do in NYC and the blog on rooftop bars. A lot of Wicked fans are coming to NYC the first weekend in February to see Jessica Vosk in concert at 54 Below. She was Elphaba in Wicked on tour. Any ideas on what to do in between shows in February around Times Square? Places to go inside and stay warm near the Gershwin? Thanks so much for any help you could give.” This is an excellent question, especially because New York is currently an arctic tundra that’s not super fun to walk around in. I don’t claim to be an expert in tourism advice, BUT I am a baby New Yorker who’s had to figure out creative ways to kill time and stay warm in midtown. I hope this post helps the next time you choose to brave the cold and the craziest part of Manhattan at the same time!
This week's On The Road interview is with my gorgeous friend Claudia Yanez! She is a Boston Conservatory alumni and is currently traveling the United States with the first national tour of the hit Broadway musical On Your Feet. I have loved watching Claudia live out her dream the past few months and hope you enjoy her interview!
This is an extremely bittersweet week, as last night, my dear friend Courtney Rhodes Reed took her last bow in Aladdin on Broadway and is moving to Los Angeles. She has been with the show since its inception and originated the role of Princess Jasmine. Courtney was my very first friend at Aladdin, has become one of my best friends and feels like family. Whenever I'm with her, I feel like I'm constantly laughing. In lieu of a goodbye card, I decided to write a blog post dedicated to my gorgeous, loving and talented friend. Here are four mini lessons she's taught me over the years.
Even though I’m not a fan of cold weather, I love January. It's a month of fresh starts and a time to refocus. It's definitely fun to celebrate on NYE and make a list of resolutions, but you don't need to wait for January 1st roll around to make a life change. I know I sound like a big corn ball, but you literally have the opportunity to start fresh every morning. I've never been one for resolutions, but I love setting yearly goals for myself.I love sharing my life with you guys, but sometimes it's hard to be vulnerable. Luckily, my most vulnerable posts on this blog have been met with the warmest reception. Cheers to being real! I love being a big sister, and I hope I can be an encouragement to a few of you out there. So, here's a list of my 2018 goals!