12 Months of Happiness: January 2020

January 31, 2020

Hadestown Playbill Walter Kerr TheatreHappy Friday! Geez, it seems like January went on forever, am I right?  It feels like it should be March already but it’s STILL January. But, I will say this, even though this month has seemed super long, it’s been a GREAT one nonetheless.

Before I get into what made me happy this month, you guys… I started this series back in January 2015. (Check out the first 12 Months of Happiness post HERE). That means this series is officially FIVE years old. Crazy right?! I was just looking back at that post from January 2015 and its surreal cause what made me happy that month was traveling to NYC (seeing Broadway shows and getting to experience SNL). And that’s also what made me happy this month!

Cool right?

Here are some of the things that made January an amazing month: (Don’t forget to comment down below how your January went and what things made you smile this month! I LOVE hearing from you guys about what makes you happy!)

This month I had the pleasure of seeing EIGHT, that’s right 8, Broadway shows. So It’s pretty obvious Broadway is what made me happy this month. Since I saw so many amazing shows this month I thought I’d share a little bit about each of them!

Mean Girls Broadway in Chicago

Mean Girls…Made Me HAPPY. Mean Girls was the first Broadway show of the year/decade for me! And what a fun show to start off my 2020 Broadway journey. Like most 90s/00s kids, I LOVE Mean Girls so seeing the Broadway version was very cool. I thought the cast overall was great, and I loved that Karen’s character is given a bigger role in the show.

Mary Poppins Drury Lane Theatre

Mary Poppins…Made Me HAPPY. Fun Fact: Mary Poppins was the first show I ever saw on Broadway in New York. 

Paramount Theater Beauty and the Beast Broadway

Beauty and the Beast…Made Me HAPPY. For some reason this theater doesn’t given tradition Playbills, so enjoy this photo of the outside of the building. 

The Lion King Minskoff Theatre

The Lion King…Made Me HAPPY. If you see The Lion King on Broadway and don’t cry/tear up during The Circle of Life…do you even have a soul? I think not. This was my third time seeing The Lion King on Broadway and it was just as amazing as the first two times. Such a beautiful show.

Beetlejuice Broadway Beetlejuice Lydia Playbill

Beetlejuice…Made Me HAPPY. I listen to the Beetlejuice soundtrack on a daily basis so finally being able to see it live was amazing. It was even better than I expected it to be. I love the cast so much!

Hadestown Playbill

Hadestown…Made Me HAPPY. BRB, I’m still crying over this masterpiece of a Broadway show.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Playbill

Moulin Rouge! The Musical…Made Me HAPPY. Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite films. I will saw this, if you’re a fan of the film, don’t go into this show thinking it’s going be a carbon copy of the movie. I definitely prefer the film and wish they would have stuck to using only the shows featured in the movie but I can’t deny that the show overall was an “experience” to say the least.

Moulin Rouge The Musical Stage Design

Can we all just marvel at this set design. Like…how? It’s so gorgeous! And trust me, it’s 100% better in person.

Here’s a few other things that made me happy in January:

  • I got to travel to New York City and catch up with one of my best friends.
  • The start of a New Year always makes me happy!
  • It’s Restaurant Week here in Chicago so I got to try some fun new restaurants with my sisters.
  • I was invited to cover BroadwayCon while in NYC. (It was so much fun!).
  • The series final of The Good Place. (I’m sad it ended but am happy with how it wrapped up!).
  • I’m ending January by seeing my 8th Broadway show of the month (tonight) Once on This Island.

I can’t believe tomorrow is (finally) February! What made you happy in January?
Make sure to check out the entire 12 Months Of Happiness series HERE!