Summertime Fun So Far: Seaport Concerts, Al Fresco Dining, and Sing-a-Longs

Gosh, the summer is just flying by! Here are a couple of things that have put a smile on my face so far:

The Radio Dept. and Asobi Seksu @ River to River, South Street Seaport – July 15, 2011

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of re-living the mid-2000s with a performance by Swedish shoegazers The Radio Dept. and NYC’s own Asobi Seksu.

A beautiful night with beautiful music.

Recording the show via iPad

Since the weather was so lovely, after the show J. took me to a place I’d never been before — Stone Street in the Financial District. Said to have been the first paved street in New York City, the narrow cobblestone street is fully flanked with restaurants and bars with chairs and tables set up. It has an old-world charm — magical and cute!

West Side Story sing-a-long at Prospect Park – July 21, 2011

Even 95+ degree whether cannot keep me away from anything musical theater-related. I had an awesome night a couple weeks ago at a Celebrate Brooklyn event at the Prospect Park bandshell to participate in an outdoor sing-a-long of West Side Story. With delicious food from The Farm On Adderley, classic songs, and a lovely setting.

Not satisfied with just one sing-a-long, I headed to another one on Friday night at Bell House, this one to the bestest Disney live action movie musical ever, Newsies. OH YES!

I remember falling in love with this musical when I saw it in the theater while in elementary school. I had the HUGEST crush on the boy who played Spot Conlon, the bada** leader of the Brooklyn newsies.


Before the actual showing of the film, there was a screening of some horrible horror movie the kids of the movie made with the adults. Truly horrible! There was also a high-kick off, a singing challenge, and trivia questions. By the time the actual film started I’d already lost my voice from all the cheering and shouting I was doing! Folks were dressed up in their best newsboy gear, and there were interactive elements to the sing-a-long, complete with props like STRIKE signs, newspapers to rip up, celebratory streamers for the arrival of Teddy Roosevelt, and coins to throw to the newsies.


So much cheering, laughing, singing along, making “woooooo” sounds when Jack looks at Sarah, and general awesomeness.

SO MUCH FUN! Secret Formula is the group that throws all these awesome throwback and sing-a-long events. The rumored next sing-a-long is Beauty and the Beast (aka one of my favorite Disney animated musicals) so I’m kinda thinking I might just have to go?

Published by Laura

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