• Gabbi Grenell

The Last Five Years

Updated: May 27

Five years ago I moved to New York City to work on the next up and coming Broadway show. It changed my life forever. If you asked me five years and a day ago where I would call home it would not be New York City. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Since then I have found myself all over the best city in the world and even as I am sitting at my parents house in Grand Rapids, MI I can't wait to get back to the city that I love.


With a suitcase and a prayer I moved in to the Bowery House for 15 days before moving in to an NYU dorm.

The Bowery House is a hostile in SoHo. I had never expirenced anything like it. It was so different from my room back home. The bed was not even the size of a twin bed and the ceiling was just lattice. When people say you live in a shoe box in NYC this is absolutely correct. I think back to that time five years ago and I had no clue what would follow years later. NYC is full of ups and downs, it chews you up and spits you out, it leaves you speechless and makes you a storyteller. New York makes you stronger. It changes you in ways you didn't even know possible. You could explore New York forever and never see it all. It changes as fast as the wind. I truly love New York City.


One of my favorite things about New York is finding those hidden gems by chance. The weekend my mom dropped my off was Mother's Day. We set out that Sunday in hopes of finding a brunch spot. We walked the street into Nolita where we came upon a small spot, which to this day is still one of my favorite spots in the city. The Egg Shop is a small brunch spot that boasts over 100 egg focused dishes. We happened upon this perfect Nolita gem and this is a New York moment I return to many times.


Pictured left is avocado toast with yellow tomato and poached egg and a latte.

Egg Shop: 151 Elizabeth St,

New York, NY 10012

As I began working on Hamilton: An American Musical I found myself

changed both by the work itself and people I was working with. Theatre is one of the heartbeats of New York City and being part of such an impactful piece of theatre was an incredible honor. I learned so much about the business of theatre and myself. Everything I learned truly could not be taught but had to be learned first hand. Was I perfect? Absolutely not, I had no idea what I was doing. I was working with titans in the industry and I was a 20 year old college student. Looking back I can see how much I grew up. I can't wait to be back creating theatre, watching theatre and pounding the pavement in that concrete jungle.


Pictured right: Last previews.

Opening night was one of the best nights of my life. It was truly something to celebrate! We opened what would go on to be one of the most successful shows in the history of musical theatre. We danced all night!


I am so thankful for this opportunity!


Every detail is perfectly placed

Pictured left: Red carpet on opening night

Pictured below: Details from ensemble costume from a fitting.

Design: Paul Tazewell. Photo: Gabbi Grenell

Actor: Sasha Hutchings


Times Square, NYC

You can't beat a sunny day in Sheep's Meadow. Central Park can't be beat!

Sharing this city with people like Hannah Marting is fun! This is from her first time in the city! Over the course of a day or two we posed in front of all 41 Broadway houses. The lobby at Studio 54 is absolutely gorgeous and super worth a mirror pic.


Each of the 41 houses is so unique with a storied history all its own.


There is a great article by Vulture ranking each of the theaters. It is both hilarious and informative. My personal favorite is a tie between the Booth and the Lunt-Fontanne.

Do you have a favorite place to see theatre?


Winter in Harlem Fall in Times Square Summer in FIDI

New York is gorgeous in every season.

I love finding movie moments especially in New York at Christmas Time.

If you have been to New York City, what is your favorite part? If you haven't been to the City what is something you want to see in person?



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