Belles of the Ball For A Broadway Night

by tinareale on November 29, 2012

Before getting to this afternoon’s post (with a special night I cannot wait to share!), I must take a moment to say again THANK YOU. I really do feel good with my decision and it always uplifts me knowing that I have the support of you all behind me. So, thanks!

Earlier I discussed focusing on true blessings and the things that matter. I did just that very thing last night by making some special memories with my favorite girl, Makenzie, and  my favorite ladies, my mom and my sister.


I feel like I have had the chance to spend a lot of time with my family the past couple of weeks and I dearly treasure every moment. Especially, when it includes such special moments as a girls’ night out to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway at the Fox Theater in Atlanta!


Belle is by far Makenzie’s favorite princess. Growing up, my sister adored Beauty and the Beast. I could watch Broadway shows at the Fox every week. My mom loves it (and us) all. While spending time together on Thanksgiving, we made the decision to buy tickets and all go together for a fun filled evening. It only seemed right. And it was.

For the night, we all met up to ride MARTA’s public transportation into the city. We made decent time into the city and hopped off the train to go grab a bite to eat before heading into the theater. Our quick walk a few blocks away to the place we planned on hitting up turned into quite a little adventure, though.

Everything was closed in the area. It is a business area that I figured would still have some options, but I guess the places we intended to find dinner only remain open for lunch. As we stood around in the lobby of the MARTA terminal deciding where to go instead, a nice looking gentleman came up to offer his help. We appreciated it, but sometimes his help was a little too intense. Like offering to give us a ride to a place to eat, wanting to show us a shortcut through a deserted parking lot (no thanks!), and helping to carry Makenzie while we walked. Do not touch my daughter and we can walk a few blocks, thank you very much.

In the end, he did set us back in the right direction (and to food) and we graciously thanked him for that. I do think he was just a very nice man trying to help, but perhaps not quite in tune with how offering women to ride with a stranger would come across. Or we avoided a really creepy situation. Who knows? I’ll give hime the benefit of the doubt for now and get back to our wonderful evening.

By this time, we had a lot less time to get some food and get to our show. The main quick option right by the Fox Theater we could find was a Quiznos, so we made that work.


I ordered some harvest chicken salad wrap with grilled rubber chicken, lettuce, tomato, onions, acai vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and grapes.

We quickly ate our meals, then walked the one block over for the start of the show!


WHEEEE! Not a single one of us could contain the excitement as we took our seats in the beautiful theater. Makenzie’s eyes shone with her excitement.


Ha! Sadly that was the best picture I could get in the dark theater. I still love it, though.

I can never get enough of the design of the Fox. If you come to Atlanta and can see a show, you must. 


This show in particular blew my expectations out of the water. It was excellent!


The Broadway version included some additional scenes and songs that contributed well to the traditional story. The actors all played their respective roles with such charisma and were each spot on to the characters in the movie. The dance numbers and scenes all captivated our attention. The 2.5 hour show seemed to fly by and we soaked up every single minute as though we were all four year old little girls that dream of Belle. We may have left looking rather exhausted, and I may feel rather sleep deprived today going on only four hours of sleep, but it was worth it without a doubt.


Now, what should I  keep my eyes peeled for on Broadway next? Recommendations?


1 [email protected] November 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

aww!! what a fun, fun night:)! just getting caught up on your blog… so sorry to hear about your puppy. something very similar happened to me a few years ago… except i was the one in a hurry and i ran over my cat. it was awful. i have never felt more guilt in my life. but i know she knew how much i loved her and now i have an angel in heaven :( my heart feels for you!!!!! i am praying for you!

2 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Oh, how fun! My daughter would love this, though I think I should wait til she’s four as well. It’s been too long since I’ve been to Broadway- I am always blown away and determined to catch more, but it takes intentionality to make that happen.
What sweet memories for all of you!

3 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson November 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I saw Beauty and the Beast at The Fox several years ago and I LOVED it! It was such a fabulous show.

I also saw Stomp at there. If they ever go back to Atlanta, check them out. It’s definitely worth it!

4 tinareale November 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

I remember when it came to the Fox before. I wanted to go so badly. It seems like such a fun show!

5 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona November 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

The Lion King was amazing – with all the animals and songs I’m sure your daughter would enjoy it too.

6 katie November 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

How fun!!! Love her skirt! I love Beauty and The Beast, my favorite disney movie!

Family time is everything! <3

7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Look at you fancy ladies! You all look super cute. One of my favorite memories as a kid was my mom taking my sister and me to go see DIsney on Ice. We both were running fevers, but we made it through and even got a cup that looked like Chip! :)

8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm


9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’m glad you all had such a great time, I haven’t been able to see many shows, just Mamma Mia I think! And one thing I learned from reading a book about staying safe: a normal guy would never offer to do something that would obviously make a woman uncomfortable… ex: carrying your bags to your car in a parking garage, helping you get your bags up to your apartment, giving you a ride, etc… haha I’d be suspicious. But at least nothing happened!

10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Makenzie looks so excited in that first pic at the theatre…and so exhausted in the second! I love Broadway Shows, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie but I’ve yet to see the Broadway version. It’ll have to go on the bucket list!

11 Mandy November 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm

So fun!!!!

12 jobo November 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

awww!! she is SO CUTE and so ridiculously happy in that pic! LOVE your dress too, that color is gorgeous! Where from? What a fun family night out!!

13 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

What an amazing night! Like you, I am in awe with the Fox. It’s gorgeous. I hope to get to do a similar experience when H is a little older. Those are such special memories <3

14 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This was one of the first Broadway plays my mother took me to…I believe I was 3 or 4 and very into Beauty and the Beast also!

15 Alyssa December 1, 2012 at 5:25 am

I enjoyed this article. Thanks for keeping it real and I always look forward to your next post!

16 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

Makenzie is one of the happiest-looking girls I’ve ever seen….she always has such huge smiles in your photos of her! Is she wearing a Belle costume? So cute!

17 Chastity December 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I love going to Broadway shows. I really recommend Rock of Ages (not at all kid friendly). It is my favorite, I have seen it 6 times. Billy Elliot is fantastic, loved Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet, Legally Blonde, and of course Wicked.

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