Bryan Galentine’s Front Row Experience: Hamilton on Broadway
Bryan Galentine (51) was being honored as an ALS spokesperson by Tennessee’s Wilson County in May of 2019 (ALS awareness month), when a man dressed in American Revolutionary garb burst through the door.
“Hear ye, Hear ye!…Congratulations Galentine Family! You have been selected by the Front Row Foundation to see Hamilton in NYC in just 3 weeks!” Everyone who had gathered for Bryan’s ceremony cheered, clapped, and some even teared up. Bryan is living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and was already wheelchair bound and struggling to breathe and talk by the ceremony date. Despite these challenges, he was beaming when he saw his sons revel in the news of their upcoming adventure.
Early on June 7th, the Galentine Family was whisked away from their home in Lebanon to begin their journey to NYC. Once in the Big Apple, the boys, Bennett and Grayson, were consumed by the sights, sounds, and energy of the city. Bryan’s wife, Staci, was thrilled to have her entire family in New York for the very first time. The Galentine’s told their Front Row host, Helen, that the guys were all serious carnivores, so of course they had to eat at the famous Del Frisco’s Double Eagle to get some of the juiciest steaks and biggest crab legs in New York City!
With full bellies, the family walked through the bright and buzzing Times Square on the way back to the beautiful Row Hotel off Broadway. The hotel made sure to stock the room with Bryan’s favorite snacks, a handwritten welcome note, and more!
After some needed rest, the family was ready to explore the city before the June 8th Hamilton Matinee. After witnessing a Chinese parade, seeing the massive NBA store, and grabbing a quick bite, the Galentine’s were ready for the big show! They were escorted by the Richard Rodgers Theatre manager to their prime seats in the Orchestra! The show did NOT disappoint. Bryan, Staci, and Grayson were all well versed with the show’s iconic tunes because their youngest boy, Bennette sang every song daily. Bryan said that as a life-long musician, he really appreciated how truly skilled the writers and singers were. He also said some of his favorite moments were just watching his family sing along to their favorite play.
The show finally ended, but the Front Row moments weren’t over yet. After the crowd cleared out, the managers took Bryan and his family on stage to meet all of the actors!! They were presented with a costume Front Row poster signed by the entire cast. A true Front Row moment indeed!
Back in Tennessee, after the amazing NYC adventure was over, Bryan told us that this was the best vacation he has ever had with his family. They all created memories that will live with them forever. Truly unforgettable Front Row moments.