Shelley Fitzgerald’s Front Row Experience: Hamilton on Broadway
Shelley, 36, was battling aggressive breast cancer when she fulfilled her dream of seeing Hamilton in NYC, care of the Front Row Foundation, with her husband Scott and host/friend, Rebecca Herzog. Tragically Shelley passed away only 12 short days after her event.
Shelley’s health had started declining a few days before her weekend in NYC, but she decided she would muster through for this opportunity of a lifetime.
“So, I had a few bad days in a row leading up to NYC and Monday night I was ready to cancel. I called Rebecca and she was great at problem solving and calming me down. We decided to make a decision in the morning. In the morning I decided…I’m Shelley and I don’t give up so even though I knew it would be challenging I was going to do it.”
After some surprisingly well-equipped wheelchair accessible Uber rides and what food she could keep down, it was time to go to Broadway and see the show that lights Shelley up: Hamilton.
“We sat in the 3rd row center. At 2:03 the show started and Aaron Burr took the stage and that was the first time I cried. I couldn’t believe I was actually at Broadway watching Hamilton. It was amazing. The show exceeded my expectations and they were pretty high. I loved every minute of the show, cried 4 times and was completely immersed in it.”
After the show, the trio met up with some other friends and headed out for a delicious family-style meal at Carmine’s. Shelley exclaimed, “I have never seen so much food. We started with a huge salad. Then huge platters of chicken parm, spaghetti and meatballs, penne in a vodka sauce, penne with broccoli in a garlic sauce. Then Rebecca preordered a huge dessert so we had to eat that, too!”
The day after her excursion in the Big Apple, Shelley says she was wiped out and slept all day, but of course it was “100% worth it!”