December 9, 2013

Photo credit: Heather Wines/CBS ©2013

New York City is the center for live shows. While a visit to Broadway can cost $100 or more, there’s plenty of live entertainment that’s free, such as a visit to see a taping of “The Talk,” “Bethenny Frankel,” “Dr. Oz,” “Live! With Kelly & Michael,” and several more.  It’s entertaining and I have never left a taping of “The Talk” empty handed.

Garth Brooks headlined “The Talk” on CBS when I was there. He did not perform, but I heard first-hand all about his upcoming tour, how he got started and why focusing on his family keeps him sane.

I also left with an armload of stuff: Scarpetta Cookbook, spa gift card, tickets to “Cinderella on Broadway,” Garth Brooks’ new CD 8 pack and a Vera Bradley bag.

All I had to do was cheer like crazy, which wasn’t hard because we were showered with gifts and we had an uberfan in the audience who got the crowd going. Not to mention the unafraid-to-say-anything stand-up comedian whose job it is to get us all energized and happy.

Not bad, considering it can be tough to find free things to do in New York City, let alone leave with an armful of gifts.