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How to 'Slay the Day' with Alex Newell in Boston

How to 'Slay the Day' with Alex Newell in Boston

The singer takes us around his hometown.

Brian Ziff (Newell). Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , Courtesy of locations. 

It’s hard to believe that Alex Newell has never had a proper vocal lesson in his life. But that hasn’t stopped the 23-year-old Glee alum from racking up hordes of devoted fans and carving out his own ebullient brand of pop: a mix of sticky melodies, church-choir soul, and over-the-top theatrics. Newell re-cently released his debut EP, Power — and toured with Adam Lambert, who met the young belter when he guest-starred on Glee. Though these days Newell is crisscrossing the country, he recently returned to his hometown of Boston for a special performance. When he wasn't hitting high notes and stomping his heels, he paid a visit to these Beantown musts.

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alex newell

1. Top of the Hub

“It’s my favorite restaurant because it has a breathtaking view of all of Boston. Nothing makes me happier than having a mojito and a nice steamed lobster at sunset while looking over my gorgeous city.”800 Boylston St.;

2. Prudential Center 

“After that amazing view, work off all you ate shopping at the Pru [and the adjacent Copley Place]. Hit Neiman Marcus for the accessories, Saks for the shoes, Barneys for the clothes, and Tiffany for the jewelry. You really can’t go wrong.” 800 Boylston St.;

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3. Museum of Fine Arts 

“I love to grab a tea, put on one of my scarves, and check out the various exhibits, especially anything fashion-related. It gives me ideas for my tour looks.” Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.;

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4. Boston Opera House

“I recently went to see Beauty and the Beast here, and I absolutely love the stage. I’ve never been on it, but it’s always been a goal of mine to perform there. To anyone reading this, let’s make it happen.” 539 Washington St.;

5. Club Café

“Club Café is perfect if you want good food and drinks. After dinner, it turns into a club, and you can party the night away. I definitely partied a bit too hard one New Year’s Eve.” 209 Columbus Ave.;

6. Boston Common

“I love taking a stroll here any time of year, but especially during the winter and spring. A perfect view of the State House, the bronze ducks, and the pond — what more could you ask for?” 139 Tremont St.

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7. Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts

“They have some of the best doughnuts in Massachusetts. I always keep it simple and stick with the plain. I pair it with a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and I’m ready to slay the day.” Two International Place, 90 Oliver St.;

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