Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend and that Monday was good to you. I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday, and it just so happens to focus on New York City. Today’s tip is all about Broadway Theatre, one of my absolute favorite bits about NYC! Since I love it so much, I thought I would share a few of my tips and tricks for planning the perfect visit to Broadway and one of its beautiful theatres.
With so many show options, there is something for everyone to see. So I always recommend seeing a Broadway Theatre show with my clients planning their itinerary. Below is the bit of info I tend to share with them.
TKTS or TodayTix App • Buy tickets at a discount using the TKTS booth in Times Square, as well as other places in the city, or using the TodayTix App. I love the app, because no lines are involved, and I can buy my tickets up to a week in advance. With the TKTS booth, you can purchase day of tickets, and part of the sales go to a non-profit that supports the arts.
Mezzanine Seating • Though Orchestra seating may seem like the crème de la crème, but, for me, it is all about the Mezzanine. I find it difficult to see when sitting in the orchestra section. You’ll spend time trying to peek around people’s heads, and have a hard time seeing parts of the stage. In the mezzanine section, no worries about peeking around heads as the upper sections provide more slope, and you’ll be able to see the stage well.
Expect Historical Theatres • Expect the theatres to be historical. Why is this important? You’ll want to pay attention to the beautiful design and detail. But you’ll need to be aware that this means seats are small and rows are close together. If needed, you’ll want to request accessible seating.
No Photography or Videography • Taking photos or videos while the show is going is prohibited by copyright laws, not to mention rude and distracting to other theatre patrons. When the curtain goes up, put your phone down.
Research Appropriateness • You’ll want to do your research to decide if a show is for you or those you’ll be bringing along. Many are for more mature audiences, and include language and nudity.
Dark Mondays • Most theatres are “dark” on Mondays, so don’t plan to see a Broadway show on a Monday. You may want to adjust your itinerary or visit to New York accordingly.
Pricing • Expect higher prices on weekends & shows with famous cast members. Of course, weekends are prime times for theatre visits, so you’ll want to plan your budget accordingly if you planned to see a weekend show. Or purchase matinee tickets to save. You’ll also pay more for fame—shows starring celebrity or super popular cast members will cost more. If seeing said celeb isn’t important to you, check www.broadway.com for days understudies might be playing those parts instead.
Hopefully these quick tips will help you plan your visit to see a Broadway show or musical. I hope you will add a show to your itinerary. They truly are incredible works of art!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back tomorrow to share our visit to Central Park.