A trip to New York City isn’t complete without going to the theater. For your first Broadway show, you might be wondering about all the details. How do you get a good deal on tickets? Do people dress up?
Thanks to the expertise from the folks at TopView NYC, a sightseeing company in New York, we’ve answered all your questions to help make your first Broadway show a smooth and enjoyable experience.
- Save on Tickets
To get the best deal, plan ahead and use a variety of techniques to research prices before you purchase tickets. Hit shows often hold lotteries or offer standing room only tickets (these are sometimes only available to students). Look up specific shows to learn more about these options. If you’re open to lots of different shows, there are plenty of apps and discount ticket sites that will help you find a show that fits your budget.
- Dress the Part
Is there a dress code for Broadway theaters? No. Should there be? Depends on who you ask. Theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli recently implored theater patrons to “stop dressing like crap.” While it’s nice to be comfortable, an attractive, pulled-together outfit shows respect for the actors. No matter what you wear, we recommend comfortable shoes (for waiting in long restroom and concession lines) and a sweater in case the theater is chilly.
- Arrive on Time
Out-of-towners often underestimate how long it will take to travel to their Broadway theater. If it’s only a mile away, it should only take a few minutes, right? Hello, New York traffic! We recommend using a map app to estimate travel time, and allow extra for unexpected delays. Although you’ll see people lining up long before a show, most theaters don’t open the doors until 30 minutes before curtain. Plan to arrive a minimum of 5 minutes before show time. Budget more time if you want to hit the restroom, purchase a drink, or shop for souvenirs.
- Find Needed Accommodations
Many Broadway theaters can accommodate wheelchairs, hearing impairments, sensory needs, and other special considerations. Learn more at http://www.theatreaccess.nyc.
- Enjoy the Sights
Before or after your show, give yourself time to appreciate the magic of Broadway. Walk through Times Square to marvel at the energy, or stroll past a few theaters on the way to your own to see what else is playing. Another option is to take a walking or bus tour through the Theater District, like the one offered by https://www.topviewnyc.com. Discovering the history and art of this area will deepen your appreciation of everything that goes into Broadway shows.
With a little bit of planning, your first Broadway show will be a special experience you’ll remember always. Once you’ve settled into your seat, the lights dim, and the orchestra begins to play, everything else melts away as you’re surrounded by the magic of Broadway. Enjoy!