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Are you a newcomer to Broadway? Or maybe even a regular attendee? Broadway is a magical experience, but if
you're unsure of the proper etiquette for attending a show, let us alleviate any fears.
An obvious and simple code of conduct, but one that's often ignored. Make sure to switch your phone - nothing's more annoying than bleeping in the middle of Mamma Mia!, for performers and fellow audience members alike.
If you've observed the first rule, this will be no problem. But a bright phone screen in the audience is distracting for the performers and the audience, and any photos you try to take will likely be of poor quality due to lighting and distance, so keep it off.
Don't feel that you have to put on your best dress to be allowed into the theater. But if you want to make an event of it, then why not dress up?
Sure, quietly eating a few M&M's isn't going to bother anyone, but just be aware of rustling packets and loud chomping or you might get an unfriendly nudge from your neighbor.
Everyone's paid a lot to see the show - especially a multi-award-winner like The Lion King, so try not to hog all the space around you.
Make sure to check the time the show starts and plan to arrive 30 minutes early. If you need to pick up your tickets from the box office, you may need to arrive even earlier to allow for standing in line.
If you want to catch one of the big Broadway productions, make sure to book in advance as they do sell out quickly.
- When should I visit?
- Most shows are in the evenings, but there are matinees, too.
- Is it expensive?
- $100 is the rough starting price for a show.
- Will I need a guide?
- You don't need a guide for the shows themselves, but if you want to check out the historic theater district itself, a guide will be useful!
- How to get there
- There are several venues where shows take place, but the Broadway theater itself is on, well, Broadway in Manhattan, near 7th Avenue subway station.
- Additional information
- Book ahead to avoid disappointment. | Don't talk or make a lot of noise during the show, and make sure your phone is switched off!
What people are saying about Broadway, New York City
The guide was friendly but lack any in-depth knowledge of Broadway & NYC in general, especially when asked specific questions. Also showed photos on a small phone instead of an iPad (& not everyone in the small group had an opportunity to see all the pics), and lacked the headsets to hear him easily. The tour is advertised as the guide having "first hand theatre experience" on Broadway so I expected him to share a few anecdotes of his time, but he could only say his experience was as an Asst. House Mgr to 1 show a few years ago. We ended up at the Theatre 25 minutes early, and instead of filling the time with stories or info, after 5 minutes the guide just let us be so we all stood around and took some pictures of the lobby & waited for the in-house historian. The historian, Eric, was wonderful and patient; he and his teammate were fantastic in explaining all the props and encouraging us to respectfully try them on. This part was an amazing experience & made the tour all worthwhile.
Loved watching the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre. The actors, the setting, the music, the choreography, everything was great. The theatre was really nice and old fashioned which adds points to the experience. The downside of it al was the way the audience is treated. Going into the theatre, sitting down, and then leaving, felt more like we were cattle. Always bossing us around. True, most people there looked like they came just to cross off another tourist attraction off their list, rather than watching a play, but even in regular tourist attractions I didn't get the cattle feeling like I did here.
We didn't know what to expect but this was a really great activity for our family. We walked all around Times Square and learned insider information about the history of Broadway and Times Square, and interesting facts about different shows and performers. The New Amsterdam tour was awesome! We got to see what it was like behind the scenes and got to try on costumes from several Disney shows. Would have loved this part of the tour to be longer! Really great day!
The walking tour was interesting and informative. Jason had some fun stories and was very open to questions of all sorts. What set this tour apart was the back stage portion. It was so incredible to be up on the stage and see how all of the sets and props are organized and hear about all of the trap doors and elevators.
Loved both segments of the tour. First was walking around and learning more about the history of Broadway. Second was focused on New Amsterdam Theater and how Disney salvaged and remodeled this magnificent theater.