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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 to visitMost shows are in the evenings, but there are matinees, too.
- What is the price?$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 thereThere are several venues where shows take place, but the Broadway theater itself is on, well, Broadway in Manhattan, near 7th Avenue subway station.
- Additional tipsBook 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
Enjoyed observing architectural and design features for a number of Midtown buildings we had previously only viewed in passing. Our guide was effective and did a nice job of providing a historical context for the area and the buildings. Would recommend this tour.
our guide presented his knowledge in a fascinating way, listening to him was so interesting and entertaining as well. He could answer all our questions. Our tour took not only 3 hrs. - we walked along downtown for more than 4 1/2 hrs. missing not a second. This tour was the highlight of our stay in NY !! The combination of competent guidance in a small group is great.
The actors who played Aladdin and the Genie were magnificent. Everyone in the play was wonderful. The music was terriffic. I really liked this show.
Bobby is such an amazing guy who have such a great preparation as well as presentation that I really enjoyed it for every single second.
This musical is one you cannot miss while in New York! It's beauty and hard work has come to life in the world of Oz! Enjoyable for all ages!