Broadway, New York

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5 Broadway Theatre Etiquette Rules

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.

  • Switch off your cellphone

    1. Switch off your cellphone

    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.

  • Photos and texts

    2. Photos and texts

    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.

  • Dress code

    3. Dress code

    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?

  • Don't eat during the show

    4. Don't eat during the show

    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.

  • Be aware of space

    5. Be aware of space

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Get there on time!

    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.

  • Book in advance

    If you want to catch one of the big Broadway productions, make sure to book in advance as they do sell out quickly.

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 645 reviews

A really great experience. I encountered a group of people from Greece, Australia and Italy. Our guide Steven was really entertaining and very friendly. We learned about the history of Washington Square Park, Stone Wall, several old residences, the location of the “Friends” apartment from the TV show, the skinniest building in New York, the location and history of the Triangle shirt waist fire.... where all the neat jazz and comedy clubs were in the area.... the list goes on! I highly recommend this tour!

Kevin was an amazing tour guide. He was very informative and very friendly. He was able to communicate effectively with customers from 5 or 6 counties and brought us all together as a group. My wife uses a wheelchair and he was able to work the tour so we covered everything in the Village and felt accommodated. He is the best tour guide I have ever had anywhere in the world. The Greenwich Village tour was the highlight of our trip to NYC.

This was a nice tour, but it wasn’t what I expected, especially in terms of learning about Disney. I thought we would go into more than one theater to learn about the history. We only went into the New Amsterdam theater. It was a lot of standing in front of the locked theaters and learning about our guide’s experience on Broadway. Again, it was enjoyable, but not what I expected.

Immerse yourself in the ever-present culture as you stroll down bohemian streets and imagine a life where poets, artists, writers, and activists converged at the most unlikely, yet likely places. Follow a knowledgeable and charming guide who draws you into the past with captivating stories and the sights to match. Not to be missed!

What a great way to spend a couple of hours learning about the history of a fantastic NYC neighborhood. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone who can walk and has an interest in the artistic beginnings of NYC. Our guide Evan was EXCEPTIONAL!!!