April 15th 2011

A short guide to checking out a Broadway Show

Attending a Broadway show is definitely a highlight of visiting New York City. After all, how can’t you love the diverse shows with incredible talent in the greatest city on earth?

Even better, there are a few tips that every Broadway lover should know, whether your a seasoned theatre goer or it’s your first time.

Before You Go

Sit down at the computer and check out some websites featuring Discount Broadway Tickets.

Tickets can generally be purchased up to about three weeks in advance, often for at 50 perfect off.

Getting There

If you already have your tickets, before sure that you get there on time. Sounds like common sense, perhaps, but planning to arrive at least 30 minutes early is key.

If you’re picking up tickets at the will call window, aim for at least 45 minutes earlier, and check the entrance: often it will be a different one.

To get to Times Square, your best bet is from the subway. From the East Side, head to Grand Central and take the S or the 7 to 42nd Street/Times Square for the easiest access. From the West Side, take the 1, 2, 3. If you’re not keen on the subway, take a cab. Parking isn’t cheap, so try to avoid taking the car.

The Day Of

If you don’t score tickets beforehand, check out the goods on the day of the performance. Lining up for same-day tickets will give you a discount of 25 to 50 perfect. There are two TKTS kiosks in Manhattan (tdf.org); one is located in Times Square at 47th Street and Broadway, and the other is in the Financial District at Front and John Streets.

Wait time is generally about an hour or two, and more popular shows often aren’t available. But there are loads of great Broadway plays available, and chances are, you’ll love them all. Tickets are released randomly throughout the day, and often people line up hours before they open. The kiosk is open from 3pm to 8pm during the week and 10am on matinee days (Saturday and Wednesday). It opens at 11am on Sundays. The Times Square location is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. on Sundays (hours are slightly different downtown). Just don’t bring your credit card: cash only. You can also sign up for the lottery right at the theatre, and hope to score tickets 2.5 hours before curtain time.

Right Before

So it’s a last minute decision: you just went out for a great dinner and now you’re keen on a show, too. Head to the theatre’s box office at about 30 minutes before showtime, and ask about Standing Room Only tickets. If all tickets are sold out, these tickets will be available for about $25 each.

Once You’re In

Take a moment to ask which staircase to head up to, and wait for the usher to seat you. Take off your coat, turn off your phone, and relax. Rustling and bustling about during the play or musical disturbs those around you, as well as the actors.

After the Show

Relax. It’s busy. It might take a moment to get out of the theatre. Wait until the actors make their curtain calls, then take your time to exit. If you are interested in autographs, some of the actors will come sign the Playbills at the stage door, so head over that way.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.