Broadway Shows, New York City
You can buy tickets for Broadway shows for up to a 50% discount, depending on the show. There is a service charge and you must wait in line at Duffy Square. The line goes pretty quickly.
They only accept cash and traveler's checks.
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As a stage actor, I have performed off-Bdwy, and have friends currently appearing in Bdwy shows. For visitors who are attending their first Broadway show, here are some tips that you might find useful:
While there is no official dress-code for Bdwy, suits for ladies & gents are always appropriate. Men can also wear a sports jacket & slacks, w/ or w/o tie, or a nice sweater & slacks. Ladies can wear a nice top & slacks, a dress, or blouse/sweater & skirt. This may be the only Bdwy show you will see - why not make it special?
PLEASE REMEMBER-you are seeing a LIVE show; the actors are real people and they can hear you if you talk. I can't tell you how disconcerting is is to hear someone making dinner plans while I'm trying to tell Hamlet to "look like a friend on Denmark!"
Ditto cell phones, beepers, etc. If you think you've turned them off, double check. Then check again.
A little courtesy goes a long way to making your first Bdwy show a magical event!
I went to see this play on Sept 10 and was so pleased wigth this play...it was well worth the $ 103 seat price. I found the acting and thems to be incrediblly well done. The lead character, Quentin, was portrayed by Peter Krause who starts as Nate fisher on HBO drama :" six feet under". He was just incredib le in this role. It was fascinating to see how he was able to display so many emotions within moments of eachother. Love, fear, guilt,sadness, happiness, uncertainity....all as he portrayed the life events of this charactger Quentin. It was just so well done.The other actors were great as well. The character Maggie was excellently portrayed as well as well as the mother and father characters, and all oft the others. The play talks about the life of Quentin and events that affected is life, it discussed Macarthyism, holocaust, fear of commitment and his fear of failing, it was an excellent play, i would surely recommend it.
Fondest memory: Just walking around the neighborhoods, shopping, and finding very unique things that you cant find elswewhere......
Favorite thing: Broadway is long. It cuts through the whole Manhattan from north to south. Walk along Broadway and you'll see many famous buildings. The photo was taken near New York City Hall. The tall one in photo is the Woolworth Building. When it was built in 1913, it was the tallest building in the world until the completion of Chrysler Building in 1930.
I was in NYC last week, and every time I went past the TKTS booth, there was a 3 or 4 hour wait.
Someone told me about a TKTS booth in South Street Seaport (Pier 17). Its on the corner of Front & John Streets. I went to it and there was NO LINE. Its definetly worth the subway trip down to South Street to avoid the 3 hour wait at the times square TKTS booth.
If you have never been to a Broadway show, try to see one when you're here. I recommend the following:
1. Lion King: This is my top pick for many reasons. And don't think this is just for kids. The singing, set design ,and especially the costumes will totally amaze you. A must see, if you can get tickets!
2. Phantom of the Opera: A very "traditional" Broadway show. Beautiful costumes, set, and singing.
3. Jekyll and Hyde: Very original set design, an excellent show and story! You will love it!
4. The Boy From Oz: Great singing and dancing. And Hugh Jackman is....phenomenal!!
There are many great shows, so try to see one!
Well, New York is Broadway... at least part of it. You cannot visit New York without seeing a show, either play (which I prefer) or musical. Ofcourse you [i]can[/i], but it's highly recommended, and highly expensive ;-)
I saw Salome in June 2003.
A trip to New York is not complete without a Broadway, Off Broadway, of Off Off Broadway theater production. This trip was no exception. Although tickets to Lion King were in the Stratosphere and essentially unavailable, we did mange to snag great seats to RENT from TKTS in Times Square.
While the subject matter may be objectionable to some people, the production was just short of fantastic. The only "objection" I can think of is the cast is too "big" for the theater. They could / should sell out a place much larger than the Nederlander. BUT....that's were they play and have done so for the last 7 years....
Highly recommended cast and production.
The TKTS booth, run by the Theatre Development Fund, is a MUST DO for anyone who wants to see a show. If you have your heart set on a blockbuster, then sure, pay top dollar. However, if you just want to see a good show, why not let fate lend a hand?
The booths sell Broadway, Off-Broadway, Dance and Music event tickets on the day of the show. Tickets are either
half or three-quarter price (plus a $3.00 service charge) and payment is by cash or traveler's check only. Make sure you have enough before getting in line!! Available tickets are posted on boards outside the ticket windows. Once you are there, check out the available shows and decide on a couple of options. I highly recommend off-Broadway productions, myself.
Fondest memory: You will meet interesting people from all over the place on this line! Don't buy anything from people who accost you while you are there. Support TDF, it's a great part of the arts community. They do a lot for the public school system too, so I'm biased.
buy a reduced price ticket (25 to 50 pct) for one musical of the current evening at TKTS (Times Square - Broadway & 47th St). Ordinarly, very crowed. Open from 3PM to 8PM - Monday to Saturday. Sunday : noon to 8PM.
Fondest memory: There was an other TKTS in the World Trade Center.
Take in a Broadway Show! Just kidding - Broadway Sucks! So what should you do in the new 'Tourist Friendly' New York? There aren't as many 'cool' places as there used to be. The East Village, birthplace of Punk, is now a Yuppie Haven. Former dope spots are overrun by Soccer Moms and Baby Carriages. But for visiting a 'Tough' neighborhood, the East Village, and Lower East Side are a good place to play 'Let's Pretend'.
Fondest memory: My neighborhood in Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens. It's also been overrun by Soccer Moms. but it's a great place to raise a kid. Actually it's a very family friendly neighborhood, and BEAUTIFUL! Lots of Brownstones and not far from Manhattan by the Ftrain.
Definently you must go to a broadway play
Fondest memory: We went to a broadway play and we pulled up there in a limo. I had so much fun there. We were originally supposed to get to the play by a cab but a limo driver heard us talking and asked to take us there.
Take in a Broadway show-- off Broadway is also great. Don't miss the Metropolitan Opera. Go to the Ballet. There are several good companies that perform at Lincoln Center. Visit the library at Lincoln Center for an unusual experience in finding scores.
In Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has wonderful productions that are worth seeing. Many actors like Diana Rigg prefer to work there because the shows run for a limited time.
Fondest memory: I really miss the shows, the opera, the ballet, the concerts. I was a member of the Lincoln Center Institute when I lived and worked in NYC. The photo shows Lincoln Center.
Watch a Broadway play or musical.
The last time I was there, I watched 'The Proof' -- a clever play that is layered and unravels only at the end, just like a mystery of sorts, and a kind of metaphor for the idea of a proof too.
On my earlier visit I managed to catch 3 shows -- 'Art', 'Freak' and 'Miss Saigon'. Really good that they covered different genres. Though I must say that I enjoyed 'Art' best!
Of course, I love the theater and music. Last November, I managed to see the NY Philharmonic twice in one week. I usually manage to see 3-4 shows a week. In November, I had to see ground zero. I felt that New Yorkers were a lot mellower.
Fondest memory: Just walking around and seeing all the sights and people. There is so much to do. There is no place like in the world.