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There are so many shows to choose from. If you have time, you might be able to find cheap tickets, otherwise you will have to pay (up to 150 USD).
We booked at the hotel and the tickets were about 40 USD more than what you would pay at the box office at the theatre. So, do check a few options before you buy.
We watched Chicago, which was a fantastic production. There are many, many shows to choose from.
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Broadway shows are fantastic
I am not a big fan of the theatre or the opera or things like that, but Broadway shows are something else. So don't hessitate any more, it is definetly worth every dollar. Just check out whats on and find the ones that sounds most interesting.
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Why not see a Broadway Show?
Catch one of the many Broadway shows. They have a large variety of productions going on at all times. I recommend some of their classics like "Phantom of the Opera, Chicago" and some of the new productions like "Jersey Boys, Grease, Mamma Mia, Cat on the Hot Tin Roof"
The last Broadway show I saw was "Spamolot" (before Clay Aiken joined). It was quite good and we had a good laugh.
Your In NYC, you got to see a SHOW!
Highly reccomend seeing a broadway or off broadway show.
Jersey Boys, our waiter sugguested not to read the Playbill til after the show.
Spelling Bee, get there early to fill out a form and you might get picked to participate in the show
Blue Man Group ( I think they still have a show in NY, if not try Las Vegas)
Lion King, not just for kids!
Avenue Q, not for kids
I'll add more later...
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Tge naked singing cowboy
He works in the street around Times Square and the theatre district and has been doing this for several years now. It's a curbstone act and he has honed it to full business enterprise, without a portfolio, except keeping his white brief on and of course his guitar and a cowboy hat. He's a great charmer and seems to be thriving in his free enterprise. In terms of offering, give whatever amount you feel like it.
See a Broadway Show
There's something magical about seeing a Broadway show. For two hours or so, you are transported to another place, another time, or maybe you are focused on someone else's problems instead of your own. Movies can give you that sense of escape, too, but with theatre there is more left to the imagination, so one has to work harder (and escape farther from the real world) while watching. Actors feed off of audience reaction which means every performance of a show is a little different. If you'd like to see a show but have no idea what to see, start by checking Playbill.com. This site describes all the shows currently playing on Broadway as well as ones that are in the works. And while musicals get the most attention, there are plenty of plays available on Broadway and Off-Broadway, too. Check out a live show!
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One of the great things to do in NYC is to take in a Broadway Show. Currently, there are more than 30 shows to choose from. Amongst them are long running hits such as Phantom of the Opera and the Lion King. Then there are more recent hits such as Hairspray and Spamalot. Tickets can be purchased either from Tkts locations, box office, Telecharge and Ticketron or, if your hotel has a concierge, they can probably get them as well. Tickets for the more popular shows should be purchased in advance as good seats sell quickly. prices range anywhere from $30 to over $100 USD.
Clean, Smart Stand-up Comedy
The Ivy League Comedy Showcase(sm) returns to NYC's Gotham Comedy Club Thursday January 17th at 7 PM.
A showcase of clever, smart and talented comics starring professional comedian alumni of the Ivies and other top schools— the country's funniest, brightest and most educated comedians performing clean, clever material-- so bring your friends and favorite clients! The show stars Ivy favorite Karen Bergreen, top college comic Steve Hofstetter, Shaun Eli and some special guests. For more information, please visit www.IvyLeagueComedy.com.
Ivy League Comedy: The Smartest You'll Ever Laugh(sm)
Gotham Comedy Club is at 208 West 23rd Street. (212) 367-9000 for reservations. $20 cover and two beverage minimum.
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The Phantom of the Opera
"The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in Broadway is the first musical production I've ever watched was and absolutely fell in love with it. The production is also the longest running musical in Broadway, in its 17th year by the time this tip is written.
Andrew Lloyd Webber brought to life the novel by Gaston Leroux and has won accolades & the Tony Award in 1988. The musical is about a "Phantom" who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls in love with a young singer, Christine, but alas, it was unrequited love.
It's definitely a classic and always plays to a full house. I had a good seat at the front center mezzanine area.
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The Lion King
The Lion King is a visually stunning musical production played at the Minskoff Theater. The musical is based on Disney's animation with the same name with songs written by composer Elton John.
You can watch your favorite characters like Simba, Musafa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki & Zazu singing and dancing through the 2½ hr show. This is a great show not only for theater buffs but also for kids. I must admit, I myself was a big kid when the characters appeared on stage.
It's a good idea to pay a little extra for good seats for you to enjoy the show. I sat at the center mezzanine area during the show.
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An interesting collage of dance performances
City Center's Fall for Dance Festival
To the beat of cheery sun-drenched music in Twyla Tharp's "Deuce Coupe" (inspired by the Beach Boys) brightly clad dancers dazzled a sold-out standing room only crowd at City Center last Wednesday evening to kick off the annual Fall for Dance Festival.
This not to be missed, once a year event features a vast and exciting mix of some of the world's best known and little known dancers, dance companies and choreographers. Best of all, the tickets are offered at the amazing price of $10 for every seat in the house!
Fall for Dance is a rare opportunity to see, be inspired, delighted and experience, a wide and varied range of dance forms from classical ballet (Kirov, New York City and the Royal Ballet of Flanders), modern dance (Paul Taylor, Juilliard, Armitage Gone), tango and Latin (Ballet Hispanico and Mariela Fangavillo), tap (10 Foot 5), African (Kyle Abraham and Urban Bush Women) and Hip-Hop (Via Katlehond and Compagnie Kafig).
Every year sees new additions to the already exploding number of dance companies throughout the country and the world. It has become impossible to stay on top of the latest choreography, the newest dancers and developments in this ever-evolving art form.
Seize the moment; you have a choice of 28 companies performing thru October 6. Discover which styles of dance and which companies you enjoy most. Then mark your calendar to see how much more intriguing they are when they return for their season performances at the Joyce Theatre, City Center, Juilliard or Lincoln Center. Let Fall for Dance is your invitation to the exhilarating, mesmerizing and always beautiful world of dance.
For Kids, at $10 a ticket, there is no better way to introduce youngsters to the "art" of dance. If they become restless, or don't like it, you will not feel quite so bad about leaving early.
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If you're visiting NYC you must see a Broadway show. There are a ton of amazing Broadway shows but the really good ones are hard to get tickets to so you must book in advance. If you can't book in advance but don’t care about the price than you can go through a broker. One broker site is stubhub.com (this is the one I use, but there are plenty of other ones). I try to book in advance otherwise you can pay three times the face value (or more). I just went to see Avenue Q on Broadway and it was a hilarious two hour show. Very funny and dirty –so don’t bring your 6 year old child to the show, otherwise you will have to answer a ton of questions afterwards. There are also great Off Broadway shows like Jewtopia –very funny. There are so many wonderful musical Broadway shows so don’t miss it and definitely read the reviews. You can read some reviews on newyorker.com or other sites.
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You could go online to check out what shows are playing on Broadway......but it's SO much more fun to walk up and down Broadway and check the theaters out for themselves!! If you're visiting NY, especially for the first time, you MUST get the experience of a Broadway show!!! They are so much fun. And if you want to get discounted tickets, standing in line at the TKTS booth is always an experience! Booths are located in Times Square and at South Street Seaport. I recommend the latter for a shorter wait time.
You can't come to NY without seeing at least one!
Everywhere you turn on Broadway there's a theater featuring some kind of great musical show. We saw Avenue Q this time around - kind of a non-PC, off-color Sesame Street type spin off for adults - and we LOVED it!!! We laughed through the whole show. We recommend getting discount tickets at a TKTS booth, either at Times Square or South Street Seaport. You may not get the show you want but at 50% off the price, it's worth checking out other options!
See Mama Mia at the Winter Garden Theatre
I went and saw an evening performance of the popular Broadway show, Mama Mia, at the Winter Garden theatre. Overall, it was a really cute and funny musical. It's definitely a light and airy show and is great for audiences of many ages. The cast was great; the singing was really fun, and at the end of the show, everyone ends up singing along and dancing in the aisles.
Be careful with where you purchase your tickets for the Broadway shows. You can do it a number of ways: through a broker, online at ticketmaster/telecharge, or buy them the same day right before the show starts, directly at the theatre, or you can buy them in Times Square for a discount. The most convenient way certainly is online, but you'll end up paying full retail price. Make sure, however, that you are able to find out exactly where your seats are, because we paid over $100/ ticket and a little bit of the right side of the stage was not visible. If you book through a broker, however, you will be guaranteed premium seats (such as 5th row, center)- but be prepared to pay well over $150 a ticket. Jersey Boys was going for around $240/ person, same day. Make sure to make your show plans at least a few days in advance!
Went on a Tuesday evening, and expected it to be a dressy affair, but due to its proximity to Times Square, there were many tourists (like myself)- and quite a few of them were wearing jeans. In other words, the dress code is flexible but I still enjoyed being in a dress.
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