Broadway Shows and Theatre District, New York City
If you're into glamour and entertainment then Broadway is a must-see when visiting New York. When we were there we saw the show, "42nd Street," and although I'm generally not into theatre shows much, I must say i was very impressed. It's also very exciting seeing a show on Broadway, because a lot of the people are dressed in such expensive outfits and jewellery that you feel like some kind of honorary guest at a show that only rich people would visit. But in fact, it's still perfectly acceptable to wear casual jeans and t-shirts when you go to see a show! That's what I did anyhow!
BROADWAY!,in your visit to New York, don't miss see one of best Musicals on world.This street are full of some of the best Theatres in the city.In TIMES SQUARE,you'll find a place to buy the tickets for almost all shows in Broadway and also in rest of city,you must to do a long line,but here you can buy them at almost half price of a normal ticket!.
Ave Q is the best play I've seen to date. I think its actually better than Rent.
It's very witty and funny, and a definite must see. The tix are pricey, but the theater is small so sitting in the last few rows isn't a bad idea.
It is a liberal play though, so don't watch it if you are not an open-minded person.
Definately one of the highlights of my life, never mind New york, the Blue Man Group show at the Astor theatre is an experience never to be forgotten, won't say too much, don't want to spoil the spectacle, but it has everything, audio/visual,comedy audience participation. All set in a cosy small theatre where you are never far from the action.
The play is excellent and the venue is perfect. Located in the old Studio 54 night club the location is a true "Cabaret" with cocktail tables, candles, and roving "real" cocktail waitresses. You can enter about an hour early and enjoy a drink or two and some lite munches, don't plan on making a dinner out of it. The venue makes the presentation very real and interactive. MUST GO SEE!
There are so many great shows right now in NYC, on Broadway and off. I would check the latest listings and catch at least one or two.
In NYC, its not uncommon that a celebrity will be headlining a show. You never know! Hugh jackman was amazing in the "Boy from Oz".
My favorite is no longer on Broadway, the show has closed down, Les Miserables. I saw it at least six times, it was not enough. If I ever get another chance I will make sure to catch it at least ten more times.
The following shows are recommended:
The Phantom of the Opera
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Fiddler on the Roof
I haven't seen these:
Brooklyn: The Musical
A few ways to get tickets:
Plan [way] ahead - ticketmaster.com
Spur-of-the-moment - check box office day of show or a couple days before, call a broker (pay through the nose)
Have time to spend waiting - tkts booth in Times Square (No tips to give you here, I haven't done this myself)
Dress code: Years ago, it was a dressy function, I have *no clue* what happened. Nowadays, people come in jeans/tee shirts and its just terrible! A ticket to these shows are almost all over $50, this evening deserves alittle more than jeans and sneakers! Give it its due and dress up!!
Go to the TKTS booth in the center of Times Square to get discount tickets to same-day Broadway shows. Tickets can be up to 50% off regular prices!!
Weekdays the booths start selling at 3pm, but go AT LEAST 2pm & get in line. The lines get very long FAST.
Hours open at Duffy Square in Times Square:
Evening Performances Monday - Saturday 3 PM - 8 PM
Matinees Wed. & Sat. 10 AM - 2 PM
Matinee & Evening Sunday 11 AM - 7:30 PM
There is also a TKTS booth at South Street Seaport. Hours:
Evening Performances Monday - Saturday 11 AM - 6 PM
You must buy matinee tickets the day before at the Seaport branch.
The most famous theater district in the world with great productions all the time. The discount ticket booth in Times Square (47th and Broadway, no credit cards) is well organized and the best way to get in to most shows.
...than to be merely an observer, walking past it! It's an all-day affair, even when you already have a ticket, but if you've been fortunate enough to be in Dave's audience once, you know that day was well-spent!! You don't plan your night at a taping of his show around your trip to New York, you plan your trip to New York around the day for which you are able to secure the Letterman ticket. Many months in advance, of course! ..;-)))
Go catch a show in Broadway, off-Broadway, or off-off-Broadway. The photo is taken near Time Square. You can see Ford Center is showing "42nd Street" and the Amsterdam Theater is showing "Lion King". The city never sleeps.
You can request tickets in advance to see a taping of a television show. It's fun, and interesting to see how it all happens. Both www.abc.com and www.nbc.com list the shows that are taped, and instructions on getting tickets. Request tickets as soon as you have your trip planned. I would recommend you send off requests to several shows, because most tickets are selected on a lottery system. Plan on a few hours, be prepared to wait in some long lines, and some daytime shows have really early morning taping times.
You shouldn't miss a musical, like The Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Chicago or The Lion King. You can enjoy with the perfomances and especially with the music.-
When I visited Manhattan I saw: Miss Saigon (my favourite), The Phantom of the Opera and The Miserables. In fact, I saw The Miserables three times in my life: (in New York, in London and in Buenos Aires).
In Times Square is a facility - TKTS booth -where you can buy half-price tickets to all Broadway shows for performance that day. You will need cash. No personal checks or credit cards are accepted.-
No pueden perderse ver un musical, como Los Miserables, el Fantasma de la Opera, Miss Saigon, Chicago o El Rey León. Disfrutarán con las actuaciones y especialmente con la excelente música.-
Cuando visité Manhattan ví: Miss Saigon (mi favorita), El Fantasma de la Opera y los Miserables. De hecho, he visto los Miserables tres veces en mi vida, en Nueva York, en Londres y en Buenos Aires.-
En Times Square hay un local - TKTS -donde pueden comprarse tickets a mitad de precio para los shows de ese día. Necesitarán dinero efectivo, porque no aceptan tarjetas de crédito ni cheques de viajero.-
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in ...
A great new musical! A must-see!
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
TIP: A day-of-performance lottery for $25
front-row seats will be held daily for WICKED
at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre.
Each day, 2½ hours prior to show time
(11:30 AM for 2 PM matinees; 12:30 PM for
3 PM matinees; 4:30 PM for 7 PM performances; 5:30 PM for 8 PM performances), people who present themselves at the Gershwin Theatre box office will have their names placed in a hat. 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for 28 front-row seats at $25 each. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person, cash only. Photo-ID required.
(... unless you don't have anything better in mind than queueing up for hours [and either freezing to death, getting wet all over or get roasted in the sun])
- bring your student ID and ask directly at the theatre's box offices for student tickets (around 25 USD) (the way we got tickets for "The Fiddler on the Roof")
- ask at the Tourist Information or check at the universities for discount bons and get tickets for half the price or more directly at the box office (the way we got tickets for "Chicago")
- sign up for a ticket lottery: sign up 2,5 hours prior the show and "win" a first row ticket for 25 USD (a little luck is involved though; the way we got our tickets for "WICKED")
Jonathan Larson's emotional and touching musical about a group of artist friends trying to save their building and their relationships is an absolute MUST SEE! This cast is headed up by Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls as Mimi (no kidding, Scary Spice - and she is incredible) and Jeremy Kushnier as Roger. His voice is unbelievable and you truly believe that he is the angry but deep-down good-hearted musician. The show stealer was Maureen, who shined in her beatnick performance. The song "Take Me or Leave Me" was the highlight of the show for me, with 2 powerhouse female voices taking over the stage! The actors who played Benny, Mark (we saw the talented understudy), Collins, and Joanne were fantastic as well. The actor who played Angel was the weakest link in the cast, but the show was still amazing!
Bring some tissues ... because the second act is very sad. This musical is roughly based on the story La Boheme. But brilliant Jonathan Larson gave it a New York twist that has made it one of the most successful musicals around. Rent swept the Tonys in 1996. The current cast is incredible ... if you've been wanting to see this show, now is the time.