Seeing a Broadway show in New York City for the first time is an experience like none other. Between the prestige of these shows, the grandeur of this part of the city, and the excitement of seeing the best actors and actresses in the world performing live on stage, seeing a Broadway musical is an experience that you will want to repeat over and over again.
Even if you’ve seen musicals before, there’s nothing quite like the aura that hovers over the theater district in NYC. In order to make the most of this experience, some experience can help. That’s where we can step in and help!
Seeing a Broadway show will be a memorable moment in your life. But before you just buy the first set of tickets that you come across, there are a few things that you can take into account to help make your first musical even better.
See the Right Show
Part of enjoying yourself in the Broadway setting is making sure that you see the right show. If a show’s on Broadway, you know that it’s a high-quality experience, but that doesn’t mean that it will be the best show for your liking. For example, both Rent and Hamilton have received amazing reviews over the years, but they are two different experiences. They tell very different stories about very different groups of people. The musical style in each is distinct, too. Although both have become iconic hallmarks of Broadway, they cater to two different types of theater-goers. There will certainly be some overlap (after all, good art is good art!), but not everyone will enjoy both to the same degree.
If you’re not sure if a show is right for you, check out the summary of the storyline and the reviews that various critics have posted regarding the performances. There are usually at least a dozen high-quality shows to choose from that are playing in New York. While this might seem like an overwhelming amount of choices, it can also be just what you need to tailor your first New York experience and make sure that you have as much fun as possible, in the perfect setting.
Finding the Right Seats
At a Broadway show, pretty much all of the seats will be extraordinary. However, some seats will be better than others. Seating charts can help you to gain a more general idea of where your seats are, so it’s highly suggested that you use these. Most ticket sites offer this tool.
It’s also worth noting that a great seat in one theater is not going to always have the same quality experience as the equivalent seat in another theater. For example, many theaters have a higher set stage, and those seated in the first couple rows do not have as advantageous of a view. What might be a great seat at a theater with a low stage will end up being a subpar seat at another theater for this reason–even if it is a front row seat. If you’ve never been to the theater that you’re looking at, it can be really hard to tell which seat is which. Reading through online reviews–either on the theater’s website or through third-party blogs–can help you to learn a little bit more about the experience that you’re likely to have. Additionally, a lot of ticket sale sites now offer view photos, allowing you to see what the stage looks like from your perspective vantage point.
Hopefully, this brief guide will prove to be helpful to you. Musical theater is an awesome hobby, and taking in a show in the most famous theater district in the world–Broadway–will only make it that much better.