NYC Broadway Shows
It is important with so many great broadway shows playing to make a game plan and get the most out of your experience. So here are some tips to get the most out of your time at the theater when going to NYC to see a show on Broadway. Whether you live in “The City” or are coming in as a visitor, it always helps to plan ahead to get the best out of your trip to the theater, or better yet, your trips.
If you go to NYC to see a Broadway Show you will be seeing the best of the best. Not only are the actors top notch, the set design, stage hands, and music, will all contribute to an unbelievable show. Everyone is at the top of their game and you will see a great performance no matter what Broadway show you choose to see.
While Broadway Shows are unbelievable in and of themselves, and something truly amazing, I still think it is important to narrow down the list of performances to find some that you would be really interested in. Unfortunately, for most people, either time or money or both will prevent them from seeing everything playing so if you have to choose here are some ways to help you narrow down the choices.
Play Vs. Musical
There are a couple main genres of Broadway performance, Musical or Play. When people say they are heading to the Theater is normally to see one of these two categories. If you have no idea what the difference is and really need some explanation, a musical has mainly lines that are sung where a play has mainly spoken lines. This is more of a generalization as many plays have songs and many musicals contain plenty of spoken dialogue.
If you need a quick primer, I would suggest watching a couple of each on iTunes or Netflix or dvd etc. Some of my favorites in the musical side are Sound of Music, Les Miserables, and The Producers. On the play side, why not watch a classic like Hamlet, or A Christmas Carol? Decide which genre you are in the mood for and then use that to help narrow down the list of current Broadway Shows.
The next consideration is price. This is Broadway after all and the productions cost millions of dollars to put on so the tickets are going to cost more than a trip to the movies. It is well worth it of course, but it helps to plan out your budget. If you live in NYC then it may be better to go to less expensive shows on a routine basis since you can go many times and you have the luxury of time to keep an eye open for deals. If you are coming in from out of town or going on a special date then money is not as important as getting tickets to the One event that you really want to see.
The more popular a show the harder it is to get tickets and the more the price will go up. I am old enough to remember this happening for Les Miserables, The Producers, Jersey Boys, Rent, and now Hamilton to name a few. They are all wonderful shows and the cast for the opening Broadway shows are always top notch. The important thing to remember here are there are ways to get tickets at face value for these shows, but it is not easy, we wrote something on this here. If you can’t get tickets at face value it is important that you buy your tickets in the Secondary market from someone you can trust, like us (shameless plug). If you are paying a good amount of money to see that show you picked out then you want to make sure your tickets get you in the door and you can just relax and have a good time.
It also helps to ask your friends and family. The people you hang around with and have similar interests with will be the best people to get advice from on a show they may have seen or heard about on Broadway. If they liked it chances are you will too. Do let people know you are going and ask for advice, you may get excellent advice on where to sit in the theater or where to eat before the show from those who have been there before you.
If you have any questions, by all means drop us a line and we will be more than happy to help in any way we can. And remember, if you need tickets to the show, TheaterTickets.com if the place to go!