Hey guys! Today, I bring you a post that isn’t exactly book related. A few days ago, I went to New York City on a family vacation. While we were there, I saw Waitress and Hamilton. I am by no way an expert on Broadway, but I thought I could share my experiences and advice I’ve received.
Getting The Tickets
So, you want to see a Broadway show? One thing about the theatres is that they are anywhere between 1,000-2,000 seats. The theatres are quite small, so you can’t go wrong with where you get seats. For both Hamilton and Waitress, I was in Mezzanine (the very top section aka the cheapest section). I could see the shows perfectly. If you prefer being closer, the prices are higher than in the back. The sooner you can buy your tickets, the better. That way you’ll have more pricing options. Depending on the show, there are different ways that you have to get tickets. These aren’t all the ways you can get tickets but these are just a few methods.
1. Buying From Ticketmaster
If the show isn’t sold out, you can buy the tickets from Ticketmaster. Buying tickets directly from Ticketmaster is the safest route because you won’t have a chance to be
scammed. Hamilton will even release new batches of tickets. (Keep checking @HamiltonMusical on Twitter, and they will announce when they are about to release).
2. Buying From Resale Websites
Buying from resale websites like StubHub is one way to get tickets. However, I would probably recommend this option the least. It’s the most expe
nsive option (the prices are at least triple the face value price).
Many shows have a lottery you can enter. For the lottery, you enter to win one to two tickets for a show. If you win, you pay a small amount (anywhere between $10-$40). Seeing the show with this method isn’t guaranteed but at least you have a chance!
4. Cancellation Line
If you have never heard of cancellation line, let me give you a quick run down. Basically, cancellation line is where you can get in a line to have a chance to buy tickets that people had cancelled last minute. You have to get there early and wait, but you get pretty good seats for a reasonable price.
Seeing The Show
1. Arrive About 45 Mins Early
Doors to the theatre generally open about 30 minutes before the time of the show. Most of the time people line up outside of the theatre. You could honestly get there 5 minutes before th
e show and still be fine. Getting there early allows you to find your seats, go to the restroom, and maybe buy a drink or some merchandise.
2. Don’t Use Your Phone at All During It
I’m. Serious. Not only does it distracts you from the show, but it distracts the people around you just as much. The lady next to my mom at Hamilton sent a text during Story of Tonight and I almost crawled across the seat to yell at her. Luckily, my mom *politely* asked her to stop, and thankfully she did. Avoid the problem all together and just turn off your phone until intermission.
3. Use The Bathroom Before You Get in The Theatre
During intermission, both the men and women’s bathrooms had lines that went out the door and wrapped around. Try to avoid the bathrooms unless you desperately need to use it.
4. You Don’t Have to Dress Up
Broadway shows are *mostly* seen by tourists. That being said, there is no dress code for Broadway shows. I wore a dress for both Hamilton and Waitress because I wanted to look nice. It really is up to you.
Stage Door is literally what it sounds like: it is the door to the stage. It’s the door that actors will come in and out of. After the show, actors will come out and you can get a chance to meet them. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. I’m going to tell you some tips and tricks for having the ultimate Stage Door experience.
1. Find The Stage Door Before The Show
The door is usually by the front, and it has a sign that says it is the stage door. Finding it before the show is helpful because then you can get to it after the show is over.
2. If you know Stage Door Will Be Busy, Leave Before Curtain Fall
For example: Hamilton’s stage door is always busy. I left just as the bows were happening, and I was able to get against the barricade for Stage Door. Waitress I left after the curtain, and I was able to get a good spot.
3. Be Courteous of Those Around You
Don’t push the people around you. If you’re in the front, allow the people behind you to reach over you so they can get their playbill(s) signed. If you are in the back, ask the people politely in front of you if they could pass your playbill up to the actors. You won’t get anywhere if you get frustrated or annoyed.
4. Be Courteous to The Actors
It isn’t obligatory for the actors to come out of stage door. Be courteous to them! Say hello, ask how they’re doing, and tell them that they did a good job. Performing can be a difficult job, and I’m sure they would like knowing that you appreciated their hardwork. The actors are more than willing to take pictures so just ask! Stage Door can sometimes be a hit or miss. With Waitress, only three actors came out. With Hamilton, six actors came out. Just remember, as you Stage Door, that the actors are people too.
Overall, seeing a Broadway show is more fun than anything. It’s especially fun if you’ve been anticipating seeing a show for a long time. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.
Have you seen any Broadway musicals? Do you want to? Which one(s) would you want to see?