Visitors to New York City have so much to experience, right at their fingertips! Broadway alone offers a multitude of shows, and it can be hard to figure out what to see and how to make the most of a visit. So who better to ask than Bob Hofmann, Vice President of Broadway Inbound, for some expert Broadway tips?
Broadway Inbound: What’s the best way to book tickets?
Bob Hofmann: My most valuable advice is research and reserve before you travel. Broadway is the most popular activity in NYC, and shows often sell out. Don’t limit your choices by waiting until you arrive or waste your valuable holiday time queueing for tickets. We work with most major travel companies, so you can trust them to help you book in advance.
BI: How do I make sure I get a good seat?
BH: People are often surprised by how intimate the Broadway theatres are. You’re never far from the stage, no matter the section. So select a seat that fits your budget. Orchestra and Front Mezzanine center are usually considered the best, but don’t worry if you are a little off center. Aren’t most of us?
BI: How can I get a selfie with the stars?
BH: The stage door after the show is the place for autographs and selfies. Not every actor is able to stop after the show but many do, so grab your Playbill, don’t forget your sharpie, and head to the stage door as soon as you exit the theatre. Better yet, go back the next night and line up before the curtain goes down; you’ll be at the front of the line to score shareable moments!
BI: Where can I spot the actors after a show?
BH: Most actors are exhausted after their show, especially since they do eight a week. But some of them do like to hit the bars and restaurants of the Theatre District for a nightcap. Try Sardi’s, Bar Centrale, Glass House Tavern, or one of the many rooftop bars in the area. Keep your eyes peeled, but also respect the actors’ space. This is everyone’s down time. I’ll bet most of the people surrounding you either work in or saw a show as well, so ask them about it. Compare notes, get recommendations for tomorrow, and enjoy your cocktail.
BI: Are there any ways to get behind the scenes? See a rehearsal? Any special experiences?
BH: Rehearsals and backstage are closed to outside visitors, but there are companies that sell VIP experiences. Wicked, for example, offers an experience called Behind the Emerald Curtain, and Disney offers a behind-the-scenes tour at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where Aladdin plays. There are also all kinds of great workshops and meet & greet experiences for groups.
Thanks to Bob Hofmann for all the great advice. Get started on your next visit to Broadway and book your group tickets to any of our shows in advance! If you’re not traveling with a group, connect with a trusted travel professional who works with Broadway Inbound. A little advanced planning goes a long way to ensure you get the most out of your trip.