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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01: What’s the difference between Broadway and Off Broadway theatres?

Click here for the section Overview Of New York Theatre, where we explain the differences between Broadway and Off Broadway theatres.


02: How do I buy tickets for a Broadway show?

Read the section on Where To Buy Tickets


03: How far in advance must one purchase tickets?

If you really want to see a particular show or if you want only prime seats for any show, we always advise to book as early as you can. However, a few weeks in advance should be fine for most shows, but maybe a month or two for Saturday evening performances of very popular shows. This is only a guide, but you can get tickets on the day for several Broadway shows !!


04: Where can I get cheap tickets?

The TKTS booth, in Times Square, operated by the nonprofit Theatre Development Fund, sells discounted tickets for selected Broadway and Off Broadway shows on the day of the performance. Cash Only!! You may also find some "Twofers" at your hotel or tourist information spots. "Twofers" are ticket-sized pieces of paper that enable you to buy tickets for specific shows at substantial discounts right at the box office. This saves you having to wait on the TKTS booth line. (Which can be hours!)


05: If the show I want to see is sold out, what can I do ?

If tickets are sold out you could try lining up for returns. Arrive at the theatre several hours before the performance and you may be lucky!

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS offers a limited number of seats priced at twice the face value of the ticket. Call (212) 840-0770, also see the following web site: www.bcefa.org


06: We are coming to Broadway in a few months. How often do productions change? That is, should we decide what we want to see and buy tickets now, or should we expect new shows to open before we arrive and so wait and see what develops?

Mostly the long running musicals are always here. However there can be quite a few changes over a period of a couple of months, with some productions closing and new ones opening. I suggest you book now for the shows you really want to see and then wait until a few weeks before you are due to arrive to book the rest.


07: Where can I buy Scripts for Broadway shows?

www.stageplays.com

www.dramabookshop.com

Broadway New York
Shubert Alley (bet.44 St.& 45 St.)
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-944-4133
Toll free: 800-223-1320
Web:www.broadwaynewyork.com


08: Where can I buy programs for Broadway shows?

Broadway New York
Shubert Alley (bet.44 St.& 45 St.)
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-944-4133
Toll free: 800-223-1320
Web:www.broadwaynewyork.com


9: Where can I buy posters for Broadway shows?

Broadway New York
Shubert Alley (bet.44 St.& 45 St.)
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-944-4133
Toll free: 800-223-1320
Web:www.broadwaynewyork.com


10: Where can I buy Cast Recordings for Broadway shows?

Virgin Record Store
Times Square
Sells most Broadway cast recordings.

Broadway New York
Shubert Alley (bet.44 St.& 45 St.)
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-944-4133
Toll free: 800-223-1320
Web:www.broadwaynewyork.com


Footlight Records
113 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-1572
(212) 673-1496 FAX
Email: footlite@tiac.net
Web:http://www.footlight.com/

Also try Amazon



11: Can you recommend the best shows playing On Broadway at the moment?

Opinions vary so much. I suggest you look at the review section.


12: Are theatres open 7 days a week, and what about Public Holidays?

Many Broadway theatres showing musicals are dark on Monday nights because they have Sunday matinees. Broadway theatres showing straight plays often do have performances on Monday nights, instead of Sunday matinees. Off Broadway theatres tend to have two shows on Saturdays and on Sundays and are dark on Monday and Tuesday nights. (Note, there are exceptions of course!!). Also, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows go on as usual on most public holidays except two holiday periods--Thanksgiving (the 4th week of November) and the Xmas-New Years week. In these cases, each show will announce extra matinees to make up for shows cancelled on the holiday itself. These are individual by show!


13: In my country we tip theatre ushers. Do you tip theatre ushers on Broadway, if so how much?

No! It is not obligatory to tip ushers. If you should want to tip, then $1 - $5 dollars would be suffice.


14: Do I have to wear formal or informal clothes when I go to the theatre?

It does not matter what you wear nowadays. You will not look out of place whether you wear a Suit and Tie, or Jeans and a T-shirt.



15: How can I get a stars autograph?

Wait near the theatre’s stage door after the show.

Highlighted Questions!
Do I have to wear formal or informal clothes when I go to the theatre?
It does not matter what you wear nowadays. You will not look out of place whether you wear a Suit and Tie, or Jeans and a T-shirt.

How can I get a stars autograph?
Wait near the theatre’s stage door after the show.


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