Frequently Asked Questions

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When are Broadway theatres opening again? 

After a year of suspended performances, Broadway theatres will be allowed to reopen in 2021. Governor Cuomo has stated that theatres can open at full capacity from Sept. 14, 2021, with more information here. 

What are the differences between Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres?

A theatre is defined as a Broadway theatre if it has a minimum of 500 seats and is located between 41st - 54th Street and 6th - 8th Avenue. 

A theatre is defined as an off-Broadway theatre if it has 100 - 499 seats and is located in Manhattans. Theatres with under 100 seats are classed as off-off-Broadway.

Find out more about New York theatres here. 

How far in advance should I purchase tickets?

Broadway theatre tickets can be very popular, so we advise to book theatre tickets as early as possible. However, if you're looking to book last minute Broadway tickets, many shows will have tickets for performances a few days in advance or even on the same day. 

Theatre tickets in New York can be purchased here.

Are theatres open seven days a week on Broadway?

No. The majority of New York theatres are closed on Monday nights. Other productions may perform on a Monday evening, and be closed on a different day of the week. When booking theatre tickets on New York Theatre Guide, you'll be able to see the performance schedule of all shows. 

Are theatres open on public holidays on Broadway?

Theatres tend to be open on public holidays, except Thanksgiving and Independence Day. The performance schedules also vary during the Christmas / New Year week and often have extra matinee performances.

When do new shows open on Broadway?

The majority of Broadway productions tend to open either in the fall (October / November) or in spring (March / April). These new shows play alongside the long-running Broadway musicals, which run throughout the year. There can occasionally be quite a few changes over a period of a few months, with some productions closing at relatively short notice.

Discover new shows opening soon on Broadway here. 

Is there a particular dress code for the theatres?

It does not matter what you wear nowadays to gain entry to the theatres in New York. Both formal and informal clothing is accepted.

Can I eat and/or drink at the theatre?

You are allowed to drink water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks that are purchased at the venue. If you are bringing your own refreshments, they will need to be sealed. If they are open, you won't be able to bring in food and drink to the auditorium. 

Do you tip theatre ushers on Broadway?

You do not have to tip theatre ushers on Broadway, or at any New York theatre. If you feel compelled to tip, we recommend up to $5.

Can I meet a performer after the show?

At some theatres, it is not permitted for the actors to sign anything except the playbill of the particular show they are appearing in. Some actors can be greeted by the stage door of the theatre after a performance, but it's currently unknown if audience members can meet actors after a show in the pandemic.