Guide & Etiquette to Broadway Show NYC 2 Way

 Broadway Shows & Theater Etiquette – NYC 2 WAY

Broadway shows & theater dos and don'ts

Are you planning on going to a Broadway show or the theater district in New York City and are unsure how to behave or what’s sociably acceptable or objectionable when watching these performances? If you are looking for the Do’s and Don’ts handbook on acceptable behavior on Broadway then you must read our guide & etiquette to Broadway show NYC 2 Way manual here. While there are many reasons millions of people visit New York City every year, one of the biggest tourist attractions is Broadway and its theater district. However, there are certain rules to follow when you go to one of these Broadway shows. Not following some of these Do’s and Don’ts can make your Broadway experience (and that of those around you) very unpleasant or uncomfortable to say the least. NYC2WAY limousine company has been servicing the NYC five boroughs for more than a decade so we know New York City pretty well. For those whom have never been to a Broadway show before be sure to take a peek at the following guide & etiquette to Broadway show NYC 2 Way rule and handbook below.

How to behave when going to Broadway show - NYC 2 WAY

 Guide & Etiquette to Broadway Show NYC  2 Way

  • First and foremost, make sure you turn off your cell phone. People who have their phones go off during a performance will be escorted out and asked to leave.
  • Children should only be brought to age appropriate events. Most kids younger than 12 years of age usually have difficulties sitting still and quiet for long periods of time. Do consider leaving the youngsters with a babysitter. In case you have no choice but to bring your children then be sure to keep them under control at all times.
  • Never  wear huge or giant hats to these shows since they may impede the people behind and/or around you from seeing the performances properly.
  • You may want to search for reviews or what the show you are interested in seeing  is about to be sure it is something you can relate to.
  • It is a good idea to buy and eat snacks and candy before the show starts or during intermission. However, DO NOT wait till the show starts to open annoyingly loud wrapper or containers.
  • Be sure to use the bathroom before you sit down. You DO NOT want to have an entire row of people having to stand up during the show to let you get through.
  • Be certain to choose an outfit that’s comfortable as you will likely be sitting down for a few hours at least. Also, while there are no real dress codes to Broadway shows, it is in good taste to wear proper attire.
  • While it may be totally acceptable to take pictures of in and around the outside of the play, you cannot do the same once the performance begins as the plays are copyrighted. It is considered copyright infringement to distribute copyrighted images.
  • Always purchase your tickets from legitimate places such as Ticketmaster or directly at the theater you are going to see the show at. Never purchase tickets on the streets from scalpers as you may end up paying more than what you bargain for.
  • Try NOT to use an excessive amount of perfume or cologne as people will be sitting next to you. (You will still have to make sure you smell pleasant and are clean).
  • Always be sure to arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes before the show begins. You may need to be there at least an half hour  earlier if you need to pick up your tickets at the box office. One of the most unpleasant things is for people to have to stand up in order to let you get to your seat once the show has already begun (Same as the bathroom rule).
  • You  can applaud when applicable while watching the show. However, refrain from yelling, hollering or whistling. Whistling and cheering are in bad taste according to systemic theater etiquette.
  • As a courtesy, try NOT to leave the show until ‘the bows’ are done. This is considered disrespectful to the people who have been performing for everyone the last two to three hours.

In the end, Broadway shows in New York will take your breath away and the experience will be something you will likely never forget as long as you follow these guidelines. We hope you have enjoyed this guide & etiquette to Broadway show NYC 2 Way. You can also check out New York City Destinations for places to visit when in NYC.


Broadway: The Great White Way

nyc2wayBroadway theater entertainment remains one of New York City’s most popular attractions, dating back to the 1700s when the first stage was built in Times Square. Few other attractions match the excitement and spectacle of a Broadway musical. Featuring 40 Broadway theaters, high-profile stage actors, and world-class sets and costumes, NYC Broadway shows are must-see entertainment for any visitor to the city. Be sure to add a Broadway musical to your itinerary when in NYC, and hire a NYC2Way limo to get you to and from the show in comfort and style.

The name Broadway refers to the name of the well-known street in Manhattan that has become the worldwide leader in the stage entertainment. The history of Broadway goes back to Massau Street, a theater that held less than 300 people and mostly presented Shakespeare plays. It wasn’t until after the American Revolution (1798) that the first great NYC theater was built.

In the 1800s, the Park Theater NYC ushered in a new era of theater. After the Civil War, the center of New York theater moved from Downtown to Midtown Manhattan due to less expensive real estate. By late 1800s to early 1900s, the rise in train transportation and the NYC Subway, led to a drop in poverty and rise in demand for evening entertainment. Soon, the NYC theater district was bustling, leading to more ambitious and expensive Broadway productions.

“The Great White Way,” coined by the New York Evening Telegraph, refers to the Theater District area of Broadway from 42nd Street to 53rd Street in Midtown. In the early 1900’s Broadway theaters advertised shows by using bright electric signs made up of white lights. The bright lights of NYC Broadway became known as “The Great White Way,” giving birth to a new NYC landmark.

The 1920s saw the premiere of a number of classic Broadway shows, including The Jazz Singer and No, no Nannette, but then Broadway was faced with the uncertainty of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Yet, much like New York City has again and again, Broadway would eventually persevere.

By the 1940s Broadway had made a come back with a great run that would shape it into the mecca of stage productions it is today. The classic Broadway musical adaptation by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! opened in 1943 and was an instant hit. Its run of 2,212 performances at the St. James Theater in Manhattan was by far the longest of its time. Oklahoma! was used as a blueprint for Broadway success. Other well known, successful musicals that opened in the 40s include The Glass Managerie, A Streetcar Named Desire – both by Tennessee Williams – as well as Annie Get Your Gun, by Rogers and Hammerstein.

In the last three decades, the most notable Broadway shows include Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Wicked. Current shows include the Lion King at the Minskoff Theater, Annie at the Palace Theater, Newsies at the Nederlander Theater, Spider-Man at the Foxwoods Theater, and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theater.

When traveling to NYC, Broadway is a must for great entertainment and an unforgettable time. Choose NYC2Way limousine services to take you to your favorite Broadway show and all of the NYC attractions you’ve always wanted to see and experience. Don’t let traffic, weather, or any other reason stand in the way of enjoying NYC to the fullest. NYC Two Way can make your travels enjoyable, convenient, and worry-free.