Attending a Broadway show is an iconic New York experience that everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. However, for those planning to see a performance for the very first time, make sure that you are aware of all of the important Broadway do’s and don’ts beforehand.
Don’t Bring Food With You
Most theaters sport a concession stand at the entrance, allowing theater-goers to buy beverages and candy to bring to the show with them. While it may be tempting to sneak in a larger meal, this is not only considered to be rude to the rest of the audience, but also disrespectful to those performing, as the sounds and smells of your meal will be incredibly distracting. For those that missed the pre-theater special at their favorite restaurant, wait until the intermission, as you will be able to purchase a few snacks to tide you over until the end.
Do Arrive on Time
Arriving late to a Broadway performance will likely mean that you will not be able to access your seat until the second act, meaning that you will miss the entire first act. Theater doors usually open around 30 minutes before curtain, and if you are sitting in a center seat, it is vital that you arrive at this time, in order to avoid having to climb over everybody else. For those that have an aisle seat, it would be best to wait until about 15 minutes before curtain to make your way to your seat, otherwise you may have to repeatedly stand in order to let those with the center seats pass through.
Don’t Talk During the Show
While a quick whisper to the person sitting next to you is perfectly acceptable during a performance, having a louder conversation is definitely not. While you may be desperate to share your theories on upcoming plot twists, the rest of the audience around you most likely does not want to hear this, and would much rather watch the show in peace, making it important that you refrain from talking.
Do Dress Comfortably
Many choose to dress up when attending a Broadway show, but there is actually no strict dress code, meaning that you can wear anything that you want, although this is often different for opening night performances. While this is not an invitation to turn up in some tiny shorts and a pair of flip flops, it is important that you dress comfortably, so that you can focus on enjoying the show. You must also keep in mind that many theaters also turn up the air conditioning during performances, so you may want to bring a warmer garment with you for the show.
No matter what type of Broadway show you choose to attend, these guidelines will still apply. From using your seat number to work out when to arrive, to knowing what to wear, these tips will help you to make the most of your next Broadway performance, and give you an idea of the Broadway etiquette that is required of you.