Here at Your Broadway Genius, we’ve got all the tips to maximize your Broadway (or Off-Broadway) experience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time!
- Are you used to buying snacks and drinks in a movie theater before the movie begins? On Broadway, they sell snacks and drinks, too…for twice the price! Since most theaters do not allow you bring outside food into the house, we recommend you eat beforehand and save your wallet!
- Before the show there will usually be an announcement asking the audience members to silence all cell phones and electronics before the show. Genius Tip #2 is to go one step further and just turn them off. Even if your phone is on vibrate only, vibrations can still make a loud noise, especially if your phone goes off during a quiet moment in a show. Also, certain apps still make noise even if the phone is on silent, particularly alarm apps, reminders, music, maps, etc. You can check all these things individually, turn off vibrate, and manually lower your media and ringer volume. Your best bet though is to turn your phone off for a couple of hours and enjoy the show.
- If you are with a group of people, establish your post-show meeting spot before entering the theater and make sure everyone knows how to get there. Depending on the size and age range of your group, it might be helpful to meet somewhere outside the theater, since most people in the theater are trying to leave and you don’t want to get in their way or block them in.
- Bring a bag if you’re thinking of keeping your Playbill or ticket. If you get a souvenir from the show, they’ll usually give you a bag, but the size of the bag may depend on what you get.
Follow these tips, and your Broadway experience will be hassle-free. Call 877-943-2929 now and get your trip started!
Other Pro Theatregoers: What tips can you think of that weren’t listed here? Any tip you disagree with? Share in the comments or tweet @YourBwayGroups!
Charging your phone in Midtown.
On this, I am an expert.
Being a complete and utter theatre nerd, who often spends hours on end before and after shows in the theatre district, I have searched high and low to find power outlets in the theatre district. I’ve tried it all. I’ve even sat in the lobby of a Broadway theatre pre-show and charged my phone (with permission of the box office attendant, of course) until I was kicked out at half hour. Shameful, I know.
Luckily, since then, I have done more adventuring throughout Midtown and have found a plethora of more reasonable places to re-charge. Check out a few of my Genius picks below:
- The Marriott Marquis: The Marriott Marquis, though not really hidden in itself, is definitely a hidden gem when it comes to recharging. The gorgeous hotel, located right off of Broadway between 45th and 46th St., is not only home to a Starbucks, shops, the Marquis Theatre, and the most entrancing elevators you’ve ever seen, but it is also home to the famous “eighth floor”, on which I have spent more hours than I’d like to admit sitting with friends before shows, chatting, and, of course, charging our phones! There aren’t a plethora of outlets here, but head over to some of the tables and chairs lining the wall and you should spot a good few. Of course, while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a snack, or do what I did and get all of your holiday shopping done in the gift shop!
- Caffe Bene: Remember a few blog posts ago when I wrote about the best places to get co
ffee in the Theatre District? Well, being the coffee addict I am, I’ve spent enough time in each of these shops to have memorized which have power outlets, and which do not! My best pick for charging your phone while sipping a latte would have to be Caffe Bene, right on the corner of 49th and Broadway. This place is huge and sells not only great coffee, but gelato and delicious gourmet waffles (yep, you heard me right!). There are a lot of outlets hidden in this shop, so take a seat, relax, and recharge!
- Westin Times Square: Yep, another hotel. Only what’s especially cool about the Westin Times Square is that they have a unique Brightbox Charging Station! When charging, you get special access to a secure compartment where you can plug in and leave your phone while you go explore. Later, come back and retrieve your phone, fully charged and ready to go! The Westin Times Square is located at W. 43rd St. between 7th and 8th Ave.
- Southwest Porch: The Southwest Porch at Bryant Park is definitely the most scenic place to charge your phone, especially at this time of year when Bryant Park’s annual Winter Village has just opened, and you can watch people ice skate on the Bryant Park rink! Though no purchase is required to sit and enjoy the ambiance, Southwest Porch is also home to a full-service bar and restaurant. So…simplify things! Stop by and enjoy a pre-show dinner while you charge your device. It’s the best of both worlds! The Southwest Porch is located at W. 40th St. and 6th Ave.
So, now that you’re super informed, don’t be that guy who who hangs out in the theatre lobby like I once was. Instead, quit worrying about your phone running out of juice! Swing by one of these locations, and then have some fun with your group in Midtown!
If you love Broadway as much as we do, you’ll understand the desire to be connected to theater gossip, tickets, and trivia. With a surge of digital platforms, most people now rely on the latest information being accessible through the click of a button. Moreover, many utilize online media to engage with various communities. Mobile app developers have certainly begun to understand theater-goers’ need to connect with Broadway via digital platforms. We’ve done some research and compiled this list of must-have mobile apps for Broadway lovers.
IBDB, or the Internet Broadway Database, is your “one-stop shop” for browsing through Broadway history. Want to view what shows previously played at the theater you are seated in? Can’t remember which actor originated a certain role? Looking to figure out which Broadway musicals had the longest and shortest runs? The IBDB app has answers to these questions and much more. This user-friendly app puts years of Broadway history in the palm of your hands. Available for free for iOS and Android users.
The BroadwayWorld.com Message Boards have been a popular forum for theater fans to share Broadway gossip, reviews, and chat all things Broadway. Now, theater enthusiasts can post on the boards directly via the mobile app. Fans will also find the latest headlines, videos, and even NYC restaurant suggestions right on their smartphones. BroadwayWorld has merged with the app world and you’ll love the results. Available for free on iOS and Android devices.
Did He Like It? App
With so many diverse options, picking the right show to see can be quite overwhelming. The Did He Like It? App makes that process simple and fun. At first glance, you’ll know whether or not the NY Times critic gave the show a “thumbs up”, “thumbs down”, or is maybe “on the fence”. Browse the latest reviews for Broadway/Off-Broadway shows and check out which shows are most recommended by critics. Enabling push notifications alerts you as soon as the reviews are released on opening night! Available for 99 cents on iOS devices.
While us “geniuses” always recommend purchasing tickets well in advance, we know that sometimes a night at the theater is a last minute decision. If you and a friend decide to see a show the day of the performance, TodayTix is your best bet. This app allows you to avoid sifting through dozens of last minute deal sites and streamlines all the info you’ll need in one, easy-to-use- application. Numerous shows also offer digital lotteries you can enter through a swipe on your smart phone. There is no need for theater fans to scramble when TodayTix ensures great deals within a few hours of showtime. Available for free on iOS and Android devices.