The bright lights of Broadway are like a magnet for anyone who loves theater. Whether it’s acting in musicals and plays or simply watching them, New York City is the greatest place in the U.S.—possibly the world—for theater enthusiasts.
Next time you venture to the Big Apple, make sure to stop by these spots. Anyone who loves the performing arts won’t be able to pass them up.
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Obviously topping this list is the theater district, commonly referred to as Broadway. Every theater enthusiast has to see a Broadway show before leaving town. Score discounted tickets with Show Tickets, a company that offers admission to everything from “The Lion King” and “Anastasia” to “Paramour” and “Kinky Boots.” These Broadway shows are just as spectacular as you’ve heard. The dazzling costumes and intricate sets will make for an outstanding theatrical experience.
Drama Book Shop
Those interested in scripts will love the Drama Book Shop, a small bookshop that is designed specifically for theater-related works. Their selection of classic plays, scripts and sheet music blends perfectly with that of the newer manuscripts also present in the show. Additionally, you might luck out and stop by during a reading or a signing.
This pedestrian walkway just outside of the Shubert Theatre on Broadway runs the length of a block. Though it’s small, it has a large impact on theater enthusiasts that visit the city. Shubert Alley, which is dedicated to theater lovers with a nearby plaque, is lined with window card posters representing the best of the best on Broadway. Stop and take some photos with these classic posters or simply admire their aesthetic.
Joe Allen Restaurant
This American restaurant, which is located on West 46th Street, lies adjacent to many of the Broadway theaters, making it the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat before or after a show. However, it has a deeper significance as well—many Broadway actors and actresses stop by to dine, socialize and sometimes even sing. The walls are also lined with Broadway’s biggest flops; you won’t be able to leave before checking them all out.
There are plenty of ways to explore the Broadway scene outside of attending a live show. Companies like Broadway Up Close and Free Tours by Foot offer walking tours that teach visitors about the people and places that have shaped the theater scene over the years.
Travellers may be able to visit specific theaters for tours as well. Led by Walks of New York, the Disney on Broadway Tour takes visitors behind the scenes at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the former site of “The Lion King” and current home of “Aladdin.” In addition to touring the theater, guests will see sets, costumes and props up close, adding another element to the experience.
First opened in the 1960s, Triton Gallery has made a name for itself as a unique gallery, exclusively showcasing theatrical art and show posters. It is also located in the theater district, just a short distance from the venues themselves. Stop by to find window cards from rare and popular productions as well as vintage and modern collectibles from many different Broadway shows.
Shakespeare in the Park
Each summer, travellers and locals are invited to wait in line or enter a lottery to win tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. The event, which is held at Central Park’s open-air Delacorte Theater, is always free and features performances of some of Shakespeare’s famous plays. Previous productions include “The Tempest,” “Othello,” “Hamlet,” “The Seagull,” “Henry V,” “Macbeth” and many more.
Often, big name actors take part in the productions, including Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and John Lithgow.
Theater lovers should also make sure to stop by Theatre Circle before heading out of town. The souvenir shop is perfect for those looking for memorable pieces to take home or gifts for friends and family. They sell a variety of Broadway-related swag, from t-shirts, books and programs for specific shows (past and present!) to sheet music, CDS, posters and scripts. They also have a selection of jewelry, tote bags, lunch boxes, keychains, picture frames and more—all related to New York theater.