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The ‘Broadway Theater District’ in New York City is the vibrant heart of the American Theater Industry and attracts millions of visitors each year. With over 40 professional theaters offering a wide range of productions - from heart-wrenching dramas to captivating musicals - the Broadway represents the best of live entertainment. This vibrant, cultural enclave serves as a stage for both emerging talents and established artists alike, making it an indispensable part of New York's artistic and cultural identity.
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Musicals

Get swept away by the songs and stories of the latest musicals and book your ticket here for your new favorite musical!
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Aladdin
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The Lion King
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Theater

Do you want to be transported to another world or even enchanted? Start your journey here and secure your front row seat.
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Guided Tours

Do you want to feel like a VIP or peek behind the scenes with a Broadway actor? We have the perfect tour for you!
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NYC: Broadway & Times Square Tour with a Professional Actor
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Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Theater Professional
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NYC: Broadway Behind The Scenes Walking Tour & Studio Visit
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NYC: Broadway Behind The Scenes Including Studio Visit
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More

Are you a theater or musical fan and still can't get enough? Here you will find more tickets and specials for your next visit!
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Broadway tickets to MJ
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New York: Broadway Comedy Club All Star Stand-Up Comedy Live
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4 tips for visiting the Broadway

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Secure your ticketPopular performances and shows often sell out quickly. It's advisable to buy tickets as early as possible, especially if you want to attend a specific show. Choose your perfect ticket now and sit back relaxed!
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Theater EtiquetteBe respectful to the performers and your fellow attendees. Avoid loud talking or singing, the rustling of wrappers, and standing up during the performance unless absolutely necessary.
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Queueing during the breakIf you wish to consume drinks or snacks before the show or during the interval, be mindful that there can be long queues. Some theaters offer the option to collect pre-ordered beverages during the break to avoid waiting.
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Time BufferPlan to be at the theater at least 30 minutes before the show starts. This gives you enough time to use the cloakroom, buy snacks, and find your seat without having to rush. Take traffic conditions into account and plan your trip to the Theater District accordingly.
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Feel the vibe

The Broadway, the pulsating heart of the theater universe, where dreams come to life and stories become magical realities.

Welcome to another world

New York City is colorful, loud, and never sleeps, but Broadway - Broadway is more colorful, louder, and flashier. The Broadway Theater District houses over 40 professional theaters, attracting up to 14 million visitors annually. Broadway has hosted some of the world's most famous musicals and plays, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Hamilton, and The Lion King. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

When dreams come true

Broadway is not just a major economic factor for New York, but also a cultural symbol immortalized in movies, TV shows, and songs. It symbolizes the dream of success in show business. For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber became world famous for his numerous successful musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Jesus Christ Superstar, or Patti LuPone for her roles in Evita, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd.
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The best shows on Broadway

We inform you about the current top shows!

The Lion King

The Broadway production The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor is a breathtaking experience that merges the boundaries of art and technology to bring the savannah of Africa to life right in the middle of New York City. Through innovative use of costumes, puppets, and stage designs, you are immersed in a world full of beauty, color, and movement, accompanied by unforgettable music that is both heartrending and exhilarating. The show, based on the Disney film of the same name, has enchanted audiences of all ages since its premiere. It's not just a performance, but a celebration of life, family, and hope that deeply touches you and will stay in your memory long after the curtain falls.

The musical is a must-see for Disney fans and lovers of impressive stage designs. Those who love to be able to sing along to all the songs are definitely in the right place. The musical is also remarkably suitable for children.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes the audience on a new magical journey that picks up years after the end of the original saga. Directed by John Tiffany and based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and Tiffany himself, this theatrical experience offers a captivating extension of the Harry Potter universe where Harry, played by Jamie Parker, is seen as an employee at the Ministry of Magic and father of three school children. The production stands out for its spectacular staging, magical effects, and a deep narrative that captivates both old fans and new audiences alike.

Potterheads take note, there's here another chapter to the successful series by J.K. Rowling. This show is perfect for fans of Hogwarts, magic, and special effects.

Wicked

Wicked is a Broadway musical based on the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire. The play tells the story of the witches of the Land of Oz, long before Dorothy from Kansas arrived in the land. It focuses on the relationship between Glinda, the good witch of the North, and Elphaba, the misunderstood green witch of the West, who later becomes known as the 'Wicked Witch of the West'. The musical explores themes such as prejudice, acceptance, and the definition of good and evil. With its captivating music, impressive stage designs, and fascinating characters, Wicked has enthralled audiences worldwide and become one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Those who, like me, want to shed a tear or two in the theater are in the right place. Moreover, the songs, especially Defying Gravity and For Good are beautifully live. The stage design and costumes are also impressive.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! is a Broadway musical based on the film of the same name by Baz Luhrmann from 2001. It tells the story of Christian, a young writer who falls in love with the courageous dancer and singer Satine at the notorious Paris cabaret Moulin Rouge. The musical is set in ‘Paris of the Belle Époque’ and is a captivating love story marked by passion, tragedy, and the conflicts between love and art, money and power. With its energetic music, breathtaking set designs, and opulent costumes, Moulin Rouge! offers a spectacular experience that transports you to a world of glitz and glamour.

Visitors who like lots of dance and glitter in musicals are in the right place! Moulin Rouge! delivers a top-class show. The film's songs have been partly replaced with famous, contemporary tracks in the musical. Those who enjoy hearing their favorite pop songs in a musical should definitely see Moulin Rouge!. This musical is the top favorite of our dance and travel enthusiast author at TicketLens, Jessica!

Hamilton

Hamilton is a groundbreaking Broadway musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, based on the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The musical uses a diverse cast and Hip-Hop music to depict the life of Hamilton and his peers during the founding period of the United States. It highlights Hamilton's rise from humble beginnings as an orphan on the Caribbean islands to his influence as a statesman and co-author of the American Constitution. It addresses themes such as revolution, freedom, immigration, and the pursuit of the American dream. Hamilton has not only won numerous awards but also redefined Broadway theater and excited a wide audience for musical theater.

The musical Hamilton is one of the must-sees on Broadway. Even non-musical fans will spend an unforgettable evening here. Hamilton is a musical like no other and impresses with Hip-Hop, rap, dance, and a diverse story.

Chicago

Chicago is an exhilarating Broadway musical based on the play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins. The plot is set in 1920s Chicago and revolves around the two Showgirls Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, who land in prison for murder. Under the leadership of the unscrupulous lawyer Billy Flynn, they fight for their freedom, using the media to market their crimes and claim their innocence. The musical is a satirical and sharp observation of corruption, sensationalism, and the American justice system. With its catchy music, glamorous dance numbers, and fascinating characters, Chicago has captivated audiences since its Broadway premiere in 1975 and won numerous awards, including several Tony Awards. It is one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history and has become a timeless classic.

Fans of Jazz and Vaudeville are exactly right with Chicago. The choreography by Bob Fosse remains iconic to this day. So, if you enjoy sharp satires with unmistakable jazz dance, go see Chicago.

Six

Six is an energetic and creative Broadway musical written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The play presents the story of six historical queens from England – Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr – and allows them to perform in a modern, pop-musical format. Each queen gets the opportunity to tell her version of the story and present her perspective on her relationship with King Henry VIII. Through catchy songs, modern costumes, and cheeky dialogues, themes such as female emancipation, love, power, and identity are addressed. Six brings to light the voices and stories of these historical women and grants them a contemporary and thrilling stage presence. With its unique presentation and captivating soundtrack, Six has thrilled audiences and established itself as a fresh and unconventional addition to the Broadway repertoire.

Six is more ‘Pop-Concert’ than musical and impresses especially with the songs of the queens. It promises a ‘Feel-Good Evening’ and many catchy tunes. The costumes, the bombastic voices, and the contemporary twist of the story make Six a highlight on Broadway.

Other stars on the Broadway Sky

One could go on listing forever. Visitors of Broadway can expect top performances from the actors, set designers, choreographers, etc., in every musical. Not for nothing is Broadway the 'goal' of many theatre practitioners. As a visitor, one cannot make a “bad” choice, but one should know what to expect from the visit.

For an evening full of (quirky) humor, The Book of Mormon by the creators of South Park or the musical Spamalot are the best choices. For impressive dance performances, MJ, the Michael Jackson Musical or Aladdin are the places to be. Fans of dark stories would do well to visit Sweeney Todd.

Research the extensive range of musicals in advance and you will not be disappointed at Broadway!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a specific dress code?

There is no prescribed dress code in the theaters of Broadway. However, you should still dress appropriately for the occasion. Read more.

Will we be seated together?

Do not be confused by the seat numbers on your tickets. Tickets purchased together will always have seats next to each other. Read more.

How much earlier should I be at the theater?

It is recommended to be at the theater between 30 and 60 minutes before the show starts. For highly attended productions, it's better to be a bit earlier to enjoy the performance stress-free. Read more.

Are there shows for children?

There are no special performances for children, however, many productions can be attended with children depending on their age. Suitable examples include the Disney Musicals The Lion King or Aladdin. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The theaters on Broadway generally have a fixed schedule, which can vary slightly from show to show. Most Broadway shows perform eight shows per week, with the following typical schedule:

Mon:Usually no performance (this is the traditional day off for most Broadway shows, but there are exceptions).
Tue to Thu:Evening performances, usually starting at 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM.
Fri:Often an evening performance, mostly starting at 8:00 PM.
Sat:Usually two performances: a matinee at 2:00 or 3:00 PM and an evening performance at 8:00 PM.
Sun:Often two performances, similar to Saturday, with a matinee and an earlier evening performance, often starting at 7:00 PM.

Note that these times and the availability of performances can vary, especially during holidays. Some shows may offer additional performances or alter their schedule to accommodate special events or high tourist seasons.

tickets

The price range for Broadway tickets can vary significantly, depending on several factors such as the show's popularity, day of the week, seat category, and timing of purchase. Generally, ticket prices can range from about $30 for limited view seats or standing room at less demanded performances to over $500 for premium seats at very popular shows.

address

Since there are over 40 Broadway theaters, no exact address for the Theater District can be provided.

how to get there

Most Broadway theaters are located near Times Square, which is excellently served by numerous subway lines such as the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, and W, with stops at 42nd Street (like the eponymous musical), which are just a few minutes' walk away. Additionally, the M42 and M50 bus lines offer a direct connection across Manhattan to the Theater District.
Hannah Gottlieb-Kettl
Written byHannah Gottlieb-KettlHannah is an enthusiastic globetrotter. Her love of discovering new places has taken her to almost every continent on our planet. Hannah now shares this great passion with the world as a content creator. In her writing, she provides impressive insights and combines her travel experiences with lots of useful tips.
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