So you have tickets and you’re dying to see the curtain rise. Here’s what to expect.
Ticket holders are no longer required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 before entering most Broadway theaters. (Lincoln Center Theatre’s Vivian Beaumont Theater still requires proof of vaccination, and Roundabout Theater Company and Manhattan Theater Club will require proof of vaccination until the end of their current production of “Birthday Candles” at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater and “How I Learned to Drive”.) , at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.) All audience members must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose during performances, except when actively eating and drinking where permitted. This requirement will remain in effect in all theaters until at least May 31st. Covid-19 security teams are on duty to ensure compliance politely and firmly. Check the stated rules before purchasing your tickets – as with so many things in this pandemic, they can change quickly.
When to Arrive
The show you’re watching may have its own advice on the matter, depending on any Covid safety measures that take a little extra time. While some theaters are better at getting people through doors quickly than others, it’s still true that you don’t have to arrive long in advance to join the huge queue that scurries down the sidewalk. If you do not need to buy your tickets, it is usually convenient to arrive 10 minutes before the curtain. Get there earlier if you want to stop at the toilet where waiting times for women can be long.
in the car?
Save yourself the headache and book a parking space through one of a number of apps such as: Best Parking, ParkWhiz and SpotHero. Lincoln Center also own parking lot online. Still, set aside more driving time than you think you’ll need, especially during the holidays. Not every show accepts latecomers. When they do, latecomers risk going on a walk of shame with a contractor and getting stuck in their rows in the dark.
Strolling Times Square
It’s the opposite of going through Times Square: plenty of outdoor seating. One downside: the jostling but lethargic mass of humanity you’ll find yourself a part of. If you need to go through it, single file is the way to go. Elsewhere, on the edge of the theater district, pedestrian traffic on the west side of Eighth Avenue moves faster than on the crowd-congested east side. Likewise, it may be quicker to walk north or south on Sixth Avenue, then west to your theater.
Finding Green Space
bryant parkOne of Manhattan’s most beautiful oases is on Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, just one block east of Times Square. With a large lawn and lots of bistro tables on the sides, it’s a picnic-friendly, tree-shaded spot, a relaxing place to breathe and buy something to eat or drink if you want.