If you want to go see a Broadway level show, you have a few options. Your first choice is to travel to New York City and take in a show right in the heart of NYC, where the highest form of theater gained its namesake. This is a very popular decision, and it’s one of the reasons why theater related tourism is such a big part of the city’s culture. Amateur artists will even line up around Central Park, selling pictures and prints of theater scenes to tourists to try and make a few bucks.
Another, more cost effective option, is to let Broadway come closer to you. Broadway shows don’t just stay in New York. After a show has proven that it is successful, national and international tours are scheduled. This has happened with a large number of the biggest shows of all time. Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, The Lion King, and more have all gone on to see hugely successful tours in the past. More current shows, like Hamilton, are just head out for tour now.
A touring show doesn’t mean lesser quality! Today’s technology has made the world a smaller place in many respects. You can talk instantly with someone over the computer that lives on the other side of the world. You can watch whatever television show or listen to any song you want, whenever you want. Technology has also made travel a lot easier, even for large theatrical sets. Because of the fact that some shows are so popular that they are often performing in two or more cities at any given time, you might not be able to see the original cast of your favorite show in Houston or Chicago, but that doesn’t mean that you will not see a professional level show. In fact, some of the greatest actors and actresses in the world are parts of traveling tours.
So, if you do want to travel to New York to see a show, there’s nothing wrong with it at all. It is a one of a kind experience, and it’s one that you will never forget. It’s important that you plan ahead if you’re going to go this route, though. Hotels in New York sell out quickly. Oftentimes, you will need to book a room months, or even a year, ahead of time. Book a room as soon as you can. If you don’t mind a bit of a cab or subway ride, you can take a room outside of Manhattan. Some people even opt to stay in nearby New Jersey because rooms can be discounted so heavily.
There are a number of other steps you can take to save money, if you wish. Use credit card rewards to save on airfare, look for online discounts, and plan ahead to try and get early bird deals where you can.
Also, don’t forget about food! NYC has some of the best and most diverse food in the world. Check out some of the restaurants in the area so that you can give yourself an idea of what your choices are and how you will get to those places.
Broadway theater is a fun, unique experience. Whether you’re traveling across the country to go see a show, or you are just driving down the highway to the city nearest you, this level of acting is unique. It’s something that takes years of experience to achieve, and seeing a show is something special. One way or another, getting to Broadway—literally or figuratively—should be on the bucket list of anyone who loves to be entertained.
However you get to the theater, get there. You’ll be glad that you did.