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5 Broadway Theatre Etiquette Rules

Are you a newcomer to Broadway? Or maybe even a regular attendee? Broadway is a magical experience, but if
you're unsure of the proper etiquette for attending a show, let us alleviate any fears.

Switch off your cellphone

Switch off your cellphone

An obvious and simple code of conduct, but one that's often ignored. Make sure to switch your phone - nothing's more annoying than bleeping in the middle of Mamma Mia!, for performers and fellow audience members alike.

Photos and texts

Photos and texts

If you've observed the first rule, this will be no problem. But a bright phone screen in the audience is distracting for the performers and the audience, and any photos you try to take will likely be of poor quality due to lighting and distance, so keep it off.

Dress code

Dress code

Don't feel that you have to put on your best dress to be allowed into the theater. But if you want to make an event of it, then why not dress up?

Don't eat during the show

Don't eat during the show

Sure, quietly eating a few M&M's isn't going to bother anyone, but just be aware of rustling packets and loud chomping or you might get an unfriendly nudge from your neighbor.

Be aware of space

Be aware of space

Everyone's paid a lot to see the show - especially a multi-award-winner like The Lion King, so try not to hog all the space around you.

Our insider tips

Get there on time!

Make sure to check the time the show starts and plan to arrive 30 minutes early. If you need to pick up your tickets from the box office, you may need to arrive even earlier to allow for standing in line.

Book in advance

If you want to catch one of the big Broadway productions, make sure to book in advance as they do sell out quickly.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Most shows are in the evenings, but there are matinees, too.
  • Is it expensive?
    $100 is the rough starting price for a show.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You don't need a guide for the shows themselves, but if you want to check out the historic theater district itself, a guide will be useful!
  • How to get there
    There are several venues where shows take place, but the Broadway theater itself is on, well, Broadway in Manhattan, near 7th Avenue subway station.
  • Additional information
    Book ahead to avoid disappointment. | Don't talk or make a lot of noise during the show, and make sure your phone is switched off!

What people are saying about Broadway, New York City

Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 645 reviews

Awesome tour and great info about Broadway and the New Amsterdam!

We didn't know what to expect but this was a really great activity for our family. We walked all around Times Square and learned insider information about the history of Broadway and Times Square, and interesting facts about different shows and performers. The New Amsterdam tour was awesome! We got to see what it was like behind the scenes and got to try on costumes from several Disney shows. Would have loved this part of the tour to be longer! Really great day!

This was a nice tour, but it wasn’t what I expected, especially in terms of learning about Disney. I thought we would go into more than one theater to learn about the history. We only went into the New Amsterdam theater. It was a lot of standing in front of the locked theaters and learning about our guide’s experience on Broadway. Again, it was enjoyable, but not what I expected.

So fun, informative, and interesting! Our guide, Colin, was very personable and knowledgeable. Trying on Disney costume pieces was a blast, and I can mow say that I have sung on a Broadway stage! (Bucket list...check!)

Awesome experience for dad with 10 yr old daughter

Loved both segments of the tour. First was walking around and learning more about the history of Broadway. Second was focused on New Amsterdam Theater and how Disney salvaged and remodeled this magnificent theater.

A fun, interactive learning experience for the whole family!

I enjoyed the walking tour and learning about Broadway history. My children (7 and 9) enjoyed trying on the costumes and standing on the stage. A win-win!!