Tips for Attending Your First Broadway Show
If you are someone passionate about the arts, then you absolutely need to schedule some time to attend a Broadway show. While flying out to New York for the night might be out of the question, San Diego Musical Theatre offers the high-quality show that you’re looking to enjoy, right here in the beautiful state of California.
When you haven’t been to a performance of this caliber, it can be a bit overwhelming. What is appropriate to wear? How soon should you purchase your tickets? What type of behavior is appropriate in the theater — can you clap? The team at San Diego Musical Theater wants to ensure that you are prepared and ready to enjoy your first show at our theater. That is why, in today’s blog, we are going to touch on a few of the things that you need to know before you attend a show. Let’s get started.
Get There On Time
Whether you are someone that is always on time or you’re notorious for running late, it’s important that you make sure you’re able to arrive to the show on time. In fact, it’s never a bad idea to show up with some time to spare — especially if it’s your first show. By showing up early, you have enough time to make it through the crowds and find your seat, pick up tickets, run to the bathroom, and the like. At the end of the day, you’ll never regret showing up early to a Broadway performance.
Use the Bathroom Beforehand
While we’re on the topic of arriving early, let’s talk about something that absolutely everyone wonders about at one point or another: using the restroom. Of course, there are no rules about getting up to leave during the middle of the performance but, similar to a movie, there is so much that you’ll miss if you get up and use the restroom mid-performance. Rather than let that be the case (especially for your first Broadway show), arrive early and always try and use the restroom before the performance starts.
Listen to the Ushers
Broadway performances bring in a large crowd, which can be incredibly intimidating for your first time attending a show. With that in mind, make sure that you’re listening to the ushers as you’re working your way to your seat. Their job is to help individuals get to the right seat, which could, in turn, ensure you don’t waste any time climbing up the wrong staircase. Even if you think you could make it to your seat on your own, wait at the entryway of your section for an usher to arrive. They will provide you with a Playbill that you can hold onto as a souvenir and look at throughout the show.
Settle Into Your Seats
Once you’ve found your seats, take some time to get settled in. Take off your coat and turn your cell phone off, because the show is about to start! You want to make sure that you’re comfortable enough to not only avoid shuffling around once the show begins, but also to make sure that you can enjoy the show to its fullest extent. Though it may not seem like your movement is distracting, it can be something that distracts other guests from the show. So, make sure to show up early, get comfortable, and turn off your phone. This ensures you and those around you can enjoy the show without any other distractions.
Broadway performances take some serious time and effort to put on. The result of this is an incredible show that leaves audiences laughing, crying, and standing up to applaud the cast at the end. At your first Broadway show, and every other performance that you attend, allow yourself to really enjoy the show that’s happening. Do your best to avoid side conversations and distractions (as we just mentioned). If you are fully present in the moment and enjoying the performance, we can near guarantee that you will absolutely love the show that you’re attending. You’ll be glad that you dedicated your full attention to the show, we promise!
Get Tickets for a Show Today
San Diego Musical Theatre is proud to bring the very best shows to the San Diego area. Now that you have an idea of what to anticipate during your first show, it’s time to purchase tickets for an upcoming show. Browse the different shows that are going to be happening at the San Diego Musical Theatre and find one that you think you’d enjoy. Purchase tickets for you and your significant other, family members, or friends! You can guarantee that a night out at the San Diego Musical Theatre is one that you’ll remember for years to come. Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions or need further assistance.