Thanks to everyone who participated in our #FallforNewYork Twitter chat with Broadway expert David Sheward. He — and our followers! — offered up some great advice on what to see on Broadway, plus tips on seeing the stars off-stage.
Which show should I see?
With so many shows to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick where to begin. For first-time Broadway goers, David recommended theatrical shows like The Lion King and Pippin, while @AgustinaP chimed in to recommend The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Chicago. Some shows appeal to multiple generations, which is why, when @tyranosoarasLEX asked “I want to take my parents to a show… What do you recommend?,” David’s picks were The Lion King, Pippin and Wicked. Big Fish was also mentioned, since it has great advance buzz as it goes into previews. If you are bringing the kids to Broadway, top picks from our expert are Matilda, The Lion King, Cinderella, Wicked and Newsies.
Which theaters are the most beautiful?
For @Sammmparker, the theaters themselves are more intriguing than the shows on stage. When asked which theaters have interiors worth seeing, David recommended the St. James (where Bullets Over Broadway will debut next spring), The Belasco (future home of Richard III and Twelfth Night), the Lyceum (future home of A Night with Janis Joplin) and the New Amsterdam (future home to Aladdin). @NamelyNorn chimed in to also recommend the Richard Rodgers (home to Romeo and Juliet) and the Stephen Sondheim, where The Trip to Bountiful will play until October and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens in November.
What do you recommend Off-Broadway?
There is more to live theater in New York than just Broadway. Off-Broadway shows may have “smaller theater…but the quality is still high,” according to David. He loves Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. There are lots of other Off-Broadway shows to choose from as well.
How can I meet the cast?
In terms of how to see Broadway stars off-stage, waiting outside the stage door is still the best plan, while David also points out that you need to “be polite to the stage manager.” Theater District restaurants are where actors and actresses go to unwind after the show. Sure-things include Sardi’s, of course, plus Joe Allen and Orso on 46th St. and Angus MacIndoe on 44th St.