Thursday, November 08, 2007

New York Theatre

Well here it is folks. The Great Debate. Which is better? Orchestra or Mezzanine. Which place has the best view? According to some the Orchestra is the only place to sit. How many times have I heard a customer say" I only sit in the Orchestra." Well what most people don't know or often seem to forget is that in most Broadway houses 50-60% of the Orchestra is on the same level. But hey if you want to spend $200 to see the back of someones head be my guest.

I myself am a big fan of the Mezzanine. For one in most Broadway theatres the Mezzanine is smaller than the Orchestra. Plus it is elevated. To me that is what makes the Mezzanine better than the Orchestra. Nowadays the sets are so big. Plus being a director myself I know the importance of using the stage to it's full capacity. So you know that from mezzanine you are going to get a great overall view of EVERYTHING. Now don't get me wrong there are times when I love the Orchestra too. There is something so thrilling about being so close to the actor's. It really makes you feel like you are part of the show.

For the past two years Jersey Boys has been the most popular show in New York. Now unless you want to pay a premium(which we do have access too), most of our seats are in the Mezzanine.
I finally got to see the show last week. Guess where I was sitting? Mezzanine Row Q Seat 10. THE LAST ROW. And guess how much I missed? NOTHING. That's right folks. I had a full view. Now in comparison to the Gershwin where Wicked, plays the August Wilson is a smaller theatre.(800 seats to be exact.) But when you compare a Broadway theatre to any theatre in the country our theatres are the smallest.

So next time you are shopping for tickets just remember that to have a good time you don't have to be "In the first ten rows" . So when it comes right down to it whether you are the first row of the Orchestra or the last row of the Mezzanine just remember that there is nothing like seeing a Broadway show. It is an experience you will never forget. See you at the theatre.

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