Are you a Broadway theater newcomer? Well, welcome to “the show” and get ready for some amazing theater! Are you nervous about what the proper behavior and attire is for Broadway theatre? Common questions that Broadway first-timers ask are: What is the appropriate attire for the theater? Are refreshments available at the theater? When do I applaud during the performance? Here are just a few of the tips we have for theater etiquette for your next visit to Broadway.
- Dress for a night out. While there is no dress code for Broadway theater, it is not a gym or bar so, therefore, respect the work of the actors by dressing for the occasion.
- Turn off your phone. Your ringtone or text message buzzing does not “go” with the music of the show.
- Be quiet and courteous during the show including no talking, unwrapping cough drops, or singing along, even if you know the words!
- Respect the space of others around you including staying within the boundaries of your seat and keeping your belongings in your area. Many a show has been uncomfortable for audience members if seat neighbors put their feet up or arms stretched out around their chairs.
- Do not take photos or video of the show. The show is a professional production and should be treated as such.
- Standing ovations happen often for exceptionally great shows. Feel free to show your love but don’t overdo it by whooping it up or screaming.
- Save bathroom trips for intermission as the movement of the audience members can distract the actors.
If you want more etiquette ideas call Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart at (978) 682-5757 or visit our website at www.charleshstewart.com for more guidance and stage backdrops that will make your show a hit!