Broadway is back! A guide to shows, tickets and Covid protocols.
So you have the tickets and you can’t wait to see the curtain rise. Here’s what to expect.
With ever-changing government regulations and guidelines, most productions take a wait-and-see approach to specific security measures, but remote headquarters aren’t a start due to the bite it would take at the box office. The only show opened so far, “Springsteen on Broadway,” requires members of the public to be fully immunized, unless they are under 16 years of age or in need of reasonable accommodation due to a disability or illness. ‘a sincere religious belief. Other emissions may be less stringent on vaccinations but require masks or negative Covid test results. Before you buy, check the rules set out – and keep in mind that, as with so much in this pandemic, they can change in the short term.
When to arrive
The show you see may have its own advice on this, depending on the Covid security measures taking a bit longer. But it is nonetheless true that it is not necessary to arrive well in advance to join a huge queue winding on the sidewalk. If you don’t need to collect your tickets, you can usually show up 10 minutes before the curtain. Arrive earlier if you want to use the washroom, where the wait for women can be long.
In a car?
Save yourself the headaches and reserve a parking space through one of the many apps, such as BestParking, ParkWhiz and SpotHero. Lincoln Center also offers its own reserved online parking. Still, plan for more driving time than you think you need, especially during the holidays. Not all shows admit late arrivals. When they do, latecomers risk taking a shameful walk with a bailiff – and sneaking into their row in the dark.
Navigate Times Square
One advantage when passing through Times Square: lots of seating outside. One downside: the jostled but numb mass of humanity that you will find yourself a part of. If you have to go through it, Single File is the way to go. Elsewhere, on the edge of the Theater District, foot traffic on the west side of Eighth Avenue moves faster than on the crowded east side. Likewise, walking north or south on Sixth Avenue, then west to your theater, may be faster.
Find a green space
Bryant Park, one of Manhattan’s most beautiful oases, is just one block east of Times Square on 42nd Street at Sixth Avenue. A shady, picnic-friendly spot with an expansive lawn and plenty of bistro tables around the edges, it’s a relaxing place to catch your breath and, if you like, buy something to eat or drink.