Named in honor of one of America’s greatest composer, George Gershwin, and his brother, lyricist Ira, the Gershwin Theater is one of the largest theaters on Broadway. The theater is home to the musical blockbuster Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. If you’re planning on watching this Broadway masterpiece, make sure to go through our Gershwin Theater seating chart to get the best seats in the house.
The musical is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Set in the world of Oz before the arrival of Dorothy, the story revolves around the lives of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, their coming together in school, how they overcome their struggles and their journey in life. A stunning prequel to Frank L. Baum’s 1900 classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked is one of the biggest selling and most popular musical on Broadway.
Without further ado, let us go through the Gershwin theater seating chart and help you find the best seats for your Wicked experience.
The Gershwin opened as the Uris Theater in the winter of 1972 with the musical “Via Galactica”. Situated on the lower levels of the 48-storeyed Paramount Plaza building, the theater stands where once the iconic Capitol Theater stood. The name of the theater was changed from the Uris Theater to the Gershwin Theater during a ceremony held during the 37th Tony Awards held in 1983.
The Gershwin Theater is an Art Nouveau style theater that was designed by set designer Ralph Alswang. In the words of Aswang, “..(the theater) represents what I think is the total philosophy of a modern musical comedy house – seating, sight lines, acoustics – the economy and aesthetics of this kind of theatre.” The largest section of the theater is the orchestra which can seat up to 1,298 visitors. The mezzanine is comparatively smaller with 635 seats.
Other features of the Gershwin Theater include dark proscenium panels that are used as light towers and are removable if required, a flexible stage floor that can be used as a thrust floor as well and the first water curtain on Broadway, very helpful in case of a fire. The Theater Hall of Fame is also situated in the Gershwin Theater. Dedicated to honoring and preserving the history of theater, the Theater Hall of Fame offers a unique look into the world of theater and is home to numerous exhibitions from the world of theater.
The theatre has a seating capacity of 1933, spread across orchestra, front mezzanine, and rear mezzanine. The sides of the mezzanine section project outwards to replace the usual box designs present in Broadway theaters. Popular for not having a bad seat in the house, seating options across the Gershwin offer their own unique viewing advantages. Hence, this guide of the Gershwin Theater seating chart will walk you through the theater and help you get the best seats for your Wicked show.
Broadhurst Theater Orchestra
The Orchestra section of the Broadhurst Theater has a total of 703 seats. These are neatly spread across 22 rows, row AA to row T. The orchestra is further divided into three longitudinal sections – center orchestra, orchestra left and orchestra right.
The left orchestra seats are spread across 20 rows (A to T) and are odd numbered. Seats begin at 1 and end at 27, moving from the aisle to the outside.
The center orchestra seats are spread across 22 rows (AA to T). Seats begin at 101 and end at 114, moving left to right.
The right orchestra seats are spread across 20 rows (A to T) and are even numbered. Seats begin at 2 and end at 28, moving from the aisle to the outside.
The Center Orchestra has arguably the best seats in the house. Though this quality makes it the most expensive seats in the theatre, it’s a price one can pay if they’re looking for the perfect Broadway experience. Not only are the views uninterrupted, but the proximity of the seats to the stage will bring you closer to the act and offer a uniquely immersive experience. Hence, were you to get seats in the front and middle rows of the Center Orchestra, you can be assured that your experience is going to be wonderful.
The side orchestra seats are cheaper than seats in the center orchestra. The closer your seats are to the center aisle, the better the view. Though not as great as the center orchestra, the views from the side orchestra are definitely better than seats in the last few rows of the mezzanine section. Certain sequences of the play or musical may occur at the farther sections of the stage, but, the fact that you’re closer to the action does make up for it.
The seats in the first half of the center orchestra (Row AA-M) are the most expensive seats in the house. Next up are rows A-M of the side orchestra followed by the rows M-T of the center orchestra and the far rows (M-T) of the side orchestra.
A few days ago, we saw Anastasia from the second row, orchestra, which was a terrific place to be, although I would prefer to sit on the stage. Everyone was fantastic, without any false notes.
The theater itself is small but beautiful. The stage is wonderful and accommodates the set perfectly. Ample legroom and good view from any seat I would imagine. The view from my orchestra seats were definitely great.
We were five rows from the stage but looking around there really wasn’t a bad seat. This is a smaller theatre than what you would see if you were to see say Wicked. If you can get past that then the building is beautiful.
The Broadhurst is an older, smaller theater. There is no elevator and restrooms are downstairs. We sat in the middle of the orchestra and could see very well.
Broadhurst Theater Mezzanine
The Mezzanine section is the only elevated section of the Broadhurst Theater. Comprising of 429 seats, the Mezzanine section is spread across 12 rows, row A to row L. The Mezzanine, like the Orchestra, is further divided into three longitudinal sections – center, left and right mezzanine.
The left mezzanine seats are spread across 12 rows (A to L) and are odd numbered. Seats begin at 1 and end at 27, moving from the aisle to the outside.
The center mezzanine seats are again spread across 12 rows (A to L). Seats begin at 101 and end at 114, moving left to right.
The right mezzanine seats are spread across 12 rows (A to L) and are even numbered. Seats begin at 2 and end at 28, moving from the aisle to the outside.
Being the only elevated floor in the Broadhurst Theater, the mezzanine offers a spectacular view of the stage. The elevation aids you with a complete and entire view of the stage, including sections of the set that may be hidden from view at the rear orchestra seats.
The sloped nature of the mezzanine also has its additional advantages with a better viewing angle. Apart from that, should you find yourself in a situation with a taller audience member ahead of you, the mezzanine’s inclination ensures that the view is not obstructed. Hence, given a choice between the first few rows of the mezzanine or the last few rows of the orchestra, you should definitely go for the mezzanine seats.
Seats in the first half of the mezzanine are the costliest mezzanine seats, dearer even than seats in the side orchestra. The prices fall as you move further back in the section, with the rear mezzanine seats being the cheapest in the house
Really enjoyed the show and the theatre. Sat third row mezzanine, heard almost every word and the view of the stage was excellent.
The view from the back of the mezzanine was great, almost like we were watching a movie screen. The staff was friendly and helpful, entrance and exit were quick. I’d definitely return here to see another show in the future.
The musical was fabulous in its entirety. We sat toward the top of the Mezzanine, and had no complaints about the view.
Like most theatres, seating is fairly tight, but OK and comfortable enough. We were seated mezzanine right row G. Our view wasn’t blocked at all, and we could see everything.
- Should you ever decide to step out of the theater, ensure that you are carrying your ticket stub with you. Re-entry without a ticket is not permitted.
- There are numerous restaurants across the street from where one can see the waiting line outside the Broadhurst. You can head to these restaurants, grab yourself a drink, wait for the queue to shorten and then move in.
- Restrooms are situated in the basement. It is a good call to go before the show.
- Speaking of restrooms, there are only two of them, one for each sex.
- It has been noted that like most old Broadway theaters, seating gets a bit cramped. However, some also note that this adds to the old world charm of the Broadhurst Theater. If you’re tall, you will find the first row of the mezzanine to be the best seat for you.
- Both the levels have a bar. So if you’re on the mezzanine, there is no need to go down for a drink.
Situated in walking distance from Times Square, you can bet there will be plenty of places you can stop by for a pre or post show bite. Here are some good ones:
Sardi’s: With roots that can be traced back to 1926, Sardi’s has remained one of the most popular theatres on Broadway since its early days. Serving continental cuisine, the restaurant is open through the week, except on Mondays.
Haru Sushi: Lovers of sushi and Japanese cuisine, in general, should definitely give Haru Sushi a try.
Carmine’s: NYC’s legendary family-style restaurant offering the most delicious Italian food. Be prepared for gigantic proportions similar to ones your grandma would serve you.
Playwright Celtic Pub: A pub straight from the dales of Ireland, the Playwright Celtic Pub is spread over 4-floors and roof. The Playwright is one of the best plays to catch a drink before/after your Broadhurst experience.
Junior’s: Popular around the globe, its patrons swear by the cheesecake. The restaurant serves the quintessential American deli fare, along with barbeque and a bar.
If you’re looking for more options, how about checking out our in-depth Theater District Restaurant Guide. It has everything you’re looking for. And more.
The Broadhurst Theater is located at 235 West, 44th Street, between the 7th and 8th avenues. The theater is in the heart of the theater district and given it’s proximity to Times Square, getting to the Broadhurst shouldn’t be difficult. If you’re coming in your own car, there is ample paid parking around the theatre. Check out Icon Parking Systems and Astor Parking LLC around the Broadhurst Theater.
On the other hand, if you’re taking the subway, there are plenty of options for you. You can take the lines A, C and E to the 42nd Street and 8th Avenue or lines N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 to 42nd Street and Times Square.
So there you have it, all your questions on the Broadhurst seating chart answered.
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