Wednesday, July 24, 2013


According to, last year’s Broadway attendance topped the attendance of all NY and NJ sports games combined.  Clearly, Broadway shows are hot, but how can customers get the most out of their experience this summer?

Broadway theaters are looking to enhance the way audiences experience shows by becoming more interactive and engaged. Unique Broadway access is often reserved for groups, specialty card-holders or subscribers, but through’s Connected to Broadway series, ticket-holders have the opportunity to experience their favorite shows like a true New York insider: attending an exclusive cocktail event, getting preferred (difficult to get, often sold out) seats and an up close and personal discussion with the cast

Tickets were available for the August 1 performance of “Kinky Boots” and are now available for the August 22 performance of “Phantom of the Opera.” is also using this opportunity give back to the community that is such an integral part of New York by donating a percentage of proceeds to Broadway Cares.    

What:’s Connected to Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera
When: Thursday, August 22, 2013; 6:30 p.m.
Where: Majestic Theater: 245 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Ticket-holders to’s Connected to Broadway series have the opportunity to experience their favorite shows like a true New York insider: attending an exclusive cocktail event, getting preferred seats and an up close and personal discussion with the cast.
Value: Tickets start at $279

Let me take you through the experience of attending the August 1 performance of Kinky Boots.  Upon my 5 p.m. arrival I was met near the box office, given my seat ticket and two drink tickets, then instructed to go upstairs to another lobby.   This lobby leads to the mezzanine level of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre at 45th St. and 8th Avenue.  This is a must view lobby as it is a gallery of Al Hirschfeld drawings.  You can certainly occupy your time by searching for the name "Nina" in each of his works that have a number after his name...the number of times the name "Nina" appears.

Catered hor d'oeuvres  are being brought around.  I would consider them to be some very savory amuse bouches.   One bites.   I hung out in this area and schmoozed with other VIP ticket holders that had gotten wind of

I sat in what is considered the front mezzanine, which certainly provided me with a different angle from my usual orchestra seat.   Loved it.  I could also understand as to why this show won so many awards. I mean if you're going to do this it should be a winner!

Upon the conclusion, I went downstairs and were seated in the first three rows of the orchestra.  Members of the cast came out to the front of the stage as we asked questions about the show including the technical aspects, costumes and, those kinky boots.  I guess depending upon as to whether the leads have guests coming to their dressing room,  needing much time to get out of the costume, etc.  is what determines as to which of the cast members can make their way to the discussion.   Theatre lovers...don't miss the Phantom experience. 

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