The Gershwin Theatre has recently risen in the rankings as one of the most popular theater venues in New York City . The incredible hit musical Wicked brought the lines back to the New York Gershwin Theatre. Since 2003, Gershwin Theatre tickets have been consistently sold out, and price discounts are few and far between. The success of this musical brings a sold out show to the theater almost every night of the week. (Broadway is dark on Mondays.) Wicked now joins the ranks of incredibly popular productions that have been delighting audiences at the Gershwin since the theater opened in 1972.
Located at Broadway and 51st Street in Manhattan , the Gershwin Theatre is unusually large, with its 1,900 seats. Designed in an art nouveau style, the theater is reached with large escalators. Seating in both the orchestra and balcony areas allows everyone to purchase tickets or their favorite view, whether they want to be gazing down at the musicians in the orchestra pit or experiencing the set design up close. Over the years, the New York Gershwin Theatre has hosted some of the finest talents in entertainment. Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald all stepped onto the stage of the Gershwin.
Gershwin Theatre tickets sold very quickly when Bing Crosby took to the stage in 1976 for a limited engagement during the Christmas season with Rosemary Clooney. Other popular productions throughout the years were Sweeney Todd , My Fair Lady , and Show Boat . Annie , Much Ado About Nothing , and Singin’ in the Rain have all provided unforgettable moments at the Gershwin Theatre. Gershwin Theatre seating has the largest capacity of any theater presenting Broadway shows , making it the perfect place for big musicals, dance performances, and special limited engagements.
The success of Wicked has once again made Gershwin Theatre tickets a hot commodity. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, the production is also performed in other cities across the globe. The New York Gershwin Theatre can accommodate wheelchairs, but prior arrangements must be made with the box office. Despite being a larger theater, the Gershwin offers great views from both the orchestra and the mezzanine. Wicked boasts impressive sets, lighting, and costumes, all of which can be seen clearly from every seat in the theater. However, there are a few seats at the side-orchestra that are considered limited view. Action taking place in the depths of the stage might be missed, though the main stage action can be seen with ease.
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If you're wondering how to get tickets for the Gershwin, planning a trip to the theater during the week, as opposed to the popular weekends, will help your chances of securing tickets. Discounted group rates are available for students (20 or more people) and can be arranged with the box office. Concessions including water, soft drinks, cocktails, and candy are for sale at the Gershwin, but no food is allowed in the theater. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars surrounding the Gershwin in the theater district of New York City, so plan ahead for a pre-theater dinner or dine late and discuss with friends and family what you just saw on stage.