Learn the true difference between Broadway and Off-Broadway. Revel in the secrets hidden in plain sight in some of Broadway's most famous theaters.... more
Your expert tour guide will explain how a show is created from the first rehearsal to opening night and all of the craziness in between.
Utilizing iPads chock full of rarely seen photographs and videos from years of research, tour-goers will see Broadway's past and present merge before their eyes.
Tour the gorgeous & newly-renovated Hudson Theatre!... more
Opened in 1903 (just ahead of the Lyceum and New Amsterdam Theatres), the Hudson is the oldest theater currently open on Broadway...but it hasn’t always been a part of the Great White Way. From a television studio to the home of "The Tonight Show" to a renovated Broadway house, Hudson Theatre has a fascinating 115 year history...you’ll learn all about it on our tour!
Join the NYPL's theater curator for a behind-the-scenes tour of the fabulous collection at Lincoln Center. A must-do for theater fans!... more
The New York Public Library has the world’s leading collection of theater history. Join Doug Reside, the library’s theater curator, for this fascinating dive into its treasures. You’ll be able to get up close to priceless artifacts from shows like "West Side Story," and see other objects that are rarely on display. Best of all, you’ll be able to have all your theater history questions answered by a true expert.
If you love visual art, and you love theater, then this tour is your dream come true!... more
On your guided stroll through the galleries, you’ll learn about the links between theater and great works of art by Renoir, Degas, Picasso, Seurat, Carvaggio, Sargent and others. Your guide is a fourth-generation stage performer with summa cum laude degrees from Northwestern in theater and art history, and an experienced arts educator.
The tour lasts 90 minutes, with extensive walking. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Suitable for art lovers of all ages.
Get the inside scoop on Sardi’s, the epicenter of Broadway life since 1921. Explore the place where famous shows started, classic movies were filmed, and iconic caricatures were drawn.... more
Since 1921, Broadway legends have come to Sardi’s Restaurant to open shows, make deals, and get their caricatures drawn for the wall of fame. No wonder movies and TV shows like “Glee” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan” filmed here when they needed authentic theater flair. In the Sardi’s Tour, you get a backstage look at the restaurant, covering everything from the deals that were closed at the bar to the caricatures that were stolen by rabid fans. All tours are led by a longtime Sardi’s staffer, which means your guide will have a few eyewitness stories that you won’t hear anywhere else.
If you are a theater fan, and are curious about Jewish influences on NYC theater, then join us for a tour of the historic Actors' Temple!
In this tour, you'll learn all about the Temple's famous members and get an insider's view of its fascinating and beautiful galleries. The tour is led by Rabbi and Cantor Jill Hausman, a former singer and actress, who will lead a lively discussion about Jewish influences on Broadway and beyond.
Join Jennifer Ashley Tepper for an in-depth exploration of this season's exciting City Center Encores! shows.... more
Before setting foot in the historic City Center to see “Me and My Girl,” learn the secrets behind each production that will inspire you to enjoy them all the more.
Learn about the connections between Jewish traditions and musical theater!... more
From the songs of George Gershwin to the works of composer Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie”), learn how the music and traditions of Judaism have inspired some of our greatest musicals. For example, did you know that Sheldon Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof” influenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights?”
This illuminating and meaningful hour-long Salon in partnership with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is led by Meredith Ganzman (digital reporter and news writer at PIX11 News and the former lead arts and entertainment reporter for The Jewish Channel).
Please note: All are required to go through security upon entering the museum
How do Broadway shows make money? Get the answers and the inside scoop from Jessica Genick, a well-known producer of ten Broadway shows.... more
We’ve heard that the best way to make a small fortune on Broadway is to start with a larger one. But how true is that joke? In this Salon, you’ll learn how Broadway shows raise investment capital, generate revenue, and spend the money. You’ll learn lingo like “wrap”, “recoup”, and “points”, and how shows go from an idea and a few songs into a juggernaut (or failure). Bring your questions, and expect interesting answers that will spark engaging discussion.
We’re partnering with “Wicked” to give our Broadway fans access to "Behind the Emerald Curtain".
"Behind the Emerald Curtain" is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the show led by two Broadway cast members. Even if you haven’t seen “Wicked”, you’ll be fascinated by the details and complexities that go into a major Broadway production. Your guides will take you through the creative process of a Broadway show, giving first-hand accounts of the birth of a new musical.
Burn calories to Broadway's hottest hits in this high-energy, low-pressure workout class taught by a professional choreographer.... more
If you love dance-based workout classes like Zumba, or your go-to running playlist is mostly Broadway showtunes, then you’ll really get a kick (pun intended) out of this 60-minute class. It's like Zumba with showtunes! All skill levels welcome.
Wine and showtunes? Yes, please! Come unwind with us as we un-cork our inner theater geek at Broadway Sip N' Paint.... more
We’ll provide the drinks, the art supplies, and the showtunes. You come ready for fun! Join us at the “The Paint Place” on the Upper West Side, where a theater-loving facilitator will show us how to paint an image inspired by a particular Broadway show - all you have to do is sit down and unwind with a glass (or two!) of wine. No artistic skills required!
Bring a group of friends or come by yourself - either way, you’ll leave with a masterpiece to call your own and some new theater friends.
"En garde!" Live out your swashbuckling fantasies. Joe Isenberg, an award-winning fight choreographer and director, will teach you a fight scene using classic shows and movies as inspiration.... more
Once you've mastered the routine, you'll have the option to capture it on video. If you've ever fantasized about the pirate life, wielding a lightsaber, or quoting Inigo Montoya with sword in hand, this is the activity for you! Bring a friend for your dueling partner or make a new one at this class.
Learn how SpongeBob SquarePants went from a cartoon to a massive Broadway hit!
Join the SpongeBob fan community as we learn how the “simple sponge” became a smash hit Broadway show. We’ll enjoy some of the TV episodes that inspired it (on a HUGE screen), and then hear from the producer directly! The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has a state-of-the art movie theater with very comfy (and clean) seats in Chelsea. Plus, it’s really easy to get to!
We’ll be joined by a special guest Susan Vargo, producer of the current Broadway show, who will explain the links between the television show and the stage and answer your questions. And then we’ll “roll film!”
“The Band’s Visit” is one of this year’s big Broadway hits, but many people don’t know that it started life as a movie.... more
Learn about the path from screen to stage and then enjoy the movie in its original big screen format in a room full of fellow theater fans.
You’ll love the state-of-the art (and comfy) movie theater at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Chelsea. Plus, it’s really easy to get to!