Hopefully you saw our post on Bathroom Genius Tips for going before the show. But what about once you get to the theater? Why is this such a complicated situation? Well, if you’re seeing a show in a Broadway theater, you are going to be sitting in a theater with at least 499 other patrons, and most of those people are going to be rushing to fairly few bathroom stalls during the same small breaks. If you’re a Broadway novice, you could probably use some Genius Tips on how to navigate this situation so you can do your business and be back to your seat in time to enjoy the show. (Note that all of these tips can apply to other situations in addition to going to the bathroom, such as going to the water fountain, bar, concession stand, souvenir stand, etc.)
- Before the show begins, right when you’re first finding your seat, ask the usher where the nearest bathroom (or water fountain) is. Also find out if there is a larger one on another level that people might not think to go to. This way, when you do get up (whether before the show or at intermission), you know where you are going right away. Always leave your seat with a plan!
- Now, this tip is one of the most important. Get to the theater nice and early (house doors usually open 30 minutes before curtain) and do everything you need to do BEFORE the show. This includes: buying food or drink, buying your souvenirs (if you know what you want to get ahead of time), and, most important of all, going to the bathroom. Even if you don’t think that you have to go yet, even if you are seeing a show with an intermission and you think you can go then, go to the bathroom before the show. The lines are MUCH more crowded if you go at intermission, and going beforehand prevents you from having to run out of the show to address an emergency!
- If you do need to go on any lines during intermission, leave your seat and get in line as soon as the lights come on. Intermission lines are notoriously long, and many people underestimate how many people will need to use the bathroom and take their time getting up and into the lobby. Don’t make that mistake. As a matter of fact, if there is ANYTHING you need or plan to do during intermission, do it ASAP, because those 15 minutes go by a lot quicker than you’d think. (Geek Note: Don’t trust the “Ortega Maneuver” from Bunheads. It didn’t work for Michelle and it won’t work for you.)
Follow these Bathroom Genius Tips, and your next Broadway experience will be a breeze. Don’t believe us? Book your next show and try them out! Call 877-943-2929 for the best group tickets at the lowest prices!
Experienced Theatre-Goers: What tips can you think of that weren’t listed here? Any tip you disagree with? Share in the comments or tweet @YourBwayGroups!