We understand that travel accommodations can be overwhelming to organize – especially when making arrangements for a bus load of students or members of your organization. Our team of Geniuses want to help make your trip run as smoothly as possible. Here at Your Broadway Genius, we care not only about securing the best deals on the best seats but also minimizing any hassle involved in planning a trip to Broadway. After all, we want everyone in your group to be able to relax and enjoy the magic of Broadway!
Are you and your group travelling to the Big Apple via bus? Bus transportation to New York City can be a cost-effective, efficient, and of course, FUN way to reach Destination Broadway. You can play Broadway trivia games, have showtune sing-alongs, and read plays as a group. Sounds like a Broadway lover’s dream!
When you arrive on Broadway, you’ll likely want to get off the bus and enjoy the sights right away. You may even be headed directly to a performance of a Broadway show. This is exactly why we’ve compiled a list of available bus parking spots in the theatre district. As you can imagine, there are rules and regulations outlined by the NYC Department of Transportation about where you can and cannot park a bus. We did a little Genius investigating to compile a list of convenient parking spots right in the heart of Broadway. The list below is a comprehensive list. If you would like to see the parking spot in closest proximity to the theater you are visiting, feel free to visit the designated Show page for our recommendation:
West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Ave (southside)
West 40th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (southside)
11th Avenue between W 40th St and W 39th St (westside)
West 44th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (northside)
West 44th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (southside)
West 45th Street between 11th and 12th Ave (southside)
West 45th Street between 11th and 12th Ave (northside)
West 46th Street between 11th and 10th Ave (southside)
West 48th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (northside)
West 49th Street between 11th and 12th Ave (southside)
West 49th Street between 11th and 12th Ave (northside)
West 50th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (southside)
West 50th Street between 12th and 11th Ave (northside)
West 51st Street between 11th and 12th Ave (southside)
West 53rd Street between 10th and 11th Ave (northside)
West 54th Street between 11th and 10th Ave (southside)
8th Avenue between W 54th St and W 55th St (eastside)
West 59th Street between 12th and West End Ave (southside)
Be sure to allow any additional time for walking to your theater and of course, always arrive early to ensure a parking spot!
The most important advice of all? Sit, back, relax, and ENJOY THE SHOW!
Looking for a place to read a play during your next trip to New York? Hoping to pick up some librettos or theatre history books to keep you entertained on your bus ride home? We’ve found the perfect store for your group to visit on your next visit.
We visited the historic Drama Book Shop. Located at 250 W. 40th St., the Drama Book Shop has served as a “one-stop shop” for plays, librettos, and other theatre publications for 100 years! Whether you’re an aspiring actor looking for a new scene to perform or a Broadway fan hoping to learn more about theatre history, chances are Drama Book Shop has what you need. Your group will love browsing the shop’s selection and walking through a little bit of NYC history!
Don’t just take our word for it. Watch this video to learn everything you need to know about Drama Book Shop – including insight into the store’s relationship with Tony Award Winner Lin Manuel Miranda!
The DRAMA BOOK SHOP, Inc.
250 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Voice: 212 944-0595
Toll Free US & Canada: 800 322-0595
There’s nothing ‘sweeter’ than a post-show treat and our Geniuses have found the place that will leave you wanting “s’more.” Schmackary’s, founded by Zachary “Schmackary” Schmal, has become the cookie staple of the theatre district. Conveniently located at 45th Street and 9th Avenue, Schmackary’s is in close proximity to 9 Broadway theatres including the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and the Booth Theatre.
In addition to several classic flavors such as Chocolate Chip and Funfetti, Schmackary’s also includes a rotating selection of specialty cookies. In fact, Schmackary’s menu changes daily! Sch’mores, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough are among the line-up of cookies that you can choose from. Of course, just as the seasons change so do some of the available cookies. Each season, Schmackary’s bakes cookies inspired by the flavors of the season. Seasonal flavors for the Fall include Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple Crisp, Worms ‘n Dirt, and Rocky Road. Cookies are priced at $2.75 each with special group pricing as well (6 for $14, 12 for $25).
Schmackary’s prides itself on providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all of it’s patrons. There are several places to sit and cozy up during autumn and winter months while additional outdoor seating is provided. The staff is friendly, attentive, and more than willing to offer you their own personal cookie recommendation to help you choose your post-show treat. Given it’s prime location, don’t be surprised if you spot a few familiar Broadway faces when you make your visit to Schmackary’s. In fact, Schmackary’s often partners with Broadway professionals for events and special themed cookie. For example, in May 2015, the store hosted Broadway Bakes. Broadway stars like Audra McDonald, David Burtka, Megan Hilty, and Jeremy Jordan all volunteered to serve cookies behind the counter. 50% of proceeds from the event were donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. In 2015, Schmackary’s raised over $13,000 in support of the organization.
We recently featured Schmackary’s in our social media video series “#TGIGenius”. This weekly video series offers quick tips for your group’s next trip to Broadway. Be sure to check out our interview with Rachel, an employee of Schmackary’s, to learn more fun facts about the best place for cookies in the theatre district. Feel free to share on Facebook or Twitter!
With it’s welcoming atmosphere and delicious cookies baked in the heart of the theatre district, Schmackary’s is the place for you and your group to satisfy your Broadway “sweet tooth”.
While we love new works, we can’t help but enjoy seeing a classic play or musical re-imagined in a revival. Broadway revivals introduce familiar shows to a brand new audience. Some revivals even stray drastically from the design and staging of their respective original productions. This fall, you can expect to see quite a few classics remounted on Broadway. Here are just a few shows you can get ready to ‘fall’ in love with all over again:
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new production of The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s masterpie
ce about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. Simon Godwin (Associate Director at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Two Gentlemen of Verona) directs a fresh new adaptation by Tony Award® winner Stephen Karam (The Humans, Sons of the Prophet).
The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, The Cherry Orchard captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. By turns tragic and funny, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.
The Cherry Orchard will begin preview performances on September 15, 2016, and open officially on October 16, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through December 4, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.
William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos comes back to Broadway this fall in an all new production from Lincoln Center Theater. Lapine returns to direct an extraordinary cast featuring Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Tony nom.), Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Tony Award), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Tony nom.), Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris, Tony nom.) and Betsy Wolfe.
Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
Falsettos will begin preview performances on September 29, 2016, and open officially on October 27, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through January 8, 2017 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
THE FRONT PAGE
Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic 1928 comedy, The Front Page, arrives on Broadway this fall.
The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (John Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Nathan Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
The Front Page features a star-studded cast including Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell.
The Front Page will begin preview performances on September 20, 2016, and open officially on October 20, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through January 29, 2017 on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre.
Are you interested in rediscovering these shows with your group? Book with us today!
Are you looking for a new album to add to your Fall playlist? Our geniuses have got you covered! Three legendary Broadway divas are releasing new albums for your listening pleasure. Check out our listing below and we guarantee you will be humming along to these tunes on repeat:
Babs is back! “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” is the latest album from icon Barbra Streisand. According to press notes, the album features 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The inspired new musical pairings include Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Seth MacFarlane, and a spectacular virtual duet with Anthony Newley. Tracks include Broadway standards such as “At The Ballet” (A Chorus Line), “Anything You Can Do” (Annie Get Your Gun), and “Climb Every Mountain” (The Sound of Music).
The album was released on August 26th and is already #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Broadway dynamo Kristin Chenoweth is ready to melt our hearts yet again. Kristin’s latest album offers 13 tracks from a variety of musical styles and time periods including Gershwin, Bacharach, and Sinatra. Her latest recording promises to be a an “ideal showcase of her charisma, skill, and of course, elegance. Produced by Steve Tyrell, fans can expect to hear Kristin’s unique take on songs such as “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Smile”, and “The Very Thought of You”.
The album will be released worldwide on September 23rd.
An original pop album from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel is due in a few weeks and we just can’t “let it go”! Idina is stepping away from the world of showtunes for her latest album. Ms. Menzel teamed up with producer Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles, and Maroon 5) to create an album focusing on her own life story. Idina herself has promised that the self-titled recording is the “the most personal, introspective album she’s ever made”. The 12 tracks, such as “Queen of Swords” and “I See You”, will focus on love, relationships, and making your own path.
The album will be released worldwide on September 23rd (the same day as fellow Wicked diva Kristin Chenoweth’s new recording).
We are ready to ‘fall in love’ with these divas all over again!
If you love Broadway as much as we do, you’ll understand the desire to be connected to theater gossip, tickets, and trivia. With a surge of digital platforms, most people now rely on the latest information being accessible through the click of a button. Moreover, many utilize online media to engage with various communities. Mobile app developers have certainly begun to understand theater-goers’ need to connect with Broadway via digital platforms. We’ve done some research and compiled this list of must-have mobile apps for Broadway lovers.
IBDB, or the Internet Broadway Database, is your “one-stop shop” for browsing through Broadway history. Want to view what shows previously played at the theater you are seated in? Can’t remember which actor originated a certain role? Looking to figure out which Broadway musicals had the longest and shortest runs? The IBDB app has answers to these questions and much more. This user-friendly app puts years of Broadway history in the palm of your hands. Available for free for iOS and Android users.
The BroadwayWorld.com Message Boards have been a popular forum for theater fans to share Broadway gossip, reviews, and chat all things Broadway. Now, theater enthusiasts can post on the boards directly via the mobile app. Fans will also find the latest headlines, videos, and even NYC restaurant suggestions right on their smartphones. BroadwayWorld has merged with the app world and you’ll love the results. Available for free on iOS and Android devices.
Did He Like It? App
With so many diverse options, picking the right show to see can be quite overwhelming. The Did He Like It? App makes that process simple and fun. At first glance, you’ll know whether or not the NY Times critic gave the show a “thumbs up”, “thumbs down”, or is maybe “on the fence”. Browse the latest reviews for Broadway/Off-Broadway shows and check out which shows are most recommended by critics. Enabling push notifications alerts you as soon as the reviews are released on opening night! Available for 99 cents on iOS devices.
While us “geniuses” always recommend purchasing tickets well in advance, we know that sometimes a night at the theater is a last minute decision. If you and a friend decide to see a show the day of the performance, TodayTix is your best bet. This app allows you to avoid sifting through dozens of last minute deal sites and streamlines all the info you’ll need in one, easy-to-use- application. Numerous shows also offer digital lotteries you can enter through a swipe on your smart phone. There is no need for theater fans to scramble when TodayTix ensures great deals within a few hours of showtime. Available for free on iOS and Android devices.