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!
Don’t miss out! Continuing our series, let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close during the rest of January:
Closing this Sunday, January 22
Oh, Hello on Broadway:
Following a phenomenal Off-Broadway run and national tour, hit comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll have finally brought their beloved characters (George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, respectively) to Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. First appearing on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, the hilarious, 70-something New Yorkers took television and the internet by storm before coming home to the Big Apple to conquer the stage. Catch these two before they say, “Oh, goodbye!”
Next up at the Lyceum Theatre: The Play That Goes Wrong is set to open on April 2, 2017.
Closing Sunday, January 29
The Front Page:
One of the most successful plays of the 20th Century, The Front Page returned to the Great White Way for the first time this century at the Broadhurst Theatre in October of 2016 for a strictly limited engagement. Featuring an all-star cast (including Nathan Lane, John Goodman and John Slattery among many others), this mile-a-minute comedy tells the story of a tabloid reporter in a Chicago newsroom who’s trying to get out of the business…just as a major story breaks! With a boisterous, rapid-fire script that’s just as relevant as ever, it’s no wonder this production has been one of the most talked-about hits of this Broadway season!
Next up at the Broadhurst Theatre: Anastasia is set to open on April 24, 2017.
Give us a call at 877-943-2929 to secure the best seats at the lowest price to these and more upcoming shows!
Ah, New York City. The hustle and bustle, the bright lights, the invigorating vibe – and the lack of places to pee.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of public restrooms in Midtown, but it’s so hard to find them! To this day, after living in Manhattan for almost two years, I still find myself searching diligently in Times Square for a pre-show bathroom break pitstop. The task gets even harder when you’re a big group in a small space. We want to make your next Broadway excursion with your group even easier. We’ve found many accessible places to use the restroom beyond the confounds of the bus and the theatre! Here are our Broadway Bathroom Genius hacks (because admit it – we all were wondering).
- Hotels – If you saw our last blog post on “Where to charge your phone in Midtown”, you probably saw that hotels are one of your best bets. Well, as you might imagine, they’re also your best bet for finding restrooms.
- The Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th)): 8th floor
- The Grand Hyatt (109 E 42nd St. – near GC): a much nicer alternative to the packed Grand Central bathrooms!
- The Disney Store (1540 Broadway) – 2nd floor, near the back, on the right
- Grand Central Station – though I prefer going to the Grand Hyatt next door, Grand Central has many bathrooms. Just head to the main terminal and downstairs (the Dining Concourse)!
- Coffee shops (the big ones only!)
- Caffebene (1611 Broadway (between 48th and 49th)) – only open to customers, so make sure you buy something and check out your receipt before you chuck it – on occasion, there’s a bathroom code on it!
- Starbucks (1530 Broadway)
- Bryant Park (42nd St. btwn 5th and 6th)
- McDonald’s (220 W 42nd St.)
- Barnes and Noble Midtown @ Rockefeller Center (555 Fifth Ave.)
- Port Authority Bus Terminal (625 8th Ave.)
So don’t be the group that takes up the entire theatre bathroom – run to one of these Genius hacks beforehand, and come to the theatre ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
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”.