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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

NYC Walking Tour: Broadway History and Culture

Get an insider’s look at Broadway, the heart of the American theater industry, on this two-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the history and happenings of New York City’s famous theater district. Hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today from a guide who is actually a Broadway performer.

Highlights

  • 2-hour guided walking tour of the Broadway theater district in New York City
  • The perfect tour to enjoy before you see a Broadway show!
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the unique history and culture of Broadway
  • Hear backstage and audition stories from your expert guide, a real Broadway performer
  • See famous Broadway sites like Sardi's and 42nd St.

What You Can Expect

NYC Walking Tour: Broadway History and Culture

Broadway Shows

Broadway’s theatrical performances date back as far as 1750, when actors/managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theater company on Nassau Street. They presented Shakespeare plays and ballad operas, which served as the start of the theater in New York City. Today, Broadway performances are presented in 40 professional theaters with 500 or more seats in each.

Meet this tour’s thespian guide at the TKTS ticket booth in Times Square to begin a behind-the-scenes look at the theater industry. Learn about the history of Broadway and hear some fascinating stories about the performances and stars that have graced its stages.

Stop at One Shubert Alley, Broadway’s oldest and most exclusive gift store. There’s Sardi’s restaurant, the toast of Broadway for more than 90 years. Check out the caricatures of showbiz celebs on the walls of this legendary Times Square Continental eatery. Walk down 42nd Street, home to many a Broadway theater. Visit the Hotel Edison NYC, surrounded on all sides by Broadway theaters, and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, aka Smokey Mary’s, a New York City landmark known for its use of incense at services. And finally, check out the bronze statue depicting American composer, playwright, actor and producer George M. Cohan.

The tour is a perfect precursor to seeing any Broadway show.

Customer Reviews

Jon Carlo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Patrick was a great tour guide. He gave life to the tour. Told interesting stories on the various Broadway Theaters and sites. Even snag very well.

Gary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was very informative .samantha our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable . She told us things we would have never known about Broadway .

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a wonderful time walking around Broadway with Patrick. Our group was small, so very easy to follow and hear. Patrick shared quite a bit of history, including interesting stories, as well as some personal experiences. Somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of historical information, but in a good way.

Janna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great 2hrs Tour! Highly recommended prior to any Broadway show you are going to see the same night. Our two guides were so passionate and very knowledgeable.Meeting Instructions on the voucher are very easy to follow and you'll be met on time! MUST take tour while in New York!
P.S. Not recommended for kids younger than 12yo unless they are heavy into theatre already:

Susan Lenore G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very good guide was the excellent fun and very in formative

PAMELA S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

So much fun while being infromative too. Really enjoyed it !!!

Coach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent very knowledgeable and fun tour guide with lots of interesting information.
We highly recommend this tour!! A great value!

Timothy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the tour. Our guide was extremely positive on the tour. She was willing to share her knowledge and experience. She answered all the guests inquiries We would certainly do another walking tour.

Maury W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Linda was very lively and informative which made the walking tour a fantastic experience! I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Times Square and theater history.

david.barrett

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was well worth the two hours. Tour guide was very informative, being an actor on Broadway, he certainly knew his stuff.

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