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Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Don’t settle for any average Broadway tour while you're visiting New York City. This Broadway theaters and Times Square tour gives you an insider’s look with a guide who is actually a Broadway performer. Learn about the history and happenings of New York City’s famous theater district, and hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the unique history and culture of Broadway
  • Hear backstage and audition stories from your guide, a real Broadway performer
  • The perfect tour to enjoy before you see a Broadway show
  • See famous Broadway locations like Sardi's and 42nd Street
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Professional, entertaining guide - a Broadway performer
Times Square, Broadway Theaters, Midtown
Gratuities
Face mask available for a $1 fee.

Departure Point

1556 Broadway, New York, NY 10120, USA

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Duffy Square
You’ll meet your guide at the feet of George M. Cohan, legendary pioneer of New York theater. From there, your immersive Broadway experience will lift the curtain on a world of auditions and opening nights, huge disappointments and massive successes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Broadway
Step into the footsteps of giants and listen to the stories of greats like Ethel Barrymore, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Julie Andrews, and so many more, all narrated by one of our own Broadway hopefuls.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Broadway Theatre
Your guide will share their own tale of Broadway dreams. Our top-rated pros have extensive knowledge of show business and will weave their personal experiences into the rich historical narrative. What better way to see the bright lights of Broadway than through the eyes of an artist? You will see Broadway Theaters from the outside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Times Square
Explore and learn the history of the bright lights of Times Square
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please note: This tour does not go backstage, as Union rules prohibit access to working theaters
  • Children 12 and under free with paid adult ticket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ExperienceFirst (formerly New York Tour1)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.

Traveler Tips


  • "It was no 'Piece of Crap' - take the tour and you'll know what I mean." See review

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Interesting history
dave-in-va36
, Nov 2019
INTERESTING HISTORY OF A FEW THEATERS AND ACTORS. Our guide, Allison, was enthusiastic,knowledgeable, just excellent. We had people from 7 countries in our group and she included them all. Minimal walking.
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Interesting history
dblackistone1
, Nov 2019
Very interesting history, mostly about theaters. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Not much walking.
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The Best Tour of Broadway
Teachercz
, Oct 2019
Allison is the absolute best. She made this tour! So entertaining. Very knowledgeable. Great time. I’m from NY and she told me things I didn’t know
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More than I expected
nig717
, Oct 2019
Allison was fabulous. Interesting and humorous. She was engaging with all the people in the group. Great information.
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AJ was Fantastic!
Canditrader
, Aug 2019
AJ was our tour guide and he was so fabulous! AJ was knowledgeable and fun - he kept our teen and tween kids entertained and answered all of our questions. It was no 'Piece of Crap' - take the tour and you'll know what I mean. Thanks AJ, Great Tour!
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Broadway Theaters was Missed
Resort46808
, Jun 2019
The cross street named for the meeting for the tour were misunderstood by our Lyft driver and we went to the wrong location. We finally got there 20 minutes late.
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Totally awesome tour! Our guide...
Timothy R
, Apr 2018
Totally awesome tour! Our guide though I can't remember his name was fantastic and gave a lot of great information about Broadway about the theater and the district in general. Highly recommend this tour!
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Our guide shared lots of history...
mmart13
, Apr 2018
Our guide shared lots of history, anecdotes, and stories about the theaters, shows, and performers. Very enjoyable, especially for Broadway fans! The tour was over in time for us to have a quick dinner and make it to our 7 pm performance as well.
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Great way to learn about the history...
Kyra P
, Jan 2018
Great way to learn about the history of Broadway and some interesting stories about shows and stars!
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Great tour, great guide. Knew his...
Edward H
, Jan 2018
Great tour, great guide. Knew his stuff, made it extremely interesting. Have recommended it to our friends.
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