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

Kyra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great way to learn about the history of Broadway and some interesting stories about shows and stars!

Edward H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour, great guide. Knew his stuff, made it extremely interesting. Have recommended it to our friends.

SUSAN r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were very pleased with this tour. Our guide, Cory, was very enthusiastic about his love for Broadway and was most informative. He had no control over the weather--it was bitterly cold! I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to appreciate why so many of us come to New York--the shows!

Matthew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very enjoyable.

Jane T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Brilliant tour, a must for theatre lovers. Sarah was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Stephen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A fantastic tour.

Helen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Enjoyed it

Mira S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Not to be missed. Amazing tour with lots of facts about theater and Broadway, interesting trivia. Go before you book the tickets to aBroadway show

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I learned so much and my guide was absolutely awesome!!!! I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in Broadway!

Wan Si T Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Bridget is extremely enthusiastic and theatrical when telling us stories and all the secrets of Broadway. Not just for theatre fans but anyone interested in learning more about the district and its history.

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