Box Seats In Broadway Theaters
Once thought to be the best seats in the house, Broadway box seats no longer hold the appeal for Broadway theatergoers that they did in the past
When people think of box seats in a Broadway theater, they often imagine luxury seating with a little room off to the side where a group can congregate privately or have a drink.
This may have been how it was in the grand old days of Broadway, and some big theaters outside of Broadway still offer box seats as a luxury option for donors or VIP ticket holders, but in modern Broadway theaters box seating is, at best, average, and, at worst, completely non-existent.
Broadway Box Seats Lose Their Popularity
Of course, even back when the rich and famous attended the Broadway theater as a social event ("to see and be seen"), Broadway boxes never offered very good views. Being so near to the stage, the box seats offer close proximity to the action, but they're so far on the side of the theater that part of the view is usually blocked. Despite this major drawback, there was a time when people liked Broadway boxes because they wanted to show off, or because they wanted their party to have its own special "private" area to view the performance (kind of like a VIP suite at a sporting event). But nowadays attention-hungry celebrities don't go to the Broadway theater to be seen (that's what movie premieres and trendy clubs are for), and regular folks would generally prefer to have a good view of the stage rather than a little extra leg room.
This means that the Broadway box seat has actually become one of the least desirable seating choices for Broadway audiences. Many Broadway theaters, concerned that their patrons will complain about the bad views, only sell those seats directly at the theater's box office, so that the box office attendant can fully explain that the seats offer an obstructed view. More and more Broadway theaters don't bother selling box seat tickets at all. Instead, they use the boxes for technical purposes, sometimes running sound or lighting equipment for the production from those strategic locations.
The Advantages of Broadway Box Seats
At the Broadway theaters that continue to offer them, sitting in a box seat can still be a great new experience. You're often very close to the stage, and occasionally a play or musical will actively spill out right into your lap by including a special bit where an actor ends up in the box. In the Broadway musical Ragtime, "Harry Houdini" did a magic trick where he would disappear from the stage, re-appear in one of the boxes, and shake the hand of the person sitting there. The Broadway box seat also offers a unique view of the rest of the audience, and if you do happen to be the kind of person that likes to dress glamorously and show off, there is certainly no better way to be seen than by sitting in a Broadway box seat and all the attention that will command.
But, without a doubt, the greatest advantage of getting tickets for Broadway box seats is that you are likely to get a discount on your ticket price. Because box seating is often considered partial view or obstructed view, Broadway theaters tend to sell these tickets at a cheaper price than regular seats. If you're looking for a cheap way to see a Broadway show, even one that doesn't normally offer discounts, just go directly to the theater box office and ask if they sell discount box seats. You might be pleased to find that you can get tickets for one of these roomy seats at a discount price. Just make sure that John Wilkes Booth isn't in the cast.