Patrick Stewart, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth or Tom Cruise could all be in attendance. They walk down a red carpet, right past you with cameras flashing, into the theater and you get to follow. This could be the beginning of your FIRST Broadway Opening Night!
HOW TO GET IN
There are a few ways to get into the Opening Night Performance of a Broadway show. Obviously there is a guest list filled with important reporters, personalities and stars, but if you cant make it onto this exclusive list, there may be other ways to get into the show!
Opening Nights serve as a celebration for the Producers and Creative Team but are also a great way to get publicity for a show. Because of this, producers want their theater to be filled with the most enthusiastic crowd…and thats where you come in!
Buy a Ticket
It takes a long time and a lot of energy to plan the opening night of a Broadway Show. Producers want their guests to have the best seats and also need to make sure that those who are sitting next to each other will get a long (there are A LOT of personalities in Show Business!). Even after all of this planning, sometimes there are a few left-over empty seats in the house for a Broadway Opening and these tickets might go on sale in the few days right before the show!! If you regularly check their website and facebook page, you might be able to buy one! The seats will almost definitely be in the back of the theater–but remember that there will be a lot of famous people there and you still get to see the show!
Win a Seat
Those who are in charge of publicity for broadway shows will often give tickets to TV and Radio stations in exchanged for free or discounted advertising. These media outlets will then hold competitions, giving away FREE TICKETS to the opening night! If you follow the show you want to see you might be able to get your hands on a free seat by winning one of these competitions.
Be a Seat Filler
Producers always want their shows to be sold out and it is important for the energy of a show that the theater is FILLED. Because of this, especially on opening nights, Broadway Shows sometimes have seat fillers. A seat filler is a person who sits in someone else’s seat if that person is late or does not show up. The only way to be a seat filler is to know someone who is involved in the production and to be invited by them! The great thing about being a seat filler is that you get a free seat, where someone famous was supposed to sit…which means you will probably be surrounded by STARS.
Break a Leg and Have a BLAST!! Happy Opening!