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Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by dyland 2013-01-29 17:39:55


According to a pic i saw, there is a curtain that closed up the rear mezz. why tho?

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by Kelly2 2013-01-29 17:45:50


Lots of shows close off sections when they're either not selling tickets there or they're empty. I've seen a lot of the bigger theatres close the balcony entirely.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by blaxx 2013-01-29 17:46:32


They couldn't finish cleaning the vomit after the run of Sister Act.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by Mr Roxy 2013-01-29 18:00:50


Cruel and unwarranted

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by Pammylicious 2013-01-29 18:10:21


There might have been several bad blind obstructed seats and they don't want to sell them. From what i see they are using the sides of the stage....wouldn't want to sit in seats that are partial and they have to inform you of that. i could be wrong though.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by blaxx 2013-01-29 18:28:52


Cruel and unwarranted

I agree, but at least it is closed now!

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by chewy5000 2013-01-29 18:40:12


The middle of the balcony has a bad enough view as it is.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2013-01-29 20:07:07


The Broadway has no balcony, there's only a mezzanine. True, it's a little far from the stage but I've sat there multiple times and the view has never been partial. I can't imagine anything about the set that could make a view obstructed from the center of the rear mezzanine (maybe only an extremely low false proscenium which Cinderella doesn't have.)

Thus, I think it's purely financial which seems puzzling for a show with such a strong advance. Perhaps they didn't want to take a huge risk so they didn't sell the rear mezz for previews but will once the show opens. It would be strange to leave those seats empty if they can sell them...

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by bwayphreak234 2013-01-29 20:26:24


what picture did you see?

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by THDavis 2013-01-29 22:39:23


The rear mezz in that theatre has made me feel the farthest away from a show I've ever been. I hope to never have to sit in the rear mezz at the Broadway again.

Here's to hoping I marry rich.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2013-01-30 02:39:28


You must've never sat in he balcony at the St. James or Palace then...yikes!

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by StarToBe2 2013-01-30 13:30:33


I had put this on another thread but we had wondered the same thing last Saturday but when we were onstage after the show to say hello and kisskiss, we looked up and saw a large lighting display that you couldn't see past and was evident that those seats would have been "partial viewing" AT BEST so we figured that is why it was curtained off. Hope this helps....unfortunately it did look a little weird to have curtains hanging up that you could see past easily.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by GavestonPS 2013-01-30 14:12:48


Did the Palace ever have a balcony? I remember distinctly looking almost straight down at the top of Lauren Bacall's head in APPLAUSE. Maybe that was rear mezzanine, but it was certainly steep. (Still loved the show and her performance, BTW.)

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by THDavis 2013-01-30 14:29:34


I have sat in the balcony at the Palace, forgot about that. Even though the view was higher, I still felt like the view was closer to the stage than the Broadway, though. Maybe not.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by GavestonPS 2013-01-30 14:39:00


Of course I was confusing the Broadway and the Palace. Thanks for being polite about it, Mr. Davis.

Now that I've reviewed the show list for the Broadway, yes, I sat in the mezzanine for EVITA and the revival of ZORBA. It was quite distant, but I don't remember it being nearly as steep.

The Palace balcony (back in the 1970s) did give one a feeling of being closer, despite the nosebleeds. As I recall it, it was almost like sitting on a rafter above the stage.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by bwayphreak234 2013-01-30 14:41:31


I sat up in the balcony at the Palace for Priscilla and it did not bother me at all.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by Rainbowhigh23 2013-01-30 15:40:40


I sat in the last row of the balcony at the Broadway for Miss Saigon - the tickets were $18 each and despite feeling far away, the view was not partial.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by GavestonPS 2013-01-30 15:45:25


I sat up in the balcony at the Palace for Priscilla and it did not bother me at all.

Hasn't the Palace been renovated since the 1970s? I'm not sure what, if anything, was changed.

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Posted by broadwaydevil 2013-01-30 18:55:40


Not the balcony as far as I'm aware. The rafters analogy is a good one. It's so incredibly steep and high up that it's almost impossible to imagine what the architects were thinking.

Back on topic, I'm not sure how lighting could possibly obstruct every seat in the rear mezzanine, including in the center. If it does, that's incredibly poor design since they're losing a lot of potential sales and are still paying the price by being in a larger theatre with higher rent. More likely, I presume it was meant as a strategic financial decision but I hope to go next week and see for myself.

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by jeffmiele 2013-01-30 19:26:11


It could be just during previews. When SISTER ACT started previews they had the curtain dividing the mezzanine as well

Why dd the Broadway Theatre close up the Back of the mezzanine?
Posted by theatreguy 2013-01-30 21:01:36


A look at Telecharge shows that the full rear mezzanine in on sale for performances post-opening.