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Should Off Broadway Do A Alternative Show Schedule

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Phantom of London
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Just a thought, if you are from the New York area this will not affect you, it is aimed at the people like me who go and have a Broadway theatre vacation, to get their fix on theatre.

So wondering to be a bit more flexible, whether Off Broadway should do a matinee on Tuesday or Thursday instead of Wednesday? I imagine there are a few theatre tourists who would welcome this?
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** Handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy***** Home** Best of Friends** Avenue Q*** Good People***** Betty Blue Eyes*** (Tour: Salisbury Playhouse) I Can't Sing* A View From The Bridge***** Water Babies **** (Tour: Leicester Curve) Miss Saigon***** In The Heights*** The Testament of Mary*** This May Hurt A Bit*** The Last 5 Years* (Greenwich Theatre) All My Sons*** Happy Days** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels**** Bakersfield Mist**** Ushers** The Pajama Game*** Evita*** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford)Fings Ain't What They Used To Be**** Billy Elliot***** Titus Andronicus**** 1984*** Clarence Darrow**** Miss Saigon***** A Small Family Business*** Things We Do For Love**** Hobson's Choice*** Rock of Ages*** (Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Zanna, Don't!*** The Silver Tassie** Bring Up The Bodies** Forbidden Broadway**** Carousel**** Hotel*** The Crucible**** Annie Get Your Gun*** (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Medea*** The Importance of Being Earnest*** The Pajama Game*** Skylight**** Pacific Overtures** The Invincibles*** Julius Ceasar*** Porgy and Bess**** Dessa Rose** Great Britain**** One Man, Two Guvnors**** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Dogfight** My Night With Reg*** Book of Mormon***** Richard III**** See Rock City** Guys and Dolls*** Wicked* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** The Apple Tree*** The Jersey Boys*** Miss Saigon***** Matilda***** A Streetcar Named Desire**** The Dreamling** The Play That Went Wrong*** The Phantom of the Opera**** Fully Committed*** Bedroom Farce**** (Salisbury Playhouse) Sweeney Todd**** King Charles III*** Here Lies Love**** The Vertical Hour**** Love Story***** Altar Boys*** Evita**** Next Fall***** Cat On A Hot Tin Roof***** (Tour: Royal Deansgate, Northampton) Memphis*** The Scottsboro Boys**** Shakespeare In Love* Neville's Island*** East Is East**** Evita**** Into The Woods*** Gypsy***** (Chichester) Billy Elliot***** Seminar*** Damn Yankees*** Teh Internet Is Serious Business***
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jaxandmci
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I love it when the occasional Off Broadway show does a 5PM performance on Saturdays in lieu of the matinee. This allows us weekend bingers to cram three shows into one day. Sunday evening shows are always appreciated and Friday matinees would be, too.
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loliveve
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YES!!! I was just thinking about this earlier in the week.
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jnb9872
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My general perception is most off-Broadway shows (excepting the major theatre companies that produce off-Broadway) do Monday nights and take Tuesdays off, which is akin to the strategy you're suggesting. There are also a good number more off-Bway shows on Sunday nights at TKTS than on Broadway, but very rarely any I particularly want to see.

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Updated On: 10/10/13 at 04:59 PM
yankeefan7
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Sounds like a good idea to me !!
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adam.peterson44
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I have always felt that this would be a good idea.
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GavestonPS
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I haven't done a survey and won't pretend I have comprehensive information on this subject.

But here's an anecdote: on my first trip to NYC, I traded my ticket to HAIR (intermission and I'd seen it on tour) to one for 1776 (no intermission) which got me out in time to take a cab downtown to catch THE FANTASTICKS! (I have never regretted doing so.) I think the latter was doing a 5 or 5:30 pm matinee.

I don't suppose your average New Yorker will want to pile on like that, but for visitors with limited days, it's a godsend.
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dramamama611
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I've caught a few shows like that ^, but I would doubt that there are enough of "us" to make alternate schedules be financially sensible. Even ON B'way, when only one or two shows try something different (Friday matinees for example) they have not been successful (I forget who tried a summer or two ago, and then wne tback to regular scheduling. Its hard to change the public's expectations.
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AC126748
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Book of Mormon was going to do Friday matinees at one point, but I don't remember if they actually did or not.
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Phantom of London
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Good pointers to consider here are:
1, That there are much more people than who we think, that come to New York just to see theatre, your normal Statue of Liberty/Empire State Building tourist (I was one once), will be more inclined to see a Broadway show and will see a evening show, where weekday matinee are more observed by the ardent theatre goer like us and the retired.
Also the worst job to have to see theatre is bizarrely is to work in theatre as each theatre generally is identical to each other schedule wise, if you had an alternative schedule many people who work in theatre both front of house, acting and backstage have a perfect opportunity to see a off Broadway show, they could easily see a matinee, be out by 4pm - 5pm have something to eat, then clock in at 6pm for their evening respective evening shows. I would imagine theatre staff would find it off putting to travel into Manhattan on their day off to catch a show and would rather chill at home.

That’s why I see Tuesday and Thursday off Broadway matinees as a workable alternative?
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** Handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy***** Home** Best of Friends** Avenue Q*** Good People***** Betty Blue Eyes*** (Tour: Salisbury Playhouse) I Can't Sing* A View From The Bridge***** Water Babies **** (Tour: Leicester Curve) Miss Saigon***** In The Heights*** The Testament of Mary*** This May Hurt A Bit*** The Last 5 Years* (Greenwich Theatre) All My Sons*** Happy Days** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels**** Bakersfield Mist**** Ushers** The Pajama Game*** Evita*** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford)Fings Ain't What They Used To Be**** Billy Elliot***** Titus Andronicus**** 1984*** Clarence Darrow**** Miss Saigon***** A Small Family Business*** Things We Do For Love**** Hobson's Choice*** Rock of Ages*** (Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Zanna, Don't!*** The Silver Tassie** Bring Up The Bodies** Forbidden Broadway**** Carousel**** Hotel*** The Crucible**** Annie Get Your Gun*** (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Medea*** The Importance of Being Earnest*** The Pajama Game*** Skylight**** Pacific Overtures** The Invincibles*** Julius Ceasar*** Porgy and Bess**** Dessa Rose** Great Britain**** One Man, Two Guvnors**** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Dogfight** My Night With Reg*** Book of Mormon***** Richard III**** See Rock City** Guys and Dolls*** Wicked* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** The Apple Tree*** The Jersey Boys*** Miss Saigon***** Matilda***** A Streetcar Named Desire**** The Dreamling** The Play That Went Wrong*** The Phantom of the Opera**** Fully Committed*** Bedroom Farce**** (Salisbury Playhouse) Sweeney Todd**** King Charles III*** Here Lies Love**** The Vertical Hour**** Love Story***** Altar Boys*** Evita**** Next Fall***** Cat On A Hot Tin Roof***** (Tour: Royal Deansgate, Northampton) Memphis*** The Scottsboro Boys**** Shakespeare In Love* Neville's Island*** East Is East**** Evita**** Into The Woods*** Gypsy***** (Chichester) Billy Elliot***** Seminar*** Damn Yankees*** Teh Internet Is Serious Business***
stevenycguy
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I always make a note of the off-Broadway performances that have a non-traditional schedule (such as Saturday 11am, Saturday 5pm, Friday/Saturday 10:30pm). For example, the upcoming La Soiree at the Union Square Theater will have 10pm performances on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a 5pm performance on Sunday. I wish every theater would do this (especially the 90 minute shows).
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Patash
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I don't "get" one part of your post. You say "instead of Wednesday" matinee. Many OFF Broadway shows don't do ANY weekday matinees. I'd even welcome some on a Wednesday.
I've always loved London where you can generally see two shows any day, and sometimes even three with their twilight matinees.

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