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ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 08:28am
Anyone who's been to the Kerr balcony, and by some chance has a picture from the view, please post it for me. Understandably, it is very hrd to find pictures from inside the theatre, especially up there. Goin to GGLM, and worried about the view. Thank you.
ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 08:29am
Bonus points if youve seen GGLM from balcony seats, how much did you miss? (I'll be in the middle front row balcony.)
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wickedfan11
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 08:41am

I have a picture from the balcony from when I saw A Catered Affair a few years ago. It's pretty blurry, but it still shows the view.

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Posted: 5/13/14 at 08:43am
I sat in the middle of the first row on Thursday and the view is perfect - we were also much closer than I expected. The theater is pretty small so I couldn't imagine any of the seats in the mezzanine being bad
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mschwager
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 09:23am
The view of the stage picture isn't bad, but for this show you lose a ton of the physical comedy and facial expressions from up there. I still enjoyed the show, but the ppl in the balcony obviously were having a different experience from everyone else in the theatre when I was there based on applause/laughs

P.S. Can't get the image to load. PM me and I'll email it to you


Updated On: 5/13/14 at 09:23 AM
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haterobics
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 09:26am
"The theater is pretty small so I couldn't imagine any of the seats in the mezzanine being bad..."

The mezzanine is fine. They're all talking about the seemingly-improbable, tiny balcony that they somehow wedged above that.

I do agree that facial expressions and such are a crucial part of the show.
ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 09:46am
wicked, ads- thank you so much! That view looks really good, considering the cost of the tickets. Seems like people were exaggerating how "bad" these seats are, or maybe I'm just not picky.
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newintown
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:02am
I've been to Walter Kerr.


But I've never been - oh, you can finish it.
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Sauja
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:10am
Ak, I do think people have exaggerated how bad the seats are, but I think it has more to do with how claustrophobic it feels up there and that something about it makes it feel perilous--like you're about to be pitched into the audience below. You're not, of course, and as far as the view, it's really solid. I've had much, much worse seats elsewhere. Also, while there are only two rows, I consider Row A considerably better than B.
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Someone in a Tree2
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:31am
Haven't been up there, but for Gentlemen's Guide you'll be missing quite a lot by missing the animated projections behind the upstage center scrim. Those moving images are more than just scenic backgrounds-- in a few of the murders they provide an enormous amount of the humor.
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givesmevoice
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:44am
You actually didn't miss that much from the balcony; that's where I sat the first time I saw Gentleman's Guide, and I didn't miss anything pertinent, including the projections.
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ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:44am
sauja- thanks for the advice. Yeah I dont mind the steepness, just the view. I'll suck it up. Glad you enjoyed it up there, good to hear.

Someone-- Judging from the photo thats been posted, looks like to can see a great deal downstage, so hopefully that screen isnt alllll the way back, so I can still catch those jokes.
ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:45am
givesme--- thanks! answered that question.
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 11:08am
Rather than buying tickets in the balcony in advance, I'd recommend trying to get rush tickets if you can. Same price and I got a seat in the front row (which was a little too close, but still beats the view from the balcony).

And if you get their too late, I'm sure there will still be balcony seats available that you can get at that point.

This was a while ago that I rushed, so perhaps the rush seats are no longer as good. But either way, worth a shot.
Updated On: 5/13/14 at 11:08 AM
ak72090
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 11:16am
I would rather do rush tickets, but I dont live near the city, so it wouldn't be worth the risk for me. I have tickets for sunday in a few weeks. Always wanted to try the rush seats though, wish I lived closer.
Christoph
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 01:18pm
Well I hope that have refurbished the seats in the upper sections since a few years ago. Don't know about the balcony seats, but I can say the mezzanine seats were the most physically cramped and uncomfortable in which I have ever sat at a Broadway theater. Not only did it feel like the seat in front of me was jammed painfully into my knees, but the armrests were digging into my sides and I am not that big, a fact echoed by the complaints coming from others at intermission in the mezzanine. It also did not help that when I saw A Little Night Music there a few years ago, they had the temperature of the theater set at inferno.

 
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