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darreyl102
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 08:25am
So i was very curious if anybody who has seen the show recently was able to leave after curtain call and get a good spot at the stage door. i am in Row F of the orchestra and got to wondering if it is usual for people to either leave before the show is out and/or a lot of people how did not see the show already being lined up before the show lets out. I would expect that the crowds probably have picked up since Hedwig's tony wins so was curious what it has been like recently- especially post Tonys. Thanks in Advance.
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Testing1232
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 09:46am
It's been crazy since day 1 --- there are ppl waiting before the show even lets out!!!

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JohnPopa
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 11:06am
It was certainly crazy in mid-May when I went but I was closer to the back of the orchestra and had no problem getting a spot.

Harris will only sign the program or the show poster, by the way - no non-Hedwig stuff. Also, you can take pictures but he won't pose with people.

Updated On: 6/14/14 at 11:06 AM
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darreyl102
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joined:8/23/08
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 02:11pm
That's what i was thinking- I will just have to haul ass out of there are try going another night before then as it's my last night in NYC.
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gstrus2
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 02:15pm
He is a super chill dude. I did standing room in March, and was the first out to the stage door. About an hour after, he came out. And we chatted for about 5 minutes (literally), he was still signing other peoples, but we kept talking the whole time. I told him how much he inspired me. I did ask for a picture (I didn't remember them saying no posed pics) and he said no in the nicest way, then kept going. I waited until he left to leave, but right before he left he ran over and took a quick picture with me, then ran to his car. He was such a nice person, and tried to sign as much as he could.
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haterobics
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joined:3/29/14
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 03:00pm
The people on the side of the barricade are all from that night's show. The barricade further away from the theater is people who did not see the show that night, so you're only competing with other theatergoers, and NPH spends more time on that side (since there are more Playbills, etc., over there)
EMeraldNYC2
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joined:1/12/14
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 03:45pm
The night I saw Hedwig, when my friends and I left the theatre we were in the middle of a crazy thunderstorm with heavy rain, so no one was at the stage door that night. However, we had standing room and were able to get out of the orchestra very quickly after the final bows, so you shouldn't have a problem getting to the front of the barricade if you exit from the orchestra.

We decided to try our luck the next night and wait on the side of the barricade for people that didn't see the show that night. We were able to get a glimpse of NPH and we got pretty close to him at one point, but we weren't able to get an autograph since we were too far back. We did however get a chance to talk with Lena, and she was very sweet. She came right up to us and signed our playbills from the previous night.



Updated On: 6/14/14 at 03:45 PM
South Florida
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joined:5/2/08
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 05:54pm
Crazy scene Sunday night the 25th, never saw anything like that before. There seemed to be hundreds of people outside the stage door, across the street with cameras filming, everyone at the restaurant across the street looked like they were seated there for the view, and then the bruiser lady security guard or cop, she was tough. I wouldn't have stayed 2 minutes if not for watching the whole spectacle for a little.
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FindingNamo
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 06:01pm
You should definitely duck out of the theater before "The Origin of Love" l102.
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Jane2
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 06:32pm
^ yeah, because it's not rude or anything.
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broadwaydevil
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 06:46pm
"The Origin of Love" may not be enough time. Try leaving as soon as "Tear Me Down" is over. I can't imagine having to sit through more of the show but miss the stage door!
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FindingNamo
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 06:54pm
You can't tell Neil how amazing he is and how he changed your life if you can't get to Neil and you can't get to Neil if you don't run up the aisle the minute you hear, "Ö Whether you like it or not Ö". It's a proven fact.
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darreyl102
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 07:19pm
@ Jane2- Don't Worry. I would never and have never left before curtain- i wait until after curtain call is done. it's one of the rudest things a person could do to leave before. These actors on that stage perform their asses off and you walk out while they are taking their bows and getting the love they soo deserve from the audience. it's just not right. Even if that means not having a spot at the stage door- that's fine. No way i would leave before the end.

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Updated On: 6/14/14 at 07:19 PM
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Jane2
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 07:35pm
thanks god for that darreyl. Especially if you' re in row F. You'd probably hear it from Neil right from the stage if he saw you leaving.
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FindingNamo
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 07:35pm
Pretty insightful. Really makes ya think.
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Jane2
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 07:44pm
You better believe it Laertes.
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dancer456
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joined:6/14/14
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 08:47pm
I went about a a month ago, my seats were in the mezz. I accidentally left something by my seat, so went back up to get it before heading out. I hadn't planned on going to the stage door, but my friends and I decided to check it out. I didn't realize until reading the boards that I was on the "didn't go to that night's performance" side of the barricade, but it was perfectly fine -- I had started off on the side of the barricade, expecting security to ask me to move, but they extended the barricade outwards, and I ended up in the front. NPH and Lena were both very gracious and signed for (as far as I could tell) everyone, and made eye contact/gave personal attention.
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 09:37pm
When I saw it in April, about a week after it started previews, it was not too bad at the stage door. THere were plenty of people but not as many as you might have expected. Part of the reason was because it was damp and slightly rainy (and had been raining heavily earlier in the day).
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GavestonPS
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 10:58pm
I'm glad darryl provided clarification. When one starts leaving shows early to get to the stage door, one needs to serious rethink why one is going to the theater.
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darreyl102
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/14/14 at 11:28pm
I should have been clearer. what i was meaning was if it was common for other people to leave before the end or already be out there so i knew what to expect when i left AFTER. LOL
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haterobics
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/15/14 at 01:12am
The day I went to stage door, unsuccessfully, since NPH wouldn't sign posters at the time although now he does... there were maybe 5 of us waiting that didn't see the show total? And the staff made us wait on the barriers on the opposite side. The barriers then filled up with a rush after the show. There was no trickling out before the end at all. every stayed for the whole show (unlike If/Then, where people were leaving during the finale to get a good line spot).

This was back in March or so, though, so it might be worse with school out and warmer weather, etc. I still have to trudge back down and get that poster signed one of these days, heh.
bnorton20
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joined:6/20/14
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/20/14 at 08:31am
I am going to a matinee on Sunday. Does anyone know if Neil comes out after matinees?
Adair Haywind
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joined:4/2/14
Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/20/14 at 09:41am
Sunday is now a two show day, so that'd be a no, unfortunately.
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matttaylorr021
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/20/14 at 01:30pm
I think it's very selfish to leave and not applaud the cast just so you can see them at the stage door so you can get an autograph. If you left my performance before it came to an end and asked me for an autograph I'd tell you to buzz off.

Stay for the whole thing. Show NPH how much you appreciated the show.
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Sutton Ross
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/20/14 at 02:34pm
^^^^^ I don't think anyone would disagree with your statement, performers seem to hate people that do that anyway.
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GilmoreGirlO2
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Hedwig's Stage door recently
Posted: 6/20/14 at 02:45pm
And we chatted for about 5 minutes (literally), he was still signing other peoples, but we kept talking the whole time.

Not attacking you (it easily could have been him continuing the conversation), but this just made me think of one of my biggest stage door pet peeves. I find it extremely frustrating when the person signing is continuing to speak (usually the continuation of conversation is coming from the fan, not the actor) to someone they have already signed and have already begun to move down the line. I canít tell the amount of times I have barely even gotten to thank someone for signing (let alone telling them how much I appreciated their performance) because a person a few before me was still talking to the actor. I often find the actor will actively try to look at me and acknowledgement my presence in those situations as itís clear they often feel rude to the people they are signing, but feel bad at cutting the talking fan off.

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