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Phantom fans please help, what are THE BEST SEATS?

Irenka
Chorus Member
joined:3/28/12
Hi everyone!

My mom is coming to town - she's from Europe, first time in the US, first time on Broadway and it is very unlikely she will come back, so I want to make absolutely sure she has the best experience! Her English is not very good and she likes and knows Phantom so I thought it would be a good choice of a show for her to see.

When I saw Phantom it was from those $27 we up in the balcony and I am having a hard time remembering how the chandelier moves and where would be the best seats to see all the action on the massive stage? Center orchestra? Which rows? Front mezzanine?

Any help is appreciated! I hope to get the tickets as part of the 2 for 1 Broadway week.
AJB2
Swing
joined:8/8/14
My wife and I went to Broadway and saw Phantom on 8/7/2014. I highly recommend that you sit in the first row Mezzanine. You will get an excellent view of the stage and be able to see some of the talented musicians. An added bonus is seeing the actor playing the Phantom appear in appear in front of you and then disappear.
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phantomcrazy14
Featured Actor
joined:2/5/10
I have seen the show four times and I definitely agree with front mezzanine seats. You get to see everything and you can truly take in the full set. One time I did sit in the orchestra in the center. It was cool to have the chandelier rising above our heads and being so close. But I would take front mezzanine over orchestra. If you really want orchestra though, don't sit too far back because the mezzanine overhang may block some if the moments that happen at the top of the proscenium
Phantom4ever
Featured Actor
joined:9/17/07
I have see the show 50 times on broadway and I would recommend row k of the orchestra because it is very close but it is raised much higher than the row before it so it feels like a front row seat in a way, but you can see the full stage picture from K as opposed to the real front row
Jarethan
Understudy
joined:2/10/11
I was going to say the same thing re Rows K - O or so center orchestra. I think they are great seats, the closer the better. They are closer to the stage than the front mezz and have no one in front of you, unless the person is a giant. You look straight ahead and have to worry about nothing.
FutureGM
Swing
joined:11/19/13
I have to agree with the Front Row mezzanine. Yes, it is cool to sit under the chandelier when it falls, but I love being able to see the whole set. Also, sitting in the orchestra, it is difficult to see the Phantom at the end of Act 1.

Also, keep in mind that if you would like to Sierra Boggess as Christine, she does not perform on Mondays or Saturday matinees.
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Elfuhbuh
Stand-by
joined:3/23/14
I second the Row K seating. I've never used the front mezzanine for this show, but we sat in Row K a couple of months ago when seeing the show, and as a rather short person I was able to see the stage pretty well without anyone blocking my view.
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
Front mezzanine.
K in the orchestra is mice for the open view of the stage, but you get that from the front mezzanine and, as stated before, a better view of things happening on top of the proscenium.
Hairspray0901
Stand-by
joined:12/29/08
I saw Phantom for the first time last week and thought I had incredible seats; was in the first row of the front mezzanine, seats 8 and 10. I'd say front row mezz.
Danielle26
Swing
joined:7/21/14
I've seen Phantom on Broadway 18 times. Two weeks ago, my family went on a whim and sat in the Center Orchestra, row J. It was good, but I love to sit closer - Center Orchestra, Row D or E. You can see everything and feel more engrossed in the story. Enjoy where ever your seats are!
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jkl011
Swing
joined:8/3/14
ORCHESTRA: You can't go wrong with center orchestra, rows D-P! The farther back you sit in the orchestra, the more will be blocked by the mezzanine, and there are parts of the show that are up high and if you are too far back you won't be able to see them. On the other hand, if you are closer than row D, it may be hard to really take in the entire stage and whats going on (especially if its your first time!) The orchestra seats elevate around row J i believe, so a seat there or farther back would be ideal if you are worried about someone tall sitting in front of you. Seats in the center are best, but if you have to sit on the sides try to be as close to the center as possible! Also, if you sit towards the front in the center the chandelier goes right over your head!
MEZZANINE: Row A of the front mezzanine is a great view, nobody is in front of you and you have the added bonus of extra leg room. You basically can't go wrong with the first few rows of the center front mezzanine. The rear mezzanine is farther back and i personally find it hard to really get into the show when i'm that far back. The tickets are cheaper, but i would definitely recommend splurging a little to get the best possible view! Hope this helps x
Phantom4ever
Featured Actor
joined:9/17/07
The only problem with center orchestra Row D and E is those are usually the premium seats, and there really is no need to spend that kind of money on tickets.

The first two rows of the mezz would be excellent choices, as they would be at pretty much any show, but especially Phantom because he does make appearances about the proscenium, and you get a bird's eye view of the chandelier ascent, chandelier shaking, and of course the chandelier drop.

Otherwise Row K or L in the orchestra is the optimal seating choice.
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nicnyc
Understudy
joined:7/7/12
I'd definitely go for the orchestra! I loved seeing all the facial expressions, etc up close - it really draws you in! Hope you have a wonderful time.
Irenka
Chorus Member
joined:3/28/12
Thank you everyone for your comments! I am very intrigued by the mezzanine, can I have a couple of follow up questions?

I feel like first row mezzanine is sometimes tricky because of bars or lighting, so sometimes one must lean forward and cannot really relax and sit back. Is this not the case?
When you say the Phantom appears and disappears in front of you, in which section is that?

Thank you!
Irenka
Chorus Member
joined:3/28/12
Hello again, anyone has answers to the questions above? Many thanks!
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ajh
Featured Actor
joined:5/6/11
I think front Mezzanine is the best place to take everything in for Phantom.
Hairspray0901
Stand-by
joined:12/29/08
Irekna - my mom is usually bothered by the front row bars because she's 5'0 but she didn't have any trouble seeing over them, they were fairly low compared to other theaters. I didn't have any trouble either but I am a little taller at 5'2". we didn't lean forward for anything; we didn't have to :)

phantom was on my side often (i was in the right front mezz row A seats 8 and 10) but he was also in the center. probably on the left too, but not positive.

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jimmycurry01
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/05
Front row mezzanine is best. If you are on a budget, front row balcony is nice if you get a center seat.