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Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show

Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show

You're making plans for your first trip to New York City. Your travel is booked, your hotel stay is confirmed, and most importantly, you just secured tickets to your favorite Broadway show! As you pack your suitcase, one real question remains: What's the dress code for Broadway?

The short answer: There isn't one.

That's right, regardless of the show you are seeing, the time of day you are seeing it, or the theatre you are seeing it at, there is no official dress code for Broadway. As long as you don't arrive in your birthday suit, you won't be denied entry to a Broadway or off Broadway theatre. Here's just two helpful tips to help guide your outfit selection:

1. Dress respectfully. Gone are the days when you had to dress to the nines to go to the theatre. Though some audience members will arrive in formal attire, that is absolutely not mandatory, and in fact, those people will be in the minority. That being said, wearing your pajamas probably isn't your best move. Instead, think about what you would wear to a nice dinner, or a night out on the town.

2. Dress comfortably. Remember that you'll be sitting in one spot for hours at a time. Make sure your outfit doesn't keep you from enjoying the performance!

You don't have to take our word for it. Here is advice straight from just a few of the shows themselves:

Dear Evan Hansen:

Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show

The Lion King:

Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show

Anastasia:

Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show

SpongeBob Squarepants:

Put on Your Broadway Clothes: How to Dress for a Broadway Show


Still confused? When in doubt, just put on your Sunday clothes and prove the dress has always been your strongest suit...

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