Big Apple Bound?

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Heading to New York City with the family?

If so, one great way to keep everyone entertained is by taking your family members to a play, musical, or concert. When perusing shows in the city, your first decision would be whether you want to see a show on Broadway or off Broadway. The advantage of Broadway shows is that the production value is higher; however, this greater value is reflected in the ticket cost. Off-Broadway shows, however, offer variety at far lower prices.

In total, more than 90 off-Broadway theaters exist throughout New York, examples of which include the Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater. What qualifies a theater as an off-Broadway theater is not its location, but rather, its size. Off-Broadway theaters have only 99 to 499 seats, which makes them more intimate for shows. This seating arrangement will allow you to focus on the performers more and allow you to feel as though you're the only one in the audience.

If you go to see a Broadway show, the atmosphere will be different. Broadway theaters need to have a minimum of 500 seats, and the auditorium will likely always be crowded with adoring fans. In fact, during the 2016–2017 production year, 13.27 million people attended a Broadway show. Why such the allure for Broadway? Perhaps it's because the shows held at these theaters are eligible for Tony Awards. If you need more guidance to decide which type of show is right for your family, study the infographic below to help you make your choice.

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