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48 Hours in New York for Theater Lovers

If you love the theater, have always dreamed of Broadway, and you’re heading to New York for the weekend to see a show, this is the guide for you. We’ve worked out the perfect two-day trip for theater lovers, capturing the essence of Broadway, and taking in the unmissable sights of the city along the way.

Day 1 itinerary

For your first day, we’re throwing you right into the deep end of the Theater District. Get ready to belt out your finest Gene Kelly impression as you take to the sparkling sidewalk all day. And later this evening you’ll be hitting Broadway so pack a glitzy outfit and make a night of it.

1. Breakfast

Brooklyn Diner

Brooklyn Diner

Up and at 'em! You've got an action packed day ahead, so first, breakfast. This quirky joint receives rave reviews from tourists and locals alike. It's right in the heart of the Theater District, so you can start to soak up that Broadway energy as you nibble on strawberries and pancakes (the best!).

2. Sightseeing

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Since you're in the Theater District, you'll want to pop by Rockefeller Center (especially around Christmas time; the Christmas tree is one of the most beautiful sights in the city). The center features an array of attractions, so depending on your preference, you can indulge in some retail therapy or appreciate the sights of the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory Deck. This should surely prepare you for a star-studded evening.

3. Lunch

Sardi's

Sardi's

And the award for the best Broadway lunch goes to… Sardi's! This restaurant is where the idea for the Tony Awards was born—so, a true toast to Broadway. While you relax and refill, you can also appreciate the hundreds of caricatures of show-biz celebs that decorate the walls.

4. Afternoon activity

Theater District

Walking tour of the Theater District

Soak up some culture with an afternoon history lesson. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite theater performers and learn about what put Broadway on the map. Expect lively guides—many of which are actors themselves—who are ready to give you the inside scoop on New York's theater scene. Book tickets in advance to secure a spot.

5. Dinner

Joe Allen

Joe Allen

As excitement builds before the show and the pre-theater menu calls your name, think Joe Allen. This legendary restaurant has been serving stars and theater-goers since the sixties. Choose from a range of dishes, from hamburgers and fries to fennel-seed encrusted swordfish. You may even bump into a star or two!

6. The main event

Chealsea Market

A Broadway show

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for: the cherry on top of the day. Can you hear that? The stunning harmonies, the whishing sound of a high kick, the rustling of costumes. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Broadway!

There are a whole range of shows to choose from and it can be overwhelming. That's why you should check out the top 10 selling shows of 2016. View these on the map now.

7. After-show drinks

Glass House Tavern

Glass House Tavern

It's been a long day, and you might think after-show drinks are a tad ambitious. Trust us, you'll not be ready for sleep just yet. If you want to catch a glimpse of some Broadway stars, head down to the Glass House Tavern for a hand-crafted cocktail—it's one of the favoured hangout spots. Remember most of them will have just finished performing, so try and keep autograph requests to a minimum (unless you see Idina Menzel, in which case make sure to get one made out to us).

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1. Breakfast

Brooklyn Diner

Brooklyn Diner

Up and at 'em! You've got an action packed day ahead, so first, breakfast. This quirky joint receives rave reviews from tourists and locals alike. It's right in the heart of the Theater District, so you can start to soak up that Broadway energy as you nibble on strawberries and pancakes (the best!).

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2. Sightseeing

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Since you're in the Theater District, you'll want to pop by Rockefeller Center (especially around Christmas time; the Christmas tree is one of the most beautiful sights in the city). The center features an array of attractions, so depending on your preference, you can indulge in some retail therapy or appreciate the sights of the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory Deck. This should surely prepare you for a star-studded evening.

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3. Lunch

Sardi's

Sardi's

And the award for the best Broadway lunch goes to… Sardi's! This restaurant is where the idea for the Tony Awards was born—so, a true toast to Broadway. While you relax and refill, you can also appreciate the hundreds of caricatures of show-biz celebs that decorate the walls.

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4. Afternoon activity

Theater District

Walking tour of the Theater District

Soak up some culture with an afternoon history lesson. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite theater performers and learn about what put Broadway on the map. Expect lively guides—many of which are actors themselves—who are ready to give you the inside scoop on New York's theater scene. Book tickets in advance to secure a spot.

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5. Dinner

Joe Allen

Joe Allen

As excitement builds before the show and the pre-theater menu calls your name, think Joe Allen. This legendary restaurant has been serving stars and theater-goers since the sixties. Choose from a range of dishes, from hamburgers and fries to fennel-seed encrusted swordfish. You may even bump into a star or two!

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6. The main event

Chealsea Market

A Broadway show

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for: the cherry on top of the day. Can you hear that? The stunning harmonies, the whishing sound of a high kick, the rustling of costumes. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Broadway!

There are a whole range of shows to choose from and it can be overwhelming. That's why you should check out the top 10 selling shows of 2016. View these on the map now.

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7. After-show drinks

Glass House Tavern

Glass House Tavern

It's been a long day, and you might think after-show drinks are a tad ambitious. Trust us, you'll not be ready for sleep just yet. If you want to catch a glimpse of some Broadway stars, head down to the Glass House Tavern for a hand-crafted cocktail—it's one of the favoured hangout spots. Remember most of them will have just finished performing, so try and keep autograph requests to a minimum (unless you see Idina Menzel, in which case make sure to get one made out to us).

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Day 1 evening shows

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Kinky Boots

Based on a true story, this heart-warming musical looks at an unlikely pair and their enterprising idea to make women's shoes for men.

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The Lion King

Award-winning Broadway must-see, based on the 1994 Disney Film. Expect hypnotic costumes and magical puppetry.

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An American in Paris

Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, this delightful tale is set in post-war Paris and looks at the love story between an American soldier and a local girl.

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Chicago

A multi- Tony Award winner, this razzle-dazzler, set in the 1920s has been quoted as the best adult entertainment in the city.

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Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

The inspiring story of songstress Carole King, and her quest to write the soundtrack of a generation.

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Aladdin

A stunning stage adaption of the Disney love story between Princess Jasmine and Aladdin.

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Cats

Andrew Lloyd Weber's feline inspired Broadway Hit finally returns to the New York stage.

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Wicked

The untold tale of the two witches from the Wizard of OZ--The Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good.

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The Color Purple

A masterpiece adaption of Alice Walker's classic novel. The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival and boasts several big stars withy even bigger voices.

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Day 2 Itinerary

While day 2 also includes some sightseeing activities, we’re not limiting ourselves to Broadway today. Our recommendations involve attractions that are a bit more unusual. In the evening you’ll be heading for a slightly more intimate off-Broadway show so be a little more daring, let your hair down and prepare for new experiences.

1. Breakfast

The Bagel Store

The Bagel Store

We promised day 2 would be different, which means starting the day sampling 2016's most-hashtagged bagel, the Rainbow Bagel. The shop is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a short subway ride away, but trust us: These bagels are definitely worth venturing off the path! Tasty New York bagels with psychedelic coloring? Uhh, you can't miss that!

2. Sightseeing

High Line

High Line

Depending on how late last night went, you may need to freshen yourself up with a nice brisk walk. You'll also want to catch some views of the city before time runs out. The best way to get both is to head to the High Line. This retired rail line has been renovated into an elevated park that winds from the heart of downtown, through Chelsea and NYC's trendy Meatpacking District. The fact that it towers above the streets means you can catch a unique perspective on the city sights.

3. Lunch

Smokey Burger

Smokey Burger

We've had pancakes, bagels, lunch with caricatures and star-studded meals; now it's time for some burgers. This local joint is favored for their use of organic ingredients and exotic meat options. With a laid back atmosphere and tasty milkshakes, it's a great option for a grab-and-go midday meal.

4. Afternoon culture fix

The Triton Gallery

The Triton Gallery

OK, so it's back to theater and film-themed activities, but we couldn't leave this one off the list. The Triton Gallery has housed the largest collection of film and theater posters in the world for nearly five decades. Take a look at the impressive vintage poster collection, including the 'Lost Posters' that were missing for 40 years.

5. Dinner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Time to dust off the dancing shoes and prepare for a second night of musical fun. If you didn't catch any stars last night, now might be your chance. This fun eatery is known for its singing wait staff. Enjoy your meal amongst the future stars of Broadway while they belt out classic musical numbers. With a super lively atmosphere, this place is exactly what Broadway is all about.

6. Evening show

Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway

And now for something completely different. Take in a smaller, more avante garde production Off-Broadway. These shows are known for being a little more intimate, and certainly more daring. The praise for big hits like Avenue Q and Stomp have barely cooled down since opening night, and are sure fire bets. Or, you can take a gamble on Drunk Shakespeare, the play that's never the same two nights running. There's a range of shows available, so take your pick.

7. After-show drinks

The Press Lounge

The Press Lounge

As your trip comes to a close, you may be feeling a shade of blue. It's been one hell of an experience, and your cheeks are still hurting from all the laughing and giggling, but you have one last night to soak up the city buzz. Make the most of it with a Cosmo and city sights at The Press Lounge. The rooftop bar boasts incredible 360-degree views of the skyline, so you can take a moment to relax and reminisce on the past 48 hours. NOTE: This trip definitely deserves a dedicated photo album.

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1. Breakfast

The Bagel Store

The Bagel Store

We promised day 2 would be different, which means starting the day sampling 2016's most-hashtagged bagel, the Rainbow Bagel. The shop is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a short subway ride away, but trust us: These bagels are definitely worth venturing off the path! Tasty New York bagels with psychedelic coloring? Uhh, you can't miss that!

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2. Sightseeing

High Line

High Line

Depending on how late last night went, you may need to freshen yourself up with a nice brisk walk. You'll also want to catch some views of the city before time runs out. The best way to get both is to head to the High Line. This retired rail line has been renovated into an elevated park that winds from the heart of downtown, through Chelsea and NYC's trendy Meatpacking District. The fact that it towers above the streets means you can catch a unique perspective on the city sights.

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3. Lunch

Smokey Burger

Smokey Burger

We've had pancakes, bagels, lunch with caricatures and star-studded meals; now it's time for some burgers. This local joint is favored for their use of organic ingredients and exotic meat options. With a laid back atmosphere and tasty milkshakes, it's a great option for a grab-and-go midday meal.

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4. Afternoon culture fix

The Triton Gallery

The Triton Gallery

OK, so it's back to theater and film-themed activities, but we couldn't leave this one off the list. The Triton Gallery has housed the largest collection of film and theater posters in the world for nearly five decades. Take a look at the impressive vintage poster collection, including the 'Lost Posters' that were missing for 40 years.

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5. Dinner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Time to dust off the dancing shoes and prepare for a second night of musical fun. If you didn't catch any stars last night, now might be your chance. This fun eatery is known for its singing wait staff. Enjoy your meal amongst the future stars of Broadway while they belt out classic musical numbers. With a super lively atmosphere, this place is exactly what Broadway is all about.

5/7

6. Evening show

Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway

And now for something completely different. Take in a smaller, more avante garde production Off-Broadway. These shows are known for being a little more intimate, and certainly more daring. The praise for big hits like Avenue Q and Stomp have barely cooled down since opening night, and are sure fire bets. Or, you can take a gamble on Drunk Shakespeare, the play that's never the same two nights running. There's a range of shows available, so take your pick.

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7. After-show drinks

The Press Lounge

The Press Lounge

As your trip comes to a close, you may be feeling a shade of blue. It's been one hell of an experience, and your cheeks are still hurting from all the laughing and giggling, but you have one last night to soak up the city buzz. Make the most of it with a Cosmo and city sights at The Press Lounge. The rooftop bar boasts incredible 360-degree views of the skyline, so you can take a moment to relax and reminisce on the past 48 hours. NOTE: This trip definitely deserves a dedicated photo album.

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Day 2 evening shows

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Avenue Q

Gut-busting puppet comedy about a young college grad trying to make it in the city.

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Blue Man Group

Unique, family-friendly show combining innovative music, technology and comedy in an audio-visual extravaganza.

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Drunk Shakespeare

A group of actors attempts to perform Shakespeare after several shots of whiskey. Anything could happen.

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Stomp

A high energy dance show set to the thumping, clashing sounds of unconventional instruments.

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