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Our guides have been recommending this app for last-minute discounted Broadway tickets.

"TodayTix, which 26 months ago introduced a mobile app for selling discounted and full-price last-minute tickets [within a week of a show], has already become a visible presence... currently selling 4% of all tickets to Broadway shows... Broadway has lagged behind other parts of the entertainment business in its embrace of technology such as mobile ticketing, but practices have been gradually changing."

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/theater/todaytix-makes-inroads-into-broadways-ticketing-business.html?_r=0

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Meet our new Broadway and Times Square tour guides.

"Kory is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, has taught dance at CAP21, Rider University, McCarter Theatre, and helped stage the opening number for American Dance Machine’s show at the Joyce Theatre... And is excited to share his love of NYC with you."

"Charles is a Texas boy who has been living in the big city for 5 years now. He is a singer, dancer, actor, writer, composer... You may have seen him while touring America in Sister Act the Musical."

"Val hails from Pittsburgh and has lived in NYC for 10 years. She began performing professionally as a child... and is a member of the Actors Equity Association and holds a BFA in Musical Theater Performance"
https://www.newyorktour1.com/things-to-do-in-new-york-city/new-broadway-tour-guides/

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Broadway's longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, just turned 28 last week. Our tour guides share stories and fun facts about its 28-year run while your group stands out front of the The Majestic Theater.

- "The boat has made 23,302 journeys to the Phantom's lair."
- "Phantom has been the largest single generator of income and jobs in Broadway and U.S. theatrical history."
- "With over 2,500 performances, McGillin holds the record for playing the title role on Broadway more than any other performer."

Read more facts here:
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/28-rarely-known-phantom-facts-and-backstage-stories-to-celebrate-a-broadway-milestone-382299?r=n

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You'll pass by many food trucks while meandering through the city's streets on our Broadway and Times Square Tour. Look at the various designs the food cart has come in from the 1700's to today here: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151203/midtown/infographic-new-yorker-charts-evolution-of-street-cart

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Wow, lifting an entire theater 4 floors of a land-marked theater to make room for a new lobby underneath! "There won't be a problem "as long as the building doesn’t know it’s moving." You'll pass by this theater on our Broadway tour.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/broadways-palace-theatre-will-be-lifted-by-four-floors-to-make-room-for-retail-space-373335

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If you haven't seen the famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, be sure not to miss it; just a brief walk from the end of our Broadway and Times Square tour.

Learn about its origins in the early 1930's in this article. “My grandfather picked up a tree and brought it there,” said Steve Elling, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/nyregion/the-hard-working-italian-origins-of-the-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree.html?mwrsm=GooglePlus&_r=0

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The Winter Village shops are up and the ice skating ring is open! After your amazing Inside Broadway Tour in Times Square, walk your friends and family a few blocks east to the beautiful Bryant Park for fun. Wander through the 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more.

http://wintervillage.org/

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Halloween and Broadway will come together on Oct. 30 for a special, one-night-only musical event! The show will play at Feinstein's/54 Below and is called " Ghost Light: Songs and Creepy Stories from Broadway and Beyond". It will feature a bevy of musical talent, including Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan, "On Your Feet!" star Doreen Montalvo and cabaret performer Stacy Sullivan. 
Through song and dance, the show will explore the Ghost stories that surround many Broadway theaters. Come join one of our Inside Broadway Tours to find out more about the "Ghost Light" and other important superstitions of the Broadway stage, like why you NEVER say "Macbeth" inside a theater! The tour gives an inside look into the Broadway theater and will greatly enhance your Broadway experience! 

http://54below.com/artist/ghost-light-songs-and-creepy-stories-from-broadway-and-beyond/

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One of our most highly-rated tour guides, Linda, will be performing tonight, as well as this Sunday (Oct. 25) and Tuesday (Nov. 3) in "Close to You," the music of The Carpenters. "Her story, my story - hear classic standards and seldom heard gems in my Cabaret Debut."
At the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street Click for tickets or get them at the door. 
http://www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html

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“Mamma Mia!” held its final Broadway curtain call this past Saturday after an amazing 14 years and well over 5,000 performances. Of course, a show can't run that long without the outstanding love and support of the audience. The production of a Broadway musical is an extremely expensive undertaking, usually requiring from $5 million to $20 million to open in New York. A hit musical on Broadway will usually take in from $600,000 to $1,000,000 per week in ticket sales! Now think of the profit in 14 years! Not to mention the substantial amount of money being generated by touring productions of the musical throughout the world.

Broadway is BIG business and owes it allegiance to its loyal fans. Check out this list of the 11 longest running Broadway shows. I'm sure many of you have seen more than one. On behalf of starving actors everywhere, thank you! And of course, we look forward to seeing you on our tour!

http://www.backstage.com/news/11-longest-running-broadway-shows/
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