Broadway Bridges offers New York City DOE high schools $10 tickets to select weeknight and matinee performances of participating Broadway productions from October through December and February through mid-March.
Full-time teachers and administrators in New York City public (DOE) high schools may register with the program. Assistant teachers, para-professionals or part-time teachers are not eligible to register with the program.
The tickets may be used for groups of tenth graders from NYC public (DOE) high schools and their chaperones. If you are not sure if your high school is eligible to participate in Broadway Bridges, please contact Robin Aronson.
Group Size: Guidelines and Tips
1) The number of tickets listed for a particular performance is the total number of tickets we have available for that performance. If a performance of The Lion King lists 30 tickets, there are only 30 Broadway Bridges tickets available for that performance. If possible, request all 30. Do not request more than 30.
2) Include chaperones in your head count; their tickets are also $10 each.
3) Groups of 30 (including chaperones) are recommended and preferred.
4) Groups must have a minimum of 15 participants.
5) Groups larger than 30 are welcome when we have more than 30 tickets available. Be sure that the number of tickets you are requesting does not exceed the number of tickets we have available for a given performance.
6) Groups should be in multiples of 5. We will not be able to fill an order for 23 tickets. (Keep in mind, though, groups of 30 are strongly preferred.)
7) You may bring different groups to various performances. To do so, submit a separate “Request for Tickets” form for each group you would like to bring. In other words, if you would like to bring three different groups, submit three separate forms.
8) Tenth graders may attend one performance per year through Broadway Bridges.
Ordering & Invoicing
1) Within three to five business days of submitting a Request for Tickets form, you will receive an email offering your school tickets to one of the performances you requested.
2) Those tickets will be held for you until you send an email back to us confirming that you will purchase them. If you are not able to use the tickets offered, you must email us to tell us that you will not use them so we can offer them to another school.
3) Once we receive written confirmation from you, your order is considered final and it may not be changed. You will be invoiced for the confirmed tickets and payment is required.
4) Payment in the form of a check or DOE purchase order must be received by the due date listed on your invoice—typically three weeks prior to the performance. The invoice will include all the information you need to pay for the tickets, including our vendor number. (THE951470) We will also send a sole vendor letter with each invoice.
5) DOE purchase orders must be certified by the end of the semester in which you attend a performance. A school will not be able to purchase Broadway Bridges tickets for the next semester until the PO is certified.
6) If your group includes participants in wheelchairs, contact Abigail Friedman as soon as possible.
Attendance & School Cancellations
1) Once you have confirmed tickets, attendance is mandatory. If you do not attend a performance for which your school has purchased tickets, and you have not alerted us to the problem, your school will not be able to continue to participate in the program.
Keep in mind that every Broadway show scans every ticket, so they know exactly which tickets were used and which were not.
2) If the DOE cancels school because of snow on a day for which you have purchased tickets, we will do our best to reschedule your group. If the DOE does not cancel school, your school is expected to attend the performance.
3) If, for whatever reason, your group, or part of your group, cannot attend a performance, you are still required to pay for all of the tickets.
Students & Teachers: Purchasing Individual Tickets
If you love live theatre, we encourage you to become a member of TDF (www.tdf.org). Membership is open to educators and free for students. As a member, you can purchase discounted tickets ($9-$47) to a wide range of performing arts events in New York City, including Broadway shows. Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club also offer discounted tickets to theatregoers under 35. In addition, most productions have student rush tickets available and lotteries offering discounted tickets for any given performance.
What You Should Know When Attending a Broadway Show
Arrive at the theatre at least a half hour before the show is scheduled to begin. This will give you time to pick up and distribute tickets, go through security, and go to the bathroom.
You may not take any pictures or videos of the performance. You are more than welcome to take pictures/videos before and after a show and during intermission.
All phones must be turned off or silenced (no vibration) during the show. You won’t need your phone anyway because you should not text, email, snap chat or use any social/interactive media during the show. You are invited to use social media platforms before and after the show and during intermission but do not use them during the performance. It’s distracting for everyone around you and the actors. (The actors can see the light of your phone and hear you from the stage.)
Eat before the show, after the show or during intermission. Do not eat when the lights go down and the curtain goes up. Opening candy wrappers or snacking on chips will distract you from the performance and create a disturbance for those around you.
You can wear whatever you like to a Broadway show. Some people like to dress up, because it is a special experience, others come in jeans.
Do not chat during the performance. If you talk, not only can the people around you hear whatever you may be saying, but the performers can hear you, too. Plus, if you’re focused on a conversation with your neighbor, you’re not paying attention to the show. Finally, if someone around you is talking, keep in mind that loud “shushing” can be just as distracting as conversation. If people continue to talk, an usher will come by to quiet unwanted conversation.
Remain in your seat. Once the show begins, you shouldn’t get up from your seat unless it’s a real emergency.