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  • $35 per person (free for children 12 and under)
  • Daily at 4pm
  • 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • George M Cohan Statue at 46th Street and Broadway, Times Square.
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Tour includes all the following!

  • Guided tour of Broadway and Times Square with a professional performer or director as your English-speaking guide
  • Discover how Times Square transformed a Horse trading district into the Entertainment Capital of the World
  • Learn about the audition process and hear the behind the scenes story of what it takes to make it in the business
  • See how some theaters evolved after the Great Depression to become Radio and Television studios
  • Walk the edge of notorious Hell's Kitchen and hear how a "Real" West Side Story took place just blocks from the theater in which it was playing
  • Other highlights include: Shubert Alley, Sardi's, 42nd Street, The Edison Hotel, and the George M Cohan statue as well as many surprises along the way

Your Amazing Tour Experience in Detail

Told by guides who are actively working on and off Broadway, the Broadway Tour explores not only the history of the Broadway Theater but also tells you the backstage stories that make them come alive! You will meet your professional performer or director at the George M Cohan statue which is located at 46th Street and Broadway.

Your guide will share with you their personal story of how they got into show business, how they find work and what the audition process is like. You'll learn the tricks of the trade and what it takes to get noticed by casting agents and directors.

This 1 hour 45 minute tour will weave though the Theater District where you will visit some of the most historic theaters on Broadway and hear the backstage stories of the famous people who performed there over the decades. Each step will follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest performers that have ever lived. George M Cohan, Ethel Barrymore, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Patty LuPone, Julie Andrews, the list goes on. You’ll also learn surprising stories of these and other actors who suspended our disbelief and gave us a night of wonder. You’ll come away from the tour a true Broadway “Insider”.

  • Jelyme (Kitchener, Canada)
  • "The time flew by and we couldn't have asked for a better value for the money. It was also such a treat to have someone who is in the theater business give us the inside scoop!"
  • jillr142 ( New York City, New York)
  • "So surpassed our expectations ~ full of fun facts, hilarious delivery and personally engaged with all of us! Thank you Remy was a great tour and I can't wait to be able to say "OMG! He was our tour guide" when you win your first Tony!"
  • Leanne M (England)
  • "I am so glad I managed to convince my boyfriend to come on this tour with me! I am a massive theatre nerd, he is more of a history buff! Luckily this tour was the perfect mixture for both of our passions, and I think we have converted him to the joys of jazz hands and high notes. Cannot give high enough praise to our guide Allie..."
  • Christoffer J (No Location)
  • "...We had a real Broadway actor as a guide, really cool. Greg was great, he talked clearly, offered lots of interesting facts behind the different plays and theatres, he even pointed out the best way to get discounted tickets and what shows to watch."
  • brjack (Maine)
  • "We set off with our guide, Linda, a New York native and actor in a snowstorm on a Saturday afternoon. She was fabulous!!! and made us forget about the dreadful weather. The group was really interested in the business of the theatre and Linda gave us all insights that only a theatre pro could have known about "
  • TraceyAustralia_12 (Australia)
  • I am a HUGE theatre fan and this walking tour exceeded all my expectations. Sam our Tour Leader was very informative and fun. She answered all my questions (I had a lot!).
  • Maggyb1945 (Manchester)
  • "I was "encouraged" to go on the Broadway Tour by my wife. Didn't expect to enjoy it, but was very good indeed. like any tour the guide Bridgid can either make or break. All I can say is Get Bridgid!!! Very bubbly personality and had time for everyone."
  • William R
  • "Sam's forte was to include her up close and personal anecdotes that really added to the enjoyment of this experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves Theater..."
  • cecilyo968 (New York City, New York)
  • "Sam was an amazing font of knowledge which she shared so pleasantly with us all that we felt we had travelled her professional journey along with her. And she got us safely across those crazy streets!!!!"
  • tech108_cm (Lakewood)
  • "Having a life filled with theatre yet never being to New York, Broadway was a must... I thought I knew Broadway before I went, but I was clueless! I definitely left wanting to know more. If you love theatre, you will love this tour."
  • BOB19531953 (Howell)
  • "Brigid, our guide is the "Lullaby of Broadway" She was very informed-kept us moving and entertained with great quips above Broadway. She answer everyone of our questions with patience and succinct answers See Inside Broadway Tour soon because I got a feeling we are going to see Brigid on the Great White Way before we know it!!!!"
  • Magta (Athens)
  • "Happy, funny and kind she knew so many information from the inside, she is an actor herself, and gave us a true sense of what it s like to be an actor in Broadway!"
  • Martin606060 (Sydney, Australia)
  • The Inside Broadway Tour was by far THE BEST TOUR I've EVER been on! Our tour guide Brigid Kegel was filled with enthusiasm and knowledge and provided us with interesting and funny stories and myths of Broadway. We were so engaged in the experience, we didn't even get a chance to take pictures!
  • Daniel H (Rotherham, United Kingdom)
  • "I think that these types of tours can be tedious with the wrong type of person giving them, when they have no interest in the subject or just regurgitating facts they've remembered from a sheet. Brigid however was really enthusiastic, knowledgeable about question we in the group asked her, and she really made us all feel welcome."
  • Chlorisa ( Richmond, Virginia )
  • So, we weren't really "feeling the vibe" about this tour as it was the night of our first Broadway show and we didn't want to fall asleep during the tour :/) well that wasn't the case at all! THIS IS THE BEST TOUR YOULL EVER GO ON! Our tour guide was Brigid! She showed us all the theaters- talked about their history- and she was comical and focused! There's only 1 thing that I don't like-- the tour ending!
  • Gardenbob (Rapid City, South Dakota)
  • "We had the best time on Remy's tour. He had the perfect blend of humor and information. Sometimes your guides can seem too over the top or overly rehearsed - not Remy! He was polished and genuine. We learned so many great things in this tour...and it was even engaging for an active 10 year old, which is HIGH praise."
  • Michael G (Michigan)
  • "In the Broadway area with lots of people congestion, Linda kept an eye on all of us, and also made sure at the end of the tour that we all knew how to get wherever we were headed rather than leave us to our own devices to figure out how not to get lost. Linda is a performer herself and loves broadway."
  • HappyJackDan (Missouri)
  • "To be honest, I’m not a huge Broadway or New York fan, but the wife is, and this vacation was for her. However, I had a great time. Greg Uliasz was extremely informed, friendly, and enthusiastic. His extensive knowledge encompassed, not just Broadway and off-Broadway theatre, but he demonstrated a broad range of general knowledge of New York City, celebrities, and New Yorkers in general."
  • PatrickArkansas1105 (Arkansas)
  • "STUPENDOUS… This was my favorite part off my trip to ny (well this and the Lion King). My tour guide Remy was amazing. You could see the passion for theater in his face and you could hear it in his voice! "
  • Carmen C (Cologne)
  • "Remi turned out to be the most sympathatic, entertaining, educating and funny tour guide. I guess that’s why he does the Broadway tour. And he should keep doing it!! He really is in his element there."
  • Shari H (Germany)
  • We would highly recommend this tour to anybody. For theatre-lovers it is a must-see. And even for non-theatre-lovers the tour is amazing!
    Will we be able to inside Broadway Theaters?
    We may have the chance to see former theaters that have been converted. However, we will not be able to go inside the backstage areas of active theaters due to legal reasons. Don't worry, our guides practically live backstage so they can describe for you what you would expect to see, hear and feel. Just ask them!
    How much walking is there on this tour?

    There is between 1 to 2 miles of walking at a moderate pace. If mobility is an issue please arrange for a private tour. Please dress appropriately for long distance walking and for the weather.What happens if I am late and miss the group?"It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you'll be able to find your tour group if you are late.

    Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?

    We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please do check the weather report and be prepared for the weather.

    What is your cancellation, rescheduling, refund policy?

    You can cancel a tour up to 48 hours prior to your tour date without penalty and receive a full refund. Also prior to 48 hours of your tour date, you can reschedule your tour without penalty. Since we keep the group size small, tour spots are limited.

    Is this tour included with the New York Pass?

    Yes, this tour is included with your New York Pass. You'll need to make a reservation with your credit card. No charges will apply IF you show up with a valid New York Pass. You can cancel 48 hours prior to your tour without penalty. You can always reschedule your tour. This allows us to better manage our group size and make the tour experience better for you.

    What is the tipping or gratuities policy?

    Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.

    Important Restrictions

    • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
    • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket.
    • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
    • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.

    Rescheduling Policy

    • We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with our Flexible Reschedule Policy. What does this mean?
    • Free Rescheduling Anytime: Reschedule your tour anytime without penalty even if you missed the tour.
    • NY Pass: For NY Pass holders, you can always reschedule as long as your NY Pass is valid for the day of the tour. If your NY Pass is no longer valid on your rescheduled tour date, you’ll be charged for the full amount of the tour.
    • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.

    Meeting Location: George M Cohan Statue at 46th St and Broadway

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    By Subway:
    • to 42nd Street. Walk north four blocks, east one block.
    • to Times Square 42nd Street. Walk north four blocks.
    • to 49th Street station. Walk south three blocks.
    • to 47-50 Street: Rockefeller Center station. Walk west one block, south one block.

    By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

    Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.

    (Tour Ending Location: 46th Street and Broadway)
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