The Sunday Giveaway: A Free NYMF Premium Pass worth $559!

Now we’re talking.

Sometimes Giveaways can be a little slim in the summertime, because of the limited number of new Broadway shows (and no, don’t get your hopes up for a Hamilton giveaway).

But this week’s giveaway has a price tag of about five tickets to a Broadway show . . . or one premium ticket to the aforementioned Hamilton.

And this week’s giveaway could be a chance to see five future Broadway shows.

That’s right, we’ve got a Premium Pass to the greatest musical theater festival on earth, the New York Musical Theatre Festival!

The festival starts in just over a week, and this year looks to be a hot one, with a lot of shows that could go on to a future life (check my blog on Wednesday for my “5 Shows That Stand Out”).

And you could see ’em for free, with the NYMF Premium Pass which includes:

  • Up to 4 passes and lanyards
  • 20 tickets
  • 4 invitations to the Opening Night Celebration
  • Early ticket booking
  • Access to preferred seating
  • Complimentary ticket exchange
  • Restaurant and bar discounts
  • 20% NYMF Merchandise discount
  • Exclusive access for 4 to Readings
  • 4 invitations to the Closing Night Celebration & Awards Ceremony

What a way to see shows, and what a great way to network and mingle with other musical makers and musical supporters.  Even if you don’t win, you gotta go.

But how do you win?

What I love about the Premium Pass is that it includes so much more that just a seat with very little legroom.

What if Broadway shows had Premium Passes?  What what you pay a little extra for?  Private bathroom?  Program included?

Comment below with your thoughts on the ultimate Broadway Premium Pass and you could win a chance to see a whole lot of NYMF!

Good luck!


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  • Randi says:

    When purchasing a package you could get a backstage tour and merchandise!

  • Rebecca L says:

    I would totally pay extra for a pre-signed program. I love collecting the programs from the shows I’ve seen, but people get so pushy at the stage door and this girl bruises easily! Plus it’s a win win for audience and actors… We get to spare ourselves the elbowing and the actors get less madness at the door which let’s them get home sooner after a long night of work!

  • My ideal premium ticket can be summed up in the acronym: HHEELL
    That stands for Hip to Hip, Elbow to Elbow, Leg and Leg space. Not the crazy Lazy Boy Cinema seats, something more subdued and classy, but it would take between 1 1/2 to 2 seats width depending on the theater, so I should expect to pay a premium. To make me happy, just give me HHEELL.

  • Leslie R says:

    For me, a Premium Package would include;
    Seats in a special ‘no text/glowing device zone’- with clear rows surrounding me,
    A backstage tour after the show with a cast meet and greet,
    An autographed cast program- and OBC if available,
    My own private bathroom- no lines at intermission, but I would also share it when needed,
    THAT would be in my package!

  • Michael Reed says:

    I would definitely pay more for:
    More legroom
    Drink service at seat
    Backstage pass after show
    Meet and greet with stars

  • Sandy Berman says:

    I would want a pass with priority based on number of tickets purchased

  • What is always great is a meet and greet with the actors , or backstage tour and history of shows

  • Stephen Marmon says:

    Choice of seat location. Package of souvenirs.

  • Tara K. says:

    I would love to see tiered Premium Passes. X amount gives you this level of perks, X+ gives you the below plus something more, and then X++ gives you the below and the top tier of perks. Things included could be orchestra center seats in the premium rows, a special type of merch available only to the PP holders, meet and greet with actors to sign Playbills/take photos (but I would also request that not just leads be present-there is always a member of the ensemble that stands out to me-always).

  • Sarah P. says:

    Backstage tour with cast/crew members, maybe a special talkback, free merch, and use of a VIP lounge or a cocktail reception (or just a free drink at the show) would be nice! 🙂

  • Doug Marino says:

    You’re a little hamstringed because you are not in control of everything at the physical venue. but anything can be negotiated. Much like people who bid on charity and other options to join a broadway cast for the night on stage, here are some suggestions (many of which have been said before) which could be unique.

    Meet the cast backstage after show (does the cast need to be compensated for this if they are required to do it every night? might impact your margin on the premium tickets)

    Premium Seat recognition at curtain call by cast on stage. Alternatively at opening announcement of show.

    Some theaters have private areas where a pre-show cocktail hour could take place inside with basic food/drink

    Cast comes off the stage after show into audience to thank premium seat holders in person.

    Only applicable to certain shows and smaller numbers of premium ticket holders – a way to feature these people in a “walk-on” type role or scene (show dependent).

    Seating Room (leg and elbow room)

    Special comfy Seating – how about special seats? (what would they cost to install however?)

    Drink service at seat (although i assume this is the domain of the theater not the production)

    Programs/Books signed by cast, other swag

    Special premium entrance at theater – no lines (amusement parks do this)

  • Alexsys Campbell says:

    I went to New York for my first time a little bit ago and it was amazing! Everything about it, and now I see that there’s a Broadway Premium Pass, I’m floored! Forget Disney Land, NYC Broadway is the happiest place on earth! I want to perform on Broadway, and my trip not only reaffirmed but also reinvigorated my love for theatre. With those passes I would take my family so they could see what they were missing out on. Ever since I left New York, it won’t get out of my head and I’m dying to go back. With a deal this amazing, who wouldn’t be excited about this Broadway “fast pass” deal?

  • Ryan Ludick says:

    The premium pass I would happily pay extra for includes:
    For existing theatres:
    -early entry, when the house opens its a scene and if I had an extra 20-30 minutes to have a glass of wine, browse the merch stand without having to deal with the crowd that would be great.
    -an “express line” for the bar before and during intermission.

    For someone who may be building a new theatre or doing an overhaul:
    -all of the above
    -private lounge with restrooms and actual h’orderves vice that (tacky) movie theatre style items currently available… Twizzlers and Pringles tins make me cringe

  • Patricia Jensen says:

    While designated ‘premium’ seating and other perks are great–I reside primarily in Montana so the Broadway experience is a premium event in and of itself. Last Fall I was able to get to Denver to see the Pippin national tour; any opportunity in whatever fashion is treasured.l

  • Robert says:

    A button that I could press to immediately eject anyone from the theater who is making noise, on their phone, or blocking my view.

  • Kelly says:

    I’d like early seating/entrance to the theater, flexibility to exchange/rebook my seats at the last minute, and a front of the line bathroom pass.

  • dan weber says:

    I love the accessibility of the creative teams.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    A backstage tour

  • Nathan Clift says:

    What would I pay for a premium pass? I don’t need better seating or my own private bathroom. What I would want is a backstage pass. I would love to, after the show, get a special backstage tour of how it all happened. Imagine knowing how they do the magic in Aladdin! I would also pay extra to hang out with the actors. They could even be the ones to give the backstage tour! Also, how cool would it be to ask them questions about the show/ business and get a backstage tour? That would be what I would put my money towards.

  • karen c. says:

    I would pay a little extra to stay seated after the show.. then be invited up onto the stage by a tour guide of sorts that could answer questions and give interesting background info about the show/props/etc. Then have an informal “stage dooring” experience on the stage as the cast gets ready to exit and then follow them out through the stage door.

  • copa says:

    I would pay extra for any show with a NO LATE SEATING policy enforced after the lights go down. You’re not early, then U missed it. End of story.

  • Jeremy Terry says:

    Besides premium seating it should include exclusive merchandise, not just the same t-shirt and mug as everyone else. Or maybe certain nights with a premium ticket you get access to a special reception or talkback after the show with some of the stars. (Roundabout Theatre Company has programs like this!)

  • Brian says:

    I would love to see discounted packaging for repeat attenders, or for people who return to a show with friends. Possibly deals with other show where your ticket to one show gets you a discounted chance to see another show that a similar audience might enjoy, or partnerships between shows where one pass would get you a two show day matinee/evening for one reasonable price.

  • Noah P says:

    I’d pay for a premium pass if it had options for :
    swag from the show
    VIP lounge access pre-show
    included drink at the bar
    souvenir program

  • Morgan M says:

    Actually I’ve thought a lot about this. As a tourist I think it would be great to buy a Premium Pass that was for say 2 or 4 Broadway shows. And you could book them the week of just like house seats. This way you wouldn’t actually have to buy tickets so far in advance and could decide closer to your trip depending on what is playing and who is starring in the show. This way if you find out Taye Diggs in in Hedwig and you REAALLLY love him but you already bought tickets to Gentlemen’s Guide for the one night you could have gone you don’t have to miss Taye Diggs (not to knock Gentlemen’s Guide in anyway). You could really get the most out of your trip without all the stress of planning your days months in advance around your non refundable non exchangeable theatre tickets. These are the perks that paying hundreds of dollars a ticket should provide in my humble opinion. It is complicated because it would require different producers to workout a way for Telecharge to be able to split box office reports on single purchases that were made months in advance. Perhaps it would only be possible for certain owners to do it. Ie Shubert Pass or Jucamcyn Pass etc. Anyway it is something I have always thought could be very lucrative.

  • Julia Fu says:

    Membership passes for Broadway, similar to Club 54 or the old all-you-can-fly packages like Standby Airpass. As someone who sees upwards of 60 distinct shows a year, there are many nights where I have nothing to do and would love to revisit a show and bring a friend, see a new cast, experience a different audience, or rehear the book; I can’t afford to do so. Currently, there is no price point that allows regular people to be repeat, high frequency theater goers.

  • Tom says:

    Extra legroom and even slightly wider seats would be all I ask for.

  • Keni Fine says:

    The PPP… the Premium Producers Pass… meet with Ken, or one of the lead producers before the show, have a light dinner together and talk about how the show was produced, the path to Broadway… see the show in unobtrusive yet primo seats, then a meet and greet after with Producer and one or more key members of the cast or creative team. Gelato to finish the night, of course.

  • Glenn says:

    Having never been to a Broadway Show, let alone NYC, it’s hard to judge what the premium options should/could be. On the West Coast and in Vegas, the star power of the show is less significant, and I suppose in NY that could be said for shows that the marquee players have moved on. So signed Playbills, while unique, are less intrinsically valuable. As an actor, I think the backstage meet and greet is a great up-sell. I love seeing the back of house magic and the countless members of the cast and crew that make the stories come alive on stage. Those add to my memories of a performance way more so than a picture/poster, an autograph or OBC CD. Granted, having to wait to pee is also a memorable experience, but doubtful it’s one that an upgrade can fix. And I guess I’m spoiled out here,….programs come with the ticket admission.

  • I would like to see something like this (and I’d consider it worth an added cost!):

    -2 orchestra seats (OR 4 seats in a private box)
    -souvenir program
    -a complimentary beverage or snack from the concessions
    -pre-show theater tour
    -playbill signed by your choice of actor in the cast

  • Joshua Jordan says:

    I would want a backstage tour of the theater before the show, a meet and greet with some of the members agree the show, food/drink service, private and best viewing, and special merchandise signed by the cast.
    I would totally pay more for this experience. Some of us don’t get these opportunities often so when we do: “Treat yo’self!”

  • Alyssa Mandel says:

    Maybe drink voucher, signed playbill or some exclusive experience

  • Backstage tours, more legroom seats, free intermission drinks and snacks, and signed programs!

  • In the music concert business, meet and greets are common, and they are often arranged through charities.
    So, the Show finds a charity taht wants to raise money for itself. That Charity buys up a bunch of good seats at face value. So far, no one is making a donation. But those seats are then sold through the charity at a premium price, because they also include a meet and greet, probably after the show. a little time after the show for one or more actors to come by, say hello to these fans who have paid more money, perhaps a one minute reprise of one song or one scene from the show, and the actor gets to go home. The guests mingle, perhaps a producer, director, conductor can come by and chat. These can go for hundreds of dollars over face value. the Charity wins, the Show wins by selling tickets at full price, the participants in the meet and greet win, by spreading good will, word of mouth improves, and the charity raises money for its cause. The whole thing is over in 45 minutes.

  • The NYMF Pass already looks so incredible, the only thing I could think to add is the chance to
    sleep with Wolverine, the next time he’s in New York!

  • Julie M says:

    Premium experience would include
    – more comfortable seating
    – skip the queue to get into the theater
    – pre-show lounge area just for premium ticket buyers, with complimentary water/soft drinks, private bathrooms with no lines, and perhaps even earlier entrance (before usual half hour house open time).

  • Ben Lebofsky says:

    I would say backstage passes or a Q and A with the cast afterwards would be really cool. A special program for those who purchases the special tickets. I also think allowing the people to sit in on mic check would be a really cool experience. And of course nicer seats with more leg room. An alternative line for stage door where you can have a less crowded and more intimate experience with cast members would also be really cool.

  • Lorenzo Segall says:

    Capuccino, biscottis, Q & A With The Cast(30″)–Theater With Taste…

  • Jacqueline Sibille says:

    I’d love if Broadway has premium passes that would include any of the following:
    – a complimentary drink
    – a gift bag of some merchandise (or a limited edition piece of merch)
    – doors opening 45 minutes before curtain rather than half hour (allows time to get in, go to the bathroom, use that drink voucher, and settle in before others arrive)
    – ticket exchange for a later date w/out fees
    – invitations to special events such as talkbacks with the cast/creative
    – if it’s a show that involves audience participation, a guarantee that a member of the premium party is involved (I’m thinking of when, say, Priscilla Queen of the Desert had actors bring audience members on stage at the beginning of act 2)
    – access to a premium lounge before the show & at intermission
    – discounts at local restaurants (that aren’t Olive Garden & Planet Hollywood)
    – car service home/to the hotel

  • Joyce Jacobson says:

    I feel a premium pass must include extra leg room at the seats, and a short wait to use the bathroom.
    It would also be nice to get some wine and cheese, and coffee, tea, or water.

  • Anne Reeves says:

    Cast Q&A, Early admission, free drink/snack, pre-show reception, free tee or merch item

  • Shari says:

    Obviously a great seat, maybe early seating during bad weather, one drink coupon per seat purchased, if possible, access to a separate bathroom to lessen the wait, and perhaps a program (doesn’t have to be signed)

  • Premium tickets might include selected souvenirs, but let’s give the actors a break. They just worked hard for nearly 3 hours. Let them sign autographs and go home! Instead, for all Ken Davenport shows, Ken should have drinks with his Premium members. What else does a producer DO anyway ;)?

  • Jon says:

    A concierge who takes care of everything, Dinner before hand, a nice ride to the theater, first class bathrooms ( no waiting), free drinks/nuts./snacks. warm cookies with ice cream, meet and greet selfie afterwards) and LEGROOM dag-na-bit!.( oh and a signed program or better yet album if those things exist anymore)

  • Clare says:

    –more legroom
    –complimentary drinks
    –front of the line pass for the restroom
    –cell phone valet–required for all who won’t use airplane mode (those machines where you can put your cell phone in to charge and it’s locked with a credit card).

  • Patsy says:

    A private “screening” (staging?)

  • Chris G. says:

    Definitely merchandise like a signed program and maybe a cast album. Or a t-shirt. Always love a backstage tour as well.




  • Lillian Agosto says:

    I was so excited to hear about the “NYMF Premium Pass.” This is a great idea and a way to become more involved with the entertainment world. I would love to win this pass and get “bragging rights” to my friends and family who would be so jealous. Good luck to me!

  • Mike K says:

    the ultimate Broadway Premium Pass would include (keeping it practical, considering the Unions!)-
    * let the patron inside the theatre a few minutes ahead of the rush
    * provide a souvenir of the show
    * assure isle seating for easier access/exit during intermission
    * have an usher that says “thank you” for attending.

  • Brian says:

    I would pay a premium to sit where patrons were required to turn in cell phones to the usher.

  • barry f says:

    So so many good ideas already. I think you get the idea: the knowledgeable theater goer today knows that the NY experience can have its ups and downs, many of which relate to creature comfort. Like the difference between first class on Singapore vs. coach on Spirit (ech!). When you come to the theater, especially in winter, you need to sit comfortably, not have a giant head right in front of you, have a place for your coat and maybe a briefcase, etc. Like the airlines, warm nuts and a cold drink would be nice.

    Your very smart commenters already mentioned perks related to the show, including meeting the cast, director, etc. That of course would be fabulous and quite memorable. It would also make a theater goer into a super fan, creating additional buzz for the show via social media.

    Bring on the luxury!

  • Carl says:

    Large comfortable recliner seats with leg room like in the movie theaters.

  • Sheryl wiener says:

    Extra legroom. Backstage tours. Meet and greet or q and a with cast. Those would all be great.

  • Bruce says:

    I wouldn’t pay anything for any additional “services.” Ticket prices are already too high and we already have “premium” ticketing. I don’t want a drink at my seat. I don’t want a back stage pass. I don’t want a meet and greet with the actors. I don’t want merchandise. I want to see the play/musical. Pure and simple. Going to the theatre is for two or three hours. That’s it. See the show. Go home. And turn off your cell phones. And stop eating and drinking at your seat. It’s distracting to those around you and, besides, you can’t be that hungry. Didn’t you just have lunch or dinner?

    Here’s one. How about reducing the prices for those who don’t want anything extra?

  • Ethan says:

    Express bathroom and signed program would be great premium services.

  • Tony P says:

    I would pay extra for a theater that has an electronic dampener, rendering all cell phones useless while in the theater. Seriously!

  • Adam Lawrence says:

    A premium pass could include a backstage meet and greet with stars of the show, exclusive merch, a copy of the cast recording or if a show is in its early stages then it could come with an early cast recording release or just a few recorded songs.

  • Noemi says:

    Love the extra lanyards – great for extra family members and friends. That way we can split up and reconvene and still get the discounts and great treatment the pass affords. And the advance sale is also a great idea.
    Premium services at a Broadway house – cab/uber car service area away from the crowds at the end of the show, discounts on merchandise, discount on next show.

  • Allison M says:

    I think what would be great is either a special visit with the actors backstage after the show. Or maybe premium standing room next to the stage door for autographs after the show!

  • Jeryl M. says:

    If I could afford to buy premium prices which I cannot, I would love the opportunity to interview for my daughter’s and my blog people participating in the festival including those creating, producing and/or appearing in the shows. I would also love the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets for any festival show to make it to Broadway or Off-Broadway.

  • Claire says:

    I’d love a backstage tour!

  • Jacob Persily says:

    -Free Show Swag-Just like th giveaway from last week
    -Skip the Line at the Bathroom
    -Free food and drink
    -Backstage Access
    -Autographed Poster/Playbill without the madness of the 2015 Stagedoor experience
    -Extra LegRoom
    -Private entrance into the theater at house open
    -Meet & Greet with the Principal Performers

    And Most Importantly-Getting to sit with Ken at one of his shows, or somebody else’s production, and hearing all of thoughts on the show

  • Geez – I’d have to agree with so much of what people have said, but want to add two things that I know i’d love to have as a premium – valet parking (and having the car be ready in front of the theatre when the show is over) and a babysitter for my son (if it’s a show that he’s not interested in…though thankfully that’s becoming less and less as he gets older and loving Broadway even more!)

  • Express bathroom passes, signed programs, and a fast pass lane for absolutely everything.

  • Everything that was mentioned above…I am sure that nobody left anything out. And today was my birthday so there ya have it!


  • EllenFD says:

    Seats with sufficient legroom so as not to cause instant arthritis in the knees
    Aisle location on demand
    Ticket exchange to any other performance
    Backstage tour including a hot minute with the show’s star(s)
    Head-of-the-line bathroom spot
    Pre-autographed playbills and program

  • Robert HP says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m of the opposite tack. I appreciate that add-ons (backstage tours, photos with the stars), could come with premium prices. In your own “It’s Only a Play,” I witnessed one of the most fantastic scenes on Broadway, when Broderick and Lane hung around on stage afterwards to take a picture with the winning bidder (benefitting BC/EFA). They were lounging around and genuinely cracking each other up. It was magical. Someone got to experience that close up for their winning bid.

    BUT – I’m a firm believer that Broadway should be for the masses. There was a time, long ago, when Broadway plays and movies cost the same. When aspiring musicians from the tenements of the LES could watch two or three plays a week on the cheap and when fans could watch their favorite play or musical over and over again.

    In the 18 years I’ve been here, I’ve watched Broadway prices outpace inflation and COL by a crazy crazy amount. I’m glad I got in all the plays and musicals when I did, because even though I earn a who le lot more, proportionately, now than I did then, I can only afford a couple-three plays a year now, and that’s making some very conscious decisions. It angers me that plays and musicals, like “Hamilton” are priced out of reach once the public takes notice, and that theaters can essentially scalp their own tickets, selling them at two or three times face value.

    So what extra perks would I like to see for extra money? How about none? Otherwise, how long before Broadway actors start charging the exhorbitant rates for autographs that ball players and Comic-Con actors do? How long before we *are* paying for extra leg room and permission to “carry on” our umbrellas an purses?

    I get that putting on a play is an expensive proposition, but why make it simultaneously more expensive and less accessible? Why not make it more accessible for all?

    That’s my answer. The passes, and the festival, sound incredible.

  • Many, many of the NYMF shows have been nominated for awards. to be exact, 13 Tony Awards; 29 Drama Desk Awards; 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards; 4 GLAAD Media Awards; 19 Helen Hayes Awards; 16 Lucille Lortel Awards; 9 Barrymore Awards; 6 Ovation Awards; 7 Jeff Awards. I know that if I attended the shows I’d have a great chance to of making contact with talented producers I’d want to work with. I’d know, after seeing the shows which producers would be attracted to the same shows I’m attracted to.

  • David Rigano says:

    If it were for a theatre, I’d say partner with a nearby restaurant so the premium price includes a prix fixe dinner before the show and a premium lounge in the theatre.

    If it’s for a theatre company (i.e. Roundabout) then a package, much like a subscription package, to the current season that includes special events like CD releases and signings.

  • Premium access should include:
    Pre-show lounge
    Souvenir program
    Seating in an “extra leg room aisle”
    Autographed poster

  • Sabrina says:

    My ideal Broadway Premium “Pass” would be packages you could add onto your ticket. And they would be available for purchase for any level of tickets. Sometimes what you consider the best seat is not what the producers consider the best seats. Or you might want to splurge on a package that includes signed items or a meet-and-greet, but then can only afford the cheaper seats.

    Things that I would want to be included in the packages:
    signed playbills, programs, posters
    exclusive merchandise (special t-shirts, windowcards, buttons, etc)
    talkbacks with the creative team
    meet-and-greets with the cast (photos would be great too!)
    backstage tours

    And if it was possible, I would pay extra to automatically eject obnoxious people from the theater – the talkers, hummers, wrapper crinklers, playbill rustlers, etc…

  • Amanda says:

    I’d think you could design DIFFERENT premium packages for people to purchase, kind of like how they have different levels at concerts and special events. However, I think they could be add-ons where you could, if you really wanted to drop a ton of money, buy ALL of the packages, or 2 of them, or whatever (not a pyramid situation where it includes more and more stuff as you go).

    • Lowest level: voucher for small merchandise item – like a limited edition pin/button. They’ve done something like this at Newsies – when I bought my ticket on Ticketmaster, I got a voucher for merch item. They were actually pretty cool bags!
    • Next level: gift bag that includes a few merch items – some or any of the following: cast recording, mug, poster, program, special edition poster, pin/button, magnet, etc. I got something like this from Chase during the Christmas Spectacular and got a few merch items in a bag on my special premium seat.
    • Swag Package: could include tons of merch, including special edition merch items like special posters, special buttons, premium t-shirt, or something like those Newsies trading cards which are really exclusive and hard-to-get. It could even include something that is signed by cast members.
    • Luxury Package: better and more spacious seats and leg room, special limited-access bathrooms, included concessions or snacks and drinks, early access into the theater. Limited to, maybe, 2-3 rows worth of people in center orchestra.
    • Meet and Greet Package: where you can go onstage after the show, take a photo onstage with the cast or some of the cast, and get one merch item signed (like a poster or program). Limited to perhaps 20 people.
    • Behind the Scenes Package: where you meet someone who shows you backstage on a tour to see the sets, props, and hear some interesting inside info. Limited to perhaps 20 people.

    If Newsies was able to add little merch add-ons on Ticketmaster with your ticket (“add a hat!” “add a program!”) then you could totally add these sorts of things when you buy tickets!

  • diana says:

    The shows are far too expensive already. I wouldn’t pay more for anything, but would love to be spoiled and win the Premium Pass.

  • eva says:

    You are all being too realistic. I’d go sci-fi not wi-fi and have a hermetically sealed bubble that hovers above the crowd that shuts out all those distracting noises from rustling playbills, plastic bags, chewing gum, coughing, candies, cell phones,texting,etc.etc. etc. You can control where the bubble hovers to get the best location to see everything in case the blocking on stage is bad and another actor is covering up the other actor. Inside the bubble is a private bathroom and food in case you are diabetic and need to eat something or a drink in case it is a dreadful show or caffeine to keep you awake and there is enough room to stretch out in. There are speakers to control the volume in surround sound so it feels they are talking just to you.
    I agree with the babysitting and valet service, having the cast join you afterward in your bubble where we all eat ,drink and shmooze.

  • Sierra Rein says:

    I’m with a lot of people; the worst experiences I have in Broadway shows is the audience. An “Appreciators Pass” to sit in an area with fellow Theater lovers who know how to behave would be dynamite. No candy, no phones, no talking, no leather (yes, someone wore a leather jacket that annoyed the crap out of me once), and in the end no having to deal with people leaving early, before the actors take a bow.

  • I think Broadway could use more photo ops for the audience. Having a clear “insta-tunity” is something that is DRIVING millennials to go to art exhibits and restaurants and vacations, but the main thing Broadway is selling – the shows – have a no photo rule. So the only option is an awkward Playbill in the lap or trying to get a snap under the marquee. By providing a clear photo op, especially one that is only available to premium ticket holders, it would push a younger audience through the doors that, consciously or not, is choosing their events based on how good the Instagram opportunity is.

  • Joe says:

    I would pay a couple dollars extra for a “fast pass” so I don’t have to wait in line to enter the theatre. Esp with the more popular shows or sold out busy evenings (like on a Friday). It get crowded on some of those streets.

  • Brandon S says:

    Add me to the meet ‘n greet/drink/merch column. As for comfortable seats…I won’t even buy a deeply discounted ticket in a theatre that doesn’t have adequate leg room for a 6’ tall man. With ticket prices as out of control as they already are, any producer who would peddle basic human comfort as a “premium” is beyond unscrupulous.

  • A. Scott Falk says:

    I have only purchased premium seats once, as a present for friends to see the original RAGTIME. For that show, which may have been the first to offer “VIP” seats, it came with a free drink and the VIP lounge & VIP restrooms, and I still think that’s a good premium.

  • David H. says:

    I hate to blow smoke on all this, but I really think Broadway has become a rather exclusive club, and we already have the exclusive of the exclusive with seats that can cost over $400, so do we really need to have the most exclusive of the exclusive of the exclusive to stroke the egos of the 1%. I am quite content just to see a really good show, and leave it at that.

  • abe c says:

    -early admittance
    -exclusive bar/lounge before the show and at intermission (probably not possible in most broadway houses, but easily done in many west end theatres)
    -post-show photo op w/ a limited number (3?) actors onstage and in costume
    -exclusive signed playbill

  • Stephen Sweeney says:

    I would like to see a Premium pass that included a t-shirt (of your choice), a magnet, and a program a drink voucher per ticket that you purchase for each show. That keeps the cost low to the producer and allows them to increase the price far above Premium seating. People would feel they got a value with the merch included with the ticket and the show would make a great profit.

  • Stewart Eiss says:

    Two premium house seats, after the show backstage tour with meet and greet and a souvenir.

  • Nancy Paris says:

    A talk back with a cast member and a tour of the set. Not original, but I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff.

  • Joe Marino says:

    I think the ultimate pass would be one that lasts the life of the show: sit in on casting including a cattle call. Be there for the initial read-through. A front row seat for the sitzprobe. Be a fly on the wall for a production meeting with the designers. Seats at the first preview. How about a seat next to Charles Isherwood or Ben Brantley for the opening!. Whisked off to the after party and hear the reviews read hot off the presses. Attend the cast recording. Finish off with closing night and then help strike the set!

    The full Broadway experience.

  • Evelyn Storch says:

    A great seat and a meet and greet–that’s my premium ticket dream.

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    Being able to buy a drink without having to buy a sippy-cup. I mean really, how many of those does one man need?

  • Jeff says:

    Allow premium pass holders access to the Theatre earlier and/or offer a VIP enterance. Why not use the early access as an opportunity to select discounted or signed merchandise and enjoy complimentory drinks or snacks? Add a limited super premium backstage post show experience. Create a broadway loyalty program similar to airlines and hotels. Charge for premium extras and provide an opportunity for loyalty members to earn free access.

  • Lori R says:

    First, thanks for offering NYMF PP as a prize! Awesome giveaway! I’d love early seating and a selfie with actors–I’m easily swayed! Access to Insider Events and discounts on Broadway merchandise would be grand, as well. Thank you!

  • Brian P says:

    Like airlines, I’d pay extra for bigger seats and more legroom

  • Mirirai S says:

    I would pay premium for a backstage tour of the theatre after the show, a discount for merchandise (the one they give to the staff), drink service to the seats, and a pre-signed copy of the playbill and window card.

  • Sara Y says:

    I was delighted at the opportunity to receive a pre-signed Hamilton Playbill for a $60 donation to BCEFA. I am too shy to ask everyone for their autograph but it’s something I absolutely treasure. So a pre-signed cast Playbill would be huge!

    My ideal premium package would include:
    – pre-signed Playbill
    – guaranteed premium orch seating w/o a tall person in front of me
    – annotated lyrics from the lyricist (RapGenius style)

  • Alexa Bishop says:

    Tickets to opening night parties!!!

  • Michael M says:

    What can’t happen: early access into the house. Stage management determines when to give the house, and that timing can change perf to perf for a myriad of reasons including fight choreo, last-minute put-ins, and a host of technical difficulties. In addition, dozens of FOH personnel would need earlier calls to be ready (house management, ushers, bar, merch, porters, ticket takers, infrared, etc etc.). Early calls = increased payroll which in turn eats into your profit (plus years of multiple union negotiations in order to implement). Meeting & greeting cast – from ensemble to stars – can’t be legislated by a producer, at least not w/o union involvement. You’re talking 8 perfs a week. You want performers to be ale to schmooze: it’s gonna cost you, and cost you big-time. That eats into the precious profit. You want them in costume? That means wardrobe stays late. If wardrobe stays late, it approaches overtime, working past midnight, penalties, etc. Stage doorman stays late. Labor affects the bottom line. You want access to a stage tour after the show? How can you promise that on a 2 perf day? The technicians etc etc need to reset for the next perf AND have a meal break? And that’s all going to be delayed 20-30 minutes while the public traipse their dirty feet across the set? (Or should these special prices/perks not be available for every perf?)

    What is the obsession with merch?! The 2%-er’s who can afford premium perks couldn’t give a rats ass about swag – even limited edition swag. I’d speculate that a majority of them couldn’t give a rats ass about the show! Theater is a status symbol for them. It’s being able to say they saw the ‘current hit’ show, because that’s the thing to see/do. A majority have no passion for the arts. IMO.

    A signed Playbill — especially by a celeb/star — could be enticing to these 2%-er’s. But hold on a minute — you’re asking labor to donate their time and autograph for your profit? Well they are certainly entitled to a portion of that profit. This ain’t a signed Playbill for BCEFA (charity). You think maybe they should do it for the good of their show? Nonsense. And what of the Playbill Corp that manufactures the actual Playbills? I’d venture to say that they, too, deserve a say-so in how their product is used. And if you’re using it for profit, save a piece of the pie for them!

    More leg room would be a luxury, yes? So rip out 2 rows in the center orchestra and replace it with 1 row of wide cush-y seats. But uh-oh! Your show’s not a hit and you’re not filling all of those cush-y seats with butts. Do you drop the price – losing profit – or let them go empty?

    Theater architecture is a constant. Unless you build a new venue or – like ATG – buy the Lyric that comes with multiple spaces for private lounge, bathroom, bar, etc. the producer’s hands are proverbially tied. Like an airplane, the classes can be divided into separate compartments for an identical journey. But it’s the service that makes the difference. Producers can certainly hire (non-union) concierges to plus the 2% experience. From the velvet rope at the curb to a personal escort to a plush seat in a prime location to one-on-one free bar service at the seat. But the architecture will limit everything else: access to bathroom, maneuvering through the masses, etc. And access to backstage 8x week won’t be a reality unless you’re willing to give up some profit for labor. Because even if the non-union concierge leads a tour, the professionals BOH must be present until they clear.

    My goodness, what does that leave? Hmmm, looking again at theater architecture: the royals had a plush area just for them. Boxes. Have you ever been in one? There aren’t auditorium seats up there – instead there are chairs. Oooooo – private staircase to access the box, too. Sell the 2% a private-access royal box, along with a non-union concierge to wait on them hand & foot. Give them a fancy lanyard that gets them from their limo at the curb to the concierge awaiting not at the ticket-taker line, but at one of those doors that open from the orchestra straight onto the street. Velvet ropes. (Priority restroom access can’t be had without a riot from us common folk. Or a pummeling with canes, walkers and wheelchairs at the accessible single-seater.) See what price the market will bear with practical perks.

    Just don’t tell the 2% royals about the partial view.

  • noach reshef says:

    Let me be a part of the show ,sing something in the show ,act ,dance! To say a line…one of the choristers !!!l

  • Mark Borum says:

    Awesome contest! What a great way to get feedback on what people really want…outside of being thoroughly entertained. I tried to think about what I would like and what the people who would be able to afford a premium pass would like:

    1 – You are spot on about having a private bathroom. I’ve found myself leaving the theatre and running to the Marriott or to Starbucks or anything else within a 3 block radius, because even with that walk, it’s faster than waiting.

    2 – I grew up going to theatre in Louisville, KY. The tours that came through were bundled in season passes. The ability to get multiple shows for a premium price (but slightly discounted compared to the individual price) would be amazing. Obviously, Disney could pull this off, but it would take producers collaborative efforts for this to succeed across the other shows.

    3 – I’d love to be able to cancel my ticket up to 8 hours before a show and either a) be given a seat on another night or b) be given a seat to another show. The second option again requires the collaboration between producers.

    4 – Intermission Drinks. I go to more cabarets and events that require a two-drink minimum. It would be awesome to have that flipped on its head and the theatre “provide” the two drinks included in my pricing. Even better, if they were delivered to my seat or I was able to use an “express lane” to order.

    5 – Signed Poster or Playbill. Theatre buffs (or spouses of theatre buffs) are the patrons who would appreciate the premium pass. Having memorabilia as a keepsake is one thing. Having signed memorabilia across all of the shows you go to, would greatly improve the likelihood of premium pass purchases.

    6 – Access to closed events. Theatre is all about the experience. I think that patrons would love the opportunity to experience the other side. Perhaps it’s tickets to the opening night party (or closing night party). Maybe backstage tours and a glimpse of the dressing rooms. Possibly lunch at Sardi’s with one of the show’s producers.

    I hope this list is good enough to put me in the running for the NYMF pass, but also good enough for you to think about ways you could possibly make this happen. Thanks, Ken!!

  • sherry taxman says:

    Front row seats, backstage pass, signed posters. Ideal world!! Thank you Ken Davenport for even considering my wish list!!

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I think that reserved stage door waiting area and backstage tour come to mind.

    Also, the ability to decapitate people in front of me who are blocking my view from my seat.

  • Mark Kaufman says:

    Bad idea! The Yankees did this with seats so expensive that there are now many of these jewels empty at most games!

    The Premium Pass will not help grosses, and caters only to “Big Money” folks who already attend regularly. We should be trying to attract those who do not now attend regularly: men and younger audiences. 70% of Bdwy audiences are female…. So to attract more men, there should be a Premium Men’s
    night every so often. Give men who have not attended recently an incentive to come & do not charge them more. More legroom, meet the actors, backstage tours, two free beers at intermission….get more Adam’s Apple”s in the seats .

    Also needed are Young Folks Premiums: 1/2 price on aouvenirs and snacks in the theatre, and a free drink after the show to hold while mixing with age-peers. A signed by the cast poster would be nice too. How about balcony prices for orchestra seats?

    isn”t it enough that moneyed folks can now afford Premium tickets?
    Reach out to the men and the younger set!

  • Tamara says:

    I travel by bus for over three hours to get to NY. I would pay extra to have a signed Playbill. I try to see two shows when I visit. The matinee shows are easy to stay after and wait to get your Playbill signed. However, staying after an evening show is impossible when you have to haul ass to get to the bus stop!

  • noach reshef says:

    Puf!… more explanations! ahah so the prize of the raffle would be….sing a line in the show , etc!!!!!!!

  • Brandon P says:

    Looking over the NYMF perks, I think the Opening and Closing Night invitations are the most appealing.

    Why not create “Patron Nights” for Broadway shows? Something where any member of the public can pay a little extra to attend an after-party with the cast?

    I would also pay good money to attend rehearsals, recording sessions, or even production meetings. Touring backstage is great, but I want to see the process in action.

  • Lauri says:

    My Broadway Premium Pass would include access to a members cocktail area with private bathrooms (I’m thinking decor like the Engeman Theater in Northport), after-show, the cast could pass through that area before leaving the stage door to say hello, access to box seating, merch specials just for pass-holders, backstage tours, and talkbacks!

  • Noa Saunders says:

    If I had a Premium Pass, I would want:

    1. You get to attend a few rehearsals for the show of your choice. The rehearsals would extend throughout the entire rehearsal process of the show so you could really see how a production this big is put on.
    2. You get two tickets to opening night of 5 shows in the current season. Opening nights are always so exciting and are harder to get tickets to.
    3. You get one of the nice show programs that they sell because those are a nice souvenir and have cool facts.
    4. After the show you get to meet cast members and get a backstage tour. I’ve been on two backstage tours because I knew someone in the show or pit, and both were amazing experiences. I think more people should be allowed to see the backstage magic that makes the show possible.
    5. As an extra bonus, you could receive two tickets to the opening night parties of the shows you attend.

  • Jared Wietbrock says:

    Honestly, at this point I’d be willing to pay a good chunk of change for more comfortable seating. Legroom is non-existent at most theatres and most of the padding is completely worn. It would also be cool if this theoretical Premium Pass came with a complimentary piece of merchandise, or even better a credit for the merch stand so you could choose whatever you wanted. And it should definitely include a no hassle exchange program; if I’m paying top dollar for a show ticket and get sick, I should be able to exchange my ticket in advance for another night no questions asked.

  • Mary M. says:

    I would buy a premium pass if it included house seats (without the extra service charges), early entry to show (1/2 hour earlier) for a complimentary drink and a swag bag of merchandise including a signed Playbill, magnet and a CD. 🙂

  • In a Broadway Premium Pass, I would definitely want a guaranteed backstage tour, open bar, merchandise or apparel, and maybe even a proshot video of the performance.

  • Allison says:

    Backstage tour & signed playbill.

  • Shira Dickler says:

    One of my favorite experiences at a show was when I was the only person at the stage door and got to have real conversations with the actors. (A matinee of Beautiful, the Carole King Musical in September 2014- I was one of the only members of the audience below 70). It was an incredible experience and just made me want to get to know all of the actors better.

    So my ultimate premium package would simply include some 1 on 1 time with a cast member, producer, director, anyone involved with the amazing phenomenon that is theatre on Broadway. I’ll take whatever I can get.

  • Todd Allan says:

    A signed poster of the show by a leading actor, director, choreographer or producer.

  • Gretchen M. says:

    My dream Broadway Premium Pass:

    -Complimentary drink before the show and at intermission, served to your seat
    -Backstage post-show tour
    -Getting to sing a song from the show on stage, backed by the pit. I know the pit musicians work really, really hard already and deserve to go home after a long night, but this would be AWESOME.

  • Face-to-face interaction with the artists, in the form of a talkback, meet-and-greet, or an opening night party!

  • Elise Kaplan says:

    Just living in New York City and having the fortune to see Broadway shows is a Premium Pass in itself.

  • Ed Katz says:

    It would certainly be worth more for a drink and/or meet-n-greet with one of the stars of the show.
    Something similar is currently being done in the world of rock concerts: buy a VIP pass and you get a meet-n-greet with photo opp with the band backstage an hour before the show.
    Why not do this for Broadway shows?

  • Greg Etling says:

    I know it is a bit of a pipe dream given the economic model, but I would really love a season pass/multi-show package feature.

  • Kaela Smith says:

    There are so many ways to go with the premium pass to a Broadway show that I don’t even know where to begin.
    As a student, I don’t always have a ton of money to see shows, so the idea of having tiered premium passes or even premium add-ons is really appealing. Being able to pick and choose which experiences I think are worth it depending on which show I’m seeing (bathroom pass at a theatre with notoriously long bathroom lines because there are few stalls, a meet and greet/stage door opp at a show with my favorite actor, a merch deal when there are a lot of cool products).
    Some “premium experiences” that I would suggest: early entry pass into the theatre/skip to the front of the line to enter once the house opens, bathroom passes (skip to the front or access to a private bathroom), merchandise package that would include delivery of those items to your home (or hotel for tourists) after the show, pre-signed playbills/posters (one of my favorite “perks” of donating during BCEFA months), special access at the stage door (either designating a spot at the front of the gates, or allowing them into the gates/right inside the stage door), an onstage photo/autograph opportunity with cast members immediately following the show. And then really trying to make the premiums tie into the show creatively, so the whole experience is immersive.

  • Aunt Vanya says:

    The only thing equally exciting as Broadway is probably food. (Come on, people, this is simple stuff.)
    A dream “Broadway Pass” would include any of the previously mentioned ideas and something to eat!

  • Mark S. says:

    Backstage tour, a chance to meet the stars of the show (maybe even drinks at Sardi’s or Angus for a “platinum” top-tier package?), props used in the show (easily replaceable, inexpensive ones, of course, like a newspaper from Newsies), premium seating, and servers to bring food and drinks to your seat.

  • Christopher Michaels says:

    I would really love either a signed program or window card (collectibles for me). Another nice thing might be a drink or snack included at intermission or a free magnet or a program (also collectibles).

    Can’t wait for NYMF2015

  • Scott F. says:

    I am 6’4″ and whenever I can afford to make the track to Broadway (which has not been for the past 2 years due to the loss of my job) I always take the aisle seat so I can stretch my legs out into the aisle. I understand trying to get as many seats as possible into the theatre, but come on, it just isn’t comfortable for us with long legs to sit there for over two hours. If the show is good enough, it makes me forget about how uncomfortable I am. But if movie theaters can offer bigger seats, why can’t Broadway?

  • Kevin W says:

    I would love a lounge away from the crowds, like the VIP members-only areas at airports. Someplace where you can pay a little extra, and escape the crowds while having a relaxed pre-show drink or snack, before rejoining the herds when it’s show time.

  • Janet Kowal says:

    I would pay a premium for roomier seats with more legroom. It would also be nice to get drinks served at my seat, and maybe a bathroom with shorter lines at intermission.

  • Arnold Kuperstein says:

    The premier premium experience would be in a theatre in which cell phones do not ring during the performance, audience members do not look at their cell phones or text, and do not engage in conversation while the show is on.

  • fran says:

    First of all, comfy seats with a lot of leg room! And opening night party invites would be great too, assuming my premium tickets are for previews or opening!

    Don’t know how this would be possible, but some way to muffle the ill who should have stayed home (great justification here for a ticket exchange) Saw Wolf Hall Part 1 about a month ago. Had someone who sounded like they had emphysema 3 rows in back, another coughing 1 row back and a woman in front of me two seats over, sneezing. Hard to enjoy a talky show when I’m afraid I’m catching the plague.

    Ken, my birthday is next Sunday. Winning the pass would be a great present!

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