The Sunday Giveaway: A Free FringeNYC VIP Pass worth $1,000!

I’m sure everyone out there has binge watched some TV, right?  House of Cards in a weekend?  Orange is the New Black in a nighttime?  24 in . . . 24?

Well, binging on the boob tube is nothing compared to binging on good ol’ fashioned theater!  And the best opportunity for theater binging is coming up in two weeks!

That’s right, it’s Fringe, baby!

The New York International Fringe Festival starts its marathon on August 14th, and if you like consuming massive amounts of theater in a short amount of time, then we’ve got the ultimate giveaway just for you.

Today, we’re giving away a VIP Fringe Pass which gets you unlimited access to the over 1,000 performances of 200 shows.

That’s right, it’s worth $1,000, baby!

So let’s give this sucker away.

Here’s how . . .

Tell me about the about best theater binging you’ve done. Maybe it was 7 shows in 3 days.  Maybe it was just 2 great shows in 1 day.  Tell me about the best theater you’ve seen in the shortest time in the comments below and one of you will win.

Want to know mine? In 1997, I was working on Ragtime.  So I was seeing that show every night (hearing Audra sing “Your Daddy’s Son” while I was handing out paychecks redefines “Musak” for sure), and then one weekend, I left my job at Ragtime, went over to see The Lion King and then caught Cabaret and the original Hedwig.  Those four shows in one weekend stand out as one of the best theatergoing memories in my mind.

Now you!

(Oh and P.S.  Stay tuned to the blog this week for my annual “10 Shows That Stand Out At The Fringe” for my tips on what you should see!)

 

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  • My father introduced me to theater when I was 10. When I became an adult, he was not living in the NY metro area. So on weekends when he was visiting, we sometimes saw 5 shows! Friday night, Saturday matinee and evening, Sunday matinee and an off-Broadway show on Sunday night. Alas, I cannot remember which shows we saw like that.

  • I remember once seeing three shows on the same day. Saturday morning, there was a children’s theater production of STREGA NONA at the Atlantic, then my friends and I got standing room tickets to see MAMMA MIA! for a Broadway matinee, and danced the whole show. At night, we headed down to the Village for an off-off-broadway production of Gorky’s VASSA ZHELEZNOVA, which happened to feature a friend of mine from high school. The collection of plays was… eclectic, to say the least, but each was really great in its own way!

  • The last time I went on a big New York theatre binge trip we went to Sleep No More, Kinky Boots, Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Newsies, Matilda, Book of Mormon, The Glass Menagerie, Big Fish all in seven days. Pretty wild!

  • Ross Mitchell says:

    Mine is an ongoing affliction. I’ve seen The Book of Mormon 19 times. 15 times on Broadway, twice in Boston, once in Chicago, and once in London. And I’m not done… As Leo Bloom would say, “it’s a minor compulsion; I can deal with it if I want to.” I guess I just don’t want to.

  • Allison M says:

    My best theatre going week was a week earlier this year where somehow I ended up getting to see the following: Thursday – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Saturday Matinee – Hedwig (again), Saturday Evening – The Visit, Sunday Matinee – Hand to God, Tuesday evening – Something Rotten, Wednesday evening – Fun Home. It’s one of the best weeks of my life!

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    When I lived in LA, I would come back to NYC twice a year to catch up on Broadway shows. I always stayed at the Marriot Marquis and the first thing i did after checking in was to walk around the neighborhood and buy tickets for at least ten shows that week. If I remember correctly, my biggest binge was a Saturday in 1992 when I saw a matinee of Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women, An evening performance of Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane, and then boogied right over to 30 Rock to take in Saturday Night Live. I had a 10am flight back to LA nine hours later.

  • Janet says:

    Could never afford to binge on Broadway – the closest I ever came was seeing Rent twice in one week.

  • Becca Stoll says:

    Growing up in NYC I did a fair share of 8-show rush and lotto weeks when I was on school vacations, plus a great deal of sneaking out on school nights or taking advantage of snow-day specials. But my favorite memories actually comes not from seeing shows, but from the intricate art of trying to! It takes a pretty devoted expert (and an avid reader of ilovenytheater and playbill.com) to get a handle on just which shows have performances at what time, and what all of their rush and lottery policies are. That being said, on a given Sunday around 2007 or 2008, my friends and i deduced that with all the different one and two-show days, you didn’t have to choose just one show to lotto, you could do up to four for a sunday matinee, and three more that evening, based on all the staggered times! There would be days that we didn’t win a single one, but the bonding and trying of your luck was what made it memorable.

    And if you did this during 20@20, you could always head over to Altar Boyz anyway 🙂

  • Alexis Ritchey says:

    I saw If/Then, Beautiful, Bridges of Madison County, Cabaret, and All The Way all in three days while on a trip with my college BFA class in the spring of 2014. I saw most of the shows on my own because everyone had their own must-sees. It was the most amazing three days of Broadway ever, and I even got to meet Bryan Cranston!!

  • Bert says:

    I have been an ardent Fringe-o-phile for a number of years. Being an out-of towner, I am only able to attend the Festival for one of its two-plus weeks. I spend much time each year perusing all of the Fringe show listings online before carefully plotting out my itinerary. In the past, I have been able to schedule as many as five Fringe productions in a day, which I will equal this year on Saturday, August 15, when I will see five plays in eleven hours. I have already booked four shows per day for each of the other days I will be in town, for a total of 29 from Friday to Thursday. Particularly gratifying this year is that two of my former Theatre students have created an original play which was selected for the 2015 Festival. Several other former students are part of the cast and crew, and I will be attending their first New York performance.

  • Sarah M. Chichester says:

    I binged watching 12 shows on London’s West End in 10 days, then came back to NYC and watched 3 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Shows there and here included “Avenue Q”, “Hair”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (with a signed program from James Earl Jones), “Warhorse”,”Blood Brothers”, and “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor” at the National Theatre.

  • Noah Befeler says:

    Wednesday matinee – “On the Town”
    Wednesday evening – “The Book of Mormon”
    Saturday matinee – “Gentlemen’s Guide…”
    Saturday evening – “On the 20th Century”

    A pretty good start to my summer, I’d say…

  • A. Scott Falk says:

    My best was seeing Ragtime three times in three days in Los Angeles, pre-Broadway (after seeing it 6 months earlier in Toronto, twice in 2 days).

  • Kyrsten Louchen says:

    Saturday Matinee- Indian Ink
    Saturday night- Band Wagon
    Sunday- Country House

    However my all time favorite two show day was when I saw a matinee of Big Fish followed by Glass Menagerie the week before xmas. Both shows were so beautiful and so was the city. A truly magical day.

  • Wendy Heath says:

    When I was 14, my mother and I traveled from Toronto to New York, stayed a week and saw 9 different shows–well actually 8 shows (e.g., Candide) and one performance by Sammy Davis Jr. in Tarrytown!

  • Michael Mooney says:

    My friend Tom and I used to go to the theatre together a lot until he lost his job. I agreed to buy tickets for both of us until he found work. But he never did. He moved back to Texas about 3 years ago to work in his father’s paint store and said someday he would pay me back. Last month he finally did. He came to New York for a week and bought tickets for both of us to see On the Town, An American in Paris, Bette Midler at Madison Square Garden, and Fun Home. It was worth the wait.

  • Most memorable Broadway-binge day was in 2003. We arranged with friends to see a matinee performance of the new musical, ‘Wicked’ (which, of course, defied gravity), and after our friends left to go back to the ‘burbs, we stopped and thought “I wonder what tickets we could get for tonight?”

    And that’s how we made it to see the eventual 2004 Best Musical winner ‘Avenue Q’.

    The best two musicals of the season — on the same day 🙂

  • Cara says:

    One day, I’m thinking close to 10 years ago my mom and I went to The City to try some rushes and lotteries. We stopped at the Hairspray box office, no line, and just like that tickets to the matinee later that afternoon. After that show we went to the Wicked lottery and WON! I’m sure lots of people have seen 2 shows in one day but to get lucky like that, twice and see two iconic shows was exhilarating. Every time we are in The City one of us undoubtedly says “Remember when we saw 2 shows in one day.”

  • Brian says:

    13 shows in 6 days. It was London where several shows have matinees each day. Saturdays have 3 shows if you do it right. I remember all of the shows, Les Miserable and Chess were great but the Follies with Diana Rigg and Lettice and Loverage with Maggie Smith were the best!

  • Ben Lebofsky says:

    I did a 4 show weekend where I saw 4 Tony Award winning shows: Hedwig (with the legendary John Cameron Mitchell), Cabaret (with Alan Cumming and Emma Stone), Avenue Q, and Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time. All of them won their top award (Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical, and Best Play) and they were all incredible. Definitely one of the best weekends of my life.

  • Mark Borum says:

    I had grown up on touring company productions of shows – Joseph, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, etc. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I had made my first journey from Kentucky to NYC to see a Broadway production on an actual Broadway stage. It was a whirlwind of a trip where I flew standby, slept on a summer stock castmate’s couch, and hit the student rush ticket lines with fury. In 48 hours, I had managed to see the joint jumpin’ in Swing, swooned over Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Kiss Me Kate, witnessed Jasmine Guy’s final performance as Velma Kelly in Chicago, and fell in love with Heather Headley in Aida. Needless to say, it was a theatre geek’s dream of a weekend.

  • Ray DeForest says:

    It was just 2 weeks ago. Becoming a producer means seeing everything I can and developing more and more awareness of what is being developed out there. I bought my pass for NYMF and saw 20 shows in less than 2 weeks. I was in heaven. To be surrounded by the process, the talent, the art of theater was nothing but pure joy. It wasn’t about loving every thing I saw, it was about taking it in and developing my eye and heart for what I want to produce. More please!

  • Tom T says:

    Recently in May I did 3 shows in 3 nights. A Thur to Sat binge. But what shows! THE AUDIENCE on Thurs, ON THE 20TH CENTURY Fri, and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Sat. A thrilling 3 nights!

    Thanks for your terrific blog posts Ken.

  • Larry Abramsky says:

    EASY ONE.
    NINE STRAIGHT HOURS OF “NICHOLAS NICKELBY ”
    PART ONE – MATINEE
    PART TWO – THAT SAME NIGHT

  • Dan Albanello says:

    Hi Ken, I will always remember the glorious day of seeing Angels In America at a matinee and Perestroika at the evening performance. As we(12 of us) walked out of Angels on our way to Joe Allen’s there was an incredible NY snow storm and it continued until we walked back to see Perestroika. We were all in a blissful heaven. We were able to tell the story to Tony Kushner this past summer. Life is wonderful!

  • For Labor Day weekend of 2009, my sister Joanne and her ex-sister-in-law and friend Alyse flew here from California, arriving late Friday, and thanks to them I enjoyed one of my most memorable weekends of theater, with three shows in two days.

    Looking for outdoor theater that might still be going on, I’d learned that a troupe called Curious Frog Theatre was doing Romeo and Juliet and Aristophanes’ Plutus in various parks.

    Lucky for us, Plutus was being done Saturday afternoon in Inwood Hill Park, not far north of The Cloisters, where we’d begun our day. Plutus, in which the god of wealth, who’d been blinded and thus can’t tell whether he’s giving money to good or bad people, gets his sight back, turned out to be a lot of fun, with timely additions related to the economic plight of the time.

    That night, we headed downtown for a second round of our double header of free theater: a play inspired by Herman Melville’s Confidence Man, performed by members of the Woodshed Collective on a historic steamship, the Lilac, docked on Pier 40. Though the play included some language and characters from the original, this Confidence Man was set mainly in our time, interweaving stories of art cons, publishing cons, financial cons, religious cons, and internet cons. What you saw of which stories depended on which, if any, of six Docents you let be your guide through the retired lighthouse tender that was the real star of the show.

    On Sunday, after a half hour or so in the TKTS line, with 20 minutes till curtain, we got tickets to In the Heights–which was the culmination of our weekend and the perfect show to see after our uptown explorations the day before.

    http://www.curiousfrog.org/

  • For Labor Day weekend of 2009, my sister Joanne and her ex-sister-in-law and friend Alyse flew here from California, arriving late Friday, and thanks to them I enjoyed one of my most memorable weekends of theater, with three shows in two days.

    Looking for outdoor theater that might still be going on, I’d learned that a troupe called Curious Frog Theatre was doing Romeo and Juliet and Aristophanes’ Plutus in various parks.

    Lucky for us, Plutus was being done Saturday afternoon in Inwood Hill Park, not far north of The Cloisters, where we’d begun our day. Plutus, in which the god of wealth, who’d been blinded and thus can’t tell whether he’s giving money to good or bad people, gets his sight back, turned out to be a lot of fun, with timely additions related to the economic plight of the time.

    That night, we headed downtown for a second round of our double header of free theater: a play inspired by Herman Melville’s Confidence Man, performed by members of the Woodshed Collective on a historic steamship, the Lilac, docked on Pier 40. Though the play included some language and characters from the original, this Confidence Man was set mainly in our time, interweaving stories of art cons, publishing cons, financial cons, religious cons, and internet cons. What you saw of which stories depended on which, if any, of six Docents you let be your guide through the retired lighthouse tender that was the real star of the show.

    On Sunday, after a half hour or so in the TKTS line, with 20 minutes till curtain, we got tickets to In the Heights–which was the culmination of our weekend and the perfect show to see after our uptown explorations the day before.

  • fran says:

    My first binge was in 1975. It was my first visit to London and I was thrilled to find there were performance times at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm! One day, I saw 3 shows in one day, and saw 7 total in 5 days. Loved it all!

    I remember seeing Vincent Price in Jean Anouilh’s play, Ardele. It was the first and I think only thing I’ve seen him do that wasn’t horror and he was wonderful.

    I also went to Stratford and saw Henry IV parts 1 and 2. I remember it was sold out and I tried to impress the box office guy by telling him my journey to get there: I started out on a ferry from Stornaway in the Outer Hebrides, then a bus to Edinburgh and the overnight bus to London, then the morning bus to Stratford. And here I am. The guy looked at me with an attitude of well that’s what everyone does! But I did get standby for both shows and it was wonderful!

  • In 1997, I was in London for two weeks on a study abroad program. The classes were in the morning and since matinees are available almost every day in the West End, the joke became “So, what show are you seeing this afternoon? What show are you seeing this evening?” I saw ART, twice; the Boublil-Schonberg trilogy: LES MIZ, MISS SAIGON, MARTIN GUERRE (the original production); HENRY V w/ Mark Rylance at the first season of the Globe; THE WOMAN IN BLACK; BLOOD BROTHERS; AMY’S VIEW, THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMANN, and GUYS AND DOLLS at the National Theatre; CAMINO REAL at the Swan Theatre in Stratford; WAITING FOR GODOT w/ Ben Kingsley and THE PROVOK’D WIFE at the OLD VIC, I also had to go see PHANTOM OF THE OPERA because, well, it’s that whole romantic part of me. I would’ve seen more, but the trip for Stratford and one other tour made that a little difficult. London was wonderful. Most of the theatre was really affordable and all of it was quality-even the worst productions. I got to see Shaun Cassidy do a split from the front row of BLOOD BROTHERS because of the half priced ticket booth, my second viewing of ART was standing room, there were several balcony “obstructed view seats” for about $20 that were simply railings. It was one of the best experiences of my life. To see the finest craftsmanship, even in some bad productions–note to other Americans–don’t see a very American musical in London). I definitely became highly critical and slightly jaded. Why does America have no government funded theatre? Why does it seem like the theatre economy in London seem more sustainable (West End musicals can run two to three times as long as in America–and not just musicals–have you seen THE WOMAN IN BLACK)? I still think we need studies of their theatre economy in comparison to our own. –Although now, I barely have time or money to see as much theatre as I would like living in the theatre capital of the US let alone the time and money for more scholarly pursuits. Maybe it’s time for that to change?

  • I had two of my plays running off-off-Broadway plus one in a festival (Planet Connections) all at the same time. So I flew out from San Diego for 2 weeks to see these plus we managed to fit in 7 off-off Broadway/festival shows and 5 Broadway/Off-Broadway shows.

  • This one is easy. The best weekend I’ve ever spent was at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1987. I like to call it my Antony Sher weekend because he played Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Vendici in The Revenger’s Tragedy. Three totally different roles that showcased what a brilliant and inventive actor he is.

  • Joe says:

    I saw the performance of XANADU on Wed afternoon (the day after it opened. I’ll be honest, I thought it’d have a CARRIE-like run and close that first Sunday. in the evening, I saw Curtains and was delightfully surprised. In between, I saw the brand new Harry Potter movie at the theaters on 42nd Street. Finished the night off with some gyros from the Halal guys on 6th and 53rd before my commute back home to CT.

  • Sierra Rein says:

    Theater Binging each year usually happens in the Springtime, when my father-in-law (who loves musicals and plays) comes to NYC and sees one, sometimes two, shows a day for a week. And he brings my husband and I along. Best thing is that earlier he asks for our opinion, and we just LIST things we have yet to see, or think he MUST see. This past Spring, we saw “The King and I,” “On The Town,” “It’s Just a Play,” “The Radio City New York Spring Spectacular,” “Something Rotten,” “An American in Paris,” and “Gigi” all in one week. I was so full of song and giddy with theater. Hopefully, next year he can nab us “Hamilton,” which I’ll probably want to see over and over and over within the same week.

  • Jeremy Terry says:

    I’ve never binged on multiple shows at one time, (as much as I’ve wanted to). However, my first time ever coming to NYC was in 2009. My parents gave me tickets to Phantom of the Opera, and I took a bus from Washington DC up at 6am, grabbed lunch and saw the matinee, and then took the bus back home at 6pm. First time in New York and first Broadway show crammed all into one day!

  • We were living outside of the city & came into town for three days with our 3 young (and very well behaved) children. We had never taken the kids to a broadway show as we didn’t want to spend that kind of money on really young children. So when our twins were 5 we decide they were old enough. We went to three shows in two days with all the boys. Mary Poppins, Lion King and Bobby .

    Bad enough we spent a sick amount of money on tickets to Mary Poppins only to have the twins fall asleep before the end of the show! But the worst part was when our oldest son talked about how exciting it was when Mary Poppins flew through the theater at the end of the show making the twins cry with sadness!!!

    The most beloved one was Lion King for the boys.

  • Mark, the retired NYC public high school assistant principal says:

    BINGING ON THEATER:

    My wife and I are both retired NYC schools teachers…..and now we volunteer usher off-Bdway to supplement our Broadway show-goings…..We usually see about a dozen shows a month, but this past May we saw fifteen shows….and many were nothing less than excellent:
    May 2 we went to Bklyn.to St. Ann’s Warehouse tosee the fascinating fervor of the Shakers (w/the superb Frances McNormand) in SHAKER SPIRITUALS.
    May 3 was SOMETHING ROTTEN: a delightful combination reminiscent of FUNNY THING and a gazillion references to theater shows and songs.
    May 6 was the moving NIRBHAYA: about the treatment of women in India. The actual victims acted out their horrific experiences. A heart-breaking story.
    May 7 was BISCUIT at The Public….OK, so they all cannot be life-changing winners!
    May 10 was IOWA at Playwright’s…not there best, but just interesting enough to make you not was]nna look at your watch!
    May 12 was THE FLICK- 3 great character studies 3 hours flew by & now cannot wait to see JOHN, Baker’s new one.
    May 16 a double header: matinee was The Elevator Service’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY. I did not get it. Did not understand it. This was a misfire by a group that is usually terrific. That evening we saw PERMISSION at the Lortel: a not-funny sex farce involving spanking….although the acting was excellent.
    May 17 we absolutely loved GROUNDED: Ann Hathaway learns to care about the people she is bombing in the Middle East.
    May 20: a 90-minute MACBETH- well-done, very little was lost in the shortening of a play I taught high schoolers many times.
    May 25 the excellent Jim Parsons knocked us out in AN ACT OF GOD as the clever God who admits he has made some big mistakes.
    May 27: HEISENBERG at MTC, with a must-win-an-award performance in a two-hander by Mary Louise Parker.
    Double-header time again on May 30: WE GET BY at 2nd Stages was a bit too obvious for my taste, with characters I just wanted to slap, but THE OTHER THING at their Uptown theatre was a better bet to never attend at all……
    Finally on Sunday May 31 we dug ONE HAND CLAPPING. This may have been the best along with GOD, GROUNDED and HEISENBURG. Part of THE BRITS OFF-BROADWAY series at 59E59th, it was written by the Anthony Burgess…and like his great CLOCKWORK ORANGE, it commented on a society that wants all the wrong things…..with disastrous implications for us all. A genuine work of art.
    9 WINNERS, six not-so-winning shows…an OUTSTANDING ratio of superb theater…all one month!

    MARK KAUFMAN
    mfk400@gmail.com

  • Jacob Persily says:

    A few year back, I knocked out 16 shows in London in 13 days, and then 6 in 4 days the next week. From a LAMDA production to the premiere of American Psycho the night after it opened, to Mormon, Les Mis, Curious Incident, Phantom, Wicked and a ton of other shows.

  • Alexa Bishop says:

    My first real trip to NYC I saw Wicked and Spamalot back to back. It was a beautiful time!

  • Valentina Tosi says:

    The best Theatre I’ve seen in the shortest time was:
    -In London, in 2008, 4 shows in 3 days.
    Just arrived I’ve seen Wicked, the day after combo Billy Elliot – Hairspray and the last day I’ve closed with The Lion King…
    -In New York in 2010, when I came for the first time… 5 shows in 7 days…
    Phantom, Nacked Boys Singing, In the Heights, Memphis and Mary Poppins.

  • Scott Wesley Slavin says:

    Last year my wife and I took our show Naked In Alaska to the Edinburgh Fringe. Over the course of four weeks, we performed our show 26 times–and took in 38 other shows.

    Some of the most exciting of these–Confirmation (directed by Brooklyn-based Rachel Chavkin), Men in the Cities, Every Brilliant Thing (which ran for four months at Barrow Street earlier this year)–changed my vision of what theater can be, especially from the perspective of the audience. What uniquely can theater deliver that I can’t get from watching a great drama or comedy on the screen?

    When an audience member became so disturbed by the Neo-Nazi leader Chris Thorpe was portraying in Confirmation that she yelled at him in the middle of the show, and temporarily stopped the show, the real magic of live theater happened. Chris swung around (it was in the round), walked over to her, they moved the lights to be on them, and they had a heartfelt, unscripted, and difficult conversation in front of a 500-person audience. Five minutes later, he had persuaded her to stay to watch how the show unfolded and he went back to his spot and re-began the scene. The entire theater was awake and electric. We knew we were in the presence of great theater–that was forcing us to look at our habitual beliefs, our values, and how we had been choosing to live our lives. We were being asked to set aside the comfortable illusions we hold of ourselves to see the hostile realities underneath. The stakes–for the audience–were high. Our self-concepts were quickly crumbling to dust. Would we be able to sit through the show?

    That is just one example of dozens. The Edinburgh Fringe is an extraordinary experience of theater taking on perceived boundaries of form and content and breaking through them, often thrillingly.

  • Caroline McFee says:

    Right after my production of the King and I, my cast and I saw the Broadway previews of it the next day! Then we saw Kinky boots the next! Very theatre filled weekend and I loved every second:)

  • Melissa says:

    Last week, I took part in the National New Play Network’s Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in DC. Over eight days, we took part in workshops and rehearsals of new plays by playwrights from around the country. It culminated in 7 staged readings over the course of about 40 hours, from Friday evening to mid-day on Sunday. Seeing and participating in the development of these new original works was amazing!

  • I’ll always have fond memories of Carnegie Mellon’s Playground Festival of Student Works. The School of Drama cancels classes for a week so that we can rehearse our own plays/build installations throughout the drama building, and then we spend three days presenting somewhere between 40 and 60 short plays/performances pieces for the public. It was crazy in the best way possible: a fun and safe environment to learn about self-producing, and a whirlwind immersion into our peers’ innovative work.

    I also loved the opportunity to see 16 productions (West End, National Theatre, fringe, RSC…) in two months when I spent a summer working at a fringe theatre in London.

  • Kim Rinabarger says:

    Seeing theatre in NYC is always a binge activity for me since I live in California.

    My next binge is next month: 20 shows in 15 days (which matches my 2010 count). My favorite 2010 binge was Thursday through Sunday: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Little Night Music (w/Bernadette Peters), The Scottsboro Boys, A Life In The Theatre, The 39 Steps, and Billy Elliot.

    Those 2 binges were more numerous than the 2 middle ones: 12 shows in 11 days in 2012 and 10 shows in 7 days in 2013.

    I don’t see this as bingeing as much as getting my needed “Theatre Fix” and also supporting the theatrical community which has so enriched my life.

  • B says:

    I did 1 show a week in March of this year (Broadway Backwards, Book of Mormon, Hand to God, Something Rotten!)

  • Morgan M says:

    I work front of house so sometimes when my theater is dark I cram as much theater into a week or so as humanly possible. A few years ago there was a week where on Thursday I saw My Children! My Africa!, on Friday Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday I waited in line for hours for tickets to the matinee of Death of a Salesman (with Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP) and then saw End of the Rainbow in the evening. Sunday I saw a matinee of Porgy and Bess and then an invited dress of Title and Deed in the evening. It was non stop theater and I saw such a wide variety of plays. Some of the best theater I’ve seen in my life in fact. I do remember being exhausted though!

  • Caroline says:

    I’m lucky enough to go to NYC for a binge theatre weekend (4-5 shows) each year but living close DC my most recent theatre binge was seeing Dear Evan Hansen twice in one week. I am actually going to see it a third time tomorrow. I am so excited for this show’s future.

  • Noa Saunders says:

    When I was in 7th grade my best friend and I convinced our parents to take us to New York City for the weekend to see Wicked. Neither of us had seen the show yet and felt it was necessary to our existence. We shared our plan with our friend John Canning who decided to tag along. John ended up surprising us with tickets to also see Billy Elliot, La Cage Aux Folles, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. In two days we saw four shows and got a special backstage tour of Billy Elliot from Greg Jbara. This was one of the most amazing weekends of my life because one, I got to binge watch four broadway shows, and two, Greg Jbara gave me some of the best advice to succeed in the business: always be the best and nicest person to work with.
    Broadway is my Disney World and getting to see four shows and meet a broadway star made for a pretty incredible weekend.

  • Caskey says:

    Just a few weeks ago up in Provincetown (my first time) I had a slightly fringy theatre experience. I was there for a week and in that time got to see six shows by Jinkx Monsoon, Varla Jean Merman, Dina Martina, The Calamari Sisters, Miss Richfield 1981 and Ben Delacreme and the Atomic Bombshells.

    To say these were just drag shows would be understating it. These performers have all really upped the bar on what a drag show is. They were all fully realized shows. While the theaters were small, the talent and production values were impressive. The best part was that everything was priced in the $25-$40 range, so I was able to see a lot of talented performers that I hadn’t been exposed to previously. I also got singled out by a couple of the performers and had a blast.

  • Shira Dickler says:

    My best was when I had 3 days in the city, and planned on seeing Beautiful the first day and Hedwig the last day. Then the morning of Hedwig, found discount tickets for a Pippin matinee which perfectly completed a glorious Broadway-filled stay in NY, complete with tons of amazing conversations with cast members at stage doors.

  • David Rigano says:

    I went to French Woods Festival as a teenager, the theatre camp in upstate NY. When show week came along, it was nothing but seeing shows and performing in shows. When I was in Sweeney Todd there were two shows playing opposite us: Parade and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The director of Marigolds held a midnight performance, so that other shows would have a chance to see it. My one night off from Sweeney was the night of the midnight performance, so I went to see Parade followed by Marigolds, and then back to Sweeney the next night. That was a crazy weekend of theatre!

  • Nancy says:

    Three weeks ago on a whirlwind trip, I saw 3 shows in little more than 24 hours, Fish in the Dark, On the 20th Century, and An American in Paris. I knew a few people who would like Fish in the Dark so I dragged 3 of them back with me this past weekend to see it.
    In the mid-90s a friend and I were sent to the City for 5 days for work. While working during the day we still managed to see 6 shows in 5 days.

  • Cash Tilton says:

    I saw “Come Fly Away” three times on its closing weekend. Twyla Tharp’s dance musical to Sinatra songs–one night in a club with a dance floor that encapsulated the entire relationships of all those couples. Some lasted for a lifetime, some for a couple of weeks. Two different casts, from three different seats. I couldn’t afford it, but it was closing, and I’d never be able to see it again.

  • Melissa Holland says:

    I’ve done many 4-5 show weekends spanning 2-3 days, but my most impressive theatre binging feat was seeing 4 shows in less than 26 hours.
    I saw:
    Saturday 8pm – MTC’s Lost Lake
    Sunday 10am – The Love Note at Actors’ Temple Theater
    Sunday 3pm – Love Letters
    Sunday 7pm – MTC’s By The Water

  • Sarah P. says:

    I actually have an awesome theatre binge coming up this weekend!! 🙂 Hedwig tomorrow (first time with Taye), Hamilton Sat eve (no mat cuz I work on Saturdays), then Sun mat of Gent’s Guide and Sun eve of Something Rotten. It’s going to be electric, I can’t wait.

  • Jessie Kastenbaum says:

    I think my biggest (and best) professional theater binge was when I saw 5 shows in 5 days: The Bridges of Madison County, Violet, Drunk Shakespeare, Les Mis, and If/Then. Gotta love those student discounts!
    There was also one weekend in college where about 8 student productions went up and I made it my mission to see all of them. I don’t think I succeeded, but I did see 6 or 7 in about 4 days!

  • Justine Moo says:

    I’m normally a musicals person, but in May I had a play week and saw Curious Incident (Gielgud Theatre), Far From the Maddening Crowd (Watermill Theatre), and Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory)

  • Emily Herschbein says:

    Unfortunately I have never done multiple shows on the same day, or even in the same weekend. I tell my mom all the time that my dream is a “Two-Broadway Day,” so hopefully it’s coming! The problem is that I’m a poor college student who, for some bizarre reason, decided on a career that requires A LOT of school. So basically I’m looking at living on Ramen for the next 8 years (might as well have chosen a career in theater, just kidding!). Regardless, every time I buy tickets for a show on a matinee day I have tried to win lotteries or rush beforehand, but it just hasn’t worked out yet. Fingers crossed, right?

    I had a job for the first time this summer (I was always too busy in previous summers with community theater and sports practices, you guys know the drill), which meant for the first time I actually had money. As a result I managed to see three Broadway shows, Avenue Q Off-Broadway, and the Encores! production of The Wild Party from June 13th to today, August 6th! Which, considering that today’s show, my second time seeing Phantom of the Opera, is the seventeenth professional show I’ve seen EVER, I’m going to say that I did pretty well for two months.

  • David says:

    It was the Norman Conquests trilogy at Circle in the Square. I had had the privilege to perform the same years before and that day is a day I will NEVER forget, either!

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    Instead of the past, I’m gonna look into the future. This coming up week, I am seeing Fun Home, Amazing Grace, and American in Paris in 2 days and I cannot wait!

  • Emma Alperin says:

    Last year, I was studying in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and this little old lady sat by the coat rack in my building (a very important location, in Russian winters) selling tickets to operas and ballets. In two weeks, I tried my first ballet and opera (Giselle and La traviata, respectively) AND loved them so much that I fit in another of each! (The other two were Swan Lake and Evgeny Onegin.) Coming from a small town with no theater program for some distance, it was unbelievable to see so many incredible pieces in so short a time.

  • Sue Cohen says:

    A friend challenged me to make a new year’s resolution to do something I’d always wanted to do, but kept putting off. I wanted to see everything on Broadway! That year (2012, I think) I saw about ten shows. Not quite everything, but since then I have kept up the pace. The best part is that my hubby has caught the bug and is seeing them with me!

  • R. Scott Williams says:

    It was the final week of 1975, and back then, the week between Christmas and New Years was not considered profitable on Broadway. I was a high schooler from Los Angeles, making my first trip to New York. In five days, I saw the following shows:

    DAY ONE: “Chicago”. It was the famous names which attracted me: Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, Bob Fosse, and the composers of my favorite musical at the time (“Cabaret”), Kander and Ebb. Verdon was already an icon, and Rivera was on her way to becoming one, and I was sure one of these stars would win the Tony, and the show would win as well. I was totally wrong; their show was routed by the show I saw the very next night:

    DAY TWO: “A Chorus Line”. The Joe Papp production had only recently transferred from downtown, and all the originals were still in it: Donna McKecknie, Kelly Bishop, Wayne Cilento, Priscilla Lopez, Sammy Williams. I didn’t even know what a “triple threat” was at the time, nobody else did either. But when the curtain came down at the end of 120 intermissionless minutes, I couldn’t get out of my seat. It remains the single most memorable evening of theatre in my life.

    DAY THREE: “Habeas Corpus”. I’ve since learned that this British sex farce was not a success, but I went solely to see its starry cast: Celeste Holm, Jean Marsh (who had just won the Emmy for “Upstairs/Downstairs”), June Havoc (“Gypsy”‘s Baby June, all grown up!), and Rachel Roberts. There were two other names which would become much more famous after “Habeas Corpus”: the playwright was Alan Bennett, who went on to write “The History Boys”, and in a small role, a very good looking young man named Richard Gere.

    DAY FOUR: at the matinee, I saw “Absurd Person Singular”, again attracted by the starry cast, which included original LaMancha man Richard Kiley, future Tony winner Carole Shelley, and two true Broadway stars: Sandy Dennis and Geraldine Page.
    At the evening performance, I saw the long-running “Equus”. Original star Anthony Hopkins had long since departed, but I was pleased to catch one of his replacements, “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins. There was a young unknown playing the patient Alan: Tom Hulce, who would soon show up playing the title role in the blockbuster film adaptation of “Amadeus”.

    DAY FIVE: It was New Year’s Day, and my flight back to CA was leaving at night, so there was time for one more matinee. I chose the very first New York performance of “Pacific Overtures”, one of Sondheim’s big flops which would later gain lots of respect. I didn’t really know what I was watching at the time, but I was mesmerized just the same.

    So in a five day period, I had seen a lot of Broadway (and Hollywood!) history: Verdon and Rivera and Orbach and Fosse and Sondheim and Sandy Dennis and Geraldine Page and Richard Kiley and Richard Gere and Tom Hulse and Anthony Perkins and the original cast of “A Chorus Line”. It was a week to remember!

  • Queerbec says:

    I’ve seen seven shows over three days at the Shaw Festival in Canada several years ago, thanks to a Marathon they were holding on the Saturday of my visit of all ten of Noel Coward’s plays for Evenings at 8:30. All one acts, they were done in bunches of three, so on that Saturday I saw all three of bunches which was nine one acts, but I counted as just three plays. But there are 10 plays in his collection you say, absolutely right! They were doing one of the one acts as a standalone noontime play each day, but for the Marathon they started it at 9:30 am. So by the time 11 o’clock rolled around, I had seen all of Coward (which though ten plays, I counted as four). On the days on either side of the marathon, I did a matinee and evening of other plays (one a Shaw I had never seen) and a matinee of new Canadian play, expanding the Shaw Festival’s mission to include new Canadian works that reflect on themes popularized by Shaw. Also, we got a nice umbrella for completing the marathon, handed to me by the Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell. I was tired of theater for about 3 days after I got back home, but was ready to jump back into my weekends of three or four productions!

  • Paula says:

    Since I live in Queens, I have easy access to Broadway. Out of 31 shows listed in Playbill, I’ve seen 23 of them. I have had as many as 5 shows a week and attending some multiple times. Broadway shows give a safe high. I’m a retired educator, and often meet a high school friend from
    Connecticut at Grand Central at 10 a.m. We have coffee and then lunch. The highlight is a show at 2. She goes home, and I stay in Manhattan for an evening performance. Never too much Broadway.

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