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Old Jan 13th, 2005, 12:41 PM
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Howard, Patrick or Others - Best Seats for Broadway Shows

I am looking at tickets for La Cage Aux Folles for March. I have a choice between Row K seats 113-114 (middle of row) for a Friday night or front row center seats of the Mezzanine. I believe at the Marquis the mezzanine starts at Row P so I would be inclined to take the Row K seats however I would like some advice from those of you who know the theatre better.

Also, Spamalot is almost sold out for the weekend we are going to be there. Our choices are either towards the back of the balcony or take some individual seats in the orchestra towards the end of the left side. My daughter and I don't really care if we sit together.

Your input would be valued. Thanks
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Old Jan 13th, 2005, 12:49 PM
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Actually at the Marquis they say the mezzanine overhangs Row M, just two rows back. I'd probably take those front row center mezzanine -- I always like them for the musicals, but you wouldn't be sorry with K either.

For Spamalot, take the individual ones. I've never understood the idea of insistance to sit together. Do people plan to talk all through the show?
I would never see a thing from the back of the balcony.
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Old Jan 13th, 2005, 02:14 PM
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The La Cage aux Folles seats in the front row of the mezzanine in the Marquis Theater offer a great view of the show. However, you couldn't go wrong with the Row K seats either. A win-win situation.
As for Spamalot, what rows are the single seats? If they are too close to the stage, then you really won't be able to see all the action. So, you are better off farther back when it comes to sitting on the side. I'd take those seats over the rear of the balcony. I would think there's a lot of visual/physical things in the show that you might miss if you are too far back.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 12:07 AM
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Patrick and Howard - Thanks for your quick replies, I knew I could count on you. It really helps when you get advice from someone who knows the layout of a particular theatre.

I tend to like the front row mezzanine while my daughter likes the orchestra as long as you aren't too far back. I let her pick this one, so I took the tickets in Row K.

As far as Spamalot, the individual seats are Row E seat 13 and Row J seat 16. Row E is fairly close and both seats are close to the far aisle. Again, I am glad you agree with not sitting in the rear of the balcony. We may actually even go for standing room tickets for this show. I would much prefer that over the back of the balcony. Thanks again.

By the way I live in the San Diego area so was able to attend a preview showing of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". We went towards the end of the run so they had worked most of the technical kinks out. I really enjoyed the show. It's a good role for John Lithgow but unfortunately Sherie Rene Scott was sick the day we say it. She performed but her voice was very weak and she kept coughing (she wanted to make sure we knew she was sick!!) However, Norbert Leo Butz stole the show. He is meant for this part, he was very funny, maybe a little over the top but I loved him in the role. I hope it does well on Broadway....we will see...but I think you would enjoy it.



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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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You should be okay with the Row J seat. That's back far enough. I've seen shows at other theaters from similar seats and they were okay. But, it's a tough call on that row E seat. That's sharp angle that far forward. I bet they have another single farthet back.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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You should be okay with the Row J seat. That's back far enough. I've seen shows at other theaters from similar seats and they were okay. But, it's a tough call on that row E seat. That's sharp angle that far forward. I bet they have another single farther back.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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Howard-Thanks for the input. I will look to see if they have an individual seat further back.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 01:07 PM
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Oddly enough when I got out my copy of the seating chart for the Shubert for Spamalot and draw a line from J-16 to the stage left proscenium, that line goes right through E-14 the equivalent of E-13 on the other side of the house. So technically the angle is no greater from that E seat, than from the J seat. Obviously the seat in J is two seats further to the side than the one in E. While the E seat is three seats in from the side, and the J seat is 4 seats in from the side, the J row actually extends much further to the side, so the angle is pretty much the same from either seat. That said, I'd prefer to sit in the 5th row, close-up than in Row J. Maybe that's just me. If I were going with you I'd be happy to take the E seat and let you sit in the J one.
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Sorry, Patrick, but I'd still take the J seat, in spite of your scientific exercise!
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LOL. That's fine, that'll leave the E one for me, Howard, in case paula's giving those two away! Actually I'll wait to use my June seats, center first row mezzanine for Spamalot.

I'm one of the few people who actually loves the front row of a theatre for a play (not for musicals though) unless the stage is about 5 feet high.
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