Richard Rodgers Theatre is located in the Broadway District of Manhattan. Built in 1924, this iconic theater has hosted several Tony Award-winning shows including Damn Yankees, Fences, Chicago, and In The Heights. Most notably, the theater has been the long-time home of Hamilton, the breakthrough musical combining the energy of rap with the production of Broadway to tell the story of one of America’s founding fathers. The show consistently packs the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and for the lucky ones who get to see it, here’s what to expect.
As is typical with older theaters, the Richard Rodgers Theatre is smaller than most for the crowd size. Bathrooms are located in the basement, which can be time-consuming, so plan ahead and get there early or you may miss the start of the next act! Drinks and merchandise are sold on the top floor, and the staff is well-versed in quick, friendly service. The seats are roomier than in some other local theaters, but unless you have a box seat, the legroom is at a premium. Legroom and bathroom issues aside, the theater is incredibly well-designed and stunning on the inside. The acoustics are great from any vantage point, so you’ll always have great sound quality. Learn about other great venues around the country.
Richard Rodgers Theatre Facts
- Location: Manhattan, NYC, NY
- Capacity: 1,319
- Walk-ability: 10/10*
What to Expect When You Arrive
Security at Richard Rodgers Theatre: There are private security and managers on duty during every show for the guests’ safety, and all bags are inspected at the door; however, there is no bag check, so if you can’t comfortably sit with your bag at your seat, try not to bring one at all. There is a coat check for the winter months, but again, the theater does not check bags.
Parking Near Richard Rodgers Theatre: If you want to drive into the Broadway District, the theater partnered up with Parkwhiz to help find and reserve spots ahead of time. Prices will vary based on the location and time of year. Our recommendation is either taxi/rideshare or public transportation. You can take the C or E train to the 50th St. station for convenience.
Richard Rodgers Theatre Luxury Seats vs. Value Seats
With a seating capacity of just over 1,300, the theater boasts an impressive sound and with some exceptions, excellent views of the show. If you are ready for the full experience no matter what the cost, Orchestra CC is the best seat in the house. If front and center aren’t available for you, Orchestra Sections A-D are just as incredible. You can experience the raw energy coming off the performers from just a few feet away. Be ready to punch a hole in your wallet for such spectacular seats, though.
Our recommendation to save a little money on the tickets without losing much of the experience is to find seats in Orchestra Sections L-P. Starting at section L, the seats become more elevated, and you no longer run the risk of having your view obstructed by someone in front of you. Plus, Row L puts you right at a break in the seats for easy access to the concourse.
For the best value seats by far, check for the Front Mezzanine Sides. The elevated view gives you a spectacular experience of the show at half the price of some of the orchestra section seats. The Front Mezzanine Center does provide a more direct view of the stage, but what the price difference may not be worth the change.
Top Restaurants Near Richard Rodgers Theatre
Given the proximity to Times Square, there is no shortage of fantastic dining around the theater. No matter if you’re looking for a nightcap after the show or you want a delicious lunch before the matinee, there’s something for everyone less than a block away.
For the late-night crowd, we recommend the Playwright Celtic Pub. This traditional Irish pub sprawls across four floors and a rooftop deck. You can enjoy some tasty pub grub and a wide variety of drinks to finish off your night with a great experience. The pub is adjacent to the theater and only a two-minute walk from the entrance.
If you want to grab some dinner before the show, Trattoria Trecolori is across the street from the theater. This affordable, warm Italian restaurant comes highly recommended and features some signature Italian dishes as well as a lengthy wine list. Make sure to get a reservation ahead of time. The restaurant is in high demand and seats go quickly, but you’ll find an authentic New York-style Italian dinner only steps away from the entrance.
Blue Fin provides a truly unique experience if you don’t mind fighting your way toward Times Square. Still, only a five-minute walk from the theater, this trendy, up-scale seafood, and sushi spot will cost a little more, but the food, cocktails, and ambiance combine for a memorable evening.
Best Hotels Near Richard Rodgers Theater
The Times Square/Broadway District provides more hotels than we know what to do with. For a great affordable hotel near Richard Rodgers Theatre, head to the Hotel Edison. This sleek, Art-Deco hotel opened its doors in 1931 and provides everything you need for a comfortable night’s stay only a few minute walk from the theater and everything else the district has to offer.
If you are looking for something more upscale, the luxe, Kimpton Muse Hotel is a short walk through Times Square to the theater and features stylish rooms with plenty of amenities. Referred to as the “Socialite of Midtown Manhattan Hotels,” the Kimpton Muse is pet-friendly, has an onsite spa and fitness center, and even provides a yoga mat in every room to help guests unwind and relax. Given its location close to Midtown Manhattan, you’re also only a short walk away from other notable New York attractions. The Kimpton Muse may set you back a few extra dollars, but it’s a top recommendation for a luxury hotel in the area.
For a unique experience, check out the French Quarters Guest Apartments. This boutique hotel comes in with three stars but is one of the highest-rated hotels in the area. When you’re not spending time in your cozy, New Orleans-themed room, enjoy your free breakfast in the airy eatery right on 46th St and only a block away from the theater.
Other Attractions Near Richard Rodgers Theatre
Few other cities in the world have the same opportunities for dining, shopping, drinking, and entertainment as New York City. No matter where you decide to hang your hat, you’re only a few steps away from an iconic theater, a world-renowned restaurant, or a unique experience. We won’t even try to make recommendations outside of one, EXPLORE! Whether it’s a walk around the block or a quick ride to Central Park, you’ll find something spectacular right around the corner.
*Walkability score is based on the proximity of parking, dining, lodging, and other entertainment. Richard Rodgers Theatre is in the heart of the Broadway District in Midtown Manhattan. The only drawback is the lack of parking, but we don’t recommend driving to the theater anyway. The Richard Rodgers Theatre gets a 10/10.