Al Hirschfeld Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre’s Orchestra is the largest area of seating, positioned on ground level close to the stage. 743 seats are split across three sections - the Left, Center and Right Orchestra – with aisles running between each. Boxes seating a further 28 patrons are either side of the Orchestra.

Six wheelchair and six transfer seats are available across all three blocks, with adjacent companion seats also provided. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre Orchestra is completely step-free for all patrons.

The Mezzanine overhang starts at Orchestra row K; seats beyond this may experience cut-off at the top of the stage. The best views – and most expensive seats - span the front few rows of the Center Orchestra, where patrons can enjoy clear, close-up details of the set and performances. Rows C-D are good options for proximity.

Legroom is better on aisle seats, although theatergoers should be aware that at the far sides of the Left and Right Orchestra and in the back corners, views become more restricted and side-on. Prices are set to reflect this.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra curves around to the side of the stage, with 19 rows running continuously from A-T. The odd-numbered seating stretches from 1 on the inside up to 25 on the far aisle and the front rows tend to be shorter (4-8 seats) than those further back. Legroom is best on either aisle, but patrons should try the lower range such as C1 or D1 before the far side. Views of the stage tend to become more restricted the further out you sit, and prices are set accordingly. Some patrons may find that row A, whilst expensive, is too close to comfortably enjoy every scene. A Box seating 14 people is elevated to the left of this section, offering a less crowded but angled view.

Right Orchestra

Seats in the Right Orchestra run even-numbered across 19 rows, with the inner seats starting at 2 and extending as far as 26 on the right-hand side. Like the Left Orchestra, rows at the front are shorter than those in the middle and back, and legroom is at a premium on aisles. Rows in this section gently curve to face the stage and reduce extreme restrictions; seats in the higher range (anywhere from 16-26) still have partial views, however. Theatergoers can expect to pay more for seats towards the front and inside of the Right Orchestra, with prices generally decreasing towards the back and outer edges, accounting for obstructions caused by the angle or the Mezzanine overhang. 14 seats in the Right Box are available at the side of the section.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra offers arguably the best seats in the house, particularly towards either end of rows D and E where premium prices are listed. These are also good options to offset the restricted view patrons in row A may experience from being below the stage. The section’s 22 rows run in one large block, with seats numbered 115-101 left to right. Every seat faces close to head-on to the stage; patrons sitting anywhere along a row can benefit from a clear sightline. Shorter patrons may find the gentle rake restrictive towards the back, but conversely will have less trouble with legroom which is noticeably better on the aisles. Seating in this section is the most expensive overall, although prices decrease in the back half.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Rows A-E in the Center Orchestra are popular for clear views; rows D and E in particular are attractive for patrons who don’t want to look up throughout the show. Seats in rows E-L are a little cheaper, but still enjoy the benefits of a relatively close and intimate angle.

Best legroom seats

Aisle seats offer the best legroom, and theatergoers wanting a bit of extra space should look at the Center Orchestra or the inner sides of the Left and Right Orchestra.

Tips

• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row K
• Step-free wheelchair and transfer seats are available across the Orchestra
• The rake is not ideal; shorter patrons may be obstructed by those in front
• Center Orchestra rows D and E are ideal for proximity and comfort
• Opt for an inside aisle seat for better legroom

Pricing

Center Orchestra seats in rows D and E are some of the most expensive in the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The Orchestra has the highest average prices as well, which decrease towards the sides and back. The section’s cheapest seats are in the back of the Left and Right Orchestra. Good value seats in Al Hirschfeld Theatre can be found in the middle of the Center Orchestra, between these two extremes.

Bars

Snacks and drinks are available at bars on the Orchestra level of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Like many Broadway venues, prices can be high, so set a budget before going.

Toilets

A wheelchair accessible restroom is located on this level. Women will find a restroom down one flight of stairs below the Orchestra, whilst men should head up to the Mezzanine (one flight).