Photo from Orchestra L28, Harry Connick Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter
The Orchestra is the more expensive area at the Nederlander Theatre, with around 580 seats spread across Left, Right and Center sections, which are flanked by aisles.
Views from the Orchestra are best in the Center Orchestra and front half, with more restrictions affecting sightlines at the back and sides. These include the Mezzanine overhang - which starts at row G, is notable by row M, and cuts into the stage at row Q - and the shallow rake, which means shorter theatergoers in particular may find their view of a show disrupted by the heads of those sitting in front.
For an ideal position, patrons should look to rows B and C, up to row K, in the Center Orchestra. These are best for getting a great, direct look at the staging and acting, without feeling too close to comfortably enjoy the show. Aisle seats are also a good bet, especially for taller patrons looking for extra legroom.
The Orchestra is accessible for patrons with limited mobility, and there are six designated spots for wheelchair users available to book.
Left OrchestraThe Left Orchestra comprises 16 rows from A to Q, with odd-numbered seating in the range of 1 to 27. The best views are from the inside of rows B to D, which offer a more central, comfortable look at the stage. Double-digit seats in the section are slightly more restricted, with sightlines into stage right (your left) less clear. The Mezzanine overhang is obvious by row M, although it only begins to cut into the top of the stage at row Q. Patrons sitting in the back half are more likely to find the slightly shallow rake and limited legroom and issue, therefore. Prices in the Left Orchestra are highest towards the front and inside, with slightly cheaper seats in the distant back rows.
Right OrchestraThe Right Orchestra has 16 rows from A to Q, with even-numbered seating in the range of 2 to 28. There are a few areas prone to obstructed sightlines including row A, which is up against the high stage; and rows M to Q, which have the Mezzanine overhang dropping into view. Double-digit seats close to the far aisle are also restricted, with views of stage left (your right) cut off. The best views are from the inside of rows B to D which offer a more central, comfortable look at the stage, and aren’t affected by the shallow rake further back. Legroom is tight from most areas of the Right Orchestra, with extra space on the aisles. Prices are highest towards the front and inside, with cheaper options in the back rows.
Center OrchestraThe Center Orchestra’s 16 rows (A to Q) of seats are numbered 101 to 114, right to left. With both aisles head-on to the stage, they are equally good options for extra legroom, which can get tight mid-row. The best views are from rows B and C, which sit just back from the high stage to avoid sustained neck craning, but are close enough to enjoy subtle details. Seats a little further back in rows L to O are good value, although the shallow rake may begin to affect sightlines if someone tall is sitting in front. Beyond row M, the Mezzanine overhang is also in view, but doesn’t cut into the stage until row Q. Prices in the Center Orchestra are highest in the coveted front rows, with cheaper options at the rear.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageRows B and C in the Center Orchestra are ideal for close-up, immersive detail. Sitting a little further back is also a great option, but watch out for the shallow rake past row M.
Best legroom seatsThe pitch between seats in the Orchestra is average, with the best options for extra legroom on an aisle or in the front row.
Tips• The stage is fairly high, so avoid row A if you prefer more comfort
• The Mezzanine overhang is obvious by row O and cuts into the stage at row Q
• The best seats are in rows B and C of the Center Orchestra
• Good value seats are across rows L to O
• The rake is quite shallow at the rear of the Orchestra
PricingThe Orchestra is the more expensive section in the Nederlander Theatre by far, with premium front and center seats much pricier than any in the Mezzanine. In the back half of the section and towards either side, where views become a bit worse, prices tend to drop. These seats hover in the same range as the front rows of the Mezzanine.
A bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks is on this level. Patrons can take bottled water and drinks with secure lids back to their seats.
Men’s and women’s restrooms are located on the Mezzanine level, one floor above the Orchestra. These serve the whole theater so queues will quickly build up during the intermission. An accessible restroom is located on the Orchestra level.