New Amsterdam Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is the largest section at the New Amsterdam Theatre, with around 800 seats across a maximum of 22 rows. The Center Orchestra is flanked by the Left and Right Orchestra, with aisles running between. Box seating is to the left and right of the section.

The Mezzanine overhang begins at row P, meaning seats behind this may experience cut-off at the top of the stage. This is most obvious in the far corners and back rows. Views are generally good across the section, although for big and bright performances the front couple of rows might be a bit too close to take everything in. Further back, the middle of the Center Orchestra has very good views, and the theater usually has booster seats available so children don’t miss out.

The best legroom in the New Amsterdam Theatre Orchestra is in the aisle seats, although the extra space will be offset by a side-on restricted view for some productions if patrons are sitting on the far aisles of the Left and Right Orchestra.

Patrons using wheelchairs will find designated step-free spaces for themselves and companions in the rear of the Orchestra. The rest of the section is not entirely step-free, and patrons may have to watch out for a step up and down to each row.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra has 20 rows of odd-numbered seating increasing from 1 to 27. Legroom is average, so patrons wanting more space should look for seats on the inside aisle. The most direct and clear sightlines are in the lower range of rows D-L, which are neither too close nor too far from the stage. Rows A-C may feel too close to take in large sets, and seats in the double digits become angled, cutting off the left-hand side of the stage. At the far sides and back, the Mezzanine overhang becomes more obvious, cutting into sightlines of the very top of the stage. However, views otherwise remain quite clear. A Box to the side of this section provides intimate but angled views of the stage.

Seat prices tend to decrease as they move further to the side or back, reflecting the variation in views.

Right Orchestra

This section contains 20 rows from A to V with even-numbered seats ranging from 2 on the inside up to 28. Aisle and corner seats have more legroom, but seats on the far side have a more obstructed view of the stage, with entrances and action on the right-hand side cut off. In the back rows, the curve of the Mezzanine overhang is more obvious; guests sitting here may find it blocks the very top of the stage. The best seats are single-digit options between rows D and L, where patrons can enjoy the performance at a good distance and angle. Expect to find cheaper tickets to the back and sides of this section to account for possible obstructions from the Front Mezzanine overhang and end-of-row angles.

Box seating is also available to the side of the Right Orchestra, but can feel very angled.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra has some of the best views in the New Amsterdam Theatre, with prices most expensive from rows A-M. With 21 rows of seats escalating from 101 to 114, this is a continuous section with aisles either side. Extra legroom is on the front row and aisle seats, although unlike the Left and Right Orchestra both aisles are good options that face head-on to the stage. Sitting in the front row guarantees an immersive experience, but may be too close to appreciate the overall set. The Front Mezzanine overhang starts further back at row P, potentially cutting off action at the top of the stage. However, sightlines are usually good from front to back. One downside is the Orchestra’s shallow rake, but booster seats can be borrowed for children to see over taller patrons’ heads.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

The Center Orchestra, rows D-L are a great choice. Views from here are directly in front of the stage, but aren’t too close to enjoy the overall drama of a large musical set.

Best legroom seats

Seats next to the aisle and in row A have extra legroom. Theatergoers should aim for aisle seats as close to the Center Orchestra as possible for the best views.

Tips

• The Mezzanine overhang begins at row P; it’s most obvious at the rear Left and Right Orchestra
• Step-free wheelchair and companion seats are located at the rear of the Orchestra
• Double-digit seats at the sides have more restricted views of the stage
• Combine good legroom with good views on inside aisle seats
• Center Orchestra rows D-L have fantastic views

Pricing

Seats in the Center Orchestra, rows A-M, are the most expensive in the New Amsterdam Theatre. Prices don’t tend to drop a lot towards the back and sides, but these will be a price bracket lower than premium. Wheelchair spaces are sometimes priced at a special rate.

Bars

The New Amsterdam Theatre’s bar is on the ground floor, where patrons can purchase drinks and snacks during the intermission.

Toilets

Restrooms are located on the Orchestra level, including a unisex wheelchair accessible restroom with grab bars. Other restrooms are located upstairs in the Mezzanine.