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Front Mezzanine guide
The Front Mezzanine is elevated above the Orchestra and is the smallest block of seating in the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with 252 seats divided between sections to the Left, Right and Center. Aisles run between these sections for the full six rows. It is the first elevated section in the theater, hanging above the Orchestra. The Rear Mezzanine is situated further back and higher on the same structure, divided by a curtain (or railing). This means it does not overhang like a Balcony would.
Generally, a good rake in the Mezzanine means overhead views of the stage are decent, providing a great vantage point to enjoy the action from a distance. The best seats to take advantage of this are in the Center Front Mezzanine. With slightly cramped space for taller patrons, the best legroom is available on aisle seats. The extra comfort is offset by a restricted view on the far edges, however.
The Richard Rodgers Theatre Front Mezzanine is located up one flight of stairs, and does not have any designated accessible seats. Due to the rake and the subsequent steps down to the seating area after entering behind row F, this section may not be suitable for patrons with very limited mobility.
Left Front MezzanineThe Left Front Mezzanine is a section of seating spread across six rows, A-F. Seats are odd-numbered, starting at 1 on the inside and extending to 27 on the far aisle. Views are best at the lower range of numbers, where patrons will find their seats face the stage more directly. Seats further along are more likely to become restricted by the angle, and some of the left-hand stage will be less clear. The rake is very good, meaning those sitting in front shouldn’t obstruct sightlines in most cases, although legroom can be quite limited so seats on the aisles are best for taller patrons. Seats in the back rows and far sides cost less than those closer to the center of the Front Mezzanine section.
Right Front MezzanineRight Mezzanine seating comprises even-numbered seats from 2 to 28, with rows extending from A to F at the back. Patrons looking for good legroom without compromising view should look first to the inside aisle seats such as B2, where sightlines are more direct to the stage below. Like the Left Mezzanine, far side and corner seats have partially restricted views, although the decent rake means taller patrons in front shouldn’t add to this issue. The best - and most expensive - seats available are in the lower range of the front few rows. Prices decrease towards the back and outer sides.
Center Front MezzanineThe Center Front Mezzanine is the premium area of this section, with all seats facing forward for a direct view of the stage. Seats in this section run from 101 on the right-hand aisle up to 114 on the left, and both ends of the Center Front Mezzanine are good options for extra legroom – unlike the far sides of the Front Mezzanine, these seats remain directly facing the stage. Whilst some patrons may find the Front Mezzanine hangs a bit too far forward over the stage, this is overall a very good section with clear and desirable sightlines, especially in the front row.
Whilst the most expensive seats of the section are found in rows A-C, patrons looking to spend a little less should try seats in the back few rows where the impressive rake aids sightlines.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageSeats in the Center Front Mezzanine, rows A-C, offer some of the best views in the Richard Rodgers Theatre for a similar price to those in the middle of the Center Orchestra. Some patrons may even prefer this area for its direct overhead angle – perfect for taking in large set pieces and choreography.
Best legroom seatsSitting in row A or an aisle seat will give patrons more legroom than anywhere else in the Front Mezzanine. Row A in particular combines some extra space with an excellent overhead view.
Tips• The best seats are Center Front Mezzanine, rows A-C • Legroom can be tight; try an inside aisle seat for more comfort • Prices are cheaper at the far edges but must be balanced with more restricted views • The rake is very good, so seats in the back rows offer clear sightlines
PricingPremium Front Mezzanine seats (rows A-C in the Center) are priced similarly to seats midway back in the Center Orchestra. These represent the most expensive seats in the Front Mezzanine; prices decrease towards the back and sides, especially on the far corners of the Left and Right Front Mezzanine.
A bar is located on the Mezzanine level of the theater, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Snacks and drinks can be taken back to the seating area if they have secure lids.
The closest restrooms are on ground level. These restrooms serve patrons across all levels of seating so will get busy during the intermission.