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Orchestra Guide

The Orchestra contains 816 seats, making it the largest area of the Richard Rodgers Theatre seating chart. It is divided into a Left, Right and Center with aisles running between each, and at its widest measures 41 seats across. Elevated Box seating is available on either side.

Views across the Orchestra are generally very good, although towards the outer edges and back couple of rows parts of the stage are more likely to be cut off. The Mezzanine overhang begins at row M and becomes more prominent after row S. Conversely, stadium-style seating between rows L and X creates an impressive rake – the back of the Orchestra is much higher than the lobby. This means even patrons in the cheaper seats won’t be obstructed by anyone in front.

The Orchestra is the most expensive area to sit in this venue, with premium seating towards the popular front and center spots. Some theatergoers prefer sitting in the slightly cheaper row L to take advantage of the extra height, however.

Wheelchair and companion seats are located at the back of the Left and Right Orchestra’s front sections. Patrons can find 14 transfer seats along the aisles of the Orchestra, although four in rows L and M are not step-free.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra seating curves towards the stage and runs odd-numbered from 1 on the inside up to 27 at the outer edge. Patrons can expect to find prices drop in the back rows and far sides of the section where views become more restricted, although still quite good. On the far side, the Box and angle cut off parts of the left-hand side of the stage, whilst back rows are more affected by the Mezzanine overhang. Seats along row L benefit from an impressive elevated position which extends to row X. The most expensive seats are towards the front and center of the Left Orchestra, where views are more direct and detailed. Patrons sitting in row CC at this angle may find that the lip of the stage cuts off some action further back.

Box seating is available slightly above the Left Orchestra, where seats are very intimate and close to the stage, but do not face head-on.

Right Orchestra

The Right Orchestra follows a similar structure to the Left, with 21 rows of even-numbered seats running from 2 to 28. Stadium seating kicks in at row L, and the back section of the Right Orchestra has good sightlines that generally aren’t obstructed by those sitting in front. However, the high rake means the Mezzanine overhang becomes particularly prominent in row W, which is usually marked partial view to reflect this. Patrons sitting towards the outside aisle may find parts of the right-hand entrance onstage cut off. Seats in rows S-W, especially the outside corners, are the cheapest in the section.

To the side, elevated Box seating can be purchased for an intimate but sideways facing view of the stage.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra comprises a continuous block of seating stretching back 25 rows, escalating from 101 to 113 (right to left). Prices are comparatively high, with the most expensive seats in the premium front rows CC-D. Some patrons may find that sitting too close is uncomfortable because row CC is lower than the stage. From row L the rake becomes much better, meaning patrons don’t have to worry about those in front blocking their view. However, after row S the Mezzanine overhang becomes more obvious; patrons might find themselves ducking slightly to catch action at the top of the stage, especially in rows W and X. Nevertheless, sightlines are generally impressive in the Center Orchestra.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Seats in the Center Orchestra rows B-H are very close to the stage, but not so close that patrons need to crane their necks during the performance. Some patrons will prefer rows L and M, where the rake really kicks in to deliver unobstructed head-on views.

Best legroom seats

Seats on the aisle of the Center Orchestra combine extra legroom with a direct, clear view of the stage. The lower Boxes also have ample legroom, and rest at a better angle than the upper Boxes.


• Rows after S are much more affected by the Mezzanine overhang; patrons may have to duck a little to see elevated walkways in Hamilton
• Stadium-style seating starts at row L for clear views down to the stage
• Center Orchestra rows B-H are some of the best seats in the house
• Accessible seats available step-free in the front half of the Orchestra


Center Orchestra seats in rows CC-D are the most expensive in the whole theater, and are valued for the proximity to the stage and desirable sightlines. Prices fall as seats move further back and to the sides, with the cheapest seats resting in rows W and X, or on the far aisles of the Left and Right Orchestra.


There are two bars located in the main lobby of the theater which sell alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as snacks. Like many other Broadway venues, concessions can be pricey, so perhaps set a budget. Drinks with secure lids can be taken back to seats.


Restrooms are on the ground floor of the theater and are a decent size. However, these are the only restrooms in the venue so queues get very long during the intermission.

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