City Center seating

DaintyJack
#1City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 12:02am

Got my tickets for The Wiz- orch G 10-12... how does that sound?? I've sat in the grand tier before, but it's so much wider than the orch there and feels really far away. Not a total fan.

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givesmevoice
#2re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 12:18am

anything other than the rear mezz at City Center is good seating, in my opinion. although my favorite seats happen to be the seats in the front row of the rear gallery. lots of leg room.


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yay_gerb
#3re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 12:32am

agree about the leg room. and it's usually really cheap up there. i would say your pretty safe with those seats. dainty



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NuMystic
#4re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 6:49am

Unfortunately front row rear gallery isn't available... at least not yet. Currently the entire rear gallery is marked as unavailable for sale through the website.

givesmevoice said:
"anything other than the rear mezz at City Center is good seating"

Does this apply to even the front row center of the rear mezz?

The only other tix I can find at the same price are:

- Faaaaaaaaaaaar front left orchestra (4-5 rows from the stage) which sure looks like it will mean at best a limited perspective and at worst loss of left stage view.

Or

- Far left Front Gallery albeit front row

So in your experience, are you saying even the extreme far left seating in the front orch, and the far left of the front gallery are worse seating than the very first row center of the rear mezz?

Thanks very much for your insight. This will be our first show at City Center, so your advice is invaluable! :)

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NuMystic
#5re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 6:58am

Actually one other option I forgot at that price... far left seating, 2nd row of the front mezz behind the grand tier.

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Yero my Hero
#6re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 11:00am

The very first row of the rear mezzanine is still the tenth or twelfth row of the mezzanine. Your seats aren't raked high enough to see the front of the stage over the edge of the mezzanine and the overhang of the gallery blocks your view of the top of the stage.

I've never been in the orchestra at City Center, but I'd go with front row of the gallery. Even if it's all the way on the side, you get a great view from up there, and no one's blocking your view.


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givesmevoice
#7re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 12:43pm

I've only sat in the rear mezz once at City Center and I felt like I was sitting in a cave. I agree with Yero and would go with the first row of the gallery.


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hubee
#8re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/24/09 at 8:46pm

except last year when I bought first row balcony (for On the town), we arrived only to move everyone in the gallery to rear mezz.

AND they did it by just random assignment based on when you decided to go in the theatre and I ended up with some pretty crap seats. I was so pissed off. (Luckily the show was amazing that I mostly got over it).



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Drunk Chita Rivera
#9re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/26/09 at 9:34pm

There is a Orchestra 1 E17 seat that is showing up on the City Center ticket site. Where is this seat? The seating chart is very bad and for $15 this seems too goo to be true.

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Marianne2
#10re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/26/09 at 9:38pm

That's a side orchestra seat. Apparently they are selling the extreme sides for $25. That sounds about where my seat is, but on the opposite side of the theater and a couple rows up.

You can always check the seating chart on Broadway box. That's what I did. Just type in New York City Center and it should be listed under the venues thing.


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#11re: City Center seating
Posted: 6/17/09 at 12:39am

Okay, saw The Wiz on Monday the 16th and here's my personal experience with seating in the Front Gallery...

Wouldn't do it again.

Sat first row on the aisle closest to the center of the Front Gallery. In many smaller theaters I have very much enjoyed balcony seating, but City Center is HUGE and we were literally looking at the tops of the performer's heads for the entire show.

Top of the stage is obscured, which for this show isn't too bad as it's where the orchestra is situated, but would have liked seeing them play too.

Still enjoyed the show, but would have much preferred the far right or left orchestra seats, or far right and left front mezz which were available for the same price.

If you don't mind the height and go for the Front Gallery anyway, definitely choose 2nd or 3rd row over first as the railing cuts a wide swath through the front third of the stage so you have to spend the entire show leaning forward to see over it.

Niggles aside, it was still a great seat for the mere $15 we paid, but not as good as a few other options at the same price.

TapDanceGal
#12re: City Center seating
Posted: 11/20/14 at 11:11am

I know this thread is old. But I want to get a ticket for Lady, Be Good since Tommy Tune is in it. Is the mezz okay? I've only sat in front center orchestra at City Center and that was for Band Wagon. Or is a rear far side orchestra seat better?

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Melissa25
#13re: City Center seating
Posted: 11/20/14 at 11:13pm

I'd go with the side mezzanine for $60 vs. $115 rear orchestra. Ideally I always try to get grand tier but those seats are usually gone. You may luck out if you're only looking for a single.

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GreasedLightning
#14re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 1:51pm

Quick advice needed.


Front row side balcony or rear side orchestra over at City Center. Please help!

Updated On: 4/14/15 at 01:51 PM

neonlightsxo
#15re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:04pm

Front balcony is a good seat. Never sat in the rear orch though.

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#16re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:06pm

I would definitely take rear orchestra. The top Balcony tier at City Center is REALLY high. Watching the tops of heads on stage high.

Updated On: 4/14/15 at 02:06 PM

neonlightsxo
#17re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:09pm

^^Nothing is called "Gallery" at City Center, not sure what you're talking about. It's Orch, Mezz/Grand Tier, and Balcony.

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NuMystic
#18re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:11pm

"^^Nothing is called "Gallery" at City Center, not sure what you're talking about. It's Orch, Mezz/Grand Tier, and Balcony. "


 


Do note the many posts above that refer to the gallery and see here:


http://d2o50i5c2dr30a.cloudfront.net/4d7691ee-0af1-401b-a9f9-804a50b6bd41.jpg


In any case, my response has been updated to reflect the "Balcony" name now. 


Whatever the name, the highest tier of seating at City Center is extremely high up. Higher and farther than any Broadway theater and a more extreme angle than the Met. 

Updated On: 4/14/15 at 02:11 PM

neonlightsxo
#19re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:15pm

OK.

http://www.nycitycenter.org/getattachment/Home/Visitor-Info/Seating-Maps/seatmap-mainstage.pdf

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GreasedLightning
#20re: City Center seating
Posted: 4/14/15 at 2:17pm

To be fair, neon, it looks like according to posts earlier in the thread that there was, in fact, a different name for seating sections here a few years back. Apparently there was a renovation, too, that I did not know about. 


Anyway… thanks! Got my tickets. 

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#21re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/1/15 at 1:52pm

Going to see Zorba!  How is the view from mezzanine Row B?  Anyone sit in this area before?  I've never been to city center.  Hopefully mezzanine isn't too high.

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_IrisTInkerbell
#22re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/1/15 at 2:23pm

I was in the Mezz for Paint Your Wagon and it was great, not too high at all. Balcony would be pretty high, but Mezz was fine.

itsshowtime
#23re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/1/15 at 7:37pm

I saw Paint Your Wagon from Mezz Row A and the view was great.  I would recommend it!

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FANtomFollies
#24re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/19/24 at 10:13pm

Old thread, but with Ragtime tickets going on sale this week, I wondered: Which would you prefer - 2nd or 3rd Row Center Orchestra, or 2nd or 3rd Row Front Mezz on the side? 

I sat Row B Front Mezz on the House Right side and remember being kind of disapointed how far to the side we were. I remember only being able to see maybe 1/3 of the upstage mirrors. Maybe it won't matter for Ragtime, but just wanted some opinions. 

chrishuyen
#25re: City Center seating
Posted: 5/20/24 at 12:04pm

I remember the stage being fairly high so you might be craning your neck a bit from second or third row orchestra, though I guess it depends what you prefer from a potential partial view on the sides of the mezz (but I don't think it would be that bad unless you're in the last few seats in each row)


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