The Longacre theatre is one of the oldest theatres in the Theatre District of NYC and presently home to The Lightning Thief. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical has been adapted for the stage based on the 2005 Rick Riordian’s best-selling novel of the same name. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the show revolves around themes of fantasy and mythical creatures, with the addition of an unexpected twist to the hero’s quest. The amazing versatility of the actors is evident as seven actors take on nearly 50 different roles, effortlessly switching between each. The musical strikes a chord among rebellious teenagers with its portrayal of teenage angst in a fun and adventurous fashion. If you are planning on watching The Lightning Thief, our Longacre theatre seating chart is exactly what you need!
Percy Jackson is just an average rebellious teenager, until he discovers he is actually the son of the Greek God, Poseidon, thus making him a demigod with powers beyond his control. He embarks on a mystical quest, with the help of his new half-blood friends, to stop a war between the great Greek Gods of Mount Olympus from breaking out. As if that’s not enough, he is also tasked with rescuing his mother from the all-fearing God of Death, Hades. The lightning God Zeus has lost his lightning bolt, and his fury can trample all mankind, not unless these demigods find the real thief and right the wrong. The Lighting Thief is an episodic adventure that sees a lot of legendary mythical beasts on the way, but underneath all the fantasy lies a simple coming-of-age tale about growing up and finding your place in the world. Also, here's a handy link to the seat availability and real time prices for different seats/dates for The Lightning Thief on Headout.
Great! Now that you know what the show is all about, let’s take you through the Longacre theatre seating chart and help you find the best seats!
Longacre Theatre Seating Chart
Longacre Theatre - The Lightning Thief Broadway Ticket Prices
Orchestra - $69 onwards
Mezzanine - $69 onwards
Balcony - $59 onwards
Longacre Theatre - Diana Broadway Ticket Prices
Orchestra - $119 onwards
Mezzanine - $99 onwards
Balcony - $49 onwards
Longacre Theatre Recommended Seats
• Value for money seats
Center Mezzanine - Any seats in Row C to F. Center Orchestra - Any seats in Row F to O. Great view of the stage without paying a hefty price. These seats are also the most popular and tend to sell out soon.
• If money were no matter
Center Orchestra - Any seats in Row D to K. Rows A, B and C are too close to the stage and you may miss out on a few acts that happen at the sides.
• Best views of the stage
Center Orchestra - Any seats in Row D to K. Center Mezzanine - Rows A to Row D.
• Best Legroom
Row A & N in Orchestra, Row A & K(few seats) in Mezzanine and Row A in the Balcony.
The Longacre theatre was constructed in 1913 by revered theatre manager/producer H. H. Frazee with the intention of hosting musical comedies. Following a period of financial struggle, Frazee sold the theatre to Astor Theatre Inc., which was owned by the Shubert Organisation. The theatre was used as a television and film studio between 1943 and 1953 but returned to its Broadway roots in the the mid 50s.
Post its return to being a Broadway theatre, the Longacre went on to host some memorable Broadway productions like Fair Game, Mark Twain Tonight, Ain't Misbehavin', The Young Man From Atlanta, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Bronx Tale, and The Prom.
The Longacre theatre was designed by Henry B. Herts, who has famously designed many a Shubert Broadway theaters. Unlike other Shubert theaters, though, the Longacre had a relatively low-key design. The exteriors showcased a French-Neoclassical design while the interiors were tastefully done in a Beaux-Arts style. In 2007, architect Michael Kostow oversaw extensive renovation work, adding patron-friendly modifications, redoing the French-style exteriors, and restoring the original artwork and architecture.
Not one of the bigger Broadway theaters, Longacre has 1,091 seats in total, spread across three major section, namely orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony. There are a bunch of additional seats in the box and pit areas too.
To help you find the best seats for The Lightning Thief, our Longacre theatre guide will look at each section of the theatre in detail and highlight the best spots. Let’s begin!
Longacre Theatre Orchestra
As is the case with most theatres, the Longacre orchestra is the biggest seating section in the house with 506 seats in total (almost 50% of the total). The section can be divided into three major subsections, left, center, and right. The seats in orchestra left are even numbered, starting with 2 and ending with 22, moving right to left and the orchestra centre subsection has seats numbered 101 to 117, again, moving right to left. Orchestra right, the last subsection, is odd numbered, with seats numbered 1 to 21, moving left to right.
The seats in the orchestra section are mostly good, with comfortable seats and decent sightlines. The extreme corner seats of the left and right orchestra can be avoided, though. Basically any seat with double digit numbers in the corner sections won’t be the best option. Similarly, avoid the last four rows, after row M, because the seats are too far back from the stage and offer an average view at best.
Depending on your budget, you can pick a seat that offers an unrestricted view of the stage. Our recommendation would be center orchestra, middle row seats or the non-corner seats of the left or right orchestra.
Check out the real-time seat availability of the Orchestra section in the Longacre Theatre.
The premium orchestra seats (row AA-C) are amongst the most expensive in the theater, competing only with the front row mezzanine seats. As you move further back, the ticket price falls accordingly, with the last few rows costing the least. The side sections, left and right orchestra, are priced similar to the center rows in the mezzanine section.
We saw A Bronx Tale this past Saturday night. We were in the Orchestra and were able to see everything perfectly. It was a fantastic show and we loved the small feel of the theatre.
- JLMRamos, TripAdvisor
We were lucky enough to get 3rd row orchestra seats, which were wonderful. I read complaints of small, uncomfortable seats with no legroom. As an old theater, admittedly, the seats were not anything special, but they were not all that bad. I was comfortable, being 6 foot tall.
- Mje, TripAdvisor
Longacre Theatre Mezzanine
Next we have the first elevated level of the Longacre theatre, the mezzanine. With a seating count of 314, this is the second largest section in the theatre, which is structurally similar to the orchestra. Divided into three sections with 9 rows in total, left, center, and right, the Longacre theatre mezzanine offers a mixed bag of viewing angles.
The first 5 rows (A to E) offer a clean, direct view of the stage and getting seats for the front mezzanine section is recommended. The rows after that (F-J) are not the best on account of their considerable distance from the stage. The same applies for corner row seats (numbered 18+) which are a little far off on the sides to offer a great look at the stage. If you’ve a budget to consider, we would recommend going for the 4th or 5th row and not the middle seats because those tend to be very expensive.
Check out the real-time seat availability of the Mezzanine section in the Longacre Theatre.
In general, the ticket prices in the mezzanine section are lower than the orchestra, given that it’s further away from the main stage. Despite this fact, the premium orchestra and front row mezzanine seats are priced similarly. If budget is not a concern for you, we would suggest going for the mezzanine seats because they offer a better view. The last few rows of the mezzanine are also generally cheaper than the last rows of orchestra.
We went to see A Bronx Tale, which was a fabulous show by the way, and we sat in the 6th row of the mezzanine. Before we got there I wondered how the seats would be cause I usually like to sit in the orchestra so this was a first, but they were WONDERFUL !!! We could see EVERYTHING!
- Tweety3380, TripAdvisor
The seats were front row of the mezzanine and were excellent. The ticket web site showed the view from our seats and it was even better in person. It was a great play and not being a musical the sound was helped by it being a smaller, intimate place.
- Bnneal, TripAdvisor
Longacre Theatre Balcony
Coming in at last we have the balcony seating section. With 243 seats and 7 rows spread across three sections, left, right and center, the balcony is the smallest section in the theatre.
It goes without saying that the balcony section doesn’t offer the best view of the stage, given just how far away from the stage it is. Keeping that in mind, if you’re on a budget, the balcony can be a suitable alternative. The first few rows are actually decent and offer a clean view of the stage. You should definitely try and avoid the last few rows of the balcony if you can, since the view isn’t great and there have been complaints of sound issues too.
Check out the real-time seat availability of the Balcony section in the Longacre Theatre.
The front row of the balcony falls in the same range as the side row seats of the orchestra and the middle rows of the mezzanine. As you move further back towards the last couple of rows of the theatre, the prices drop accordingly reaching their lowest. The balcony is perfect for people looking to watch The Lightning Thief on a budget.
Sat in front row balcony the latest time. Had good view from there. Not much leg room at all. But sound is good from balcony and doesn't seem like many blind spots. We were happy.
- Lori, TripAdvisor
After waiting outside in the cold to be let into the theater to see "A Bronx Tale," we were initially happy with our balcony seats on one far end in the fourth row. We had a good view of the stage in this old, intimate theater, and the heads of the people in front of us were low enough not be a problem. Unfortunately, when the play started, we were extremely disappointed in the sound system.
- Bob, TripAdvisor
- There are 4 structural pipes between row A and B in the balcony section. While these pipes don’t really affect the view, you should be aware of their presence.
- Wheelchair accessible seats are available in the orchestra section only. If you’re planning on watching the show with someone who uses a wheelchair, book your tickets accordingly.
- There are no elevators in the mezzanine and orchestra section, with only the balcony being connected to an elevator. If you or your partner have issues climbing flights of stairs, we would suggest going for orchestra seats.
- The leg room in most seats is average at best, so if you or anyone accompanying you is tall, the first row of either the orchestra or the mezzanine section will be ideal for you.
- The women’s restroom in the balcony level is quite small, so expect a line when you go in there.
- There are no wheelchair accessible restrooms in the theater. These restrooms are available at Holiday Crown Inn Plaza, located between 48th and 49th Street.
Restaurants Near Longacre Theatre
The Longacre theatre is located in the supremely popular theatre district, which is teeming with places you can eat at. Here are some of the best restaurants near Longacre theatre:
1. Blue Fin: An upscale seafood and sushi restaurant in 1567 Broadway, Blue Fin has all the makings of a pre-theatre pitstop.
2. Planet Hollywood: Get your fix of Hollywood memorabilia and good ol’ American fare in 1540, Broadway.
3. John’s Pizzeria: Serving their trademark thin-crust pizzas since 1929, John’s Pizzeria in 260, West 44th Street, is a classic NYC eatery.
4. Orso: A theatre district classic, Orso in 322, West 46th Street, brings gourmet Tuscan cuisine to New York with ample aplomb.
5. Bubba Gump Shrimp: Ever wondered what dining in a fishing boat themed-setting would feel like? Bubba Gump Shrimp in 1501, Broadway is where you should head to post a show.
6. Joe Allen: Broadway stars (if you’re lucky), fellow theatre enthusiasts, and scrumptious delicacies come together in Jo Ellen, a premier broadway eatery in 326, West 46th Street.
If you're looking for more dining options near Longacre theatre, our Broadway theatre district restaurant guide will come in handy.
The Longacre theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street. If you’re taking your own vehicle, you’ll find ample paid parking spots on on 46th and 47th Streets between Broadway & 8th Avenue. There’s also additional parking available on 8th Avenue between 46th & 47th Street.
If you prefer public transport, like one should, there are multiple buses and metro trains you can take. Buses plying to the Longacre theatre are M104, M42, M6, M10, and M27/50. If travelling by subway is more your thing, you can take the 1, 9, C or E train to 50th Street or the N or R train to 49th Street.
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