When someone mentions Broadway, one typically thinks of a location found in the theater district located in Manhattan in New York City.

Interestingly though, it's not just that specific location in NYC that determines if a show is Broadway or Off-Broadway. It is simply the number of seats in the theater. Theaters with a house larger than 499 seats are considered Broadway Theaters. Theaters with houses between 99 and 499 seats are Off-Broadway. Any theater less than 99 seats are considered Off-Off-Broadway.

Whether a show is Broadway, Off-Broadway or Off-Off-Broadway, it has nothing to do with the quality of the show.

Then, because we can't all get to New York, there are Touring Broadway shows. The most important thing to know about Touring Broadway shows is that the content of the shows is the exact same as those in New York City. The main differences are the cast and the set.

The Touring Broadway show you will see will not be the original cast. The actors on Broadway are often times going to be more “famous” than the ones on the tour. Touring Broadway shows will have excellent actors and typically there will be at least one big star on the show to help with the publicity of the show and help draw people in.

On Broadway, in NYC the show is performed night after night on the same stage, often for years. This allows the set designers to do things that are logistically very challenging on the road. As the show is touring they are not in one place that long and the set needs to move with them, so it needs to be more mobile and more flexible in its design as the various stages the show will travel to will be different sizes and shapes. For an example of this, you would not see an actual helicopter on the stage of Miss Saigon in a touring Broadway show but you would have seen it in the original play on Broadway.

Lifestyle Tours goes to many Touring Broadway shows bringing local travelers to see these famous productions. We travel to The Fox Theater and STAGES in St. Louis, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, and Broadway in Chicago.

Touring Broadway shows we'll be seeing in 2019 are:

“On Your Feet”

  • The story and the music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Kentucky Center for the Arts
Saturday, March 16, 2019
$176.00 per person

“Beautiful”

  • The Carole King Musical
Fox Theater – St. Louis
Sunday, March 17, 2019
$176.00 per person

“Waitress”

  • A waitress and expert pie-maker dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage
Fox Theater – St. Louis
Saturday, March 30, 2019
$176.00 per person

“Miss Saigon”

  • Based on the opera Madame Butterfly, this show similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover
Fox Theater – St. Louis
Sunday, May 5, 2019
$154.00 per person

“Hello, Dolly!”

  • A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant while making sure she herself gets to marry the merchant
Kentucky Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 18, 2019
$176.00 per person

“Come From Away”

  • The remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them
Fox Theatre – St. Louis
Sunday, May 19, 2019
$176.00 per person

“Hamilton” and more in Chicago

Two Shows “Hamilton” and TBA

Hamilton

  • An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton
Two nights downtown Chicago Hampton Inn Downtown
Three Meals Included
July 17 – 19, 2019 (Wed-Fri)
$897.00 per person double occupancy