One of the many good things about living in the New York Metropolitan area is that you have so many options when it comes to nearly everything. If you’re a baseball fan, you have the Yankees and the Mets. If you’re a foodie, I don’t need to tell you how fortunate you are. When flying out of the country, you have your choice of JFK, Newark Liberty, or Stewart International Airport in Orange County.
However, I believe that the choices available to New Yorkers when it comes to catching a play are incomparable. We have all 40 Broadway theaters and numerous off-Broadway venues to boot. However, New York’s real advantage regarding the performing arts is the enormous pool of talent which resides here. Countless ongoing theater productions never have a shortage of actors, actresses, musicians, and dancers available for open auditions. The theater-going public reaps the rich cultural dividends of this age-old process of refining talent.
Beyond the five boroughs, there are a multitude of smaller venues. They too benefit from the same concentrated gathering of performing talent and stage production personnel. That brings us to today's day trip. A matinee performance of Phantom of the Opera, not at the 1,600 seat Majestic Theatre in Manhattan, where the production celebrated its 30th anniversary this past January. Instead, you will enjoy the same performance at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York.
Elmsford is a small village of fewer than 5,000 residents located some 22 and a half miles north of New York City. Just outside of White Plains, the seat of Westchester County, it is easily reached by way of the Metro-North Railroad.
The Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is a dinner theater. So, not only will you enjoy the play, but you will also be well fed on the same ticket. Dinner doesn’t include drinks. However, the parking is free if you are driving. You won’t get that on Broadway. That’s why I believe that all things considered WBT is an excellent deal. The actors are excellent, and the producers operate with the highest degree of professionalism.
WBT is a well laid out theater. There are no bad seats in this 450 seat performance space. As for the food, the Westchester Broadway Theatre is a theater and a restaurant in one. The food is excellent, which is why I am suggesting it to you as yet another day trip which you must take. Even if you are not an avid theatergoer, you will enjoy every hour of your time in Elmsford. Check their website for upcoming productions, WBT is a real gem in the cultural landscape of metro New York.
Click on this moovit link for easy to follow directions to the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford.
For more on the history of the Westchester Broadway Theatre follow this link.