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Top 10 Ways for Broadway Lovers to Celebrate Fall in NYC

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|by Amy Sapp |


Dive into fall with Broadway’s beloved autumnal traditions

Fall is synonymous with pumpkin-carving, snuggly sweaters, apple-picking and hot cider. But, Broadway also shows off autumnal flair. From donning a theatrically inspired Halloween costume to snacking on a baked treat in the Theater District, here are 10 activities to celebrate fall. 

Celebrate fall with top shows like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Celebrate fall with top shows like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Visit Broadway Flea Market by Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aid
On Sunday, September 24, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids hosts the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in the Theatre District. At this seminal event, Broadway stars enter Shubert Alley and its surrounding streets in droves to raise funds and awareness for Broadway Cares. This year, over 50 tables are slated to appear, offering a host of theatrical memorabilia, tickets and experiences available for purchase from shows like Miss Saigon, Hello, Dolly! and Anastasia.

Taste a Pick of the Patch cookie at Schmackary’s
Fall in the Northeast is not complete without a plethora of pumpkins; thanks to Broadway’s favorite cookie confectionary, Schmackary’s, your tastebuds will be rewarded. The Pick of the Patch cookie returns this season to delight theatergoers and bakery aficionados with its pumpkin flair and irresistible consistency.

Celebrate Halloween with a cabaret at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Looking for an entertaining Halloween celebration that does not include ghouls or slasher masks? Consider booking a ticket at Broadway’s premiere supper club for one of its many Halloween shows this year, including Jay Armstrong Johnson’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!, Swingin’ With The Mouse: Villains and The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Concert. Skip the haunted house and dive into a night of unforgettable Broadway talents performing some of the season’s most iconic – and spooky – melodies.

See The Band’s Visit on Broadway
Premiering this fall at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, The Band’s Visit explores what happens to one Egyptian Police Band when it becomes stuck at a village’s border and intertwines with the local culture. The unique story touches on the power of kindness, music and understanding. David Yazbeck, three-time Tony Award nominee, pens the music for this upcoming tale that has gained critical acclaim Off-Broadway from The New York Times, New York Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.

Carve a Broadway-inspired pumpkin
Pumpkin season is here, making it a perfect time to carve your favorite onstage character into an orange orb. For younger kids, consider carving a pumpkin inspired by the sunrise over the savannah from The Lion King. Lovers of new musical theater may want to carve the comical island fish from Come from Away.

Sample an autumnal beverage at Sardi’s
With over 90 years of service in the Theater District, Sardi’s has established its name as “the toast of Broadway.” From delectable desserts to savory entrees and appetizers, Sardi’s is no stranger to seasonal delights. This fall, stop by the restaurant’s downstairs or upstairs bars to sip a smooth cider or crisp apple martini.

Read a thrilling play at the Drama Book Shop
First opened in 1917, the Drama Book Shop has remained a leading New York independent store for all things theater. The shop, first founded by the Drama League, became autonomous in 1923 and has remained so since. With thousands of plays from which to choose, the Drama Book Shop offers numerous spooky plays and thrilling musicals, from Martin McDonagh’s The Pillownman to Robert Askins’ Hand to God.

Find Halloween costume inspiration from Wicked
With a story based on a classic book like The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is filled with Halloween-worthy characters. From the dueling witches Elphaba and Glinda to the sexy Winkie prince Fiyero and formidable flying monkeys, costume inspiration abounds. For starters, discover how ShowTickets recommends you go green to match the hue of Elphaba with a full makeup tutorial by a seasoned special effects artist.

Pick apples while blasting the Dear Evan Hansen cast album
Fans of this Tony Award-winning musical know that Dear Evan Hansen is dotted with references to trees and one very specific apple orchard. Embrace the theme yourself by gathering a group of friends and driving to Apple Ridge Orchards or Dr. Davies Farm in New York. Additionally, each location also offers hay-filled pumpkin patches for those of you looking to add a dash of orange back into your fall baskets.

Watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
After taking your younger children to trick or treat, follow up the candy-filled festivities with an evening performance of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. This musical, which first premiered on the West End, follows the classic story of the mysterious Willy Wonka, the inspiring Charlie Bucket and four naughty Golden Ticket winners. Keep in mind, though, that the more you and your children dive into the world of “Pure Imagination,” the more your sweet tooth will start tingling for another taste of Halloween candy.

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