POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2012
Question: My husband and I are going to New York City and want to see a couple of Broadway shows. In one of them, the actors interact quite a bit with the audience. The only seats available are in the second row, on the aisle or way in the back. My husband wants to get the second-row seats, but I'm terrified we'll get pulled up onstage. Is this really something to worry about?
Answer: It's hard to say without knowing what show you're talking about. Sometimes, however, the "audience members" who get pulled onstage are actually cast members who are planted there.
A few weeks ago, I saw a Broadway play (which I won't name -- spoilers are no fun) with one very obvious plant -- she even took a bow with the cast at the end. But then there were a few people brought up who didn't seem like plants at all, and they did come from the front couple of rows.
Another time, my husband and I were at a smaller show (which shall also remain nameless), sitting up front, and someone asked him before the show started if he'd "help out." He probably could have said no, and we were both nervous about what exactly they would do, but it was fine. We knew this was a possibility before we booked the seats, though.
I'd encourage you to get the second-row seats and see what happens. After all, how often do you go to a Broadway show ... let alone sit in the second row ...let alone go up on stage? But if you absolutely want no part of interacting with the cast, then I'd take the seats in the back and leave the second-row seats for people who might relish the opportunity.
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