September 24, 2012 by fansiesalliance
Going to the Stage Door after a performance can often be the best way to complete your theater going experience.
Check out Broadway Informer’s etiquette tips below, we hope they help!
For specifics regarding the Newsies Stage Door, keep reading.
At the Nederlander, the “proper” stage door is at the gates by the doors with all of the Newsies signs on them, not the golden doors with windows. We recommend waiting at the gates rather than stalking the golden doors because the actors who come through the gated area are ready to sign and take pictures with you. When the actors go directly out the golden doors, they often have somewhere to go or somewhere to be. Respect the fact that they are normal people and sometimes need to leave the theatre without signing your playbill.
You don’t need to have a Sharpie ready to go at the Nederlander, but it’s helpful just in case. If you bring something special you want signed, make sure you have it out and ready to go when the actor(s) get to you. You don’t want to be awkwardly shuffling through Newsies trading cards while someone is signing your playbill.
Always have your camera or phone out and ready to go. Nelson and Francisco are two of the security detail at the Nederlander. If you ask them nicely, they will take pictures of you with the actors. If you get really attached to them, they’ll even get Kara Lindsay or another security guard to take a picture of them with you.
Try to know who the guys are in the show before hand. There are a lot of people in the show, so its not a bad thing if you don’t, but its always nice to know who you just talked to, rather than loudly whispering to the person next to you, “Who was that again?”
Feel free to chat with the actors as they come out. You’ll notice that they stop and talk to some people who frequent the show regularly. You too can be one of those people. Just make sure that you keep an eye on body language. If the actor starts edging past you, stop talking and let them go! They’ll appreciate it.
Do you have any tips for the Newsies stage door? Let us know in the comments!