Backstage and Behind the Scenes
Exclusive backstage and behind the scenes opportunities available to adult, school and student groups traveling to New York City with Pro Musica Tours.
BACKSTAGE AND BEHIND THE SCENES
The opportunity to go behind the scenes at New York City's famous theaters and concert halls is one of the most unforgettable parts of a Pro Musica tour. Student and adult groups alike are amazed by the history of the city's great performance venues, as well as the opportunity to see how the magic happens...
Carnegie Hall: Join us for an insider's glimpse of Carnegie Hall. Learn about the story of Andrew and Louise Carnegie, hear how the Hall was saved from demolition in 1960, and experience a century-long performance tradition that has showcased the world's finest artists -- from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to Bernstein, even Judy Garland and the Beatles.
The New Amsterdam Theater: One of Broadway's oldest houses, the original New Amsterdam opened in 1903. Disney has brought this, one of 42nd Street's jewels, back from the dead. Their restoration is stunning, both from the outside, where Times Square now bursts with a scrubbed-up neon glow, and on the inside, where the overdone baroque decor from the days of the Ziegfeld Follies has been lovingly returned to its former glory.
Radio City Stage Door Tour: On this insiders’ tour, groups will be guided behind the scenes of one of New York’s largest stages. Your group will get a chance to learn about the hydraulic stage, the private suite, home to “Roxy” Rothafel, inside the music hall. The tour concludes with the opportunity to meet a member of the world famous Rockettes.
Broadway Costume Shop Tour: Explore the inner workings of a Broadway Costume shop on this exclusive program from Pro Musica Tours. Your group will be led through a fascinating journey through the initial costume design process to the completed product. You will get to observe costume makers as they work on various projects for a number of different shows for The Great White Way!
New World Stages: This tour explores the venue that houses five different off Broadway productions which currently include Avenue Q and The 39 Steps. Constructed on (and under) the site of the former Madison Square Garden, the newly renovated underground facility is centered on a large common lobby and public art gallery, serviced by two bars, a coat check, generous bathroom facilities and a separate public lounge. Five distinct stages ranging in size from 199 to 499 seats completes this great venue for smaller theater productions.
The Apollo Theater: Apollo historic tours connect the past, the present and the future of this legendary venue, revealing the significant contributions of African-Americans and Latinos to the birth of global popular culture. The tours are educational, informative, entertaining and inspiring, as your tour guide discloses little known facts about the theater and the legendary people who performed here. The tours tell the dramatic story of a proud people, an aspiring community and the rapid growth of a small idea, with something meaningful for everyone.
Madison Square Garden: Take the one-hour behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the World's Most Famous Arena, and explore the 130-year history of the Garden where legends have been made. The journey starts with a visit to the team locker rooms to experience the world of pro athletes and sports journalists. Also included will be a tour the WaMu Theater at MSG, and a special visit to the floor level of the arena. Your tour will conclude with the opportunity to meet a Knicks City Dancer.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: This exploration of Lincoln Center begins at Avery Fisher Hall and offers an inside look at what happens on and off the stages of our prestigious venues, which include the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, David H. Koch Theater (previously New York State Theater), Vivian Beaumont Theater, and the dramatically transformed Alice Tully Hall. During the tour, your group will hear fascinating stories about our history and perhaps even catch a rehearsal in progress!
Metropolitan Opera: This tour explores the process of producing opera at The Met, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Groups are guided through the shops where artisans create and work on the elaborate sets, costumes, and wigs, in addition to rehearsal facilities, dressing rooms, the vast stage complex itself, and the auditorium.
NBC Studios: Experience the inner workings of one of America’s most watched networks, home to Saturday Night Live and The Today Show. Your group will be guided through the working schedules to learn what it takes to produce a television show. Depending on studio schedule, your group may even have to opportunity to see some of their favorite stars in action!
Based on rehearsal and performance schedules, there are a number of other fascinating backstage tour opportunities available throughout the city. Some television shows also can accommodate groups for tapings. Please consult your tour coordinator for further details.