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pphalen Inactive Member02 Jan 2012 8:38 a.m. PST

Taking the wife to the ballet next month, and was wondering if there is any sense of good/better/best seats.

They have seats available in the very first row and then back a couple of rows in the grand tier.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2012 9:25 a.m. PST

I've always tried for seats 10-12 rows back from the

Any closer and I get dizzy from following the dancers,
if it's one of those which go stage-left, stage-right
with a lot of frequency.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member02 Jan 2012 9:37 a.m. PST

Myself,if I was going with Herself to a show like that,as long as it was on the ground level toward the back or center,I'd be cool with that. Your situation,front row, is near the orchestra pit,I presume(depending on the theatre ). Does it still have a fair view of the stage and performers?Grand Tier,I presume is just above the ground level seats,but below the upper level seats(a.k.a. the Bob Uecker seats). 3 rows back from the front row of the Grand Tier sounds like a good view of the performance. Have fun,both of you,wherever you sit.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2012 9:53 a.m. PST

You'll want to see the whole stage, so a little back is probably a good idea. Too close can spoil the "magic" as the dancers thump across the boards.

brucka02 Jan 2012 8:09 p.m. PST

Probably the Grand Tier.
Used to have "box" to the Milwaukee Ballet – center and further back – not to the sides like many box seats. Wasn't really 'boxed' – more like 2-3 rows with the best view, slightly elevated and back far enough to see the entire stage and much of the orchestra. The cost for the season tickets was very small in comparison to buying individual mediocre seats. Best use of what was left of my student loans at the time.
Each theater is different, phone books usually have schematics of stadiums and theaters or online.
Front row probably suck – unless you like seeing up tutus and hearing them thump around. The music doesn't sound as good either. Though I've found that all performances seem to be attended by a NationalBronchitis Awareness Group or TB convention. Why is it that a). Everyone feels the need to cough constantly and b). why are cough sweets wrapped in such noisy paper? Damnably annoying when "coughing" up so much money to attend. That, and dropping, and flipping through, the damned program throughout the performance.

pphalen Inactive Member02 Jan 2012 9:22 p.m. PST

Thanks all.
I finally found their interactive seat ordering system. The available seats that are closest to the stage are also amongst the cheapest ones listed, so that hs to mean that they think they suck, too!

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 12:29 a.m. PST

Being close to the stage can add something too. I had front row seats to the White Oaks Dance Company once. I was so close you could hear the dancers breathing, and hear the effort that went into the moves, and could clearly see their muscles working as they danced.

Some of the illusion of 'effortless grace' was gone sure, but the grunting, muscular truth that replaced it was quite electrifying too.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 9:15 a.m. PST

The best?
Stay at home. laugh

BTW… experience talking here… Don't bring 'foam fingers' or 'Foam Domes" to the Ballet. My wife never asked me to go again with her… wink

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 5:56 p.m. PST

So your plan worked…?

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member04 Jan 2012 10:42 a.m. PST

Quite. The best seats in my opinion would be in the bar.

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