Manhattan Theatre Club is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Should you require assistance with any special needs, we encourage you to call the MTC Administrative Offices at (212) 399-3000 (Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm, excluding holidays).
For those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility
The entrance to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located on street level at 261 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). An elevator, located at the right of the box office lobby, provides easy access to all levels of the theatre, as well as the Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Lounge (which has restrooms, concessions, coat lockers and the MTC gift shop) and the mezzanine lounge/restroom area.
The entrance to Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center is located on street level at 131 West 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). Inside the west entrance, immediately to the left, is an elevator that services all levels of the theatre, including the first landing, where the restrooms and coatroom are located, and the main lobby, where the concession area and entrances to Stage I and Stage II are located.
Wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased by phone, in person and online. If you are coming to the theatre in a wheelchair and cannot or do not wish to transfer to a theatre seat, please indicate that when purchasing your ticket to ensure that you are seated in wheelchair seating.
To purchase wheelchair seating for the Friedman Theatre, please visit Telecharge.com, call (212) 239-6222 or (866) 300-9761 (outside of the NY metro area) or visit the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street).
To purchase wheelchair seat locations for MTC productions at New York City Center Stage I or The Studio at Stage II, please call (212) 581-1212 or visit NYCityCenter.org.
For all three venues, please specify that you need wheelchair seating when placing your ticket order. In all three theatres, seats adjacent to the wheelchair locations are available for purchase for companion seating.
Limited Mobility Seating
In addition to wheelchair accessible seating, seats with removable armrests are available at both the Friedman and Stage I. Please be aware that all three of the MTC theatres have stairs in the aisles. If you have difficulty with stairs but do not need a seat with a removable armrest, you should purchase seats in the following locations:
- At the Friedman Theatre: Row P or Row Q in the Orchestra, Row AA in the Premier Circle or Row F in the Mezzanine.
- At New York City Center, Stage I: Row AA.
- At The Studio at Stage II: Row A.
The Friedman Theatre is also equipped with a motorized lift. This provides easy access to seats in the front orchestra on house left (rows AA – F, odd-numbered seats) for those who have difficulty with stairs. Audience members requiring the use of this lift should speak with a member of the theatre staff when they arrive.
When possible, please alert the box office or a Telecharge.com or CityTix ticketing agent about any special needs before purchasing tickets in order to ensure you get the most appropriate seating.
For those who are deaf or hearing impaired
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices and hearing-aid compatible devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at all three Manhattan Theatre Club venues. At the Friedman, these devices are located at the podium to the left as you enter the inner lobby of the theatre. At Stage I and The Studio at Stage II, these devices are located at the coat check counter on the first landing on the east side of the theatre. At all three theatres, the house manager or staff on duty will provide you with a headset in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Please note: headsets not obtained at the theatres will not work with our enhanced listening systems.
On-Demand Closed Captioning
Using the latest technology, closed captioning is now available on-demand at any performance of our Broadway productions at the Friedman Theatre, beginning 3 weeks after opening night. The action on stage is synchronized with captions on a small handheld device displaying in real time. The house manager or staff on duty will provide you with the equipment in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Open Captioning is provided at select performances of our Broadway productions at the Friedman Theatre and Off-Broadway performances at Stage I at New York City Center. Open Captioning is offered for those who have hearing loss and may not benefit from an assistive listening device. During an Open Caption performance, an electronic text display to the side of the stage shows the dialogue from the production and describes sound effects on stage in real time. All Open Caption performances are organized through the TAP program run by the Theatre Development Fund (TDF). If you are interested in attending one of these performances, please visit the Accessibility Programs page on the TDF website by CLICKING HERE for further details.
For those who are vision impaired
The Friedman Theatre offers limited front orchestra seating for audience members with vision impairments. These seats can be purchased at the box office window or by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 (outside of the NY metro area).
On Broadway at the Friedman Theatre, audio description is now available on-demand at any performance beginning 3 weeks after opening night. The pre-recorded audio description is delivered via a headset and a small receiver, using advanced technology to synchronize with the action on stage. The house manager or staff on duty will provide you with the equipment in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage I, live audio descriptions are provided at select performances. During an Audio Described performance, a live describer verbalizes the action happening on stage in real time. To opt-in for an audio description headset, you must register through the free TDF Accessibility Program (TAP). Find out how to become a member and book your ticket at www.tdf.org/tap. Please contact [email protected] for any questions.
Braille and Large Print Playbills
Manhattan Theatre Club will provide Braille and Large Print versions of all Playbills for audience members with vision impairments. At the Friedman, these are located at the podium to the left as you enter the inner lobby of the theatre. At Stage I and The Studio at Stage II, they are located at the coat check counter on the first landing on the east side of the theatre.
MTC recommends Theatre Access NYC as a resource for theatregoers with accessibility requirements.