340 West 50th Street, NY,NY 10019
(212) 239 - 6222 - accessibility info
- Number of handicapped spaces: *
Location of handicapped entrance: street level main entrance
Doors: three sets of double doors
Number of floors: 3
Ramps: slight incline to entrance
Steps and staircases: steps and escalators to all levels
Width of aisles: **
Location of restrooms: at each level of theater entrances
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped-accessibl
Ease of entry and exit: easy, doors were open
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: "The Green Room" bar and lounge
Friendliness of staff: pleasant
Notes: * Parking needs to be found in nearby garages or lots. One garage is just down the block. One parking lot is just across the street from the entrance. **See description and/or read more for specific theater information.
A production of “Shear Madness,” a show which has been playing in Boston for three years, brought us to New World Stages. I had seen the performance in Boston a very long time ago and remembered it as being a lot of fun. Fran had not seen it, so we decided to go.
New World Stages is located in the heart of the theater district. Their webiste states that they “…provide world-class entertainment in an intimate environment…There are five theaters, a public lounge, and event spaces.” They are located in “Worldwide Plaza,” a lovely and accessible park with lots of seating. We have sometimes stopped here for coffee and a rest during one of our city outings.
If you are arriving by car you need to find parking in one of the close-by garages. We parked in one just down the street. There is also a lot across the street from the main entrance.
Three sets of street-level, double glass doors lead to the main lobby. This complex is comprised of five theaters, all of which are below street level and accessible from this lobby area. An escalator or elevator go to all levels.
We made our way down one level. Here we found “The Green Room,” a bar and lounge area with barstools, couches and chairs. You can relax and have a drink here and even take it to your seat. Drinks were also being sold in our theater. This level has the entrances to three of the theaters. The others are down another level.
We stopped at the multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms (not spacious, but adequate). Another set of multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located on the lower level, near the entrances to the other theaters.
“Shear Madness” is located in Stage 4. This teater has steps to all rows. There are no handrails. Wheelchairs can be accommodated at the back of this theater or at the front of the orchestra level.
This theater, as well as the others, is not large. Seating anywhere will afford you an excellen view.
We thoroughly enjoyed the interactive performance. It was a “laugh out loud” kind of fun!
Although we could not get in to see any of the other Stages, upon inquiry, this is what were told about handicapped accessibility:
Stage 1 There are no steps in the orchestra level. There are steps in the mezzanine level.
Stage 2 There are steps between rows. Wheelchairs can be accommodated at the rear.
Stage 3 There are no steps in the orchestra level. There are steps in the mezzanine level.
Stage 4 There are steps at all levels. Wheelchairs can be accommodated the orchestra and mezzanine levels. There are no handrails.
Stage 5 There are no steps in the orchestra level. There are steps in the mezzanine level . There are handrails in the mezzanine level. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in the orchestra level.
Since we were unable to see them for ourselves, we hope that the above information is correct. We will try to confirm it in person.
If you are purchasing tickets to any of the Stages, we would suggest that you call the following number to discuss your needs regarding accessible seating: (212) 239 -6222.
As always, we at Destination Accessibleadvise you to check a venue’s website, www.newworldstages.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”