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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 ing them identify the best ones. "We like to call ourselves Broadway geniuses because we know everything and anything about the shows that are on Broadway," Sughrue said. "We see every single show on and off Broadway, and we love to know what type of group you're bringing because then we can help select shows that would be better for your group." Beyond Times Square helps groups arrange tickets for vari- ous shows in the same evening, allowing individuals to choose the option that sounds best to them. "e first night we might do a group show that everyone is going to see, with a nice dinner beforehand," Gordon said. "en the next night might be a choice of shows." 4) ADD INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES. ere's a lot of magic on Broadway, both in the history of the theater district and in how talented people come together to create over-the-top performances. During the day, when they're not seeing shows, groups can learn about other ele- ments of the theater during Broadway tours, cast meet-and- greets and theater workshops, all of which are offered by both Beyond Times Square and Your Broadway Genius, as well as similar organizations. "Our Broadway walking tour is like a historical gossip tour," Gordon said. "ere are so many funny, weird stories. You take an hour-and-a-half walking tour along the lower part of the theater district. You learn about the shows that were there and maybe hear a crazy story about how they found a lead actor." Broadway workshops have been growing in popularity with groups as well. "Our most popular one is a song and movement workshop," Sughrue said. "You go into a studio with a teaching artist and a cast member from the show of your choice. You do some team building and learn some songs and choreography." 5) SEARCH FOR CREATIVE IDEAS. No matter how much your travelers love the theater, it's im- portant to make sure they can experience other parts of New York, both classic and less-publicized attractions. "In a city like New York, people have to have free time to pursue their own interests," Gordon said. "And we also include some of the basics, like seeing the landmarks or going to One World Observatory and the 9/11 Museum. ose will always be part of the program." Sughrue said groups should make a point to get outside of the theater district and Times Square. "See as much of New York as possible," she said. "It's a won- derful city that has a lot of hidden gems that most people don't see." /VisitVicksburg Scan this QR to visit our mobile site and get your keys to Vicksburg. AMERICAN HISTORY Mississippi Music Southern Charm ~ ~ Contact Ashley Gatian, Sales Manager for planning assistance. 800-221-3536 •

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