Being able to tour the backstage of a grand, busy theater is always interesting. It’s fascinating to finally see ‘behind the scenes’. It’s an experience that forever enhances your ‘front of house’ experience next time you attend a perfromance.
When you tour the Lincoln Center theoretically there are 29 performing spaces you can see, but in practice visitors only get to see 3 for reasons of time. but which three varies from tour to tour depending on what performances or rehearsals are in progress.
You might see the David Koch Theater where ballets are performed one day and then if you are there the next day too the Avery Fisher Hall where orchestral performances are held will be open.
You might see sets being prepped in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the areas where costumesa re amde and stored and the makeup rooms. Or you can go into apractice room or even walk onstage and get a sense of what that experience is like.
Tours are 1 hour or 1 1/2 hours long and at the moment cost $18 an adult. You can go to Lincoln Center Tours and book online. These tours are under the auspices of Lincoln Center. There are other tours by various commercial tour groups which all seem to cost more. There are normally two tours a day.