How are you today? I’m going to post this publicly because who knows, someone else may benefit!
For the stage door, depending on what day you go, you’re going to want to hurry out there quickly if you want to get up close. Around the door they put up the metal barriers so you don’t crowd the actors, but that sometimes makes it hard to get to them. As long as they say they’re doing SD, they will all be willing to sign stuff and take pictures, or even stop and chat if they’re not too busy. However, whether they’re going to sign or not, they all leave that way, so if they turn down signing things and say they have to go right away, be respectful of that. They have lives too. Also remember- always compliment their performance, even if you didn’t like it. Never be rude to an actor after they did the show for you (sometimes for the second time that day!)
As for how to get there, you have three options. If you’re sitting house left, there are doors that open up on the oops tote side of the theatre. Those will dump you out by the SD, so you’re in luck. If you’re sitting house right, go out through the lobby and onto the street. A right hand turn will mean you cut through the parking lot/alley that comes up almost immediately. Go through there, turn right, and head to the crowd of people around the door that says “Imperial Stage Door”. That’s the fastest way.
And for the rear mezz- it’s actually very nice. Not as great as front mezz or orchestra, obviously. But still very very good. Try to get first few rows of I through. I’ve been in row B of the rear mezz, both right center and left center. Both are great options.
Enjoy, hope this helps!
also, a tip:
don’t let the shrieking idina menzel and anthony rapp fanpeople get to you.
even if they’re in the les mis stage door line.
when i went on my birthday there was a contingent of people who had also come to my show, but ultimately seemed more interested in what was going on next door at the if/then stage door than was going on at ours.
it got to the point toward the end of our stage door that they were freaking out because apparently anthony rapp was coming out of the if/then stage doors.
i heard one feminine-sounding voice yell that they should start up a chant, and i just kind of snapped, having been up since 3:45 that morning and running on merely an hour’s worth of sleep and whatever cheap food and caffeine i could shove down my throat over the course of the day, and being furious at how rude they were being,
"IF YOU’RE SO INTERESTED IN ANTHONY FUCKING RAPP, GO TO THE IF/THEN STAGE DOOR."
the whole line went quiet and i did not hear those peoples’ voices again.
please, my friend, do not be like those people. i’m sure you are not, but just make a conscious effort not to, okay?