What about those pre- and post-show drinks? I used to favour Sardi’s for its old-school charm and showbiz caricatures, but was disappointed by both my martini and the atmos- phere on my last visit. Lantern’s Keep at the Iroquois Hotel on 44th St is charming but tiny: if it’s full, try the Blue Bar at the Algonquin two doors down and invoke the spirits of its legend- ary regulars, writers Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott. The Rum House on 47th St is sumptuous, the Lambs Club at the Chatwal on 44th theatrical, but for views try Bar 54 at the top of the Hyatt Hotel on 45th St. If, however, you just want to kick back with a beer or a boilermaker, Jimmy’s Corner is a frill-free but friendly paean to boxing.
Finally, even if your afternoon is taken up with a matinee, use your mornings for New York experiences that are genuinely worthwhile. The new Whitney Museum of American Art is dazzling, having moved from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District at the end of the ever-beguiling raised park-cum-walkway, the High Line. For panoramic views, ascend to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. For my money, the Circle Line Ferry tour right around Manhattan is a great way of putting Manhattan’s history, height, geography and greenery in perspective.
Good luck. Or should I say, break a leg…
Rather catch a play closer to home? You can book West End tickets from the Radio Times box office
Explore the side streets off Broadway
Make time to go uptown and downtown
Remember that most Broadway shows play Tuesday to Saturday
Walk or take the subway
Visit Grand Central Station – it takes the breath away
Grand Central Station
Take loads of selfies with the advertising hoardings on Times Square
Pay the man with the sign reading “give me a dollar or I’m voting for Trump”
Eat anything from a hot-dog cart
Bother taking cabs or buses
Visit the Empire State Building – it takes ages
Elaine Paige presents highlights of the 2016 Tony Awards on Friday 17 June at 8pm on Radio 2