Every theater has the same problem; there is a maximum capacity for their space. No matter how successful your show, unless you add performances, there is are only so many seats that you can fill per week. The same is true for us at The Ride; we have a finite number of seats available for every show. 47.
The largest challenge for us here at The Ride is the size of our show. We have more than one bus so we can run more than one show at a time during busy seasons, but it doesn’t change that we have an audience cap on every individual show. We love that our show is as intimate as it is, with a maximum of 50 people riding the bus between audience and cast/crew at any time; we are one of the most (if not the most) intimate shows in New York City. We are also the most expansive show in New York City, as there is no other show with the kind of set pieces that we have. Where others build replicas, we use the real thing. Coming soon to Broadway is the revival of On The Town, and with classic songs such as New York, New York (“It’s a helluva town, the Bronx is up and the battery’s down…”) it is being called the most “New York” show in New York City. We beg to differ.
With a traveling show like ours we could go anywhere on the island we set our minds to as long as we could make it work in a manageable timeframe. Want to drive by the Intrepid? That may join our show one day. Circle the famous clock tower from The Amazing Spider-Man? We might one day do that too. The possibilities for unique New York City experiences are limitless. The only limits we have are time and passengers. It’s really an incredible feeling, knowing that we could design a show that showcases anything we love in New York City, and there’s a lot. Our creative team seems to have a never-ending supply of inventive imagination, and the ideas thrown around are awe-inspiring. Every time we update our show, we do so knowing that our fan base will continue to be invigorated, inspired, and maybe just a little bit surprised by what we bring to the table.
It’s incredible, the feeling we get while watching the faces of our customers light up during our show. Laughter, smiles, dropped jaws, and clapping are commonplace on our bus and that is our goal. We might be here to show you New York City, but we’re here first and foremost to entertain you, and we proudly feel that we can say that we accomplish that day in and day out. As our show eyes new cities to delight, and new experiences to explore, we will forever remain true to our home base, our love, New York City. Because On The Towngets it right, it’s a helluva town.
Got something you’d like to see on our show; a New York sight, or a performance of some kind? Leave us a comment and let us know what it is. We love audience suggestions and spend lots of time evaluating if we can make your ideas work because at the end of the day our show is a love story to New York City, written for you, our fans.