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Water for Elephants

First Preview: Feb 24, 2024

Opening Date: Mar 21, 2024

Open run

Running Time: 02:30

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Playing @

Imperial Theatre

249 W 45th St New York, NY 10036

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The critically acclaimed bestselling novel Water for Elephants comes to vivid life on Broadway in a unique, spectacle-filled new musical.   

After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age.   

Directed by Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo), with a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher) adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel and a soaring score by the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., Water for Elephants unites innovative stagecraft with the very best of Broadway talent in an authentic and deeply moving new musical that invites us all to give ourselves to the unknown.
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 8

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 intermission

Audience Advisory:

This production uses a gunshot sound effect and theatrical haze. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted.

Performance Schedule:

Visit for full schedule.


Grant Gustin
Isabelle McCalla
Gregg Edelman
Paul Alexander Nolan


PigPen Theatre Co.


PigPen Theatre Co.


Rick Elice, based on the novel by Sara Gruen


Jessica Stone

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

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Full-price tickets

$59 - $299

Lottery & Rush

In-Person Rush: Rush tickets will be sold in-person at the Imperial Theatre box office for $49 each. The box office is open 10 AM-8:30 PM Monday through Saturday and 12-6 PM on Sunday. Each person can purchase up to two tickets for that day's performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Locations and number of tickets based on availability; seats may be partial view.
In-Person Lottery: A limited number of Lottery tickets will be available for every performance for $40 each, through an in-person lottery at the Imperial Theatre box office. Entry begins two hours prior to the curtain with the drawing 90 minutes prior to curtain. Each Lottery winner can purchase up to two tickets for that day's performance. Locations and number of tickets based on availability; seats may be partial view.

Manhattan Theatre Club’s 30 Under 35 Program: For performances through April 7, 2024, 20 tickets per performance at $30 each will be available for MTC 30 under 35 members with a valid ID and email confirmation of their 30 under 35 membership. Two tickets per person will be available for purchase, same day only, starting when the box office opens up until 1 hour before the performance. These tickets will be a mix of orchestra and mezzanine locations. To join MTC's 30 Under 35 program, please visit



Box Office

Main lobby. Counter 43". Assistance available.


Valet parking lot: North side of street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: East of Shubert Alley, on south side of 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.

Directions Bus

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.


Unisex: Inner lobby. Door 33". Stall 96" x 66". Commode 17". Grab bars

Directions Subway

1, 2, 7, S, N, R, Q, W, A, C, E to 42nd St./ Times Square


Front and rear mezzanines reached only by stairs. Seats 1,421.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Foyer. Coin slot 53.5". Cord 29". Volume control. With TTY and electric outlet


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th St to foyer with push-button control; 2nd set (each 27") has one pair of automatic doors to ticket lobby with push button control: 3rd set (each 25.5", attended by ushers) to inner lobby; 4th set (each 53", attended by ushers) into theatre.

Visual Assistance

Vision seats in the front of the orchestra for purchase online, in person, or on the phone. Audio Description is also available through the GalaPro app. More information can be found here:

Folding Armrests

Fifteen row-end seats with folding armrests.

Water Fountain

Ticket lobby. Spout 36".

Assisted Listening System

Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance. Closed Captioning is also available through the GalaPro app. For more information on GalaPro, check here:

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating available. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating location.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

1, 2, 7, S, N, R, Q, W, A, C, E to 42nd St./ Times Square

Bus Icon

By Bus:

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.