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New York City: King of the Stage

The Ride

Who says a theatrical performance has to stay in one place? The Ride, an attraction launched in 2010, combines a tour of New York City with live performances that reveal themselves to passengers on the city’s streets.

Part tour, part show, the 75-minute experience takes guests aboard a customized motorcoach with floor-to-ceiling glass windows for uninterrupted views of Manhattan and Times Square. Video screens, a sound system and 49 coliseum-style seats also help create a captivating spectacle.

The 4.2-mile tour changes with each ride, as hosts use their improvisational theater training to make the most of what appears on the streets during the trip.

Guests find surprises around every corner, with six to eight planned entertainment vignettes along the way. Singers, dancers, musicians, actors and comedians use the streets of New York as their stage with the city’s landmarks as their backdrop. Performers wear headsets and microphones that allow them to interact directly with the passengers.

Since its opening in 2010, the moving theater experience has received several accolades, including a Drama Desk nomination for the city’s most unusual theater attraction.