- The traditional "sandwich board" hawkers: They have signs hanging off their shoulders front and back, leaving their arms free to wave and distribute show fliers. My favorite of these is the cute girl hawking Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, while wearing Princess Leia tunic and cinnamon bun curl earmuffs. Adorable!
- The traditional "pamphlet" distributors: They simply have a handful of fliers and yell out, "Mary Poppins, Live on Stage!" or "See Disney's The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre!" What separates these folks beyond the simplicity is that now that it is colder they wear really cool (as in I'd kill for one) jackets with their show's logo fully embroidered on it. They aren't as nice as the cast jackets you see show people wear, but I'll tell you, I'd buy the Ragtime one, for sure!
- "The New Age Sandwich Board-ers": These hip newcomers have both hands free to hold fliers and to make contact with the people because the ad for the show they are hawking is strapped to their back like a combination backpack and wind surfing sail. These folks are brave, really, because none of them seems aware of just how much space they take up. Every time they turn, they threaten to take out everyone within their radius.
- The "Mini-Show" People: God Bless, em! A part on Broadway is a part on Broadway, right? Well in this case, I mean literally. I felt a little embarrassed for the Chicago girl dressed in a skimpy black jacket, bow tie and Fosse bowler. She must have been freezing. But to make it worse, she sang, "Come on babe..," struck a Fosse pose, and passed a flyer to anyone who even paused near her. Yikes! But damn, I think more people paid attention to her... And the sweet White Christmas carolers outside the Marquis Theatre where the show is playing. They are dressed just like the people in the pictures of the show and sing a mean "White Christmas." They get the crowd to gather, clap, and then they go in for the kill. I think some folks actually felt cheated that they were doing carols on the street for less than noble reasons. In my "crowd" only three of us took a flyer; five or six people left money in the BCEFA bucket on the sidewalk, while the other 2 dozen or so ran quickly away. Does this really encourage ticket sales? If not, what a shame. The carolers were good.