How to Get a Deal on Broadway Tickets

Tickets to Broadway shows can be very expensive—the average for tickets to a musical is now around $80 to $100. Luckily, if this exceeds your budget, there are several ways to get a deal on Broadway tickets and pay much less. Here are a few tips.

Buy Online

Buying your tickets online from a discounted ticket site is a great way to get a deal on Broadway tickets. There are several popular sites that offer discounted tickets, including Theatermania.com and Playbill.com. These sites offer tickets as well as news, as long as you complete a free registration. You can usually purchase tickets from these sites from a week to three months in advance for as much as 50 percent off the retail price. Keep in mind that these sites do charge fees, however. Oftentimes these sites will not have tickets for the few most popular shows, but the majority of shows are represented. If you are having trouble finding tickets for the show you want, try Broadwaybox.com and The Frugal Theater Goer’s Guide to Discount Tickets for help. 

Buy the Day of the Performance

There are two TKTS booths in Manhattan that sell same-day tickets for discounts of 25 to 50 percent. These are located in Times Square (47th Street and Broadway) and the Financial District (Front and John). The only drawback to this option is that you must typically wait in long lines for more than an hour for tickets. There are two lines—one for musicals and one for plays—and they usually begin forming several hours before the booths open. You also may not get tickets to the show that is your first choice and tickets for very popular shows may not be available. Still, if you have a bit of extra time and can stand in line, it may be worth the wait.

Buy 30 minutes before curtain

If you want to see a show that is sold out, you can try to get a standing-room only (SRO) ticket just before the show starts. These are usually around $25. While standing during the show is not ideal, this can be a good way to catch a performance you might otherwise have to miss. SRO tickets are only sold when all other tickets have been sold out. To find out if the show you are interested in offers SRO tickets, visit telecharge.com, locate the show’s listing, and click on “Getting Tickets.”

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