The great white way! Broadway is something that everyone should experience while in New York City. There are so many great options and new shows are always opening so I always have a long list of shows that I need to see. Some people may find the price of the tickets very discouraging, but there are a few ways to save money on Broadway tickets (including a few TKTS booth tips) that I thought I would share.
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It’s a good idea for you to research the different show options and narrow down the list to a few that you would like to see.
- Do you prefer Broadway plays or musicals? Comedies or dramas?
- Are there any celebrities or actors that you want to see?
- Are you are bringing young children? If so, please make sure the shows you want to see are age appropriate.
Personally, I prefer musical comedies. My favorite show currently playing is Kinky Boots, but there are so many great ones! If you want to learn more about Broadway and it’s history, you might enjoy the Inside Broadway Tour.
Note: Not all shows have discounts so if you have your heart set on seeing one like Hamilton, Book of Mormon, or Aladdin, you may have to pay full price (or win the lottery) and you should book far in advance. You may also be able to find these Broadway tickets on StubHub.
If you would like to learn more about the history behind Hamilton, you should check out the Hamilton Happy Hour tour. Tickets are cheaper and easier to get!
Broadway Cost Saving Tips
1. Broadway Box Tickets
My favorite way to get Broadway tickets cheap is using a discount code from www.broadwaybox.com. Usually, there are several shows with broadwaybox.com discounts to choose from. To get the best seats, you will need to plan ahead. Go to the website and see if the show you are interested has a discount code available. Then, if possible, go to the box office at the theater of the show you want to see to purchase the tickets so that you avoid the “convenience fees.” This usually saves me around $10 per ticket. If you can’t go to the theater to get the no fee broadway tickets, you can still save money using the discount code to purchase broadwaybox.com tickets online or over the phone.
2. TKTS Broadway Tickets
You can visit a TKTS booth to get tickets 20%- 50% off regular price. There are three TKTS booth locations: Time Square, South Street Seaport, and Downtown Brooklyn. At the South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn booths, you can also get TKTS tickets for the next day matinee performances. The inventory at each location is different and always changing, but you can get real-time information about what is available online or through the app.
The Broadway ticket kiosk in Times Square may have long lines, so it is best to go as early as possible. Of course, the problem is that the show you want may not be available. To use TKTS, you need to be flexible and open to seeing different shows. Most times I have used the TKT booth, I have gotten pretty good seats and saved 50%. I wouldn’t recommend trying this with a large group because in some cases, they only have single seats.
If you plan on seeing more than one Broadway show in a week, you may want to take advantage of the TKTS fast pass. You can skip the TKTS line and walk right up to window #1 just by showing the TKTS ticket stub you purchased in the last week.
3. Lottery, Rush, and Standing Room Only Tickets
This can be a great way to get Broadway tickets cheap, but of course, there is no guarantee you will get tickets. Check the policy for the particular show that you are interested in but in general, it will require you to wait at the box office during the day. Again depending on the show and it’s popularity, you may even need to wait for hours, but you will save significant dollars and you usually get pretty good seats.
The Standing Room Only tickets are usually only available if the show sells out and do require you to stand the whole performance (2-3 hours), The Standing Room Only area is usually located right behind the Orchestra seats (lower level of seats). Personally, I have never bought Standing Room Only tickets, but Katherine did see Spamalot and she had a good view. You should also know that some theaters will only accept cash for these tickets. If you are interested, this website has a list of the Broadway shows and their policies for the day of the show tickets.
4. Free Clubs for Young Adults
There are free clubs for young adults that allow you to get cheap Broadway tickets. Since they are free, I recommend that you join if you meet the age requirements. If you are under 35, you can join HIPTIX, which lets you purchase 2 tickets for shows produced by the Roundabout Theater Company for $25 each. If you are under 30, you can join the 30 under 30 club, you can get 2 tickets for shows produced by Manhattan Theater Club for $30 each. Again, these tickets (especially for popular shows) will go fast, so book as soon as you can. Both clubs also have parties for the members as well.
5. Groupon Broadway Tickets
Just like for other things, there are usually some Broadway shows that are running Groupon promotions. This is a great way to buy Broadway tickets cheap, but I do recommend planning ahead. Currently (as of September 15th, 2017), you can find Groupons for Waitress, and NEWsical the Musical. I have not seen Waitress or NEWSical but honestly, it is hard to go wrong with a Broadway show especially if it is discounted! To see if there are any new groupons for broadway shows click here.
6. Join the Theater Development Fund (TDF)
The same people that run the TKTs booth also have a membership program that gives special access to deeply discounted tickets for hundreds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre shows, dance performances, and concerts. If you are a full-time high school and college student, a full-time teacher, a full-time union member, a retiree, a full-time civil service employee, a full-time staff member of a non-profit, a full-time performing arts professional, a member of the armed forces or a full-time clergy, you are eligible to join the TDF for $35 a year. If you meet the eligibility requirements and live more 100 miles from New York City you can get the national membership for just $20 a year.
Once you join, you get immediate access to the online portal where you can see the selection of discounted tickets. Sometimes you will be able to buy the tickets weeks in advance and the savings can be up to 70%. You will probably recoup your membership cost the first time you get tickets!
TodayTix is another popular website and app that lets you purchase discounted day of or advance Broadway tickets. There is no standing in line or going to the theater to get your tickets, everything is done online. You simply search for the show you want to see and the dates and then you get to see all the options. It is definitely one of the most convenient ways to get a cheap Broadway show ticket. Unfortunately, they do charge a small fee for the convenience, and there is no way to get around that. Click here to check out the options on TodayTix.
There are so many good shows out there, what are your favorites? Now that you know how to find cheap Broadway tickets, you will be able to see more great shows!
Expert Tips to Save Money on Broadway Tickets
- Plan ahead to get the best seats.
- If you want to buy your tickets from the New York TKTS booth, know you may need to be flexible on which show you will see.
- The best place to buy Broadway tickets is at the box office because you will avoid extra “convenience” fees.
- Join one of the Broadway ticket clubs if you meet the requirements.
- Click here to see if there are any new groupons for broadway shows.
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