Of course, we all want to watch shows especially if you can get it for a good deal. Here are some ways I survived my Broadway Marathon in New York
Line up at TKTS
Every New Yorker recognizes the long line at Times Square as the TKTS line. TKTS sells extra Broadway show tickets for 20% -50% off the original price.
This is a sweet deal for any Broadway show lover who does not mind watching any of the amazing shows playing on that day. Since these are extra tickets, you cannot really choose a seat, you’ll be given what is available. But, there is a good chance for you to grab a great seat too, so it is worth a try.
TKTS opens at 10am on Wednesday and Saturdays for matinee shows and 3pm for other shows.
Download the TKTS app to check which shows are available. If you find at least three shows you like head to a TKTS booth located at Times Square, South Street Seaport, Downtown Brooklyn and Lincoln Center.
Shop online for tickets
Do you have one particular show you’d like to see? You can save money on ticket prices if you know where to find it.
Several websites are dedicated for cheaper Broadway tickets but of course, expect some sacrifices on your part.
If you are willing to wait for the box office to open at the crack of dawn, then go for Rush tickets. You can get seats anywhere from the front row to the rear mezzanine and enjoy the show playing today.
Not a morning person? Maybe you’ll have a better chance for SRO tickets. Although there are only a number of spots available behind the orchestra, one ticket per spot. I’ve tried this before for a $27 ticket to the “Book of Mormon” which I found out using the Playbill website.
Want to sit instead? Grab an onstage seat. Shows like “Spring Awakening” and “Xanadu” cut ticket prices for side or rear view seats near the stage. One drawback, some scenes may be obscured from view.
Digital lottery is also popular but as the name suggests, it is a lottery so you may or may not win a seat. But if you do win you can have a very good seat in the theater. I tried it once for “Matilda” and won a mezzanine seat for $32 using the Broadway Direct website
You can also visit the production’s own website for ticket discounts.
It may be a good idea to visit broadwayforbrokepeople.com to see a list of all Broadway shows, when and where it is playing plus a list of available discounts. Click on the link found in the website and a popup window will display details of the discount and where to avail it.
Use Promo codes
There are also websites that offer discounts on tickets by giving you promotional codes. You can use these promo codes when you buy tickets online via Ticketmaster or Telecharge.
Want a bit more savings? Buy the ticket at the theater and use the same promo code. This way, you do not need to pay the extra fees charged for online ticket sales.
You can find promo codes from BroadwayBox, TheaterMania and also on Playbill.
Become a member
For additional discounts, consider becoming a member of the Theater Development Fund. Members can enjoy advance tickets for less than $35 (not for all shows) and you do not need to wait in line.
Annual membership fee is $27.50. Visit their website to check if you are eligible.
Discounted tickets are offered for different age groups in several theater places. Students may get tickets as low as $20. Kids and senior citizens may get discounts so bring your family along.
If you really want to watch a Broadway show, forget regret, search for the cheapest ticket and go defy gravity.