I live in Manhattan. I’ve gone through stages where I rarely went to see shows on Broadway, but that’s all different now. When I’m not traveling, I am trying to go see Broadway shows at least once a month, and so far it’s been an amazing addition to my life.
And I can’t remember the last time that I paid more than $50 for Broadway tickets!
So let me share some of my resources. This is not an exhaustive list of how to score cheap Broadway tickets – instead it is what works for me.
Lottery and Rush Tickets
Online or on line, that is the question.
Online. There are a few different websites where you can enter to win the right to purchase one or two tickets, usually for the day of the performance or the following day. For example, today I won the right to purchase two tickets to see tomorrow’s matinee performance of Life of Pi for $45 per ticket via the Telecharge online lottery (see link below). A few months ago, I won $35 tickets to see Six via the Broadway Direct online lottery (see link below). We had box seats!!!
In Person. The box office at many of the theatres have live lotteries or sell standing room only (SRO) tickets the day of performances. This is how I bought tickets to see Parade a few weeks ago – I waited on line at the theatre before the box office opened and purchased SRO tickets for $45.
BROADWAY DIRECT LOTTERY (link)
TELECHARGE LOTTERY AND RUSH (link)
TODAY TIX (link) (note: need app)
Today Tix sells discount tickets to shows in many cities worldwide. It also has rush and lottery tickets on the app. Sometimes there are lotteries for free tickets to the Public Theatre, including Shakespeare in the Park in the summer.
Hamilton is the only show that I’m aware of that has it’s own app and lottery. The lottery is for all of the cities in which Hamilton is performed, not only New York City. If you win, the ticket is $20 and the seats are usually in the first row or two! Don’t be disillusioned if you don’t win – my boyfriend and I have won tickets four times over the years.
Many people – often visitors will line up to buy discount day of theatre tickets at TKTS – usually at the Times Square location (but there are other locations, such as Lincoln Center, as well). TKTS prices are up to 50 percent off, so the price is usually more expensive than Lottery or Rush tickets. I can’t remember the last time I bought from TKTS, but it is a popular option for visitors.
TDF Membership (link)
TDF (the organization that runs TKTS) also has a membership for $40 per year, but there are eligibility requirements. TDF has tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and other performances on limited dates, with prices less than $60 (but generally about $10 -$20 more than most lottery or rush tickets). I usually find TDF to be hit-or-miss, but was pleasantly surprised today to see ticket availability for 16 Broadway shows on the website.
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