Seeing a show on broadway is like a right of passage for most tourists visiting the city. For me, it is always high on my list and I have been very fortunate to have a partner (who hates musicals) who still treats us to a show when we’re in NYC. However, one thing that can be tricky when visiting New York (especially in the busier seasons), is managing to get tickets at all and get tickets at a decent price. So as the thoughtful theatre lover that I am, I have shared some top tips for getting Broadway tickets for your next trip The Big Apple.
Book as early as you can
If there is a particularly show you want to see or you are short on time, then try to book your tickets as far in advance as you can. Ticket prices rise the nearer to the show day.
Returns or RUSH tickets
If the show you desperately want to see is sold out, you can head to the theatre several hours before to see if there are any tickets available at the door. Some people may have returned their ticket if they are unable to make the show, meaning a small handful may be available at the box office. If a show hasn’t sold out then the theatre may also have RUSH tickets (which sometimes require a student card for purchase), these can sell for around $25. Theatres open around noon on most days so aim for 11.45am!
If you’re not too fussed about what show you want to see, you can head to a TKT booth in Times Square for discounted theatre tickets for the same day. This booth is notorious for having very long queues so think about heading to the TKT booth on South Street Seaport (a few blocks up from Battery Park where you can depart for Statue of Liberty visits).
Theatre Box Office
To avoid service fees, you can buy tickets directly from the Theatre Box Office but they don’t always offer the best price. Box Offices are usually open between 12am and 8pm so visit the theatre of your chosen show direct.
The Playbill website has a whole section of discounts that are available for various shows. Browse the offers, print of the discount vouchers and use these at the Theatre Box Office to save money on your tickets.
Standing Room only
A more unusual option but if you are desperate to see a show, you can opt for a Standing Room only ticket. These are sold often when shows are already sold out but are literally a standing area. You may be able to sit in a spare seat that is unoccupied after the interval or intermission. These aren’t available for all shows.
Some productions offer a ticket lottery for those looking for same day tickets. This means you can get discounted tickets but may not be guaranteed tickets until later in the day. Check the TodayTix app or the guide on playbill.com to see what your chosen production/theatre offers.
Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
You can opt to save a lot of money by seeing a show off Broadway, meaning the show may have a smaller budget or may be less popular but in my experience are still just as good.
Learn Theatre maps
Before you book anything, work out the floor map of your chosen theatre. I was unfortunate to sit behind a beautiful pillar in the West End and spent the show practically hugging the pillar so I could see around it. Cheaper tickets are available if you have an unobstructed view, which is fine if it is because you are higher up or on the side seats in the stalls meaning that the top or side of a set is hidden slightly, but when you are behind a music booth/pillar/lighting set/wall etc then that obstructed view can be a pain!