TTT: Scoring affordable Broadway tickets

March 18, 2008 at 7:52 am 1 comment


Everyone knows about the Times Square TKTS booth, so my travel tip for this Tuesday focuses on other ways to snag affordable tickets to Broadway shows.

Buy in advance and don’t forget to look for promotional codes.  Most shows sell tickets through Ticketmaster or Telecharge.  You can find discount codes at Playbill, TheaterMania and  Although the first two require registration to access the codes, they provide more codes than BroadwayBox.  Note:  If you’re in New York, swing by the box office.  You can use the promo codes there to obtain a discount and avoid the Ticketmaster/Telecharge service fees.

Check out ticket brokers such as StubHub and TicketsNow.  Although I usually find those tickets to be selling well above list price, sometimes you can catch them at face value or even a discount if your trip is timed just right.

If you’re willing to take a risk, rush or lottery tickets are another option.  This phenomenon began with Rent’s famous Line.  The first so-many people in line got front row tickets for only $20, which often led to people camping out to get those tickets.  Nowadays, most places require that you drop your name in a box an hour or two before the show and then hang around for a drawing.  Some shows are more popular than others, so be prepared to not be chosen.  Also, take cash.  You should also check out the policies for shows you’d like to rush in advance – some of these rush and lottery tickets are limited to students.

If a show is sold out, standing room tickets may be available.  Find out which shows sell rush or standing room tickets at Talkin’ Broadway.

Another fun “trick” right now is to get onstage seats for “Spring Awakening” or “Xanadu.”  Although you may miss something due to having rear or side views of the actors, this definitely seems worth the gamble.  After all – you’re onstage in a Broadway show!

If all else fails, head for TKTS with your cash!  Side note: the booth in Duffy Square is set to re-open sometime this year – finally!

Image from NewYorkology.


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  • 1. BroadwayBox  |  March 18, 2008 at 9:43 am

    If you ever have any questions about how to get the best deal on Broadway tickets find your answers on the new BroadwayBox forum

    Also: If your looking for tickets to sold out shows like Jersey Boys and Wicked BroadwayBox has a section where they take compile the tickets from different brokers, sort them by price, and put them all on a seating chart so you can make sure you get the best deal!


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