Broadway

By Traveller October 10, 2018
New York

Broadway

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By Matti Traveller October 10, 2018

Hi! We are going to new york in 2 weeks and are wondering if it's better to book a broadway show online or to see if we can get some discount tickets at place?

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Better to book online usually! Use TodayTix for the best deals!!
Local October 10, 2018
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thanks a lot!
Matti Traveller October 10, 2018
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If there is a show that you really want to see, try booking on line. Know that some hit shows like "Hamilton" or "Harry Potter" can sell for inflated prices. Beware of people selling tickets outside hit shows. Don't buy a ticket unless you check to make sure it's genuine. Usually this means getting to the theatre early in the morning.
Discounted tickets are sold at the TKTS booth at 47th Street in Times Square. Discounted tickets are for long running shows or smaller shows that are looking to build an audience. Available shows aren't announced until the booth opens.
Some shows have "Lotteries" for tickets. Some of these shows may also be at TKTS.
Do some homework. Always a good idea to check which shows you might enjoy ahead of time. You can find lists of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows on-line. You can also check to see standing room and return ticket policies. You can find reviews. Some shows aren't suitable for children. Some long running shows will have discounted tickets. Usually these are not the best seats, but they'll be fine.
Part of the fun of a Broadway show is the theatre. The older theaters are charming and some have a long history.
Here's another site that might be useful:
https://www.show-score.com/blog/tags/lottery-rush-standing-room
Local December 11, 2018
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Depends what show you want to see and how long you will be in town. If you go directly to the box office of the show the day you arrive and buy advance seats for the end of your trip, you will not have to pay any service charge. Depending on the show, you may find balcony seats (if you don't mind sitting in the back) can be as low as 39-69 dollars. Do not go to ticket consolidators located around times square or buy from any random person on the street. The TKTS booths sometimes yield good deals, but I have found that they often have 40 to 50% off the most expensive tickets, so you are getting a good deal on an orchestra seat, but if you are really on a budget, this will still be a pretty expensive proposition. Sometimes, StubHub website, the day of a show, will have tickets discounted that have not sold from a third party that they need to offload or lose right before a show. You won't get Hamilton, but you could still find something very good if you are flexible about what show and what date and are willing to figure this out sort of last minute. If you need to plan ahead, see others' comments about how to book on-line in advance of your arrival.
Local December 9, 2018
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If you're looking to make some cost-effective choices, there's a website http://broadwayforbrokepeople.com/

That site has the lottery possibilities and rush ticket policies for every show on Broadway.

TodayTix can be useful, but it incurs service charges (sometimes as much as $12 a ticket). Everyone's suggestion of the TKTS booth is spot on, too. There are multiple locations. The one in Times Square is usually pretty busy, but I've found the booth near the South Street Seaport to be almost empty.
Local October 12, 2018
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You can get discount tkts the day of the show at TKTS on Broadway and 46th St. You go around 3 or 4 wait in line and buy ticket. For matinee you go around 10 or 11.

But they do not have every show. Here is their website you can see what they have had recently
https://www.tdf.org/nyc/81/TKTS-Live
Local October 10, 2018
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It depends on the show and if you care about seating. some older or less popular shows will be easy to get discounted tickets for but the mainstream ones like wicked or Aladdin or phantom are harder to get good discounts on
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Local October 10, 2018
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2. As you can see, they also have Off-Broadway shows on offer. As a longtime NY theater-goer, I can't stress how rich and diverse the theater scene is in this city. There's a wealth of venues, shows and productions beyond Broadway that are just as remarkable, if not better than their more famous competition. Usually cheaper, too. Speaking for generally cheaper, just-as-remarkable shows not officially on Broadway, might I highly recommend:

Stomp. Sleep No More. Amateur Night at the Apollo (Wednesday). Any weekend show at the Upright Citizens Brigade. St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn is an enchanting venue as well; currently, they're running a production of Oklahoma! that is supposed to be terrific.

And there's an absolutely brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime production of Uncle Vanya happening at Hunter college, if Chekov's your thing (tickets $37). Goes until October 28, I believe.

If you're after a super-popular, super-expensive show which is usually sold out months in advance like Hamilton or Harry Potter (and is never offered through TKTS, the discount booths), and you don't have the money or connections, you might be able to sign up for a discount lottery offered through the shows' websites.

The Book of Mormon and Lion King are similarly high demand (though not as bad).

I've never used TodayTix or any apps, but perhaps those are good options, as well.

Happy hunting.
Local October 10, 2018
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1. Hi. Frequent theater goer, here. Broadway shows can be- and are often- stupid expensive. If there's a show you definitely must see and money is no object, then I would say sure, go ahead and book online. If you want any chance of paying a reasonable amount (around $50-$100 for a single ticket), you should try and get some discount tickets. There are several ways of getting discount tickets. The most popular and well-known are through the TKTS booths, located in Times Square, Lincoln Center (slightly uptown), and South Street Seaport (downtown). Here is a link to their website, to give you an idea of what's up: https://www.tdf.org/nyc/81/TKTS-Live
Local October 10, 2018
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I recommend going to the tkts booth in Times Square for same day discounted tickets. Unless you want to pay a premium for the top shows this close to your arrival. I actually saw Evan Hansen tkts in the board last week. If you get ticked at the tkts booth keep your tickets because you can skip the line if you choose to see another show within 48 hrs. Lastly I’ve been referring to the tkts in Times Square. There is also another location bynlincoln center that you can actually get tkts the day before for next day matinees. Matinees are we, sat and some on sun. Waitress, kinky boots, once on this island and school of rock are usually available. All great choices.
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Local October 10, 2018
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Always better to reserve ahead of time if there's a show you really want to see. Read reviews. Ticketmaster can give you availability. (Beware of sites selling tickets at inflated prices.) Or call the theatre. Ask about returns and standing room policy.
On the day, check TodayTix or the TKTS booth in Times Square. Some shows, even musicals, may not be suitable for children, so do a bit of homework. Do not buy tickets from "scalpers" at theatre, they could be fake. Best to be in line for "returns". If you just want to see a show and be surprised, go to the TKTS booth after the crowds.
Local October 10, 2018
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There is an app called Broadway Tix. It will give you one of the better sets of discounts. For nearly every show except for the absolute newest and most popular, it is fine to book last minute. If you want specific seats, though, then you should book early.
Local October 10, 2018
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Definitely book online if you want to guarantee that you get tickets. That said it worth checking the Ticket booth in Times Square for a shot at discounted tickets early in your trip and then buying for later in your trip if you were unsuccessful.
Local October 10, 2018
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Book on line or you can wait on a long line at the half price ticket booth the day of performance but you risk not getting the seats you want or tickets to the show you want.
Local October 10, 2018
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I live in ny and always go to the tuts booth. If you go early there will probably be a loins but tats has the best prices. Little known fact but if you purchase tickets for a show , the next day you can also get on a much shorter line to purchase tkts. Don't throw away the tickets you will need them for proof. Also you can get tickets for the following day matinee from the tkts booth. You will not get Hamilton, wicked, Evan Hanson or lion king at the booth. Enjoy!
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Local December 10, 2018
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