Get the Best Broadway Show Tickets For Less

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If it’s been a while since you last purchased Broadway show tickets, prepare for sticker shock. Premium seats at popular New York City musical theaters now go for well over $200, and the most highly prized seats can be much, much more–think an insanely high $850 for the best seats to Hamilton.

There are a number of online vendors that promise cheap tickets, but how to know if you’re getting good value? Here’s my tried and true guide to finding the best tickets to Broadway shows at discount prices.

Broadway Theater District

What are popular shows on Broadway?

 
 

When is the best time to buy a Broadway show ticket?

 
New Amsterdam Theater

Where are the best seats in a theater for watching a musical?

 
Get a Broadway Show Discount Guide subscription ($4.95 for 30 days) for exclusive discounts on Broadway shows, but many discounts are visible on New York Show Tickets site. They also list Lottery Tickets, Rush Tickets, and Standing Room Only Tickets.

How to get best prices on broadway show tickets?

 
 
 
Another option is to get a Broadway Show Discount Guide subscription ($4.95 for 30 days) for exclusive discounts on Broadway shows, but many discounts are visible on New York Show Tickets site. They also list Lottery Tickets, Rush Tickets, and Standing Room Only Tickets.
Billboard for Wicked Broadway Show tickets in New York City

How to get Broadway tickets at a discount in New York?

Pick up a discount code on Playbill, TheaterMania, BroadwayBox, or New York Show Tickets and use it to buy  tickets from the theater website (usually through an affiliated ticket vendor such as Telecharge or Ticketmaster.) If you’re in the city, save the online fees and use the discount codes at the theater box office.

How to Afford Broadway?

What are rush tickets?

Wait until the day of the show when, in addition to the TKTs booths, discounted tickets can be purchased as Rush tickets.

These are usually available in the last hours before the show at the theater, and may only be available to students and seniors. Check the performance space website for details, and find out if the venue offers Standing Room Only tickets (sometimes even available for sold out performances.)

But some rush tickets can be purchased online. Find out which theaters offer rush tickets on TheaterMania. Or check the TodayTix Rush Roundup for information and ticket sales.

Apollo theater

Off Broadway Shows

Don’t limit your search to just Broadway shows. By definition, an Off-Broadway theater is any performance venue in New York City that seats 100 to 499.

There are a lot of amazing performances in Manhattan at Off-Broadway theaters, and you might just luck out seeing a show that will eventually move on up to Broadway.

Find discount Off-Broadway tickets on Broadway World or on BroadwayBox.

For even better savings, check the TDF’s Off-Off Broadway listings (available separately with a one-time fee of $5 or with TDF membership.)

Broadway Up Close Walking Tours booth at Times Square

Broadway Tours

A very few theaters offer backstage tours. When available, it’s a rare opportunity to meet actors, see the sets, and to learn what goes into producing these elaborate spectacles. 

The only regularly scheduled backstage tours available to individuals is Behind The Emerald Curtain, a look at Wicked being performed at the Gershwin Theater. New Amsterdam Theater, home to Aladdin, makes a Behind The Magic tour available to groups. (They also offer Broadway Workshops.)

Additionally, theaters will occasionally offer backstage tours in charity drives or as a premium ticket option. Check theater websites for available information. 

Finally, a few tour companies run Broadway theater district walking tours. Check their websites for tour descriptions, prices, and availability:

Take a Broadway Show Home with You

The best souvenir from a Broadway Show is the memories that last a lifetime. But you can also drop a lot of moolah at theater gift shops.

Hamilton Recording CD Jacket

One way to save money, and the expense of overweight luggage, is to shop online. Here are a few favorite items:

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If you’re going to see a Broadway show, you might as well make a weekend of it. Our New York City neighborhood travel guides cover all the best things to do, top restaurants, and our favorite hotels.

6 thoughts on “Get the Best Broadway Show Tickets For Less”

  1. I’m listening to Showtunes as I write this. 🙂 As a Broadway addict who hasn’t seen a show in person in way too long, I love and appreciate these tips!

  2. You were right about not all front rows being created equal. Some theater’s front row is so close that you cannot even see the whole stage, so being in the front isn’t even as enjoyable as being further back. Thank you for sharing these amazing tips!

  3. I like how you listed the times of the year where Broadway is less busy. I am going to New York soon, and want to catch a show. Now I know that the time I’m going is a great time to go see a show! I want to find a good website to buy tickets from, one that I know is transparent with their transactions. There are so many out there, I will have to do a bit m ore research into finding one that works best for me.

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