Thursday, August 09, 2012
By Julie Wiegan
If you’re visiting The Big Apple, catching a Broadway show is a must! Here are some ways you can see a show without breaking the bank.
Get tickets from the TKTS Booth
This booth is located in Times Square and sells tickets for 25-percent to 50-percent off the face value. It takes a bit of planning, but it’s well worth the savings.
Wait until the morning of the show
Many theaters reserve some excellent up-front tickets for sale early in the day of the performance. Check what time these tickets go on sale, then arrive about an hour early to stand in line. Keep in mind the line grows shorter the longer the play is into its run. This doesn’t hold true, however, for extremely long-running shows, like Cats and The Lion King.
Buy tickets online
You may be able to bypass that queue on the morning of the show by looking online first. Broadway.com posts last minute deals on the day of the performance starting at 10:30am EST. Requests are accepted until 4:30pm EST and can get you 25-percent off popular shows like Wicked.
Watch a show in the middle of the day
Just like with movie tickets, matinee show prices are cheaper.
Attend Broadway on Broadway
Go for free with the annual outdoor Broadway on Broadway Concert Series, which will be held this year on September 9th.
Purchase stand up seats
If you really want to see a show, purchase standing-room-only tickets from the box office. Your feet might get sore during the show, but you may end up paying as little as $25 per ticket.
Check out a preview
Usually, attending a preview show is as good as hitting a production during its standard run. You’ll save on tickets and get a jump on the crowds.
Use your student I.D.
Save on last-minute (aka “rush”) tickets by using your student I.D.
Attend Kids Night
Kids Night on Broadway offers free admission for children ages 6 to 18, with one full-paying adult in attendance. This event only happens once a year, so make sure you check the website for the scheduled date.
Register for special deals
Theater Mania Insider offers an e-newsletter that allows you to check out user reviews, keep up with the latest shows, and take advantage of special discounts. A Playbill Club membership also offers special promotions.
These tips were provided by consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.