By Yaffa Goldkin
Living in New York City is the absolute best! There are so many opportunities to visit awesome places and do so many great activities: from famous landmarks like the Empire State Building to art museums like the Met to beautiful places like Central Park. You can go shopping in Times Square, visit the Frick, or see a Broadway show! All seem easily accessible until you hear that Hamilton tickets cost $300? But I’m in college; I don’t have that kind of money! Well, lucky for you, this article is a compilation of easier and cheaper ways to get Broadway tickets so that you too can experience the magic that is Broadway!
The Times Square TKTS booth is located at 47th street and Broadway, under its famous red carpeted stairs. Broadway show tickets are often on sale there, usually for 50% off or more. They have cheap prices for same-day shows or next-day matinees. Typically getting there earlier is best, due to potential long lines, but often the prices drop significantly closer to curtain time. For more information, visit their website.
TodayTix is an awesome app and website that offers cheap Broadway tickets. Download the app and start browsing! They have savings from 10% off up to 80% off! You’re sure to find cheap tickets to a show you love and can’t wait to see. For more information, visit their website or download the app!
There are so many websites and options where you can win tickets for really low prices. One of the most popular lotteries now is the Hamilton Lottery, where you can enter to win Hamilton tickets for just $10! First, download the official Hamilton app. Then, enter the lottery! Each lottery opens at 11 am two days before the show, and closes at 9 am the day of the show. If you win, you will receive the notification by 11 am that day. If you’re lucky enough to win, then make sure you accept the tickets quickly, before 4 pm! These lotteries are also available for many other shows, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and many more.
4.Rush the Theater
Many productions have same-day rush tickets. These tickets can sell for as low as $20 apiece. To purchase same-day rush tickets, visit the box office of the show’s theater on the performance day. They will usually open around 10 a.m., or 12 p.m. on Sundays. If you don’t mind standing, they sometimes offer standing room tickets for lower prices. Some shows offer rush tickets through TodayTix. Often, just going directly to the box office of the show can save you from any extra fees. Also, you have the chance of getting awesome seats that have just been added to the ticket pool and not yet bought by the resale market. You can get great prices by going right before a show begins. Sometimes, prices will fall dramatically right before curtain on sites like StubHub or VividSeats. It’s a matter of right place, right time. Good luck!
Although same-day or day-before tickets are great, sometimes I like to plan things in advance. TDF is a nonprofit organization hoping to bring the power of performing arts to everyone. For $40, you can join an annual membership where you can get deals weeks before the shows happen. They also let you see some Off Broadway shows for $11, and you get deals for shows before they go on sale to the general public. A lot of the cities’ theater companies also have membership packages where you can get discounted tickets for the year. I would recommend Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, or Playwrights Horizons.
6.Join the Broadway club!
Last but definitely not least, join the Broadway Club! Over the course of the year, we will be offering cheaper Broadway show tickets subsidized by Yeshiva University, as well as having awesome events where you can meet other super Broadway fans! The club is open to both campuses, so be sure to join in!