When people think of New York City, they picture the Empire State Building, yellow taxi cabs and Broadway shows—but probably not cheap Broadway tickets.
Our city’s theater history goes all the way back to the 1700s, and it’s still one of the most iconic parts of NYC. But sometimes, those Broadway shows can feel just a little too out of reach because of their price tag. Even the farthest seats usually start at around $60/ticket, and those sell out fast!
Luckily, we’ll put together all the tried and true ways to score cheap Broadway tickets in NYC, which is definitely possible! It may just take a little time, flexibility in your schedule, and some creativity…
Enter the Show’s Digital Lottery (if they have one)
Most shows also have a digital lottery system. Basically you create a login, enter for (up to two) tickets for that night or afternoon show, and cross your fingers. You’ll get an email if you’ve won (or not) a few hours before the show, and you only pay to pay $42.50 a ticket! Look on the show’s website or Google the name of the show and then “digital lottery” to find out. For example, we recently entered the Meal Girls lottery here, and it was pretty pain-free! For some you can enter for days in advance too.
Here are some links to a few of the popular show’s lotteries:
Check The Show’s Rush and Standing Room Policy
Lots of shows, especially the popular ones, have a rush policy. This means you “rush” the box office right when it opens in hopes of scoring cheap Broadway tickets (though for the popular ones, people sometimes start lining up hours before). There is a limited amount they give away each day, also for $42.50. Most box offices open at 9am, but check their websites to be sure.
Look at Less Popular Timing
When you’re scouting tickets the normal way, look at less typically popular times. For example, weekday nights, like Tuesdays and Wednesdays (bonus points if you skip work for a Wednesday matinee!), and after any major holidays. You likely won’t find something budget-friendly on weekends or during December.
Seek Out Student Specials
If you’re a student, many shows you can “rush” also have a separate sector of tickets set aside for students, and those are even cheaper at $29/ticket. Full time students can also regularly get heavily discounted Broadway tickets if they get a yearly membership with the Theater Development Fund.
Visit the TKTS Booths
Speaking of the Theater Development Fund, they actually run the famous red TKTS Booth in Times Square (now with locations also in South Street Seaport and Lincoln Center). You can get tickets up to 50% off for same-day performances to certain shows.
Mark “Broadway Week” in Your Calendar
Broadway Week happens twice a year, once in the winter and once in the spring. This is a time when there are amazing cheap Broadway tickets with 2-for-1 deals. It has been going on since 2011 and is put on by NYC & Company and the Broadway League. During the week, you can score 50 percent off each individual Broadway show ticket, and it’s going on now!
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