During the fall, the weather may be cooling down, but New York City’s cultural scene is just heating up with New shows on Broadway !
Whether you like to plan in advance or not, you don't have to pay full price in order to see a Broadway show. We've got advice to save on tickets to many Broadway shows.
Discount Broadway Tickets
Want to see a Broadway show, but can't afford to pay $100 or more for tickets? New York City now has three TKTS Booths where you can pay as little as half-price for same day Broadway tickets (some even a day in advance).
One of the most popular ways to get discount tickets to see Broadway and Off-Broadway productions is through the TKTS booths. The downside is that you have to wait on line, sometimes for an hour or more, to get the tickets, but it can be fun to people watch in line or you can get some reading done.
Tickets are available for same-day performances (except matinees, which are sold a day in advance at the South Street Seaport and Brooklyn TKTS locations), generally at 20-50% off the full ticket price. There is also a $4 per ticket service charge that goes to support the TDF, the non-profit that operates the TKTS Booths. Available shows are posted on marquees outside the ticket booth. The Broadway shows available at the TKTS booths change not only from day to day, but from hour to hour. There are often tickets released to TKTS immediately before shows open at 8 p.m.
Long Line, But Big Ticket Discounts
If you do find yourself at the Times Square TKTS booth and the line is long, don't be too discouraged because it moves quickly and that gives you time to decide which show you want tickets for. You'll find a board up at the front that lists what shows are available that day. Discount tickets that are available at the booth are generally for Broadway shows on the wane, which are getting much lower audience attendance than in their heyday, but are still great theatre. Just don't expect the most popular Broadway shows to be available -- because if they can fill the seats at full price, there is no reason why they would sell them for half the value. However, you can find tickets for more popular Broadway shows available at a 20%,30%, 40% and even 50% discount.
Enjoy the Broadway show !
Times Square Center
Location: Located "under the red steps" In Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street