Going to see a show on Broadway is something you absolutely can’t miss when you go to New York. There are always tons of shows playing and lots of ways to get discounted/cheap tickets.
If you book early, you can get pretty inexpensive tickets. While I was in New York, I saw Les Misérables. It was their final weekend of performances; I booked through broadway.com and found tickets for around $65. Compared to some of the other shows, that was really cheap.
If you do book online, just make sure you are booking from a trusted website and that you don’t get scammed. Also, third-party sites often raise the price of tickets, so going right to the source is the best way to make sure you are getting the best deal!
You can also try to get day-of tickets at TKTS located in Times Square. Tickets will range from 20-60% off, but they have limited quantities so you have to get there early and wait in line. If you have your heart set on a specific show, I would say to just book through the show’s website ahead of time to guarantee a ticket. TKTS doesn’t always have tickets to every show, especially the more popular shows (e.g., Wicked, Lion King, Hamilton).
Another thing you can try is ticket lotteries or standby lines. Each show has different rules when it comes to things like this, so check their website ahead of time to make sure you know what to do. While I was there, I desperately wanted to see Hamilton. Sadly, all of the tickets during my visit were sold out (or were WAY out of my price range). But I had heard that they do a lottery for each show and give away the front row tickets for $10! Talk about a steal of a deal.
All we had to do to enter the Hamilton lottery was submit a form online at a specific time of day and we were notified a couple hours later if we won. Sadly, we didn’t win, but I will treasure my rejection email for the rest of my days! Haha!
Not all shows do their lotteries the same way, so like I said, check their website. There are lots of different options. Some shows have student tickets that they sell day-of for a great price, or you can try standby. Every show is different, so my best suggestion is just to check their website ahead of time!
My main regret from my visit was that I didn’t go to more shows. When I booked my ticket for Les Misérables, I looked at a few other shows that had less expensive tickets, but I wasn’t sure how much time we would have so I just booked the one show. When I got there and realized that I had plenty of time to add another show, it was super last minute and ticket prices had gone up. So instead we just walked around the theatre district and took pictures at some of the theatres… That’s almost the same, right?! 🙂
There really is something special about seeing a show on Broadway. I love going to plays, especially musicals. While I was deciding which show I should see, I talked to my sister Lyndsie, who saw Wicked in New York in the spring. I told her that I was hesitant to go to something I had already seen before. She told me, “It’s not the same though — you haven’t REALLY seen it until you see it on Broadway.” I couldn’t agree more!
I was glad we got to go to Les Misérables. It was incredible! Plus it is one of my favorite plays, and even though we were towards the back of the theatre, we had a great view!
I will definitely be going to more shows next time I am in New York!
What are some of your favorite Broadway shows you’ve seen?
Written by Kaycie Jordan.
*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Kaycie Jordan.