Best Ways to Get Discounted Broadway Tickets

Buying a ticket to see Phantom of the Opera or Aladdin on Broadway doesn’t have to be an immense financial drawback. The days of paying $400 to sit in the Orchestra or $250 for a front-mezzanine spot are behind us. You just need a little insider knowledge to snag some discounted seats.

Cyndi Lauper at a Showing of 'Kinky Boots
Cyndi Lauper at a Showing of ‘Kinky Boots’ | Getty Images

Want to see a show for under $100 bucks – in a seat that doesn’t require binoculars to appreciate the lead actor’s facial expressions? Follow the tips below, and you will be on your way to the musical or play you’ve been waiting to see.

Hop on a TKTS Line in NYC

This first tip is common knowledge to any theatre buff or live-performance aficionado. There are four TKTS booths in NYC – Time Square, Brooklyn, Lincoln Center, and the South Street Seaport – that sell day-of discounted tickets for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows every day of the week.

If you’re looking to see a Broadway production – but don’t have a particular preference or specific show in mind – head into NYC and go straight to a booth. The earlier you get there, the better shot you will have at getting tickets for a great show at 30-50% off. The line may be a little long; however, there are multiple windows, and it moves quickly.

Sign up for the Theatre Development Fund

The Theatre Development Fund manages the TKTS booth mentioned above. The fund offers a membership program for advanced discounted tickets, according to Playbill.

A year-long membership only costs $35, and you will receive exclusive access to tickets priced between $11 and $47 for Off-Broadway and Broadway performances, as well as dance concerts and cabaret shows. For such a low membership fee, this one is a no-brainer.

Enter Broadway Roulette

Broadway Roulette is a relatively new – and simple way – to get discounted tickets. How it works: tell Broadway Roulette the kind of show you’re interested in, as well as the day and time that you’re available.

Come the morning of the show, Broadway Roulette will tell you what you’re seeing! You will either pick up the tickets at the show’s box office window or a nearby Broadway Roulette pick-up spot. The best part: the tickets are guaranteed to be between $49 and $59!

Those student loans are worth something

If you’re a student with a valid ID, you have access to Student Rush Tickets. Each theatre’s box office provides a different discount and has different policies; however, you may be able to get tickets for as low as $20-$30.

These rush tickets are offered on the day of the performance, and become available as soon as the box office opens, according to Playbill. Simply head on over the box office or pick up the phone to find out the policy first.

Download an app

There are several Broadway-related apps offering ways to access discounted tickets. Just try your hands at a few of them and see which ones you like best. From TodayTix to the TDF App, you have to test your luck to know!

In addition to downloading an app or two, it’s a good idea to visit every so often. The website offers a list of shows and any featured discounts.

See a show when it is in previews

Shows are cheaper when they’re in previews. A show is in previews when it hasn’t officially opened but is running select performances for audiences. The director (and others involved in the production) use this time to determine where the show’s problems lie. It’s a testing ground to perfect the performance before critics are welcomed to review.

If you don’t mind seeing a misshap here or there, an extra line of dialogue, etc., see a show before it’s officially released. All you have to do: keep an ear to the ground regarding upcoming shows. Beetlejuice The Musical starts previews in March.

In this day and age, there’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on show tickets; you can wait on a short line or download an app and save!