The 5 Broadway Shows Selling Remaining Tickets For $50 From March 12 Until March 29: Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus is taking its toll on all industries. As people avoid public places, mass gatherings, and public transportation, some broadway productions are slashing their ticket prices, as Vulture notes, in an attempt to draw people to the theater during this viral outbreak. 

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While TKTS offers discounted prices year-round, it’s rare to snag decent seats at a popular Broadway production for less than about $100. However, now, you can see a few popular shows for $50 (from March 12 through March 29). So, if you’re going to take the risk and go to the theater, which shows should you see now? If Producer Scott Rudin is behind the production, you may be in luck, as he is the man behind the shows slashing their prices. He explained why going to the theater may be what people need right about now. He stated:

This is an unprecedented opportunity for everyone to see a show that they otherwise might not have had easy and affordable access to. I can’t pretend that great theater is the panacea we’ve been waiting for, but in the meantime, I think we could all use a few hours away from the evening news. 


The shows to see now:

1. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel strikes all the familiar chords while avoiding mimicry. This is a new play that transforms Harper Lee’s source material, as opposed to simply transferring it to the stage without a unique vision. 

The play is intelligent and funny; it will leave you questioning society, just as Lee’s book did, but it will not leave you staring at the same exact narrative; rather, it will transport you into a new play with a familiar vibe. 

2. ‘West Side Story’ 

What better time to see a classic musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein? If you want a little dose of nostalgia packed with a whole lot of energy, this is the boost you need. It’s got just the right amount of optimism, and though it’s indeed flawed — as a huge screen plays a role often bigger than the lead actors – it’s still a good time. 

3. ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ 

The Lehman Trilogy is a three-act play that tells the story of a family and a company that changed the world. Back in 2008 (when all went wrong),  the financial services firm, Lehman Brothers, collapsed and helped to catalyze a global financial panic. 

While this historical narrative may seem all-too relevant in a time when individuals are concerned about a recession, the sheer dramatic intensity should work to separate you from your own life for just a bit. 

4. ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

How about another classic? The drama between this married couple oozes from the stage with an uncomfortable, palpable level of fervor. If you’re ready for something heavy, Virginia Woolf is always a good pick. The story is simple, but the human condition – the dynamic between individuals — is not, and the revelatory exploration is well worth an evening. 

5. ‘The Book of Mormon’

If you’ve been waiting for ages to see the Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, now is your chance to see it for a lot less, and still wind up in decent seats! This musical comedy knows a lot about satire…and a lot about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beliefs.