Hey everyone! It’s Sarah and today I’m going
to be talking about how to get cheap tickets to Broadway shows. Now if you’re
visiting the city or if you live in the city and you want to go to Broadway,
you’ll quickly realize that the tickets can be extremely expensive. And if you
want the best seat in the house you kind of have to pay top dollar but today I’m
going to be going through five ways that you can get discounted or cheap ticket
to some of the best shows that are playing today here in New York. Now the classic way is to wait in line
on the day of the show at the TKTS by TDF booth that’s in the center of Times
Square near the red steps. Here you’ll find practically 50% off all tickets for
all shows except for the mega hits. There are two other locations besides the Times
Square one. The two locations are near Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein atrium,
which is on Broadway and 62nd Street. The great part about this location is
actually it’s indoors which is a huge bonus
especially when the weather’s not good and in the winter. That is like – oh my god –
that is such a blessing to be able to wait inside because so freezing. Especially January.
The other TKTS booth is located in downtown Brooklyn. This is on the corner
of a J Street and Myrtle Avenue. If you want to go to a matinee show make sure
you go the day before because they sell those tickets a day early. A matinee show
it normally happens around 2 p.m. Whereas if you’re going to an evening
show you want to go the day of that show and that’s when you can get 50% off
those tickets. One important thing to note is that you can only buy 6
tickets per person and that there is a $5 to $6 fee on top of the ticket cost
which is actually substantially lower than what you’ll get online. All
ticketing fees benefit the non-for-profit TDF which helps bring at
the power of Performing Arts to everyone through initiatives like their autism
friendly performances. So that’s one way let’s go into the next way right now. Now let’s dive right into number two
which is using the TodayTix app. This is beneficial because it allows you
to get discounted tickets up to a month in advance. Using the TodayTix app
helps give you a better idea of what show you’ll see and you can kind of plan
your schedule a little bit in advance. Now on this app you may not get as steep
of a discount as you would at the TKTS by TDF booth but you will be able to book in
advance which is a huge benefit especially if you want to plan a lot of
things in New York and you don’t want to leave stuff up to chance. However, there
are a few other options for online ticket sales there’s four websites in
particular that you can use as a resource if you don’t find the show that
you want or the price that you want of that show on TodayTix. The websites you
should check are New York Show Tickets, Broadway Box, Theatremania, and Gold Star.
And I’ll link to all of those things below this video. Keep in mind that
you’re going to have a higher per-ticket-fee on top of that. It’s going to
be about $10 to $15 so just prepare for that. On top of the
discount. Just a heads up! If you want to get discounted tickets to
the more popular shows. Now I’m talking Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Chicago –
things like that. Then you’re going to need to try the rush tickets or the
lottery strategy. Now rush tickets is when you show up to the box office the
moment it opens which is normally around 10:00 a.m. most days and they sell
essentially whatever is left which may not be the best seats but it’s about
twenty dollars I did this for Chicago a few years ago and it works out great. The
other option is doing the lottery. Now more and more shows are starting to do this,
especially the big popular ones. This is where you go to the theater a few hours
before the show starts and you write your name on a piece of paper.
They then draw a winner out of all the people that enter their names and that
person will get a severely discounted tickets and sometimes the
seats are fantastic. I’m just gonna go through a few of the offers that they’re
going on right now that’s been pretty consistent over the last year and these
are things that you can check out when you’re here if you want to see some of
the best, the biggest hits on Broadway The most competitive a lottery tickets
are Hamilton, of course. They offer 46 seats at $10 every day. The other one is
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which they hold their lottery once a week on
Fridays. But to see a list of all the lotteries that are happening while
you’re here you can go to Broadway for the Broke People.
I’m putting their website below so you can check out that and that will give
you access to a lot of the big hits that aren’t normally found at the TKTS by TDF
booth or TodayTix app and on the other ways that you can get discounts
tickets. If the show you wanna see is not
available on the other ways that I mentioned then I recommend is going
straight to the box office where you can avoid the expensive service fee
associated with buying online and also if you go the day of the show sometimes
the seats that were previously held for house seats or premium seats that didn’t
get sold will now be released back to the public and they’ll lower the prices
of those and that way you can get in to pretty decent seats at a a lower cost
than what you would normally get. The other great thing about this is that the
box office attendee can help guide you as to where to sit in the theater to get
the best seat for your money. Now number five sadly doesn’t apply to
everyone but it’s be a young person. If you’re under the age of 35, or 30
depending on the program, you can actually qualify to get discounted
tickets through many of the nonprofit theater organizations here in the city.
Theater goers ages 18 to 35 can buy tickets to the roundabout theater
company for just $25 per show by joining its HipTix program. 21 to 35 can join Lincoln
Center’s theater LincTix program which offers $32 tickets at all shows. And then
finally you have Manhattan Theatre Club the 30 under 30 program which allows
patrons 30 or younger to buy tickets for $30.
If you’re not qualified in one of those categories but you’re a student or your
teacher then you’re actually in luck in a different way because you qualify for
discount tickets through other programs. Librarians, teachers, and
students can pick up vouchers for 30 to 50 percent off through the school
theater ticket program and students ages 13 to 18 can buy five dollar tickets to
certain off and off off-broadway productions through the high five
tickets to the arts. Now for some bonus tips! I actually used to work on
Broadway and they know a bit more about Broadway than the average guide would
know and for that reason I wanted to share two little tips for going to see a
Broadway show, in addition to the ones I already shared. Number one, if you’re here
in January that is the cheapest time to see if Broadway shows and as far as the
day of the week that’s cheapest it’s generally Tuesdays and Wednesdays or
matinee performances mid-week are the cheapest. Aim for those and if you can
stack a discount on top of that then you are set and you are seeing that show
for the lowest price possible. Good for you. Great work! Yes. Thank you for watching! If you enjoyed
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