A trip to New York wouldn’t be compete without visiting the famous Broadway Avenue and Times Square and catching a show. Going to a musical is a unique experience no matter where you are, but attending a musical on Broadway takes you to another level.
Naturally, super-shows (much like super-models… too much? 😉 such as The Lion King, Wicked, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, etc. come at a price, and tickets often sell out way before the show begins. The good news is that these shows are worth it and you can buy your tickets in advance.
There is a reason why audiences pay top dollar to come night after night year after year, for sometimes over a decade. You can safely spend your
hard-earned tourist dollars on an evening on Broadway and know that you and your significant other, family, friends will have a truly wonderful
experience which will last a lifetime.
That being said, another great piece of news is that you can buy discount Broadway tickets, and if you do it in the right way, you can still get awesome seats!
The three main options for buying Broadway tickets at a discount are:
We should just get this out of the way. Personally I would never recommend this option. Sometimes scalpers can give you great rates but most of the time they just rip you off. Naturally, since they aren’t authorized vendors you have no way to change your dates or ask for a refund. In addition, this practice is actually illegal so both you and the vendor could get fined heavily if you were to be caught. You might also be sold fake tickets. In
short, it isn’t a nice option.
This is a more interesting choice. TKTS is a booth in Times Square where you can buy tickets at up to 50% off for same-day shows. If you want to do this, make sure to give yourself plenty of time, because the lines can be quite long (they can even arrive at taking up most of the street!). One
thing to keep in mind is that TKTS very rarely sells tickets for some of the most famous shows, like The Lion King. If you go with TKTS, you will have to wait until you’re at the window to know which show(s) you can purchase. You also will not normally get great seats (unless a magical
power from above shines its glory down and you happen to get great seats -hey it happens!). Nonetheless some people actually like to go through the experience of waiting like a true New Yorker (a misconception, by the way, because true New Yorkers that want great seats at great prices do the third option), cough cough 😉 and TKTS for them can result in great savings.
Buy Discount Broadway Tickets Ahead of Time Online
Buying your tickets online has great advantages and it is, in my opinion, the best option for getting great discounts. The biggest advantage is that
you’re able to buy before you travel. In this way, you absolutely get better seats – much better than if you were to wait until the last minute.
I recommend buying on the official sites, like Ticketmaster and Telecharge or with an authorized vendor, like NewYork60 (disclaimer – NewYork60 is my website). With the official sites you won’t get discounts, but you can choose your seats. With NewYok60 you save up to 25% off the official
prices, in exchange for the theater assigning the best seats available at the moment of purchase. If you don’t like your seats or you change your
mind / your dates, no problem – we have a very flexible changes and cancellations policy. If the theater lets us do it, we let you do it!
Either way though the most important thing is that you do go to see a show. It is an incredible experience that you won’t forget. And regardless of
whether you want to purchase with NewYork60 if you have any questions or just want to say hi, we’re here!
Ladies and gentlemen let the curtain rise and the show begin!