How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is the opportunity to attend the various shows, both on and off Broadway. Sometimes we will buy tickets weeks in advance and sometimes we decide to see a show the day of. Living in the city I’ve learned a few tricks about the best places to buy tickets and which shows are actually worth seeing. And today, I’m going to share my secrets with you! Are you ready to learn how to get cheap Broadway tickets and to learn what shows are the best shows on Broadway? Keep reading below!

Where to Buy Tickets

1.) Enter the lottery. Many tourists don’t know about this, but it is my favorite way to get tickets to a show. The tickets are usually about $30 a ticket and range from fantastic seats {we won first row center seats to Wicked once} to balcony seats {still decent seats}. The one downside- it is a lottery, so you never know if you are actually going to win. But it really is fun to enter. It is free to enter and you only have to pay if your name is selected. Some shows allow you to enter the lottery online and others make you come to the box office. Simply google the name of the show you want to see and ‘lottery’ to find out if they offer lottery tickets. {i.e. ‘Hamilton Lottery’}

2.) Rush tickets. Many shows offer discounted tickets first thing in the morning in an attempt to fill open seats for that days show. Again, we’ve gotten some really great seats and we’ve had some okay seats. It just depends on what seats are left. It is first-come-first-serve, so sometimes you have to show up 30 minutes to an hour before the box office opens.

3.) Today Tix App. This app offers everything from last minute deals, future deals and lottery options. It only hosts certain shows, but you never know what you are going to find. We’ve won a few lottery tickets from this and have also purchased tickets through it.

4.) TKTS App. Some people still visit the ticket booth in Times Square, but you can skip the line and just use the app. I’ve used it a couple of times, but mostly use it to compare prices.

6.) Goldstar.com. I use this website for more than just Broadway show tickets {as you may have seen here}, but they do also offer discounted Broadway and Off Broadway tickets.

7.) Go to the Show’s Box Office. On weekends Caleb and I often find ourselves headed to Times Square either to enter a lottery or to see what cheap tickets we can get for future shows. If you buy tickets directly from the shows box office then you don’t have to pay extra fees associated with other websites or third parties.

Recommended Shows

Shows come and go quickly, but they also go on tour occasionally. I’m including some shows that recently left Broadway because they are worth seeing if they go on tour.

1.) A Bronx Tale {so good & based on a true story!!}

2.) Aladdin

3.) An American in Paris {no longer on Broadway, but worth seeing if it is on tour- gorgeous dancing!}

4.) Beautiful – A Carole King Story {I haven’t seen this, but heard it is fantastic & hope to see it soon}

5.) Cats {incredible talent, odd storyline}

6.) Chicago

7.) Dear Evan Hansen {this will be nominated for at least one Tony- I’m calling it now!}

8.) First Date {no longer on Broadway, but worth seeing if it is on tour- it was so funny!}

9.) Hamilton {I haven’t seen this yet, but we’ve all heard how incredible it is}

10.) In Transit {a cappella by the team of Pitch Perfect & Frozen}

11.) Kinky Boots

12.) Les Misérables {no longer on Broadway, but worth seeing if it is on tour}

13.) Lion King

14.) Newsies {no longer on Broadway, but worth seeing if it is on tour}

15.) On Your Feet {possibly my favorite ever… really}

16.) Phantom of the Opera

17.) Something Rotten {no longer on Broadway, but worth seeing if it is on tour- I’ve never belly laughed so hard in a play}

18.) The King and I

19.) Waitress {score by Sara Bareilles}

20.) Wicked

The following plays are either new to Broadway or are coming soon, but I plan to see them in the near future: Anastasia, Band Stand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock {Caleb wants to see this}

What are some of your favorite shows or what shows do you want to see?

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