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ryanreader
August 9th, 2006, 11:07 AM
Dear NewYorkers,

I am traveling to New York over labor day weekend, and so far, this site has offered a great deal of help. I am looking to purchase discounted Broadway tickets (i would like to buy them in advance, but I also have heard TKTS works very well) and I am wondering if anyone has advice on where I could purchase discounted tickets. I also need help picking a Broadway play (it is my first one). I have narrowed it down to Avenue Q, Rent, Spamalot, and Wicked. Which one would you recommend?

Thank You,
Ryan:)

ryanreader
August 9th, 2006, 01:23 PM
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lofter1
August 9th, 2006, 01:51 PM
Try the Times Square Information Center (http://www.timessquarenyc.org/about_us/info_center.html) between 46th / 47th on the east side of TS (bettween the Palace Theatre & the big McDonalds) ...

Vouchers for lower-priced theater tickets can often be found there -- although I'm not sure if many of the shows you list will be available. RENT most likely of that bunch.

Also -- if you're strapped for cash -- try going to the theater on the day of the performance you want to see and try for Standing Room tickets: ~ $20 - $25. But go early (10A - Noon).

tkts (http://www.tdf.org/tkts/): To avoid the long wait in line at the tkts windows go there around 6 - 6:30 PM. You'll get less choces but you won't waste half your day stadning in line. This strategy works much better for plays than musicals.

You can get tickets for matinees on the day before the show -- all other tickets are only available for day of the show.

The tkts booth at South Street Seaport is often less busy than the one in TS -- and after you get your tickets you can check out lower Manhattan.


TKTS Lower Manhattan Theatre Center at South Street Seaport ( the corner of Front and John Streets, the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street )
Hours:


Monday - Friday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday matinee tickets are available on Tuesday ONLY
Saturday 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday matinee tickets are available on Friday
Sunday matinee tickets will be sold on Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Please note that there are no tickets for Saturday matinee performances available on Saturday
Sunday: 11:00am to 3:00pm for Sunday Evening performances only


There are no full price tickets sold at any TKTS Booth.
Easily reachable by subway, you can take the J,M,Z, 2,3,4,5 to Fulton Street or the A,C to Broadway-Nassau. The M15 bus travels down Second Avenue to the Seaport.

lofter1
August 9th, 2006, 01:58 PM
You can check the weekly "Broadway Grosses" to see how ticket sales have been for the shows you're interested in ... the lower the % sales the better chance you'll have of getting good / decent seats at TKTS ...

Playbill.com: Broadway Grosses (http://www.playbill.com/features/section/7.html)

pacz
March 7th, 2008, 11:12 AM
I would definately recommend RENT. I have seen it over 20 times and still love it! It will be closing on June 8th, so this will be the last chance to see this on Broadway. You can try to get Lottery Tickets for the first two rows of the theater by going to the box office two hours before the show. You write your name on a card and if picked you can get two tickets for $40.00 (cash only!) Of course, you are taking a chance with this. Best time to do this would be for a Wednesday afternoon show.

The Benniest
March 7th, 2008, 08:53 PM
I'll put in my two cents ..

.. The Lion King (http://www.broadway.com/gen/show.aspx?SI=523223).

Extrordinary musical. Great cast members, awesome music and amazing effects. A must-see.

Edward
March 14th, 2008, 06:14 PM
You can get a discount for many plays at http://www.theatermania.com/

lofter1
December 28th, 2008, 09:44 AM
But one had best get tickets before January 11, 2009.

A large number of current Broadway fare will drop the curtain for the last time by that date, leaving theater-goers with far fewer options along the Great White Way.

Spring '09 could be bleak for Broadway.

The Benniest
December 31st, 2008, 06:40 PM
When I was in New York last July, I saw many of the musicals that are closing on the 11th, and it's hard to watch them go off Broadway. One that I greatly enjoyed was "Gypsy" with Patti LuPone. A masterpiece that musical is, or now...was. I was hoping to head back out east before school started up again to see some of these musicals before they go off Broadway, but it doesn't seem like that is going to happen. :(

In my opinion, Broadway is quite doomed with all of these spectacular shows leaving... Something needs to happen quickly!!

lofter1
January 1st, 2009, 10:29 AM
Broadway has been declared dead many times over the past 30 - 40 years ...

It will go on. Eventually.

Amberlicious7583
January 14th, 2009, 10:46 PM
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KenNYC
January 16th, 2009, 05:17 PM
I passionately disagree. Yeah sure it seems a bit sad when the old timers go away, but to be honest, there's a limit how long you can live on tradition and nostalgia, and getting rid of some old dead meat to make room for newer stuff is in the bigger picture a good thing. A lot of the newer shows on and off Broadway at the moment are really great.

(Shrek is absolutely crap though... Just sayin'. Rent the movie instead)

BrooklynRider
January 16th, 2009, 10:37 PM
The only really crime in the demise of so many shows of late is the fact that The Little Mermaid is still standing.

The Benniest
January 17th, 2009, 11:13 AM
Hahaha! Completely agree.

Ninjahedge
January 19th, 2009, 08:53 AM
I passionately disagree. Yeah sure it seems a bit sad when the old timers go away, but to be honest, there's a limit how long you can live on tradition and nostalgia, and getting rid of some old dead meat to make room for newer stuff is in the bigger picture a good thing. A lot of the newer shows on and off Broadway at the moment are really great.

(Shrek is absolutely crap though... Just sayin'. Rent the movie instead)

You mean like "Guys and Dolls" moving out that moldy musty "Rent"?

Good riddance!!! ;)


BTW, is this a recession trend? Get rid of the depressing musicals when things are bad? Guys and Dolls seems to be far from the epitome of American Theatrical Culture.....

lofter1
January 19th, 2009, 10:29 AM
This latest revival of "Guys and Dolls" was in the works well before the most recent financial crash.

Broadway is going to have to do quite a bit more than just trot out some tired and true shows from the past as it attmepts to weather this economic storm. Perhaps this crisis will force Broadway producers / theater owners to re-form ticket pricing so that there is a wider range of prices, making shows more available to all sorts of folks. There is no good reason that a seat way on the side in the 20th row should cost the same as a 5th row center seat.

BrooklynRider
January 19th, 2009, 09:53 PM
It feels like we get Guys & Dolls every 5 years. White cast...Black cast...maybe it's time for an Asian cast.

KenNYC
January 20th, 2009, 06:51 PM
You mean like "Guys and Dolls" moving out that moldy musty "Rent"?

Good riddance!!! ;)

Well, fair enough, my theory doesn't always apply! :p