Everyone has that friend who manages to see a new Broadway play or musical every month. Luckily, you don’t have to go into credit card debt trying to keep up — there are so many ways to get Broadway tickets for as little as 10 bucks. Here are the five best ways to get great seats no matter how broke you are. (Because New Yorkers don’t pay full price for anything, much less triple-digit Broadway show tickets.)
Go to the TKTS booth
This is the most commonly known way to get cheap Broadway tickets, but it’s popular for a reason: Standing online at the TKTS booth gives you access to day-of Broadway tickets for up to 50 percent off nearly every day of the year. But the real tip is this: Don’t go to the one in Times Square. Instead, head to the booths at South Street Seaport or Lincoln Center for a far shorter line (and the exact same deals).
Sign up for the lottery — all of them
Hamilton isn’t the only show with a lottery. In fact, most shows have one of their own, with prices ranging from $10 to around $50 each. If you have a broke friend who’s always seeing shows on Broadway, this is how they do it: Check out the Playbill website, bookmark all of the lottery pages, and enter all of them when you wake up every morning. Stay on top of it, and you’re practically guaranteed to win a ticket or two at some point.
Get there when the box office opens
Or before, if you’re really dedicated. Rush tickets are same-day tickets offered at a deep discount — think $30 to $50 for seats that might cost quadruple any other day. They’re typically offered first-come, first-served as soon as the box office opens, and cash payment is often required. Follow the Playbill website for the best info on how to snag rush tickets to your favorite show, including prices, seat locations, and box office info.
Shop last minute
If you’re already in Midtown, and that show you’ve wanted to see starts in 30 minutes, luck is on your side. You can get hyper-last-minute deals from sellers who are desperately trying to resell their tickets and make at least some of their money back.
Wait until tickets on your favorite resale website drop into the range you’re willing to spend, and jump on one. There’s no guarantee you’ll get what you’re looking for, but if you’re down the street from the venue anyway, why not try? You never know — and you might get the steal of a lifetime.
Check out a discount website
A handful of legit websites offer great tickets at a discount with no strings attached. TodayTix is sort of like Priceline for Broadway, getting you fab deals upfront and releasing you of your duty to scour the internet for deals. And Playbill aggregates discounts from theaters across the city and releases exclusive daily discount codes to subscribers of their free mailing list.
But probably the most fun (and cost-effective) is using Broadway Roulette. Pick a date, select the number of tickets you want, hand over your credit card information, and you’ll be on your way to a $49 Broadway show. Which one? You won’t find out until you’ve already been charged, but that’s half the fun.