to all essentials
If you know what show you want to see and where itís being
performed, do a little legwork and save handling fees and
surcharges by purchasing tickets directly from the box office
at the theater. These booths are usually open only a few hours
per day, so call ahead to find out the hours. Rush tickets
purchased two hours in advance of a show are also often available
through a lottery or for students at about $25 each.
If youíre just here for a few days and decide to see a show
at the last minute, many better hotels have concierge services
or even Broadway ticket desks that procure hard-to-get theater
seats. Concierges will show you the options and then act as
a middle man between you and a reputable broker, minimizing
the fear of getting taken advantage of by a scalper. For good
seats at the last minute, expect to pay premium prices (often
hundreds of dollars each), plus a $20-$25 tip for the concierge,
depending on the cost of the tickets.
Open 24 hours
For tickets to certain Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Telecharge
adds a $6.50 surcharge per ticket for Broadway and 5.50 for
Off-Broadway shows, plus a one-time handling fee of $2.50.
Order them online and save 50 cents per ticket. Tickets can
be and take 7-10 days, or they can be held at the box office.
416 W. 42 between 9th and 10th Aves., 212-279-4200
Open from 12-8pm daily for box office and phone orders.
A reasonable option for lesser-known Off and Off-off Broadway
shows. Tickets are available at the box office, by phone or
online with a nominal surcharge, depending upon the show.
Expect a surcharge $2-$4 per ticket, On the Internet, thereís
a base $2.50 charge plus an additional $2-$3 surcharge per
ticket. Box office orders have no surcharge or additional
fees. They donít mail tickets Ė so pick them up from the Ticket
Central box office, or have them held at the theater when
you order them by phone or on the Internet.
Open 24 hours.
Ticketmaster is probably one of the best-known agencies for
getting ticket to larger productions, such as The Lion
King, Wicked, or Hairsprayóthough itís definitely
tacks on higher fees than most other agencies. Expect a $3-$10
surcharge per ticket, plus an additional convenience charge
(it varies depending on the price of the tickets, but usually
around $3). Although ordering online wonít save you any money,
it will save time.; Order 3-4 weeks in advance for mail deliver,
pick your tickets up the box office the day of the show, or
have your tickets e-mailed for additional cost of $2.50.
NYCís Official Visitor Information Center
810 Seventh Ave. at 53rd St., 212-484-1222
Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, Sun, and holidays from 8am-5pm
The Visitor Information Center offers discount coupons for
Times Square location
47th St at Broadway
Mon- Sat (for 8pm performances): 3pm - 8pm Wed and Sat (for
2pm matinees): 10am - 2pm Sundays (for matinees): 11am - 3pm
Sundays (for evening performances): 3pm
South St. Seaport location
199 Water St. at Front and John Sts.
Mon-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
The Theatre Development Fund decided to make theater more
affordable for the average person, so they opened TKTS booths
to offer tickets for discounts of 25-50 percent. This non-profit
organization has white and red discount ticket booths in Times
Square and South Street Seaport that sell tickets to everything
from Chicago to Rent on the day of the performance,
with just an additional $3 surcharge per ticket. Arrive in
the early evening to avoid the lines, but donít plan on charging
tickets, as TKTS booths accept only cash or travelerís checks.
If you already know what show you want to see and when you
want to see it, there are a number of Web sites to check out,
A service of Theatre Direct International that offers
tickets, reviews and theater packages.
Line: A service of the League of American Theatres & Producers
that sells Broadway tickets online.
The official Web site of the Alliance of Resident Theatres
that lists Off-Broadway shows by theater company, neighborhood,
subject, and author.
In general, buying tickets from some of the characters
hovering on street corners in Times Square is not a great
ideaóitís not even legalóbut if youíre really desperate and
everything seems legit, you may find yourself a great deal
to a show.
Some theaters have standby tickets available right before
show time. Call in advance to find out which theaters offer
A handful of Broadway theaters and most Off-Broadway theaters
rely on volunteer ushers to work during performances and it's
easy to lend a hand in exchange for a chance to see the show.
Make a reservation in advance and then arrive about an hour
and a half before the performance for a debriefing from the
house manager. After you show paying theatergoers to their
seats, settle down to enjoy the performance for free. You
might be asked to stick around for a bit afterwards to scan
for stray playbills or lost-and-found items. Call the box
office as procedures (and dress codes!) vary.
Discount Ticket ideas