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Discount Theatre Tickets via TKTS

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Discount Theatre Tickets via TKTS

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Most folks are aware that you can get same-day tickets to many Broadway and off-Broadway shows at substantial discounts via the Times Square TKTS booth. But here are a few things that aren't as well known:

 

 

You can also sign up to get Off-Off-Broadway tickets for just $9 each. To learn more, please click here.

 

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Discount Theatre Tickets via Codes & Online Services

 

The TKTS booths are great if you're okay with waiting on a potentially long line, and are open to whatever shows and whatever seats for those shows happen to be available when it's your turn at the ticket window.

 

If you want to plan an evening, though, it's best to buy tickets in advance, which allows you to carefully select both the show you want and your reserved seats. (In addition, certain shows won't go through the TKTS booth but will offer discount codes.) You usually can't nab 50% discounts this way; but you can often get around 40% off, which for a party of four will still be hundreds of dollars less than the retail price.

 

A good strategy is to get the code, go online to identify the seats available for the day and time you want, and then go to the physical box office with the code printout or screen in hand to request those seats...which will spare you from often outrageous online "service" charges.

 

Here are four of the best sources for theatre discounts:

 

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Comp Theatre Tickets via "Seat Filler" Services

Theater Extras   

 

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Being able to see a NYC stage show for 50% off is fantastic. But if you want to go for near-miraculous, join a "seat filler" theatre service, which will let you catch a wide range of live shows for an incredible $3.50-$4.50 a ticket.

 

These services exist because there are many shows that, at times, don't manage to sell out a performance. In some cases, these productions want more people to experience them and spread positive word of mouth (especially during the first week or two of the run). In other cases, they simply want to fill vacant seats so the paying customers feel like they're at a popular show and the performers benefit from the energy of a large crowd.

 

By getting enthusiastic audience members to fill empty seats, these companies are providing a genuinely valuable service to shows...and in the bargain allow you to see off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and sometimes even Broadway productions for close to free.

 

The following are the four primary theatre services for NYC:

 

Bottom line: I recommend joining TheaterMania Gold Club or Theater Extras as your primary service...or joining them both (which is what I do).

 

Because you can quickly save hundreds of dollars in ticket costs using any of these services, it can make sense to join a second one as a "backup." While there's enormous overlap among the services, there will also be times when your primary service isn't carrying a show but your backup service is...and it might be a production you really want to see. Also, because each service is allotted a set number of tickets, a show will often sell out on one service but still be available through another.

 

If your only interest is in the latest and greatest shows on Broadway, then you should probably stick to buying from TKTS and using discount codes...and, when necessary, paying full price.

 

But if you're game for exploring all NYC has to offer—especially the myriad of small, quirky, and occasionally breathtaking productions beyond Broadway—joining a theatre service is opening the door to what might prove to be an unforgettable adventure.

 

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