One of the best things about living outside of Philly is how close we are to New York City. I have had an ongoing love affair with the city that never sleeps since I was a little girl. My family and I often take road trips to spend the weekend or even a day exploring New York and its Boroughs. We love any chance we get to take in a Broadway show, but they can be pricey. Read more to find out my top tip for how to get cheap Broadway tickets.
One thing my family and I love to do when we visit New York City is check out what shows are playing on and off-Broadway. I will admit that actually getting a ticket is kind of like playing a game of Jenga, but if you win it is so worth it.
Before we left on our road trip that morning my husband and I both entered a lottery to try to win a spot so we could purchase discount tickets to the show. Throughout the day we received emails that neither of us won, but I wasn’t ready to give up that easy, especially since the show only had two weeks left on Broadway.
The simple answer to the question, what is my top tip for how to get cheap Broadway tickets, is persistence plus patience (which I don’t have a lot of).
I read before that sometimes there are last-minute cancellations so we decided to head over to the box office about 15 minutes before showtime to see if anything was available. There were four tickets available in four separate areas of the theater for $75 each. I definitely didn’t want us all to sit separately so we said no and walked away.
Here’s My Top Tip For How To Get Cheap Broadway Tickets
We stood outside of the Palace theater, which is in the midst of Times Square, and watched as people excitedly walked on by. I looked at my daughter’s sad face and pineapple skirt, which she was so sure was going to bring us luck, and knew I couldn’t give up.
Even though the show was starting in less than 5 minutes, I asked my husband to go back to the box office.
I saw him talking excitedly and then he waved us over.
With about 2 minutes until showtime there were FOUR TICKETS available in a box for ONLY $30 EACH! We rushed into the theater and as the usher showed us to our private box under the sea in Bikini Bottom he confirmed that actually happens pretty often.
He said most people think they need tickets way in advance, but when it comes to Broadway sometimes it pays (well actually saves) to wait until minutes before the show and keep bothering the box office in order to score a cheap ticket (or four).
Have you visited New York City and had a chance to see a Broadway show?
What is the best show you have seen so far?