One of the best things about living outside of Philadelphia 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 or hop on the train to spend the weekend or even a day exploring New York and its nearby Boroughs. We love any chance we get to take in a Broadway show, but they can be pricey. During a recent trip to the city we scored really cheap Broadway tickets last minute and I want to share how to get them.
How Can I Get Cheap Broadway Tickets?
People want to know how to get cheap broadway tickets, for shows that are playing both on and off-Broadway. I will admit that actually getting a ticket is kind of like playing a game of Jenga, but if you can score one it’s so worth it.
The show my daughter really wanted to see while we were in New York City was Spongebob on Broadway (and she even wore her pineapple skirt for good luck) but unfortunately the tickets were way too expensive.
Before we left in the morning for NYC, my husband and I both entered a lottery to try to win a spot to 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.
Since I heard before that sometimes there are last-minute cancellations, 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.
Instead of actually leaving the theater though 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 plus pineapple skirt, which she was so sure was going to bring us luck, and knew we couldn’t give up.
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).
Where Can I Get Cheap Last Minute Broadway Tickets?
Most people seem to think the cheapest Broadway tickets can be found online, but in my experience when it’s last minute, I recommend going straight to the box office.
Even though the show we wanted to see 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 scenario actually happens pretty often.
The usher explained that 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 asking the box office staff in order to score cheap Broadway tickets (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?