Whether you're a seasoned theatre-goer or a first-time attendee, our compilation of the best ways to buy Broadway show tickets is all you need to score tickets to your favourite Broadway show. We also have a few extra hacks and tips for discounted and last-minute broadway show tickets!
Best Ways To Buy Broadway Show Tickets - 10 Sure Shot Ways!
Choose your pick from the top running Broadway shows mentioned above and use one of our 10 sure shot ways to get tickets for your desired Broadway show.
Theatre Apps & Websites
Checking for broadway show tickets on theatre apps and third-party websites like Headout, Ticketmaster and TodayTix is the easiest and most economical way. From the comfort of your phone, you can choose the show of your choice and in just 3 taps you'll have your tickets on your phone. These apps and websites are also known for their discounts and cash backs - an easy way to score discounts while buying broadway show tickets.
For last-minute Broadway goers, head to one of the 3 TKTS Booths in New York and chances are you'll find a few discounted tickets for same day shows. Run by the Theatre Development Fund, the TKTS Booths on South Street Seaport, Lincoln Centre and Times Square offer day-of or one-day-advance discounted tickets for most Broadway shows. Though launched with only half-priced tickets, discounts now range from 30–50%!
Know more about the 3 TKTS Booths in NYC.
Broadway Tickets Via Phone
Broadway Theatres have 2 primary vendors for ticket sales via phone: Telecharge at (800) 432-7250 and Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717. If you're not comfortable with the internet, getting your broadway tickets via phone is extremely easy. You can call any of the numbers, enquire about the shows, relay the number of tickets you require and give your card details in order to confirm your purchase. On the day of the show, head over to the Will-Call window to get your tickets.
You can always buy Broadway tickets in person from the theatre’s box office. You can avoid paying an additional service or handling fees, but you lose out on discounts and cash back. Most premium seats are reserved for box office sales, so if you're looking for the best seats in the house, a box office purchase is recommended. A majority of the box offices on Broadway remain open from 12 PM to show time.
Rush, SRO & Lottery Tickets
If you have lady luck by your side, then try your hand at getting tickets via one of these time-consuming, yet discounted hacks. Rush tickets are typically sold when the box office opens for that day's performance(s). Standing Room Tickets are also sold around the same time as Rush tickets, but only after the performance sells out. Lotteries are another fun way of scoring Broadway show tickets - be it digital lotteries or in-person lotteries. In-person lotteries are conducted for that day's show(s), usually a few hours before the performance while digital lotteries are conducted earlier in the day. While these three methods are not sure shot ways of getting broadway tickets, they are worth a try.
Here's all you need to know before enrolling in a Broadway Lottery.
Become a Theatre Development Fund Member
For $30, you can get an annual membership to the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), which gives you access to an array of Broadway ticket deals and discounts. TDF also lets you see Off-Off Broadway shows for just $9 through its OffOff@9 program. Members also get the chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public, which can be a big deal when it comes to shows with a lot of pre-buzz.
NYC Tourist Attractions Passes
If you're a tourist in the Big Apple, buying a city pass can go a long way. Apart from offers and deals on attractions in the city, you get discounts on Broadway show tickets as well! The New York Pass gives up to 10% off full-price on specific Broadway show tickets whereas the The Sightseeing Pass and The Sightseeing Flex Pass can get you $20 off Broadway tickets.
If your Broadway plans are sometime around mid-January or early September, use the Broadway Week discounts to your advantage and get 2-for-1 tickets (with a $20 "upgrade" option for preferred seating). Most shows on Broadway are a part of Broadway Week, giving you the option of watching Hamilton or Lion King - whichever you choose for half the price!
Here's everything you ought to know about Broadway Week.
Wednesday Matinees are typically designed for the older, retired, outside-the-city crowd. A fair share of tourists and school groups also constitute the Wednesday Matinee audience. Not sticking to the usual timings in the evenings like most Broadway shows, the Wednesday matinees take place in the afternoon at around 2 pm or 3 pm and tickets are sold at a whopping 10% to 50% discount. If you’re free on a Wednesday afternoon, it's the perfect time to grab Broadway tickets with zero hassles!
Kids' Night on Broadway
Kids’ Night On Broadway (KNOB) was started to enlighten younger minds and introduce them to the world of performance arts. During this annual event, kids under 18 can see select Broadway shows for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a full ticket. Along with free tickets for your kid, you also get restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and free educational events for kids.
The last (and most fun way) to get Broadway tickets is by playing the Broadway Roulette. Pick the day you want to watch the show and the type of show you like - Broadway Roulette will choose a show for you and book tickets as well! The name of the show along with the address and ticket pickup details are revealed to you on the day of the show.