Looking for cheap(er) tickets? Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best options out there.
Still under 30? Manhattan Theatre Club offers a 30under30 program. Basically, if you’re 30 years old or younger, you can purchase $30 tickets (up to 2) to all MTC shows. Your guest does not have to fit the age requirement, but you will have to show your ID to pick up the tickets.
Linctix offers $30 tickets to 21-35 year olds for all Lincoln Center Theater productions. Also, if you sign up, LCT3 shows cost just $20. You can only purchase one ticket though Linctix, but you can enter your friend’s member information when purchasing so you can sit together.
If you’re looking to buy tickets in advance for some of the more popular shows, I recommend checking in from time to time on websites like Playbill, Theatremania, or Plum Benefits. They typically all offer the same discounts. They aren’t the best, but it’s better than nothing! You can join the Playbill Club here. There’s also the Theatremania Gold Club which offers discounts and a pair of complimentary tickets with a $99 annual membership fee.
Lastly, there is TDF which offers affordable prices for Broadway, Off-Broadway, music, and dance productions. The Broadway shows tend to be around $40-45 nowadays. Now, you’re not going to see bestsellers like The Book of Mormon or Wicked listed on TDF, but you will see a fair share of popular plays and musicals. Shows will more likely pop up during previews or when they aren’t selling as well during a particular week. There’s an annual membership fee. Right now it’s only $25. Check out the site to see if you are eligible to join.
So these are the major outlets I use when investigating ticket deals. There are always the TKTS booths for day-of half-price tickets (tourist central, mind you). It also never hurts to swing by the box office and see what they have available that night.
Good luck and happy ticket-buying!