The Cheap Seats: How to Broadway on a Budget

Many people, especially those my age, don’t like going to Broadway shows because of the price.  Honestly, I get it.  Most of my friends are in college, and that means loans, textbooks, housing, all that jazz.  So I get that Broadway shows aren’t always in everyone’s budget.  With that being said, here are some ways to go to Broadway for less.

  1. Rush tickets- For those of you who like to get up early, most box offices offer rush tickets if you line up as soon as the box office opens, which is usually around 8 AM.  You wait in line for a little bit, get your tickets, and then you can trek around the city and get something eat while you wait for the show.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s probably a fun day trip if you bring your friends.
  2. Broadway Week- This buy one get one half off deal only happens twice a year, once in Feburary and once in September, and the latter is the one I attend every year.  In fact, my family has made a tradition out of it.  This year’s second deal is coming up, and you can get early access here if you’re an AARP member.
  3. School discounts- Check and see if your college offers discounts like mine does.  I’ve seen two shows with Adelphi already, each one for $35, transportation included with pretty good seats.
  4. Group rates- Lots of show offer these and  it’s especially great if you’re going on a field trip.  You can get more information about it on show websites.
  5. Broadway Roulette– Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows!
  6. Lottery- Luck be a lady with you if you’re trying this; I haven’t won any yet.  Then again, I mostly just enter for Hamilton

Here’s some more info to check out:

http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-rush-lottery-and-standing-room-only-policies-com-116003

Know any other tips? Feel free to leave a comment!

MT inspirational quote of the day:

“The musicals that leave us kind of staggering on our feet are the ones that really reach for a lot. “- Lin-Manuel Miranda

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