Plan Ahead For That Broadway Show
There are two things to think about when you're in the market for tickets to a Broadway show. What matters most - the price or getting the show you want? If getting the best deal possible is what's most important, nytheatre.com suggests the TKTS booth. If getting the show you want is what matters, try Ticketmaster or Tele-charge, the ticketing companies that handle Broadway tickets. Here's how the TKTS booth works for the price-conscious theatregoer. The non-profit Theatre Development Fund operates it. There is a TKTS booth right in Duffy Square, right in the theatre district. You can buy tickets for the same day only. No advance sales. And remember your ABCs - Always Bring Cash. No credit cards accepted. Tickets for matinees sell from noon to around 2 pm, evening performances sell from 3 pm to just before curtain time around 8 pm. You probably won't get a ticket to a hot show or a new show, and you won't get the best seats in the house. What you will get is a discount that ranges from 25% to 50%. Now, if you're set on seeing a specific show, your best bet is to use the ticketing companies - Ticketmaster and Tele-charge. They both sell tickets to Broadway shows, but not the same Broadway shows. So if you don't see the one you want on one service, chances are the other one represents it. Tele-charge seems to have the majority of the Broadway shows. You will pay a bit more than face value. Both services charge processing fees for the tickets they sell. The advantage here is you should be able to book pretty far in advance and get the seat you want. Plus, going online allows you to purchase tickets when it's convenient for you, and not just during box office hours. There are a couple of other options. If you spend a lot of time in the New York City area, you might want to check out a company like Theater Extras. They offer complimentary tickets to members. You will pay a membership fee, about the price of going to one show, and you might not always see the exact show you want. However, if you like to go to the theater often, this might be an option to check out. They do have rules by which members must abide, one of which is not talking about the fact they you have complimentary tickets. Theater Extras usually offers tickets to shows when producers want to make sure, for various reasons, that they have a full house. Finally, if there's a hot show you absolutely must see and you don't care about the cost, check out a ticket broker. You can find them online, as well as in most major hotels in New York. According to nytheatre.com, brokers will charge you a higher fee than either Tele-charge or Ticketmaster. The good news is many of them specialize in either premium seats or sold out shows. The Ticket Company (www.tickco.com) is one of the brokers that specialize in sold out shows.