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Old 08-10-04, 11:45 AM
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Question about finding cheap broadway tix in NYC

Anyone know of a website where I can find really cheap broadway tickets in NYC? I would love to buy tickets for a weekday matinee for Mamma Mia, Movin' Out or Bombay Dreams. Someone told me that if you show up like a half hour before a matinee begins, they sometimes sell you tickets really cheap (like $20 a ticket). Any truth to this?
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Re: Question about finding cheap broadway tix in NYC

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Someone told me that if you show up like a half hour before a matinee begins, they sometimes sell you tickets really cheap (like $20 a ticket). Any truth to this?
Not true at all. A few shows sell a handfull of tickets in the $20-25 range on the day of performance - usually by lottery. Among the shows doing this: Rent, Wicked, Avenue Q, Hairspray. I live across the street from Hairspray and on matinee days the line is already forming when I leave for work at 8am!

As far as "really cheap" tickets - they don't exist. There is a ticket booth at 47th St & Broadway that sells half-price tickets for same-day performances, but be prepared to get there early and spend anywhere from 1-2 hours in line. No credit cards, cash only.
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I've gotten first row seats at great prices at that Tixx booth, but prepare for a long line and limited selection when it comes to shows.
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Originally posted by Groucho
I've gotten first row seats at great prices at that Tixx booth, but prepare for a long line and limited selection when it comes to shows.
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If you're in NYC, you can go to TKTS on 47th Street & Broadway. Here's their Link.

Here's some info about them. Link
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you can also go to:

broadwaybox.com

I also have an extensive link of the shows that do the $20 tix - and what the procedures are...however, it is on my other computer - which is not hooked up yet, because we just moved....I can get it for you later....
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I was just in NYC last week for the first time and caught "The Frogs" with Nathan Lane. It was a pretty cool experience.
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Yeah, that was it...the TKTS booth.
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Originally posted by Gil Jawetz
Actually, I have gotten front row seats at the TKTS booth on more than one occasion. Granted, I was first or second in line, but still.
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Originally posted by Groucho
Yeah, that was it...the TKTS booth.




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Before I am laughed at further, the shows I wanted to see were the less-popular, underhyped ones. For the "big" shows, fuggedaboutit.
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Originally posted by Groucho
Before I am laughed at further, the shows I wanted to see were the less-popular, underhyped ones. For the "big" shows, fuggedaboutit.


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I've used codes from broadwaybox.com theatermania, playbill, etc.

Usually get a pretty good discount from $25 off to 50% off.

Also I buy tickets MONTHS before the show to get GREAT seats, or I'll wait till 24-48 hours before the show when the release the VIP Holdback tickets.
That option has always 100% of the time worked for me, and I've never been further than 7th row center orchestra.
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There's also a TKTS booth downtown by the South Street Seaport. It's smaller and usually the line is shorter.
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Re: Question about finding cheap broadway tix in NYC

Originally posted by Porno Star
Anyone know of a website where I can find really cheap broadway tickets in NYC? I would love to buy tickets for a weekday matinee for Mamma Mia, Movin' Out or Bombay Dreams. Someone told me that if you show up like a half hour before a matinee begins, they sometimes sell you tickets really cheap (like $20 a ticket). Any truth to this?
There is some truth to this - when we're in NYC, my wife and I see A LOT of shows with rush or student seating (usually $20-25 per show, usually either the front or back rows or in somewhat restricted view or Standing room). Not all shows do it, but you should check at the box office of the shows that you are interested in once you are in the city for their policies.
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For the big shows, you can sometimes wait in the cancellation line at the show, however, you need to get there at least an hour ahead and you won't get any discount. It's about your only chance of seeing any of the really popular ones (I saw The Lion King twice this way back in it's first year).
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Originally posted by talemyn
For the big shows, you can sometimes wait in the cancellation line at the show, however, you need to get there at least an hour ahead and you won't get any discount. It's about your only chance of seeing any of the really popular ones (I saw The Lion King twice this way back in it's first year).
But you can also get same day, rush standing room tickets for TLK - on sale when the box office opens at 10 am, one per customer. The line-up starts early...
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Originally posted by Dabaomb
If you're in NYC, you can go to TKTS on 47th Street & Broadway.
The one time I tried this we were waaaaaay back in line. There were pretty good tickets at first, but by the time we got up there the selection was very limited, so we took what we could get. I don't remember what the play was, but it took place in a barn (with fake dogcrap as part of the set) and at some point, Tim Curry was naked in it (fortunately for a very brief amount of time).
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Originally posted by digitalfreaknyc
There's also a TKTS booth downtown by the South Street Seaport. It's smaller and usually the line is shorter.
I've always had good luck at that one. It seems that there's more locals at that location too, instead of tourists, so the atmosphere was a little more interesting.
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http://www.talkinbroadway.com/boards/rush.html

Go to this website...it explains the rush/sro procedure for each show that provides them and gives the necessary details on what to do. The page is updated frequently - be on the look out for the new b'way shows coming out for the fall....

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