To make tickets more affordable to students and other theatergoers on a budget, many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows have implemented rush, student rush, and standing room only ticket policies.
Good to know: Rush tickets are usually for students only, so be prepared to flash your NYU ID! In most cases, scoring rush tickets means waiting on line at a specified time at the theatre's box office for an opportunity to purchase discount tickets. Beware that usually the line for rush tickets can form much, much earlier than the time that the box office puts them on sale. In other cases, the box office conducts a lottery in order to determine who will have the opportunity to purchase tickets. You don't need to arrive early to the box office in such cases - you just need a little luck.
Standing room patrons stand in numbered spaces that are the width of a regular seat. They are usually located at the back of the orchestra. SRO tickets are trickier to get because they are only available if the show is sold out. There’s no definite way to predict in advance whether a performance will sell out, without actually calling the box office a few hours before curtain time. Shows that sell out often include Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Jersey Boys. Also, it is likely that any show will sell out very early in its run. Unless otherwise specified, one SRO ticket is sold per person.
The app also includes a 'lottery' feature on select shows that give you the chance to enter in a virtual lottery for even cheaper (or FREE!) tickets. Buy the tickets, show up to the theater and pick them up from a TodayTix representative waiting outside of the theater in a red shirt. It's that easy!
Like student rush and standing room only policies, the TKTS™ ticket booths are a resource you can use to purchase discount tickets on the day of the performance you want to see. (There are some exceptions for weekend matinees.)
Established in 1973 for the betterment of theatres and theatregoers alike, TKTS sells unsold tickets on the day of performance for many Broadway shows for 25-50% off the box office price plus a $3.00 service charge per ticket.
For example, if the price of a ticket for an orchestra seat to Aladdin is normally $95.00, the price at the ticket booth might be 50% off - or $47.50 - plus a $3 service charge.
The main TKTS booth is located in Father Duffy Square, on West 47th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue. The electronic signs in front display what shows are available for that day.
|For same-day evening performances||Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 3pm - 8pm
Tuesday: 2pm - 8pm
Sundays: 3pm until one-half hour before the latest curtain time being sold.
|For same-day matinee performances||Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10am - 2pm
(Please note: no evening tickets are sold from 10am to 2 pm at Times Square)
Sundays: 11am - 3pm
Tip: Get there early! Lines can get long very quickly - especially during good weather and the holiday season!
Satellite locations: There are 2 additional TKTS locations, one in lower Manhattan at the South Street Seaport, and one in Downtown Brooklyn at Metrotech Center.
Location: South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets (the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street)
|For same-day evening and next day matinee performances||Monday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
|Matinee tickets are only sold on the day before
the performance at TKTS Seaport
*You must buy matinee tickets the day before at the Seaport branch. For example, Wednesday matinees are sold Tuesdays.
Location: 1 Metrotech Center at the corner of Jay Street & Myrtle Street Promenade
|For same-day evening and next day matinee performances||Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
(Closed for lunch 3pm-3:30pm)
|Matinee tickets are sold on the day before
the performance at TKTS Downtown Brooklyn.
**You must buy Wednesday and Saturday matinee tickets the day before at the Downtown Brooklyn branch. For example, Wednesday matinees are sold on Tuesdays. Sunday matinee performances and Saturday/Sunday evening performances are not available at this location.
Tip: As both TKTS booths draw from the same pool of tickets, consider using the downtown location which usually draws less if a crowd!
TKTS Time Square accepts cash, travelers checks and TKTS Gift Certificates. TKTS Seaport and TKTS Downtown Brooklyn accept credit cards, cash, travelers checks or TKTS Gift Certificates.
For more information on TKTS including a list of recently offered shows and answers to some frequently asked questions, visit the TDF website at www.tdf.org.
If you are either unwilling to stand in long lines for tickets, or need more of a 'sure thing' - i.e. advance tickets - there are resources out there that can help.
The following websites also promote coupon codes that can be used to purchase discounted Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets online, over the phone, or at a theater's box office:
Tip: When using coupon codes, the best bargain is always at the theatre's box office. When purchasing tickets either online or over the phone, service charges usually apply.
For more tips and information, read theatremania.com's article: How Not to Buy Tickets: A Broadway box office agent lists 10 "don'ts" that we all should keep in mind when purchasing tickets at the theater.
If you enjoy going to Off-Broadway shows and usually do so several times a year, it may pay to join a papering service.
A papering service is a company which makes available complimentary tickets to its members, who pay a membership fee of usually between $50 - $100 per year. In addition to a membership fee, there is usually a $3 - $5 per ticket handling fee each time a member uses the service. Otherwise, there is no charge for the tickets.
Papering services usually offer its members complimentary tickets when a performance or event is in previews, under publicized, expecting the attendance of reviewers or celebrities, or would like the benefits of a full house. Performances range from previews to opening nights to performances throughout a show’s run.
NYU Box Office recommends the following three services - in part because some offer discounts on memberships to the NYU community.
Visit each company's website to find out more about joining the service and a list of shows that each has offered to its members in the past.
FAB Fridays: Line-up every Friday from 5-7pm at FAB Central to get the best deals to theater in the East Village. FAB Fridays feature rush tickets to theater, dance, film, music, and events for the entire weekend. Tickets are usually 25%-50% off in price, and have been offered for shows at such venues as New York Theatre Workshop, La MaMa E.T.C., Performance Space 122, Teatro Circulo, Teatro IATI, the New York Neo-Futurists, and DMAC. Every Friday morning check www.fabnyc.org for that afternoon's available tickets and then swing by East 4th Street before they are sold out!
FAB Deals: Visit the FAB Deals section on www.fabnyc.org for current deals on everything from theater to film, to classes and workshops for all disciplines and levels.
For more information, visit www.fabnyc.org.
NYU Box Office has searched the city for ticket discounts and has compiled a list of websites and email lists that will provide you with student discounts, coupon codes, and rush ticket information.
Individual tickets to sports events are rarely discounted. Keep in mind, though, that you can nearly always pay less by purchasing your game tickets at the arena or stadium, instead of using online or phone services that charge extra fees.
Tip: Make sure to visit the websites (listed below) of your favorite teams and sign up for their fan email lists (if available). When discounts are offered on tickets, fans on the list find out about them first!