Off Broadway Discounts
If Ticket Central is not offering a discount on the show you want to see, there are other resources available to help you.
TDF Vouchers give you access to a wealth of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. You choose which theaters and productions you wish to support.The voucher is an open ticket of admission good for a year from the date of purchase, at the discretion of participating theaters. The price per voucher is $9.50.
To find out if a show you want to see is accepting TDF Vouchers: Visit www.tdf.org and search for the show on the site. If TDF Vouchers are accepted for the show, information will be available to the right of the calendar of performances.
To find a list of all shows accepting the TDF Voucher: Visit www.tdf.org and select "Vouchers" from the show search pull-down menu on the top left corner of the page.
To get tickets to a show with a TDF Voucher, first buy the voucher(s) (one for each person in your party) at Ticket Central. Then, on the day of the performance you want to see, call the theater's box office to check availability. The phone number is provided on the TDF website. The box office will let you know if you will be able to exchange your vouchers for tickets for that day/evening.
Several websites provide their members with coupon codes that can be used to purchase discounted tickets online, over the phone, or at a theatre's box office. Membership to these sites is free!
smarttix.com SmartTix mailing list
theatermania.com: TM Insider Club
playbill.com: Playbill Club
theatermama.com: Theater MAMA mailing list
On these sites, you can choose to sign up for email newsletters which often include new codes and special offers!
You can also visit www.broadwaybox.com for listings of discount codes distributed by the show producers.
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.
Student Rush Tickets
Student rush tickets are a great way so get a deep discount on Off-Broadway show tickets on the day of the performance you wish to see!
The best way to out about a show's student rush policy, is to visit its website. You can use theatermania.com as a search engine for theater web sites.
Fourth Arts Block
Discount Tickets to events in the East 4th Street Cultural District
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.
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.
Ticket Central recommends the following two services - in part because they offer discounts on memberships to the NYU community. Some of Ticket Central’s staff belong to these services and have seen some really great shows on the cheap!
TheaterExtras.com Membership fee: $99 (20% off Membership with code ST7912UNBM) per year for up to 2 tickets per show offered. Per ticket handling fee: $4
TheaterMania’s GOLD CLUB Membership fee: $99 per year (includes 2 tickets to a Broadway show) or $59 per year for up to 2 tickets per show offered. Per ticket handling fee: $4.50. For information, and for a special offer, visit www.theatermania.com/gold/partner/NYU.