One thing that everyone hates is having to spend a ton of money to see a show which is why I want to do a post about how to buy broadway tickets on sale or how to find discounts on broadway tickets. There are a ton of options to find great deals on them, even before you leave for NYC or for a touring cast in your own city. Here are a few of the things that I have done over the years and some great ways to get amazing seats if you have a bit of luck.
Goldstar - Many people don’t know about Goldstar, but I have personally used them to buy broadway tickets as well as to see shows here in DC. What Goldstar does is sell off tickets at half the normal price online. You don’t get to know your seat ahead of time, but you do get amazing prices and discounts on broadway tickets with them. Although you don’t get to see where you are sitting, it is kind of exciting to go to will call at the box office and get your tickets at the show and then see where your seats are. If there is a show I only somewhat want to see or that I don’t want to spend a ton of money on, I will definitely go to Goldstar first for discounts on broadway tickets.
Ticket Liquidator – This is a service that I use when I want awesome seats. Ticket Liquidator acts as a market place for shows and broadway tickets. You can find broadway tickets for sold out shows on a regular basis here, but you may have to pay more instead of getting a discount. At the same time, when people can’t make a show because of something else, they may sell their broadway tickets at a discount just to get rid of them. You can find everything from VIP passes to suites and boxes as well as orchestra to the very back of the upper balcony. I actually do like Ticket Liquidator a lot because you can get virtually any show you want even if it is sold out at the box office. I highly recommend them if you are looking for something that is sold out as you will probably be able to find broadway tickets for sold out shows on their site.
TKTS booth – One option you have if you are already in NYC is to go to the TKTS booth in times square. TKTS sells the unsold seats for numerous shows at fairly large discounts. You can find both on broadway and offbroadway available at the TKTS counter. One thing you do have to make sure you pay attention to is that if you are there on a day with matinees, they sell evening shows after the matinees are done. One other downside to going to TKTS is that if you are dying to see a show, they may not have that show on sale or they may sell out before you get to the counter. If you do choose to do this, which I normally do, go early and wait for the counter to open so you get awesome seats at dirt cheap prices.
Show Raffles – One thing that you can do if you are dying to see a show that is sold out and you are also feeling lucky is to show up to the box office for a show raffle. Many of the theatres have a raffle for awesome and sometimes front row seats for their shows. The only problem is that they raffle them off so you have to win the raffle and they are full price which can be very expensive. Then again if you cannot find the broadway tickets anywhere else and you really want to see the show, then this is a good option for you. Just remember that you may not end up getting your broadway tickets and not being able to get to see a show at all.
There are a ton of ways to buy broadway tickets on sale. These are just a few of the ways that I have gotten to see a ton of shows without having to pay full price. I highly recommend the services above and have used them myself. If you know of other ways to buy broadway tickets on sale, please feel free to leave a comment below.