Get discounts in one place with fabulous free app TodayTix, plus easy virtual entry into online lotteries. Enter code ‘NDUGS’ at checkout for $10 off your first order.
– Discount tickets are easier to snag on weekdays and when less tourists are around, i.e. fall and January/February.
– Buy at the theater’s box office if possible to avoid online/phone service charges and ask for best available seats.
– Lion King, Cats, Aladdin and Wicked on Broadway and Stomp, Blue Man Group and Gazillion Bubble Show Off-Broadway are some current kid-friendly options.
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Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry with $39-$49 tickets (usually $79) available for multiple dates. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening showtimes at West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue.
Every Friday between 12 am and 1 pm; enter a lottery to purchase $40 tickets to the sold out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the following week via the TodayTix App.
Day of (Cheaper but Riskier)
Online LotteriesSome show lotteries are moving online, which makes entering easier but also lowers your odds. Entering is streamlined through the Today Tix app and a super-fan designed Hamilton Lottery App.
How Much: $10-$35
Where & When: Enter through TodayTix app or show websites. Entry times vary, usually the morning of the show.
Participating Shows: Hamilton, Lion King, Cats
Metropolitan Opera Rush TicketsUsually pricey tickets in prime seating locations at this grand opera house are available online on a first-come, first-served basis the day of performances.
How Much: $25
Where & When: Monday through Friday 12 pm, 4 hours before curtain for matinees & 2 pm for Saturday evenings.
Participating Shows: All performances except opening nights. The Magic Flute, Idomeneo and The Barber of Seville are some of our current favorites
LCTIX Discount TicketsGet same-day discounted tickets for theater, dance and music performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, New Victory Theater, Miller Theatre, and for the summer only, Broadway and Off-Broadway TKTS tickets. Short indoor line.
How Much: 25%-50% off normal prices
Where & When: The David Rubenstein Atrium (62nd Street & Broadway) Tuesday–Friday 2 pm–7:45 pm, Saturday 12 pm–2 pm & 3 pm–7:45 pm.
Participating Shows: Changes daily; we've gotten tickets to kid-friendly shows at New Victory Theater, New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, and dance performances at City Center
TKTS Discount BoothsGet same-day tickets for a wide selection of Broadway, Off-Broadway and dance shows for 20%-50% off. Line can be long, especially in the summer, and sometimes shows sell out, so best for flexible plans. At Times Sqaure is a shorter ‘express’ line for non-musical plays (and pregnant women can go to the front :).
How Much: $50+ depending on show and seat location
Where & When: Times Square TKTS Booth (Broadway and 47th Street) 3 pm–8 pm for evening shows, 10 am – 2 pm for matinees; South Street Seaport & Downtown Brooklyn: 11 am–6 pm ; Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium (62nd Street & Broadway) Tuesday-Saturday
Participating Shows: Changes daily; current available shows listed online
In-person Lotteries & Standing RoomFeeling lucky? Enter an in-person drawing for cheap seats (sometimes in less desirable locations like the front row or way to the side). Chances depend on the competition; go mid-week for better odds. Feeling strong? Some popular shows let people stand in numbered spaces in the back of the orchestra when performances are sold out.
How Much: $20-$40, some shows are cash only
Where & When: Lotteries are two or two and half hours before showtime in front of the theater. Standing room tickets go on sale at the box office either in the morning or 1-2 hours before showtime.
Participating Shows: Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Wicked
Rush TicketsSome shows offer a limited amount of deeply discounted rush tickets. You may need to arrive early and stand in line for more popular shows, especially on weekends. More deals are available to students with current IDs who can usually bring one non-student with them, so find a studious niece/friend/neighbor to be your date.
How Much: $20-$40, cash only
Where & When: Buy at the theater's box offices as soon as it opens (usually 10 am). Limit 2 per person.
Participating Shows: Beautiful, Chicago, School of Rock
In Advance (Sure Things)
Playbill/Theatermania DiscountsPlaybill.com and Theatermania.com offer discount codes for up to 40% off for many shows. Unlike most discounts, you get to select your own seats. Free online registration required to access deals.
How Much: $35+ depending on show and seat location
Where & When: Use code at the online ($7-$10 service charge) or at the box office (no extra fees) anytime
Participating Shows: Varies by season; currently Anastasia, Cats, Stomp, Gazillion Bubble Show and many more
GoldstarGet online tickets to a variety of Broadway, Off-Broadway, stadium (i.e. Sesame Street Live), Radio City and other live shows for up to 50% off.
How Much: Tickets for some shows start as low as $5, discounts up to 50% off
Where & When: Buy online for a wide range of dates.
Participating Shows: Changes often, currently Gazillion Bubble Show, Met Opera, Blue Man Group and more.
TodayTix AppDownload the fabulous free app for discount tickets to tons of shows at your fingertip, plus easy virtual entry into online lotteries. Enter code ‘NDUGS’ at checkout for $10 off your first order.
How Much: $20+ depending on show and seat location
Where & When: Discount tickets go on sale two weeks in advance
Participating Shows: Blue Man Group, Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda, School of Rock, Stomp, also some BAM shows and Met operas
Enjoy any show that much more after you read this hilarious and heartwarming behind-the-scenes Broadway book for older kids (and fun grown-ups). A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.