Broadway bound? Get the most out of your trip to the Big Apple with a visit to a live show or performance. New Yorkers know how to find cheap seats.
We think catching a live show or musical is a great way to experience the best of New York City. There are many opportunities to see a live show, both on- and off-Broadway, with a story line that is appropriate for the entire family, no matter what their ages.
While many shows are worth spending a few bucks for, sometimes tickets are a little too steep for the whole family. Great seats don’t always have to come at a cost, though. Here are some great insiders’ tips that can help you save with cheap tickets for live performances.
Same Day Discount Broadway Tickets
If you are the spontaneous type and don’t mind waiting in a line, purchasing same-day tickets the TKTS Booth located in Times Square (there are also TKTS booths at South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn) can cut costs up to 50%.
While this method is fun, you don’t know till the day of the show which play may have extra, half-price tickets available, and you also run the risk of not be able to sit together.
Buy in Advance Discount Broadway Tickets
Other options for obtaining cheap theatre tickets include signing up for emails that alert you about deals and discounts you can book online.
Each company’s method is slightly different, but the websites offer comprehensive instructions on how their programs work. Most are free and some good ones include: Playbill (which also offers great synopses on each show), Theater Mania, and Hit Show Club.
Top Broadway & Off Broadway Shows for Families
In terms of what’s out there for Sprig 2011, families can’t go wrong with Disney productions such as “The Lion King” (average tickets cost $80-$142) and “Mary Poppins” (tickets from $32-$122).
Other great Broadway productions include “Million Dollar Quartet,” featuring portrayals of music legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins ($45-$135), and “Wicked,” the story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz ($57-$132).
New York is a performing arts mecca, so there are venues everywhere with live performances. Some great off-Broadway shows that will please all ages include “Blue Man Group” (around $84) playing in the Village, and “Monday Night Magic” (from $34-$39) playing in Chelsea.
Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, so it’s best to do a little research before booking tickets. Playbill.com not only offers great plot summaries, but also informs about age-appropriateness.
Once you find a show that fits your family’s tastes, you are sure to have a great experience!
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