I am lucky enough to be visiting New York at the end of Feb/beginning of March. I'd love to go to the theatre and am trying to find out if there is any way of avoiding the HUGE charges for theatre tickets... In London, you can get £10 tickets on the day at The National Theatre (if you are prepared to queue before the box office opens) and you can even buy £5.00 standing tickets for some theatres. Does anyone know if any similar schemes operate in New York?
As far as theatre tickets go the simplest way is to go to TKTS. There is one stand in Times Square and one at South Street Seaport (I recommend the later as it is much less crowded.) They have reduced priced tickets to a wide variety of shows on and off Broadway. You can just look and compare. Many of the specific theatres have different bargains, but some require being a student, and they vary. If there are certain shows you'd like to see, you might post them up here specifically to see if anyone knows if those theatres have special deals. Cheers!
Thanks for the advice! I would really LOVE to see August: Orange County, which is on at the Music Box Theatre. I missed it when it was on in London - it was sold out!
Per their website these are the offers:
Special Ticket Offers
Standing Room: $29.50 - Available at the Box Office only - only available when the performance is sold out.
Student Rush: $29.50 - Available at the Box Office only on the day of the performance - limit 1 ticket per valid ID - Subject to availability!
Senior Rush: $46.50- Available at the Box Office only for Tuesdays Wednesday matinees and evenings and Thursdays. Available 2 hours before curtain. Must be 62 or older. 2 tickets per valid ID.
Note also, that they have had tickets at TKTS for this show in the past week. If they have tickets there (and just generally due to the economy) then the show is probably not sold out and thus no Standing Room tickets.