Psst!...Broadway Tickets for Cheap!
Avoid the mile-long lines at the Times Square TKTS booth by buying discounted Broadway tickets using one of these eight approaches.
Become a member
The nonprofit Theatre Development Fund—which also operates the red-and-white TKTS booths in Times Square and at the South Street Seaport that sell discounted, same-day tickets—has a TDF membership program that offers advance tickets for less than $35 for some Broadway shows (without the hassle of standing in a line). To join, you have to be a student, a teacher, a union member, a senior, a civil service employee, a nonprofit or performing arts organization employee, or a member of the armed forces or clergy. There's an annual membership fee of $27.50, but you can usually make up the difference in a single show, given that the average Broadway ticket goes for $76. Find membership details at tdf.org.
Act your age
Students should check out theater company websites to see if any discounts are available. For example, the Roundabout Theatre Company's HipTix program offers $20 tickets, generally available two to three weeks before performances, for students and working professionals ages 18 to 35. Sign up for the program at hiptix.com; membership is free.
Similarly, Lincoln Center Theater's StudenTix program offers $20 advance tickets for high school and college students. However, a limited number of people are accepted into the free program before membership closes every year; go to lct.org for more info.
On occasion, a specific production, instead of a theater, will offer students discount tickets. For instance, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll has been selling $26.50 student tickets at the box office of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.
Student rush is a final, tried-and-true method. Many theaters set aside a limited number of student tickets—typically running between $20 and $30—to sell at the box office on the day of the performance. Check out your desired show's website for information, or visit tdf.org or playbill.com for a list of shows and policies.