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

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; 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 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 or for a list of shows and policies.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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