Many might argue that no trip to New York is complete without taking in a Broadway musical – and they’d have good reason. The city’s iconic theatre district is home to some of the best musical theatre productions you’ll find anywhere in the world and on their doorstep you’ll find a seemingly never-ending choice of eateries and nightspots for both pre-and post-show food, refreshments and entertainment.
The bright lights of Broadway (Photo: Randy Lemoine via Flickr)
There’s a huge selection of online vendors selling cheap tickets to musicals in New York, many of which offer highly attractive deals and discounts, as well as popular add-ons such as combined pre or post-show restaurant meals. To help you find the right option for your tastes needs, we’ve picked out three of the best.
Broadway.com features online theatre ticketing for every Broadway show, as well as most off-Broadway shows too. The website also offers gift certificates that can be used for any shows, as well as excellent value group sales. Furthermore, to help inspire you to book tickets, the site also contains editorial coverage on the theatre world, including the latest news, interviews with actors and playwrights, opening-night coverage, theatre reviews and video features. In summary, while tickets with Broadway.com often come with a mark-up, you can still regularly find good value deals on the website, especially if you book late.
Founded in 1986, CheapTickets have grown to become one of the largest travel companies in the U.S. In short, the company does what it says on the tin, selling discounted tickets for a whole range of leisure activities across the world, including theatre shows on Broadway. More than many other companies, Cheap Tickets have also highly optimised their mobile app to ensure users have the best access to exclusive offers. One downside is that part of the way they’re able to offer cheap tickets is by having less after-purchase support for customers, as well as slightly more restrictive policies than most other online vendors.
The Theatre Development Fund was set up exactly 50 years ago with the goal of making it easier for disadvantaged people from attending live theatre. They do so primarily by offering heavily discounted tickets so those who are unable to work are more likely to be able to afford them. These discounts can shave anything from 20-50% off standard prices and such tickets are available for the full gamut of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, including musicals, plays, and dance productions. The one downside is that tickets are often only made available on the day of the show, making it a little difficult to plan ahead. However, if you’re happy to be spontaneous, then there’s usually a decent chance of picking up a great value ticket. For each ticket purchased there’s a $5 service fee that goes towards supporting programmes designed to promote theatre among those less fortunate.