Based on the acclaimed 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the plot of this enduringly popular musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz. The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003, where it has remained ever since.
A theatre performance on Broadway (Photo: cisc1970 via Flickr)
There are a wide number of online vendors selling tickets to Wicked shows on Broadway, many of which offer great deals and discounts, as well as popular add-ons such as combined pre- or post-show restaurant bookings. To help you pick the best option for your needs, we’ve selected three that you can rely on.
Ticketmaster are one of the world’s most well-known ticketing agencies and booking tickets through them comes with the stamp of approval from millions of entertainment fans. When we looked for tickets to see Wicked on Broadway, the cheapest were around $125. The website has some nifty features, such as allowing customers to set a budget so that only tickets within their price range are displayed. Another perk is that you can request e-tickets that are stored on you mobile, eliminating the risk of forgeries and also meaning you don’t have to worry about losing hard copies. Several add-ons are available too, such as parking passes and insurance against not being able to attend. The only real downside we encountered were the extra fees you pay, which can equate to as much as 20 per cent of the ticket price.
Owned by online giants eBay, StubHub have been around for pushing two decades no, during which time they’ve gained a reputation for their reliability and impressive access to resale tickets for all kinds of sports and entertainment events. They operate as a kind of middle man for people looking to buy and sell tickets, and although they don’t actually own the tickets themselves, they offer a similar level of guarantee than if they did. For example, in the unlikely event of there being a problem with your ticket at the venue, they promise to provide comparable or better tickets for another date. Sellers can price tickets as they wish and StubHub then syphon off a cut from every sale. For many events, there are VIP tickets available too. When we searched for Wicked on Broadway, we found tickets starting at $65 for a date coming up soon. Typically, the closer to the date of the show, the cheaper tickets are.
Established half-a-century ago, the Theatre Development Fund works to give opportunities to those less lucky among us to attend live theatre shows by offering them tickets at a heavily discounted rate. There are usually tickets available for most Broadway and Off Broadway productions, with anything from 20-50% off standard prices, although there’s no guarantee of tickets for your preferred show. Ticket availability does tend to fluctuate too, so to help you plan, you can view real-time listings through their official app. You can then collect your tickets from one of their Discount Booths located across New York. There’s a $5 per ticket service fee, which supports the fund’s broader programmes designed to spread the magic of theatre to everyone.