Whether you’re a fan of the theatre, or not, a trip to the Big Apple would not be complete without experiencing the glitz and glam of Broadway.
While Broadway tickets can be difficult to get your hands on, there are some ways to get the best deals and make your theatre day run smoothly.
See a show mid-week
Weekends usually see many of the shows on Broadway sell out fast, however if you consider buying a mid-week ticket you will have a better chance of scoring seats and skipping the crowds.
While most shows are closed or only have one performance on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday generally offer up two shows each day.
Check out what’s on over Halloween and New Year’s Eve
Although Halloween and New Year’s Eve are peak times for heading to the States, the bonus is that everyone will be out trick-or-treating or flocking to Times Square during these times.
Meanwhile, Broadway shows are still running and since it’s quieter you can usually get tickets to popular productions such as Frozen, Wicked and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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Buy your tickets through a verified source
Ticket scalpers are quite common in NYC, so buying from them can see you stuck with fake or invalid tickets along with ridiculous price hikes. To avoid such disappointments, always make sure that you book through a verified seller or travel agent.
Consider seeing an off-Broadway show
Yes we are here for Broadway but if it’s just not happening you should consider seeing an off-Broadway show. While ‘Off-Broadway’ is indeed in a smaller venue, the tickets are more economical and the quality of the shows remain high. You can catch greats such as Stomp or Blue Man Group off-Broadway.
Look for mezzanine seats
While being front and centre (known as orchestra seating) at the theatre is a priority for many, however many Broadway theatres are smaller than you may expect. Therefore, opting for mezzanine seat (front rows of the balcony) can provide a great view of the entire stage and also increase your chances of getting into that high-demand show.
Make your show day simple
Making sure you’re not late and running across Manhattan to arrive in time for the opening curtain can be stressful. Instead, grab a bite to eat around the area where you can choose from a classic burger a la Shake Shack or some wine and cheese from Casellula.
If you’re after a post-show tipple, you can’t go past Joe Allen. Since it’s a favourite haunt of the cast and crew, you may even spot some faces from the stage.
Keep an eye out for the ‘show’ and ‘awards’ seasons
New shows are usually announced at the start and middle of the year, which means it’s the best time to get tickets to the hottest shows before everyone else. Also, The Tony (American Theatre) Awards occur mid-year so the winners will often determine what will be popular for the remainder of the year.
Visit broadwaycollection.com for more info on shows.