Should you buy Broadway tickets in advance or on the day?

You've probably heard that cheap tickets are available last-minute - but that isn't always the case.

No trip to New York City would be complete without experiencing Broadway.

Most of us visiting the Big Apple will have limited time, so if you've got your heart set on seeing a show, it's important to get your ticket strategy sorted.

Which leads us to the big question - do you buy last minute on the day, with the prospect of cheaper tickets, or do you book in advance and avoid the disappointment of a sold-out show?

While it's tempting to wait until you arrive, Broadway Collection, which represents the city's biggest shows and venues, says booking ahead of time may pay off in the long run.

Crack the myths

There's a myth that if you buy last minute seats they are guaranteed to be cheaper - this is rarely the case. Many of the shows, particularly the bigger ones like Wicked, have set pricing so it doesn't matter when you make the purchase.

See the show you want

Tickets for the most popular shows such as The Lion King, Wicked and Come from Away generally sell out - every night. Pre-booking is the best way to make sure you get to see the show you want, when you want.

Aladdin. Credit: Deen Van Meer

Make every second count

There are so many amazing experiences in the Big Apple, but standing in line at the box office or hedging your bets on a ticket lottery isn't one of them. By planning ahead, you can save time and tick off other bucket list items, making every second count

Avoid the nose bleed section

There is often a reason why tickets haven't sold, and that is most commonly due to their position. By pre-booking you get the best possible seats at that pricing, so you can actually enjoy the action and don't spend the evening craning your neck

Don't risk it

Scalpers are a common practice in NYC, as are the horror stories that go with them, including fake or invalid tickets and outrageous price hikes. Is it worth the risk of ruining your holiday? Make the experience one that you will always remember, for the right reasons!

You can find more information on performances at Broadway Collection.

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