Secrets to Getting Discounted Theater Tickets in New York City

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Finding discounted theater tickets can be a daunting task. Many people don’t have the slightest clue how to go about it without paying the face value. Well, it depends on how much you are willing to pay. Here are a few secrets to getting cheap tickets without breaking the bank;

Use TKTS discount booths

There are four TKTS discount booths in NYC, including one in the heart of Times Square. Each location offers a different ticketing option. Since the ticket inventory can change within the day, it’s crucial that you visit the TKTS discount booth early. What’s more, you can download the TKTS app to see the discount on a particular day. The discounts range from 20% to 50% off for same day shows. The offshoot TKTS booths at Downtown Brooklyn and South Street Seaport sell the tickets a day early.  Here is a guide to using the TKTS booth.

Rush tickets and Standing room only (SRO)

Most theaters will have some rush tickets for that day’s performance. In some cases, this is the only reasonable way of getting tickets at discounted prices. While most tickets cost $100 for most shows, you can get a ticket for $50. The SRO tickets are available once a performance sells out. They are cheap, but you have to stand throughout the show.

Follow your favorite shows on social media

If there are shows you are dying to see, just follow them on the social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Other than that, you can visit their websites to look at the types of deals they are offering on tickets.

Hit up the ticket lottery

Most shows hold lottery drawings for discounted seats. Alternatively, you can access the many ticketing lotteries on websites, apps and the social media. Ideally, there are two types of lotteries; digital and in-person. For in-person, you should show up two hours before the actual show to put your name in the bucket. On the other hand, a digital lottery requires an app. It’s vital that you have an application on your phone that shows which lotteries to enter.

Take advantage of the cancellation line

Not all seat ends up being claimed. A cancellation line appears less reliable, but it’s still a good option. If you line up at the theater, you can always buy the canceled seats before curtain time. This works if you try to get into the show a couple of hours early.

Bottom line

Getting tickets to the best theater shows requires a lot of planning. There are plenty of ways to get discounted theater tickets. Some are sneakier than others. Use the above tricks to save money as you enjoy your favorite show. There is always a rewarding window for the brave.

Enjoy the Magic of Live Theater

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When you think of live theatre New York probably comes to mind, but there are plenty of other cities with some incredible live theatre performances.  San Francisco, Austin and Los Angeles just to name a few have some incredible theatres.  There really is nothing quite like seeing a live performance and you definitely want to start bringing your kids so they develop an early appreciation for the arts.  Live theatre will give them some incredible childhood memories that they can eventually share with their own children.  While you’re in San Francisco here is where you can enjoy the magic of live theater.

Children’s Theater Association of San Francisco

You can catch a performance at the Frances Gould Theater in the Museum of the Legion of Honor.  If you are a member of the museum you can get some great discounts on theatre tickets.  This is one of the best places in the country to show young kids the magic of the theatre, tickets are affordable and if your kids are young enough to sit on your lap they can get in free.  The shows are only an hour long so kids are engaged without becoming restless.

Most of the shows focus on fairy tales that your kids are already familiar with, these include Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White.  They also put on performances of more modern works like Stuart Little and the Wizard of Oz.  It is definitely worth checking out and it is a great way to have some fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater

This is another place that is great to take the kids.  They have programs for children of all ages and they are all about teaching kids about theatre and the arts.  If your child expresses any interest in performing they are free to try audition and kids are cast in play or musicals all the time.  Whether your child attends as a performer or an audience member the performances are incredible.

If your child does decide that they would like to be in a play then you will be devoting the next few Saturdays to rehearsal time and there are some fees that you should be aware of.  The cost helps to pay for the production and you will have to create your own costumes.  Each participant is also expected to help sell tickets to the show as well.  While this may seem like a lot of work for you as a parent your kids will have an experience of a lifetime.