Discount Broadway Tickets - TKTS

Attending a Broadway show is an exciting activity for those visiting New York City.  Whether it's a big show like The Phantom of the Opera or one of the many off-Broadway shows in smaller theaters, a New York City musical or play is the best in performance arts.  Fortunately, you don't always have to pay top dollar to attend these shows.  The Theatre Development Fund provides a great way to purchase discount Broadway tickets, TKTS.

TKTS discount booths provide tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway musicals and plays at discounts up to 50%.  While a few of the biggest Broadway shows are not available, most of the shows have tickets available.

TKTS discount booths are located in three places:

  • Times Square - Located at Broadway and 47th Street.  This is the booth I have visited in the past.  Once you are in the area you will not be able to miss the booth.
  • South Street Seaport - Located at the corner of Front and John Streets near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street.
  • Downtown Brooklyn - Located in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade.

These booth sell discount Broadway tickets on the day of the show.  The South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn booths sell discount matinée tickets for the following day.

The process of purchasing tickets through TKTS is very simple.  You decide what shows you would like to see and you stand in line at the booth.  The TKTS website has an up-to-the minute listing of shows that are available and at what discount.  There is also a TKTS iPhone app that provides those same listings.  In addition, each booth has a sign with the same information that the website provides.

There are a couple of suggestions I would make regarding purchasing tickets through TKTS.  First, decide on about 3 shows that you would like to see.  The tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is a chance that by the time you get to the counter, there will no longer be tickets available for the show you would like to see.  Second, get there early.  My wife and I got to the Times Square booth at the time that it opened and we were way back in line.  The good news is that the line moves quickly, but in order to save time, especially if the weather is very cold or hot, get there early.

There are TKTS employees that walk throughout the line and can help you with any questions you have about the shows, including reviews.  We ended up seeing Memphis based on a review we heard from a TKTS employee.  I'm glad we did, the show was fantastic. 

While the tickets are discounted, please know that when you ask for tickets to a show you will only be offered the best available.  You cannot choose what seats or at what area of the theater you sit.  However, TKTS does not sell obstructed view seats, so you can be certain that you will have a good seat. 

If, while you are planning your New York City vacation, you know exactly what show you want to see and where you would like to sit, it might be advantageous to go ahead and pay for tickets directly through the theater.  However, if you are willing to wait until you are in the city, you are willing to stand in line to buy your tickets, and you have several shows in mind that you would like to see, then TKTS is the way to go.