The Broadway theater is undoubtedly an iconic New York experience. The visitors to the Theater District in Manhattan is always packed with tourists. The experience may cross your mind when you’re visiting the metropolitan. Or perhaps you’re attending all the way across the country or even across the globe in order to attend a Broadway play. The theater that had been operating for hundreds of years is known to attract millions of tourists every year, a number that kept on increasing annually.
For those who are not exactly familiar with Broadway or plays in general, you may find it a bit surprising that tickets can be reserved well ahead of time. You can even reserve months in advance before the show. This is especially true for the most popular shows that go on all-year long. So how do you reserve tickets for Broadway shows while you’re traveling to New York?
What’s your reason to see Broadway?
Do you want to see specific actors? Do you like a particular title? Or perhaps you just happen to be in town and think why not go to a Broadway? Whatever your reasons, it’s important to check first. If you simply go to the theater without any prior research, you may find yourself disappointed because of the title or the actors you’re going to see is not performing at that day. The easiest way to find out is by going to the Broadway official website for the information that you’re looking for. The website would have the updated information about the current actors and the current titles playing in Broadway.
Book the ticket
The most straightforward way to obtain a Broadway ticket is by going to the Broadway official website and pick your dates. Some websites offer discounted tickets such as TDF and playbill, however, not all titles would have some kind of discounts. The most popular Broadway shows like Wicked, for example, generally have sold-out seats and would likely not have such discounts. Pick your seats. Unlike in cinema, seats prices can vary greatly.
For popular shows, the best seats are usually sold out months in advance.
Don’t buy from ticket scalpers
Plan your trip to the Broadway in advance so that you don’t have to be desperate and look for tickets from the ticket scalpers. This is especially important if you want to obtain hard to get tickets or plays that needed to be booked far in advance. Tickets in the Orchestra seating is going to cost more. It’s going to set you back $20 – $50 compared to the mezzanine seating. If budget is not your issue, then by any means book from the official website and splurge on one of the front rows of the Orchestra seatings. Bringing a group of people of 15 or more would also give you a discount.
You may also get even better seats known as “House seats” usually reserved for the producers or the actors of the shows and they’re commonly the best seats you can get in the theater. It’s unfortunately not sold through the official websites and often it’s not sold at all. You needed to go to the theater directly with no guarantee of getting the seats, as it is put on sale a few hours before the show commence. But if you’re determined to get it, it may be worth a try.