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Broadway shows offer cheap tickets

Chicago, among other Broadway shows, offers rush tickets at discounted prices.

It is no secret that Broadway tickets are expensive. Ever since Hamilton revolutionized theater, the prices have only been soaring. This discourages many people from going and seeing shows, which is extremely unfortunate, because New York is a rare place where people can enjoy a huge variety of high-quality theater. But seeing Broadway shows does not have to be a luxury that drains money out of pockets.

Luckily, Baruch students can enjoy New York and its endless opportunities without having to pay the full price. Every Broadway show offers a limited amount of cheap tickets priced as low as $10. Many Broadway shows can be seen without breaking the bank. The most common way to get cheap tickets is through general rush or student rush. Rush tickets are available in a strictly limited amount when the box office opens in the morning. The tickets are usually around $30 to $40 and offer partial view, which is still great because Broadway theaters are built such that the show can be seen from any angle.

Current shows that include rush tickets are Chicago, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. To get the rush tickets for sure, it is best to get to the box office earlier than it opens as, most of the time, there will be lines. In order to avoid lines, another option for purchasing is digital rush, which can be found on TodayTix. These are the cheap tickets that are sold the day of the performance through the app. This app also offers Digital Lotteries for shows like In Transit, Paramour and The.

But even if TodayTix does not offer either lottery or rush tickets for certain shows, they still will sometimes offer cheaper prices that the actual box office does, so it ends up being a really good deal anyway. One thing to remember is that TodayTix charges $10 extra for each ticket for service. Many shows have their own lotteries where they do not charge extra for the ticket. Most successful and long-running shows offer such lotteries. Hamilton has what they call “Ham4Ham,” a lottery where Hamilton tickets go for a price of $10, a reference to Alexander Hamilton, whose face is on the bill.

Aladdin, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Phantom of the Opera have such lotteries that operate on the day of the performance. Wicked actually offers digital and in-person lotteries, doubling the chances to see this grand spectacle. Some other shows offer standing room tickets when sold out. Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen and Phantom of the Opera sell limited standing room tickets when the show is sold.

Hamilton has a cancellation line, where people wait in line and are allowed into the show if someone who has a ticket did not come. Theater companies that produce shows on Broadway all have subscriptions for younger people. Roundabout Theater Company has a program called HIPTIX. HIPTIX allows everyone from ages 18 to 35 to get two $25 tickets for each show. For a tax-deductible donation of $75, people can get same price tickets in the superior orchestra seats.

Manhattan Theatre Club offers a 30 Under 30 promotion, where everyone younger than 30 can get tickets to its shows for only $30. Lincoln Center Theater offers LincTix which includes one $32 ticket per person. Unlike RTC and MTC, however, LCT requires people to subscribe before the beginning of the season.

There are a lot of great musicals and plays opening later this season such as Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Play That Goes Wrong. More information about cheap tickets can be found at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts on the 7th floor, VC-235.

March 27, 2017

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