A trip to the Big Apple wouldn't be complete without seeing a live performance. No other city in the USA can rival the variety and caliber of performance options available to NYC visitors. Though you might think you have to spend a big chunk of your fun $$$ to find quality entertainment, if you know where to look and plan ahead, discount tickets are available from a number of sources.
Theatre Development Fund (TDF) - Created in 1968 to help an ailing New York theatre industry, TDF has grown into the nation's largest performing arts nonprofit, providing support to more than 900 plays and musicals.
TKTS Booths offer same-day tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays at up to 50% off. Tickets for dozens of productions go on sale every day but are offered solely on availability. Have a back-up show in mind in case the show you can't wait to see is unavailable.
TDF operates three TKTS Discount Booths in New York City
1. The Times Square Booth sells day-of-performance tickets only.
2. The South Street Seaport Booth sells tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before.
3. The Downtown Brooklyn Booth sells tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before as well tickets to Brooklyn performing arts events.
All locations sell tickets at 50%, 40%, 30% and 20% off full-price (plus a $4.00 per ticket service charge. Availability and ticket inventory change throughout the day and at the discretion of individual productions.
For more info: www.tdf.org and follow the TKTS link.
Partial View, but Full Experience
All seats with obstructed sight lines or restricted legroom in the Balcony, Dress Circle, and Second Tier of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage are available for 50% off the full ticket price,(not including Gala and Weill Music Institute events). These specially priced tickets are only available at the box office, and can be purchased until one hour before concert time. Valid ID is required. Sales are cash only.
Public RUSH Tickets
On the day of concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, a limited number of Public RUSH Tickets are available at the Box Office for only $10. Located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, the Box Office opens at 11 AM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM Sunday. Rush ticket quantities are limited, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that rush tickets are not offered for all events, and when offered, tickets are subject to availability.
Unless stated otherwise, all discount tickets may be purchased online, by calling CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or at the Box Office on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. For more info: www.carnegiehall.org
The school’s famous Music, Drama, Opera, and Dance divisions all put on performances at little or no cost to the public. Seniors’ discounts apply to most performances that charge an entrance fee. Tickets are required for all performances and can be obtained at the box office beginning two weeks before the show. A standby line forms outside the theater an hour prior to show time. The Juilliard Box Office is located on the plaza level at The Juilliard School, Broadway at 65th Street. For information about Juilliard events, please call (212) 769-7406 or visit: www.julliard.edu
New York Philharmonic
Senior tickets can only be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall box office the day of the performance. For senior rush ticket availability please call 212-875-5656. www.newyorkphilharmonic.org
Two hundred orchestra seats are available for $20 each Monday through Thursday, excluding galas and opening nights of new productions. For more info: 212-362-6000, or visit: www.metopera.org
All entertainment options are subject to change so make sure you call or check the websites for the most current information available.