I was a tour guide for my friend who visited New York last week. I asked her what is her must-do list before she came here.
She said, “Broadway! I want to watch Broadway show!”
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Most people all over the world would know Broadway is a term represents musical. However, Broadway is actually a road in New York.
Broadway runs from State Street at Bowling Green for 13 mi (21 km) through the borough of Manhattan and 2 mi (3.2 km) through the Bronx.
It is the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City.
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Now, Broadway is known widely as the heart of the American theater industry since there are more than 30 theaters near Times Square area.
There are so many choices that you can definitely find one story that you are interested in. (36 Broadway shows are playing in May 2017.)
Some people might say, “I’m not good at English.” or “I’m afraid that I don’t understand what the character saying or singing.”
For those people, I would recommend them to choose a well-known story. (E.g. The Lion King and Aladdin.) Or you can ask your best-sophisticated friend, Google about the story in advance. This will help you have a better understanding of the show.
I strongly recommend every visitor should watch at least a Broadway show when he/she is in New York though the ticket price may not be that friendly sometimes.
The reason why I said “sometimes” is because I am going to share some tips that you can access to the ticket at a friendly price.
- Broadway Week (Picture Credit: https://www.breakingcharactermagazine.com/2-1-broadway-week-back-sept-5-8/)
Congratulations to those whose are planning to visit New York around the first few weeks of September or the last week of January!
Broadway week runs twice a year. Remember to check the website when you arrange your schedule. Sale goes around mid of August and first week in January.
Within the Broadway week, you can buy 2 tickets at 1 ticket price.
Sounds great, right?
Even though you can’t grab your tickets in the very first time, there will be other discount tickets available.
Set a reminder and don’t miss them!!
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If you are planning to stay in New York for few weeks, try Broadway lottery!
Maybe you are so lucky that you can win the lottery at the first time.
The method is very simple, go to the Broadway Lottery Website, search for the show that you are interested, enter your information and wait for it. Every show will announce the winner in different time. The only thing you should keep in your mind is once you win the lottery, you need to check out the ticket with an hour.
Keep your eyes on the clock or set an alarm, don’t miss the time.
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TKTS sell not only Broadway but Off-Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions on sale every day up to 50% off regular prices.
There are four TKTS Discount Booths in New York City, including our flagship location in the heart of Times Square, our satellite booths at South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn, plus our latest booth at Lincoln Center.
The things you need to do is getting up early in the morning then line up in front of the booth on the day you would like to watch a show.
4. Ticketmaster/ StubHub
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If you are not visiting New York around the Broadway week, missed the lottery and miss the TKTS discount ticket, it is still not the end of the world.
Maybe you will find a better deal!
5. Ask friends who live in New York City
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There is another way to get the affordable ticket. If your friend lives in NYC and has an IDNYC, he/ she can help you buy discounted ticket as well.
Know more about IDNYC Benefits
So, don’t miss Broadway when you are in New York!