Dear Evan Hansen,
I heard you are planning a trip to New York City and want to take in a Wicked! Broadway show. Here are some tips so you won’t be Les Misérables paying high prices to say Hello Dolly! to your favorite stars.
- Use caution when purchasing tickets to make sure you’re not getting swindled. 😥 The Theatre Development Fund is a non-profit service organization for the performing arts. It sponsors the famous red TKTS booth https://www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths in Times Square. It’s often possible to get great seats at a reasonable price for that evening’s shows. Don’t count on the TKTS booth for big name shows though. You won’t be able to snag Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, or Hello Dolly, tickets at this site.
- TKTS has 4 locations in NYC. If you’re staying elsewhere in the city, it might be convenient (and less crowded) to stop by the Lincoln Center, South Street Seaport, or Downtown Brooklyn sites.
- If You’re Not Throwing Away Your Shot and MUST see Hamilton (or another popular show) try TickPick, Stubhub, Seat Geek, Ticketmaster, or Telecharge. TickPick is a Summit Quest favorite as it doesn’t charge fees to buyers and has an easy to navigate app. The website offers tickets that are graded (A+, B-, etc.) for ticket value and quality of the seat location.
- TodayTix offers great deals and the added convenience of having a staff member meet you at the show to hand you your tickets (skip the will-call line.)
- Many Broadway shows offer lottery tickets or standing room only (SRO) seating for that day’s show. If you’re in NYC, you can register for the lottery and enter a chance to win free or significantly discounted (think $10 to see Hamilton) tickets for that evening’s show. Google the show’s website to learn more about registering for lottery tickets, SRO or check out: http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-rush-lottery-and-standing-room-only-policies-com-116003
- Use your street smarts – if you’re not using a reputable site and the ticket price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Summit Quest can help book your group’s next trip to New York City. Leave the planning (bus, air, train, hotel, dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Broadway show tickets, etc.) to us so you can enjoy your next visit to the *Great White Way!”
Summit Quest Group Travel Specialists
*The Great White Way is a nickname for the portion of Broadway that includes the Theatre District in the Midtown section of New York City. Inspired by the millions of lights on theatre marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminate the area around Times Square, the New York Evening Telegram conceived the name in 1902. The Great White Way was one of the first electrically lighted streets in the United States.
Featured image by Matthew Wiebe via unsplash.com.
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