BroadwayLast updated: Jan 12, 2016
What's going on in the center of cultural life in New York City? Latest Broadway shows, musicals, and other plays with ticket prices.
Things to know about Broadway Theatres
New York theatres are classified into three categories - Broadway theaters, Off Broadway theaters, and Off Off Broadway theaters. But what the hell does that mean?
There is no official or agreed-by-all term for this and as always there are exceptions. But in general the so-called Broadway Theaters are the ones that's located between 41st Street and 54th Street and between Sixth Ave. and Eighth Ave. Also they have a minimum of 499 seats. There are over 40 Broadway theaters in operation currently.
Now if a theater has less than 499, but more than 99 seats and/or is outside the above mentioned district, then you can call them Off Broadway Theaters. The rest is called Off Off Broadway theaters.
Broadway Top 10 Shows
What's hot on the Broadway currently?
- The Lion King - 2h30m, tickets from $92
- The Book of Mormon - 2h30m, tickets from $99
- Wicked - 2h45m, tickets from $76.25
- The Phantom of the Opera - 2h30m, tickets from $39
- Aladdin - 2h30m, tickets from $49.50
- Matilda - 2h30m, tickets from $37
- Something Rotten! - 2h30m, tickets from $57
- Mamma Mia! - 2h30m, tickets from $49
- An American in Paris - 2h30m, tickets from $47
- Les Miserables - 2h55m, tickets from $57
Where to buy Broadway tickets?
You can buy tickets for Broadway shows online, by phone, or in person at theater box offices.
Broadway tickets from the box office
One of the most secure way to get Broadway tickets is to visit Times Square and look for the theatre's box office. Getting the ticket from the official source, there is no broker mark-up and you can be sure that the ticket is genuine.
Broadway tickets by phone
Call Tele-charge (212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250) or Ticketmaster (212-307-4100 or 800-755-4000). Usually there is a $5 - $10 service charge.
Broadway tickets by online
There are many agencies or ticket brokers that sell Broadway theatre tickets online, however they will charge 40% or more as service fee Here are some online solution: broadway.org, Telecharge, playbill.com, theatermania.
Discounted Broadway tickets from TKTS booths
TKTS sells Broadway tickets for cash only on the day 20% to 50% off normal price. Ticket discounts depend on how the actual show is doing. One TKTS booth is on the Times Square, the other is in Lower Manhattan Theatre Centre at South Street Seaport.
Tickets from scalpers
They hang around the top Broadway theaters and hunting for victims. If someone stops you on the street offering Broadway tickets, just don't buy from them. There is a good chance that the ticket is forged or stolen.
What to wear during the play?
There is no dress code nowdays on Broadway shows. People wear suit and tie, but jeans and t-shirt are just as fine.