Like any other purchase, buyers want to get the best bang for their buck.
Purchasing Broadway tickets should be no different.
You should look to get the best available seats to the show of your choice at a competitive price that you are comfortable with.
Following are various ways to get Broadway tickets at great prices.
A good place to start would be the theater box office.
Each Broadway show has their own box office where you can purchase tickets at face value.
Most box offices are open daily according to the show schedule.
If you are unable to visit in person, almost all shows will sell their tickets by phone or online through either Ticketmaster or Telecharge.
While the prices are the same, service fees and shipping charges usually apply.
It is also important to note that top selling shows will usually sell out at the box office well in advance of the performance date.
Another good idea is to use the internet to find great deals.
Utilizing sites such as Playbill.
com and Theatermania.
com will provide you with some nice choices for Broadway shows at discounted prices.
While you may not see tickets available for the top sellers, there are often plenty of great shows to choose from.
If the tickets you desire are not showing, try using Google to search for exactly what you want and compare prices from a few trusted web sites.
Lastly, you can try and score some tickets off of sites like Craigslist.
Just be extremely careful of who you deal with and have the tickets authenticated before handing over any money.
For last minute tickets, there are several options you have.
The most popular choice would be the Theatre Development Fund (TDF).
TDF operates three TKTS booths located in New York in Times Square at Broadway and 47th, South Street Seaport at Front and John streets, and downtown Brooklyn at Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue.
You can find tickets at deep discounts for same day performances and matinee tickets can also be purchased the day before, except for the Times Square location.
Again, you usually won't be able to find tickets to the top selling shows and be prepared to wait on line for some time.
Most theaters also have last minute tickets that become available just hours before the curtain rises.
Rush tickets, lotteries, student discounts, and standing room only are often available at the box office.
It's hit or miss, but can be a great bargain if you are lucky.
Check with each individual theater for their policies or visit Playbill.
com for an updated summary.
Last but not least, you can check with a ticket broker or concierge service for advance tickets, last minute tickets, and premium tickets to top sellers.
You can even find discount tickets through these outlets on the day of the show if the tickets have not yet sold and they are forced to drop prices.
Make sure you are comfortable with the person you are dealing with and don't be afraid to ask for a discount either.