Being in New York City, it was absolutely imperative that I hit up a Broadway show. NJ and I only had one day that we could fit a show into, so we weren’t very picky about which one we watched. I’d already seen Wicked and The Lion King was sold out, so we decided to check out Jersey Boys, which turned out to be a fantastic choice.

Even though we didn’t care which musical we watched, we did want to save as much money as possible on our tickets. After some digging and recommendations from friends, we found that these were the two best places to get discounted Broadway tickets:

Mary Poppins Musical NYC


The TKTS discount booth located in Times Square (by the red bleachers) offers discounts on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway shows that range from 20%-50% off. You can run a search here to see which shows TKTS offers discounts on.

To get tickets, you’ll need to line-up on the day that you want to watch your show, but the catch is that you won’t know what shows are being offered until the booth opens. So if you go for this option, you do run the risk of not getting to see the show you want.

They recommend lining up at least an hour before the booth opens and there are different operating times depending on if you’re going for a matinee or evening show. Check the website for operation hours.

Daytime image of Times Square in New York CIty with billboards for Lion King, ads for Chinese Company, etc


Because NJ and I wanted to guarantee that we’d get to see Jersey Boys, we decided to buy our tickets off StubHub! The discounts on this site really vary, but you can get tickets for pretty much any show or concert in any major Canadian or US city. You have the option to also print your ticket or, if you forget that your hotel concierge can likely print them for you like we did, you can also pick them up at their box office.

We ended up getting our tickets for $88 before tax instead of $127 before tax. After tax, we ended up getting a $30 discount on our tickets.

Do you have any other ways for seeing Broadway for cheap? Share your resources below!

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  1. Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    You can always try going to the box office of the theatre the day of a few hours before to see if there are any unsold seats. Discounted too!

    • Karra
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      I didn’t know that. Great tip Steph!