This coming Sunday, the Broadway Theatre community honors its own at the Annual Tony Awards. We at TEAM CHEAPIOSITY think that everyone, whether young, old or in between should experience the miracle of live theatre. We know that not everyone can afford to visit New York and see a Broadway or Off Broadway show, but there are National Tours that come to major cities, regional theatres all over the country, stock companies, and amateur productions at your local house of worship, college, or neighborhood or community theatre. Bottom line, live theatre is out there....go find it, you'll be glad you did.
Back to Broadway.....theatre tickets are getting more and more expensive. That's were we come in. Playbill (the theatre magazine that most theatres use as your program) recently did a story on standing room and rush tickets that are sold on the day of the performance for current Broadway productions. Remember the concept, which is usually available for most shows and will save you a lot of money: http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/82428.html
So you don't want to stand in the back, huh? Okay, here's what you do. Go to: http://www.broadwaybox.com/, which lists discounted shows and provides you with the discount codes you need to get the discounts. You'll need to buy with a credit cards online. The site also features Off-Broadway and other New York events. There are other sites like this, but we've used this site and know that it works.
So you don't like buying on the internet, huh? For years, The Theatre Development Fund, has been selling half-price tickets at their TKTS booth in the theatre district. They now have a second location at the South Street Seaport. Tickets are sold for 'day of' performances and here's the link: http://www.tdf.org/tdf_servicepage.aspx?id=56.
For those of us feeling the financial crunch who can't afford a trip to New York, but still want the live theatre experience, we suggest you Google 'half price tickets.' Many cities offer ticket programs, so you can still see a show if you can't afford the high prices. Check out http://www.goldstar.com/, which services a number of cities. Also, check with your local theatre and get on their mailing list for discounted tickets. If all else fails, find out if they have a volunteer ushering group, many do....this way you can help people find their seats and see the show for FREE (our favorite word.)
We've given you the tools, so now go and experience live theatre....if you're lucky you'll see a performance you'll remember for the rest of your life!