How To Find The Cheapest Broadway Tickets + All Face Value Options
May 10, 2021
Where to Buy Broadway Tickets
After over 500 days in the dark, the lights came back up on Broadway on September 2nd, with the return of Hadestown and Waitress. September 14th marked the return Chicago, Hamilton, Wicked and The Lion King, with other big shows returning throughout the fall. 2021 will also welcome several highly-anticipated new shows, including MJ the Musical and Diana the Musical. For all Broadway performances through to October 31, audience members, cast, crew and theatre staff must be fully vaccinated, and it's safe to assume that that will be the case for the foreseeable future.
On the secondary market, TicketIQ has Fee-Free Broadway tickets which also include a Refund Guarantee. Our Refund Guarantee states that if an event is canceled or deemed unfit for fans to attend, TicketIQ will refund ticket buyers in as soon as 15 days. That means that you can buy from TicketIQ worry-free. Customers on TicketIQ save between 15%-25% compared to other secondary market ticketing sites. In addition to NO-Fee tickets for sold out shows and seats, face-value tickets are available through the three major primary platforms on Broadway: Telecharge, Ticketmaster and Seatgeek.
When Do Broadway Shows Return
Here's a list of all the major shows and their announced return dates.
Waitress led the return to Broadway and opened September 2nd at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and is set to play a limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre through January 9, 2022. In addition, Hadestown returned on September 2nd at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Other return dates are listed below.
9/14: Chicago, Hamilton, Wicked and The Lion King will resume performances and start of the Broadway openings.
10/17: Six set to open the day Broadway shut down, royally returns at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening night on Sunday, 11/3.
9/17: David Byrne’s American Utopia at a theatre to be determined. For fans you can watch a movie version directed by Spike Lee on HBO!
9/21: Come From Away will return to Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Come From Away intends to play eight performances a week (the pre-pandemic standard) for at least the first three months, with seven-performance weeks (including three matinees) beginning in December.
9/24 Moulin Rouge! comes back to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
9/28: Aladdin is back at the New Amsterdam Theatre
10/8: Caroline, or Change, at Studio 54
10/8: Tina, the Tina Turner Musical will reopen at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
10/16: Ain’t Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations will resume Broadway performances at the Imperial Theatre
10/21: Mrs. Doubtfire the beloved 1993 Robin Williams comedy is set to resume at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an official opening date of 12/5. Rob McClure still stars as the cross-dressing dad.
10/22: The Phantom of the Opera the longest-running Broadway show ever resumes it's historic run at the Majestic Theatre.
11/21: 15-time Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill will reopen Inspired by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette’s seminal album of the same name.
11/29: Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre with an opening 11/18.
12/1: Diana at the Longacre Theatre with an opening night of December 16, 2021. A filmed version of the musical, will premiere on Netflix on October 1, 2021. Directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and stars Jeanna de Waal as the title princess, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.
12/6: MJ at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening 2/1/22 Come inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history. Featuring over 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits.
12/11: Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre
12/20: Company directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott starring Tony and Grammy Award® winner Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone as Joanne will resume at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
12/20: The Music Man starting Hugh Jackman opens at the Winter Garden Theater.
How Much Are Broadway Tickets
Face value tickets for most shows start under $50 for most shows, with higher demand shows starting closer to $100. On the secondary market, sold out tickets are usually above face value, with some significantly above face price. For orchestra seats, the center section are usually the most expensive seats in the house, starting around $200 for most shows. Obstructed view seats can be significantly cheaper, but are usually located to the far right and left, which means that part of the stage will be cut off. Some shows also offer Standing Room Only tickets, which are the cheapest option, but don't come with a seat.
Broadway Rush & Lottery Options
Rush tickets are heavily discounted tickets — most hover around $40 — that are sold at the box office on the day of the performance when there are still unsold seats. Some shows even offer additionally discounted tickets for students. Rush tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and the amount of tickets offered by a show varies on any given day. Weekends, unsurprisingly, are busier than weekdays. Tickets go on sale when the box offices open (10 a.m. for most theaters), but for big shows, lines can start forming hours earlier.
Prices vary, but they average around $40 per ticket.There’s no way to know where you’ll get seated with rush tickets — it’s at the box office’s discretion, and you could be front row or in the nosebleeds. But you should be prepared to not sit with the person you came with and maybe have a partial view.
Many Broadway productions offer a ticket lottery service. It is a way for people to enter for the chance to purchase affordably priced tickets to see a Broadway show. All Broadway ticket lotteries are free to enter, and the winning lottery tickets costs between $10 and $50.
Discounted Broadway Tickets
For theatergoers with flexibility, TKTS Discount Booths are a great way to see theater in New York City at affordable prices. Known for their iconic booth located around Manhattan, they offer discounts of 20% to 50% off face value tickets, and have limited availability of unsold tickets for purchase on the day of the event. TKTS Discount Booths in New York City, including the flagship location in the heart of Times Square, with booths at South Street Seaport and Lincoln Center. One extra benefit to using TKTS is that your ticket purchase does toward supporting the Theatre Development organization, which is dedicated to sustaining and sharing the arts and building audiences of the future.