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best time to buy discount tickets for Broadway show

Mar 27th, 2009, 10:00 AM
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best time to buy discount tickets for Broadway show

I have been looking at the discount ticket sites, but so far have not found much. Is it better to search earlier or closer to the date?
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Mar 27th, 2009, 10:03 AM
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For discounts, generally closer to the date -- they only sell what they haven't sold at full price, so they don't want to give discounts too early.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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The above is true sometimes. You can get good discounts to plays that haven't been reviewed yet. In other words, before the official opening. You should keep looking, but if the play you're looking for is a current hit, it will not get easier as you get closer. What are you looking for?
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Mar 27th, 2009, 12:25 PM
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But if the play you're looking for is a current hit, you're not going to be able to get discount tickets anyway, no? The OP was only asking about discount tickets, not full price tickets.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Of course, it's all subjective, but I am curious about your comment that you "have not found much" on discount. If you are seeking tickets several months out, then that certainly would be the case. However, if you're looking tickets in the near future, there are plenty of options! No, you won't find Wicked, Jersey Boys, West Side Story or Lion King at cut rates, but most of the other shows have discounts for at least the next couple weeks. When are you planning to go?
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Mar 27th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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I just noticed your posting on another thread, in which you said you are looking for a musical. I don't know what you've seen, but there are discounts available for most of the musicals--Chicago, In the Heights, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia and Guys and Dolls, just to name some of them.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 12:57 PM
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sf - I was only talking about discounts. My point was that you can also get discounts very early if the show hasn't been reviewed. I think we were saying the same thing about current hits; generally, it gets harder if not impossible for hits as you get closer.

HowardR - I made the same suggestions as you on the other thread. There are musicals out there and I was wondering what ita is interested in.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 01:12 PM
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i just found out about 'student' tickets available on the front row!! for the day of the performance, not sure if all shows participate, but many do, i know 'mermaid' does, all you need is an student id....someone please correct me if i am missing any detail on this, great deal tho!!
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Mar 27th, 2009, 02:12 PM
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mmmmmooooommmm, I'm not a student -- far from it -- but the only detail you might be missing is that there is often a big demand for that handful of student tickets. So you may stand in line to get some and have none available. Then sadly it's often too late to go to another theatre and stand in line for theirs as they will also already be gone. It's a good deal, just not much for someone to depend on if they have a limited number of days to see theatre.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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We are comng to New York on Wednesday, May 6 for the day. The reason that I chose that day is because of Wednesday matinees. What I am finding out is not all shows have Wednesday matinees. "Mary Stuart" (not a musical) appeals to me but tickets are not yet available for May. We have seen some of the musicals that are available. Thanks for the tip about getting tickets before the reviews. I will keep looking
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Mar 27th, 2009, 03:10 PM
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ita, I just looked at Playbill.com and followed their link for discount tickets for May 6 -- $55 for either matinee or evening and there are some pretty good seats available. I'd go there and then call to see if you can get even better ones as I'm not too crazy about how the Telecharge site determines "best available". You can register for free there and get the code and call or click onto their link for buying discount tickets.

I do see that the Broadway Box discount for Mary Stuart ends on May 3 -- but not the Playbill one.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 03:20 PM
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ita - it's funny that you mentioned Mary Stuart - I just bought tix today for 4/29 matinee, but really wanted 5/6. Keep checking to see if they extend the discount - they might. The show opens 4/19. If it gets a good review, chances are they won't extend it. From my experience, dramas are usually easier to get tix for. Keep checking. If I get another email discount, I will post it here.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 04:56 PM
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thanks everyone for your help. I capitulated and bought full price tickets for Westside Story. It's crazy (especially when converted to Cdn.funds) but I think it will be very special
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Mar 27th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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ita, you made a wise choice. It's a wonderful production.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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Well done ita!
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Mar 27th, 2009, 07:03 PM
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thank you all. I am really looking forward to our day in New York and the show will be a highlight
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