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How Much Do Broadway Tickets Cost?

Published on: Nov 6, 2022
Last Updated on: Oct 8, 2023
By: Kathryn Willingham
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How Much Do Broadway Tickets Cost?

Surprisingly, Broadway tickets don’t cost as much as you might think. Well, mostly. With planning and a few tips. The average price for a Broadway ticket is between $100 and $150 depending on the time of year, the seat location, and how popular a show is - the most popular shows can be over $200 or even $300 a ticket. But luckily, there are also many ways to find savings and pay much less. Hit shows like Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King or Wicked generally carry a higher price tag, but even for the hottest tickets in town, there are ways to save. In this article we’ll take you through how to get discount tickets, how to get access to Broadway lotteries, when to see a show, and other tips to get cheap tickets!

Who Sells Broadway Tickets?

Telecharge, TicketMaster, SeatGeek, and Criterion are the platforms that sell most Broadway tickets. You can go to these sites directly and search for available performances, or if you’re on a show’s individual website, it will link you to one of these sites when you click “Buy Tickets.”

How to Get Discount Broadway Tickets


The TKTS Discount Ticket Booth has a few locations. The biggest one is right in the heart of Times Square – just look for the giant red steps and join the line. Here you’ll find same-day tickets that are 20% to 50% off. You can make a last minute decision, or look at the show availabilities in advance by looking online or downloading the app.


TodayTix is a digital ticketing platform that offers tickets and discounts to musicals, plays, and other arts performances in New York City. It also offers a large selection of rush and lottery tickets. Look online or download the app!


BroadwayBox is a website that offers promo codes to access discounts to a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals. Show offerings and specific discounts can change often, so it’s worth checking frequently.


TheaterMania is a website that offers promo codes to access discounts to a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals. Show offerings and specific discounts can change often, so it’s worth checking frequently.

Playbill Discounts

Playbill has exclusive discounts to a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Show offerings and specific discounts can change often, so it’s worth checking frequently.

Broadway Roulette

Broadway Roulette is a great option if you’re not sure what to see or if you want to be surprised. Just pick a date, spin the wheel, and be surprised with tickets to an amazing show.

American Express

American Express’ Theater Access offers exclusive presales and access to its members through.


Student and Young People’s Discounts

If you’re a student or young person, you may be eligible for discount tickets. The exact age depends on the venue, some theaters have discounts for people under 40, under 35, or under 30. Broadway spaces owned by Manhattan Theatre Club (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), Second Stage (Helen Hayes Theatre), and Lincoln Center (Vivian Beaumont Theatre) all have these programs.

Show Rush and Lotteries

Rush tickets are same-day tickets that are sold first-come, first-served at a discounted rate. Historically, this required lining up at the box office of a Broadway theatre, but more and more, rush tickets are being offered digitally, and the same is true for show lotteries. The bulk of these tickets can be found on TodayTix, Broadway Direct, or LuckySeat – check out our article on Broadway Lottery tickets to see a full list of which shows have digital and in-person options.

Popular Show Lotteries

You might be looking for a Broadway ticket to a specific show, so here are a few popular show lotteries, from Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners to cult hits to long running crowd pleasers. Not that seat placement is at the discretion of the box office.



Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre: Winners of the Aladdin lottery can buy up to 2 tickets at $35 each.



Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre: Hamilton’s Ham4Ham Lottery offers $10 Hamilton tickets for all performances through a digital lottery. Enter online or through the app.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre: Enter the Friday Forty lottery, where every Friday, $40 tickets are made for all performances in the coming week.

Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre: Winners of the Merrily We Roll Along lottery can get up to 2 tickets for $39 each.


MJ The Musical

MJ The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre: Winners of the MJ lottery can buy up to 2 Broadway tickets for $40 each. 


Moulin Rouge! The Musical!

Moulin Rouge! The Musical! at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre: Winners of the Moulin Rouge lottery can get up to 2 tickets for a ticket price of $47.50 each.



Six at the Lena Horne Theatre: Winners of the Six lottery can buy up to 2 tickets at $35 each.


The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre: Winners of The Book of Mormon lottery can get up to 2 tickets for $45 each.


The Lion King

The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre: Winners of The Lion King lottery can buy up to 2 tickets at $35 each.


Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre: Winners of the Wicked lottery can buy up to 2 tickets at $54 each.

How Far In Advance Should You Buy Broadway Tickets?

If you have your heart set on one show, it’s best to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Especially if you’re visiting New York around a national holiday, tickets get snapped up fast. But if you’re looking for cheap Broadway tickets and want to take advantage of last-minute discount tickets, you can wait until you arrive and try your luck with a show lottery or the TKTS discount booth. 


Shows have a few weeks of previews before they open and are reviewed by magazines and newspapers like the New York Times. During this period, shows can be changed, songs can be cut, dialogue can be removed or added – and ticket prices are normally a bit cheaper. It’s an exciting time to be in the theater, knowing that you could be seeing something for the first time that no other audience will get to see. And it’s also a good opportunity to see a show for a little less!

Don’t Forget Off-Broadway!

It’s hard to beat the glitz and glamor of a Broadway show, but some of the best theater in the world takes place off-Broadway, where you can see many hit shows and wonderful actors in a more intimate setting. Check out our article on the Best Off-Broadway Shows in New York City to see what’s playing now. 

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”


Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production


Nov 6, 2022

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