One of the biggest complaints about those who want to see Broadway shows is the cost of a ticket. The people who are doing this complaining obviously don’t know about the myriad of ways to get discounted tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows!
One of the biggest and most popular ways to get discounted tickets is by visiting a TKTS booth. TKTS is program run by TDF (Theatre Development Fund). They have three booths set up all over New York City where you can go to get highly discounted tickets to the hottest Broadway shows.
The locations are: Time Square, South Street Seaport, and Downtown Brooklyn. The most crowded of these is definitely Times Square. This booth is located under the big red steps in the middle of Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th street. You can stop by this booth Monday through Sunday to pick up tickets for evening shows. On days where there are matinees you can be there when the windows open at 10 am.
Here’s a tip. Don’t go to the Times Square TKTS booth. Don’t even try unless you’re going to get there at 6am and set up camp. While they often have big shows there, you’re going to be aggravated trying to get them. Here’s my insider New Yorker secret. The Downtown Brooklyn booth is the nicest, most pleasant to deal with, and easily accessible by public transportation. (Yes, even for out of towners.)
If you want to know more about TKTS, the hours for all of their booths, and to download their nifty iPhone app (which you should totally do, it’s free and easy to use) check out this page.