How to Buy Cheap Tickets for 4 Acclaimed Broadway Shows

Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 10.

Broadway is home to some of the world's greatest theatrical productions and also some of the highest ticket prices. While there are a variety of ways to purchase tickets to a Broadway show, including resale tickets, there are many instances in which buying tickets directly from the box office will be your cheapest option. These include rush tickets that are available on the day of a performance on a first-come, first-serve, or lottery basis. The seats for sale typically offer the poorest sight lines. In some cases, theater goers may purchase tickets for standing room. 

The Humans: Written by Stephen Karam and directed by Joe Mantello (Wicked), The Humans is a new modern-day play exploring the current anxieties facing many American families. The play, which centers on a family celebrating Thanksgiving at the daughter's Chinatown apartment, took home the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play and was hailed by New York Times critic Ben Brantley as "blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful." The Humans tickets start as low as $39 and $30 rush seats are available for each performance.

School of Rock: Musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber returned to the Great White Way last year with School of Rock, a brand-new musical based on the hit 2003 film. Featuring a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, the musical centers on a slacker musician-turned-substitute teacher who teaches his pupils how to rock, and stars a cast of talented children at the top of their craft. School of Rock tickets start at $59 and the show offers daily lottery and rush tickets for $39.

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: Another new musical now on the Great White Way is Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, a musical take on a slice of War and Peace. The immersive production currently stars multiplatinum singer Josh Groban and was hailed by The New York Times as being "the most innovative and best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton." Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 tickets start at $59, and daily lottery and rush tickets are available for $39.

Cats: For those hoping to see some more classic Andrew Lloyd Webber fare, the British composer's 1982 hit Cats has pawed its way back to Broadway following its initial 18-year-long run. The iconic 1980s musical exploring the trials and tribulations of its feline characters is back on the Great White Way in a production reuniting much of the original creative team, including director Trevor Nunn, along with the new addition of Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. Tickets for the musical start at $57, and a daily lottery offers tickets for $37.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held TK positions in the stocks mentioned.

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