Broadway Shows - A Must See in New York!

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New York is a fantastic city - as a visitor, there are many great things to see and experience. One popular activity is go to see a Broadway show. Broadway shows are popular with both tourists and locals alike. After living in New York City for awhile, you discover some tips and tricks that improve your Broadway experience, and save you money at the same time.

Shows are either classified as "Broadway" or "Off-Broadway". Broadway theaters hold a minimum of 500 people, while Off-Broadway shows hold a smaller number. Many shows that are now on Broadway start off as Off-Broadway shows, and grow into a Broadway theater as they become more popular. Shows on Broadway are usually better known (produced by big names like Disney), but that doesn't mean they're all good, or that they are better than all Off-Broadway shows. People have different tastes, and you're just as likely to have a great time with an Off-Broadway performance as with a Broadway performance. Since the theaters are smaller and the shows aren't as heavily advertised, Off-Broadway shows are often cheaper than ones on Broadway.

If you are trying to decide what show to see, it can be quite helpful to check out reviews for Broadway shows from other people who have seen the shows you're interested in.

If you have a bit of flexibility with what you see, you may want to hold off on your ticket purchase and acquire "day-of" or "next day" tickets. These tickets are often 50% off, and are often quite good seats. However, you aren't guaranteed to get tickets for a specific show, so if you absolutely must see a particular show, you might want to purchase tickets ahead of time.

There are some shows that always sell out (such as Wicked), and thus won't be available at a half-price vendor. Otherwise, most shows do show up at a half price vendor, although depending on the shows popularity, the show may not be available at the discounted rate every day. Be sure to visit the discount vendor booth at the South Street Seaport - it starts selling tickets earlier, and has a shorter line than other locations.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02