Broadway Tickets

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The category of 'Broadway tickets' has become a bit of a misnomer, as it's more than just Broadway to which they refer. While the banner will always include Manhattan's first-rate shows, it also includes those that play off Broadway or have even left New York altogether. It's safe to say that Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and A Chorus Line will be deemed Broadway shows, even when they're playing on Main Street in Sleepytown, USA.

So long as it's Cats or My Fair Lady that's playing at the local repertory theater in that small town, the promoters can charge top dollar for the privilege of seeing it. Thus, if you live in a suburban or even rural area that receives a disproportionately small share of cultural activities, you can still expect to pay 30, 40, or 50 dollars for Broadway tickets. The performances aren't likely to be as strong as those you'd find on the West End or in New York City, but the bill nevertheless carries enough cachet to attract the local arts community.

Big-Time Broadway Tickets

In between the neon lights of Broadway and the firehouses of small town America are touring shows that come to major venues in the country's great cities. These traveling Broadway shows are where the majority of the country gets to see the Tony-winning performances that capture the collective attention of the theater world. If you live in a city such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, or Washington D.C., you're likely to encounter fierce competition for these Broadway tickets, namely at show openings and closings.

A lot of cities feature a week or two of advance shows designed to create buzz among critics. If you happen to work for a major media outlet, this is one viable route for landing Broadway tickets well before the rest of the world does. As a second option, try asking friends or family members who work for media behemoths such as TicketMaster, AOL, Disney, a television network, or a magazine, if they have access to "comps." You may be surprised to learn that they do.


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