Welcome, welcome to theater! After going over our last guide to discounted Broadway tickets, we realized that there are even more resources out there for students to utilize to get cheaper tickets to both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
Run by Columbia, the Arts Initiative provides students with discounted tickets, most of which can then be picked up at the TIC in Lerner. This is a great way to get tickets, but you have to be fast because they do sell out quite quickly.
If you’ve got luck and persistence, Broadway Direct has online lotteries for most performances of some of the biggest productions around, including The Lion King and Cats. Depending on the show, winners pay anywhere from $10-$40 for their seats, which is more than half off regular pricing.
- Aladdin: $30/ticket
- Cats: $40/ticket
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: $40/ticket
- The Lion King: $30/ticket
- War Paint: $40/ticket
- Wicked: $35/ticket
Being a theater-goer and being a student at the same time isn’t always easy on the wallet, and the Roundabout Theatre Company understands that. So, if you’re between the ages of 18-35, you can be part of their low-price ticket program, HipTix, for free. By becoming a HipTix member, you can buy up to two $25 tickets to each Roundabout Theatre production. While these tickets may not be orchestra seats (unless you upgrade your membership to Gold or Platinum), you can’t beat the price.
While the Hamilton lottery used to be on Broadway Direct’s website, it has since relocated to the Hamilton App, which was released in August 2017. Despite this change, the most important aspect of the Hamilton lottery has stayed the same: the price. It is still the same $10 that it always was, so keep entering! You can download the app for your mobile device on the App Store or on Google Play.
General Broadway Lotteries:
Some productions choose to host lotteries for tickets on their own personally-tailored sites instead of using Broadway Direct or TodayTix. It can be hard to find these lotteries sometimes, or just plain annoying to google them everyday. So, here are all the ones with individual sites for your convenience:
- The Phantom of the Opera: $40/ticket
- The Book of Mormon: $50/ticket
- School of Rock: $39/ticket
- Kinky Boots: $40/ticket
- Dear Evan Hansen: $40/ticket (Please keep in mind, some of these tickets are partial view!)
- Anastasia: $42/ticket
Updated September 16, 2017