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Apr182011

How to Pick a Broadway Show

I'm about to reveal some lessons I learned that will make the creators of eHow shit their ePants with jealousy. Here's how to choose a Broadway show.

Rule #1 - Don't buy tickets in advance

There's no point. If you don't commit to anything, you're available for everything. Plus -- there are very few shows that are sold out all the time. See, look at this weekly earnings chart.

Rule #2 - Define the type of show that will satisfy you and be open to the outcomes you discover

Sample situations could be:

  • Any musical
  • Any funny play
  • The show with the cheapest seats
  • The show with closest seats
  • Any show where you won't see Harry Potter's "wand"
  • A show that gets horrible reviews and is loosely based on Spider Man

Rule #3 - Steer the conversation. Be the decider.

Stay away from the marketing cronies trolling the TKTS line. If you go to the booth with guests from out of town, they might seem knowledgeable and just "here to help," but these fast-talking turkeys will zero in on the weakest-willed person in your party and infect them. Unless you put a stop to it, it's all but certain you will find yourself at Newsical: The Musical. If you know more about the shows, you should decide what's best for everyone.

Rule #4 - Pay full price... if you're insane!

Get Rush tickets. Be a student. Join a social club for young theatregoers. Know a guy. Score comp tickets. There are a zillion ways to save. Even sold out shows that aren't advertising discounts like The Book of Mormon set aside cheap lottery or same-day tix.

Rule #5 - Take your smartphone or web-enabled device.

Before you go to Times Square, look at the TKTS booth app to get a sense of what's there. But don't get caught up thinking the booth is the last chance saloon. You WILL get cheaper tickets from a show's box office if you pull up the Playbill discount page and wave your Motorola Xoom at the attendant.

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