The roar of the crowd on the Great White Way comes at a price, so take a proactive approach to getting your tickets.
Step 1: Research shows Read about shows in New York newspapers, or look online for summaries, cast lists, running times, and reviews.
Step 2: Have friend land tickets If you aren't from New York but have a friend who lives or works in Manhattan and is more familiar with the venues than you, as them to pick up tickets for you.
Step 3: Call the box office Call or go directly to the box office to get current ticket prices. Use your credit card to reserve them.
Step 4: Go online Go online to order tickets if you are not close to Times Square and want to land a good seat right away.
Step 5: Use TKTS Go to the TKTS booth in Manhattan or Brooklyn on the day of the show, usually after 3 p.m. Get in line for discount tickets, which are between 25 to 50 percent off the full box office price.
Step 6: Check rush tickets Check with theaters in the afternoon for rush tickets, or for standing room tickets for sold-out shows. Look at online classifieds for last-minute deals.
TIP: Network with New York friends who might get tickets from friends who can't attend that night.
Step 7: Win the lottery Certain theaters have lottery lists. Sign up for one, and wait 30 minutes for the drawing. If your name is picked, show identification and pay as little as $20 (cash only) to see the show.
FACT: Did you know? In 1996, the Broadway hit Rent was the first show to offer the lottery system for orchestra tickets to accommodate people who couldn't afford to attend otherwise.