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Last updated: 01 May, 2023

As one of the globe’s two most prestigious cities for theatre (alongside London’s West End), hosting a wide variety of drama and musicals – many world-class – iconic Broadway needs no introduction.

Taking in a Broadway show is therefore a New York City must, even for those not big on performing arts; with famous names and the highest quality performers, it really doesn’t get much better.

Price from: £35
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 2+ hours

Getting there & doing it

Browse online listings, e.g. New York Magazine or Time Out for shows, reviews, contact numbers and websites for tickets.

Some shows sell out many months in advance, so if you have specific tastes, plan ahead. Others may have good availability or same-day bargains to buy online or at the theatre. Not surprisingly, matinees tend to have more availability than evenings and are a better bet for the popular shows at short notice.

Ticketmaster has tickets for pretty much any event or show going, but beware of hefty bookings fees.

Get discounted & last-minute seats

TKTS booths in Times Square, South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn sell same-day tickets up to 50% off for select Broadway plays and musicals – go early before the queues form.

Stub Hub is a national ticket marketplace that allows ticket holders to resell their tickets. It’s a great source of last-minute tickets to most performances – but you may pay a higher price, especially for top shows.

Get the best seats

Inside Sport & Entertainment is a full-service agency that can score the best prices and VIP packages to any event in town (but you’ll pay for it).

When to do it

Shows run all year round, but there are fewer shows July to mid-September. Most shows don’t perform on Mondays, though do check because a few do.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Theater Professional

New York City

Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Theater Professional
Learn about Broadway before you see a show with this behind-the-scenes look at New York City’s famous theater district. On this two-hour guided walking tour, your expert guide (a real Broadway performer) will illustrate how a district known for trading horses in the late 18th century became a global center for world-class entertainment. Listen as your guide colors Broadway’s history with fascinating backstage stories about some of the most famous performances and Broadway stars!

Price: $39

Min age: 4

Rating 4.86 / 5 [391 ratings]

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Small-Group Broadway Theater District and Times Square Walking Tour

New York City

Small-Group Broadway Theater District and Times Square Walking Tour
Experience the “Great White Way” and follow in the footsteps of Broadway's brightest stars on this 2.5-hour New York City tour. Join an industry professional and a small group of fellow theater fans on a guided walk of Manhattan’s Broadway District and Times Square. See the most famous theaters, hear backstage stories and secrets, and learn how Times Square became the lively place it is today.

Price: $39

Min age: 0

Rating 4.81 / 5 [16 ratings]

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NYC: Broadway Behind The Scenes Including Studio Visit

New York City

NYC: Broadway Behind The Scenes Including Studio Visit
Join a local guide for a look behind the curtain of New York’s theatre scene on Broadway. The tour begins in the bustling heart of New York City, Times Square - the epicenter of the theatre world. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a tour of iconic theaters where some of your favorite shows have been performed over the years. As you stroll through the Great White Way, taking in the marquees, dazzling lights and Broadway stories, you'll get a sense of the rich history of these historic venues. You'll also venture into the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, where off-Broadway theatres showcase the next generation of Broadway classics. Along the way, you'll get a glimpse behind the scenes with a tour of an active rehearsal studio.

Price: $63

Min age: 0

Rating 4.94 / 5 [50 ratings]

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Moulin Rouge on Broadway Ticket

New York City

Moulin Rouge on Broadway Ticket
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical! Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and — above all — Love. With a book by Tony Award winner John Logan; music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award winner Justin Levine; and choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical — it is a state of mind.

Price: $72

Min age: 5

Rating 4.64 / 5 [28 ratings]

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Disney's Aladdin on Broadway Ticket

New York City

Disney's Aladdin on Broadway Ticket
Book your tickets to the new, Tony Award winning Broadway rendition of Disney’s classic animated film ‘Aladdin’! See the beloved cast of characters come to life in a musical at New York City’s New Amsterdam Theater. A splashy set turns the stage into Agrabah, a city inhabited by royalty, pickpockets and one wily Genie. Audiences of all ages can delight in the original award-winning score that includes “A Whole New World.” Additionally, enjoy songs by Howard Ashman that were not used in the 1992 film and all new numbers created just for the stage. Don’t miss your chance to see Broadway’s newest spectacle, magic flying carpet and all!

Price: $86

Min age: 4

Rating 4.60 / 5 [188 ratings]

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Chicago on Broadway Ticket

New York City

Chicago on Broadway Ticket
See Broadway's red-hot musical smash 'Chicago', the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. Add a bit of Chicago to your New York visit!

Price: $86

Min age: 4

Rating 4.38 / 5 [354 ratings]

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MJ The Musical on Broadway Ticket

New York City

MJ The Musical on Broadway Ticket
MJ is the electrifying new Broadway musical that takes audiences inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history. Featuring over 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, MJ allows us to rediscover the man in the mirror – with an explosion of music, choreography and theatricality as unforgettable as the artist himself.

Price: $111

Min age: 4

Rating 4.79 / 5 [111 ratings]

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Wicked on Broadway Ticket

New York City

Wicked on Broadway Ticket
Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. From real flying monkeys to a trip to the Emerald City and a soaring, modern score by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is a true spectacle for the eyes and ears!

Price: $124

Min age: 5

Rating 4.70 / 5 [211 ratings]

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Hamilton on Broadway Ticket

New York City

Hamilton on Broadway Ticket
Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind. Experience a fresh look at the era of the Founding Fathers.

Price: $131

Min age: 4

Rating 4.6 / 5 [15 ratings]

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The Lion King On Broadway Ticket

New York City

The Lion King On Broadway Ticket
Book your tickets for the Tony-winning extravaganza 'The Lion King' on Broadway. A favorite with children and adults alike, 'The Lion King' is a visual and audio feast of colorful costumes and award-winning music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Don't miss your chance to see this popular Broadway show during your visit to New York City.

Price: $146

Min age: 4

Rating 4.69 / 5 [583 ratings]

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