Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, TKTS!

Today marks the 40th "birthday" of the TKTS booth in New York City, a terrific resource for locals and visitors of all ages. A project of the nonprofit Theater Development Fund, the booths can be found at Times Square and in Downtown Brooklyn. A third location, at the South Street Seaport, fell victim to hurricane Sandy and is closed indefinitely.

Jim Henderson

The booth in Times Square offers day-of-performance tickets to both matinee and evening performances of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The Brooklyn booth offers same day tickets to evening performances and next day tickets to matinee performances, as well as tickets to Brooklyn arts events. Discounts are generally from 30-50% off face value, plus a service charge of $4 per ticket, which helps support TDF (ticket prices go directly to the theaters, which determine the number of tickets available and the discount offered). You can download the free TKTS app from the iTunes store to keep abreast of current offerings and discounts.

Whether you are coming to New York for an evaluation at The Yellin Center, or a family vacation, or just a day in town from your home in the suburbs -- or whether you live right here in the City -- the TKTS booth is a great way to make the wide range of Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings more affordable. There are lots of shows and plays that are suitable for children and a love of theater is a gift that can stay with a child for a lifetime. 

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