New York City - Anybody with recent TKTS experience, and also Concorde @ Intrepid?
Jun 14, 04, 3:44 pm
I will be visiting along with 3 other people the latter part of this week - just wondering if anybody has had recent experiences at the TKTS booth for broadway shows - what's available now?
Also, is the Concorde readily visible without actually going into the Intrepid museum? Other 3 people are not flight enthusiats (imagine that) so I was hoping at least catch a glimpse of it without devoting a lot of time/money to see it.
Any help appreciated!
Jun 14, 04, 4:06 pm
The concord is easily visible from the street, or even a circle line tour or something like that.
For a list of what was available recently at TKTS (thorugh yesterday)
Jun 14, 04, 8:49 pm
Buy a copy of NY magazine and bring it with you to the TKTS booth. This way you can at least read what the various plays are about. All the available shows are posted on the board. The availabilty changes daily.
Remember, cash only!
Jun 15, 04, 10:40 am
Yes, you can see the deck as you drive anyway nearby. My son loved the place.
Yes, show availability varies each day and time, but it is a truly great deal in any case.
Jun 16, 04, 12:22 pm
Thanks for all the help guys - I shall be roaming the streets this weekend!
Jun 16, 04, 4:41 pm
In case this helps, here are some shows I've seen this week (not through TKTS, but they may be available there):
Avenue Q the best show I've seen in ages (and this from a guy who doesn't like musicals as a rule). Even better than Jerry Springer The Opera (see London forum). It's slut puppets. Think Sesame Street meets Rent. It's very funny. It's joyful and uplifting (in a good way; this from someone who never thought he'd describe a show as "joyful and uplifting"). And you see muppets have sex. Naked. Even if you have to pay full price ($96), go. www.avenueq.com
Bug off-Broadway play, noir-style thriller about a cokehead waitress and a weird guy she meets. Exceptional performances, brilliantly directed and a rather good script.
The Wau Wau Sisters neo-burlesque off-Broadway striptease (but no nudity... quite) act with some comedy songs. While their physical routines (including trapeze, body-balancing and gymnastics) are clever, original, funny and brilliantly performed, the bits in between where they open their mouths (and, even worse, pick up musical instruments) put me in mind of a 3rd rate Edinburgh Fringe comedy show.
More to follow...
Jun 17, 04, 8:54 am
I was in New York in April and heeded the advice of friends who live there who INSISTED that I visit the TKTS office downtown in the South Street Seaport instead of Times Square.
I went in the afternoon and no one was in the office, walked right up to the counter, and scored excellent tickets to my first choice show. Definitely an interesting neighborhood right there, 2 blocks from the Subway, I believe: www.tdf.org/tkts/#
Jun 19, 04, 9:25 pm
A friend of mine works at the Intrepid (former co-worker, she may be coming back now that her project there is almost done) and mentioned the Concord is opening for tours on June 26th, so if anybody has been waiting for that, it's next week.
Jun 21, 04, 12:26 am
Used TKTS last Saturday matinee to get a single for "Caroline, or Change" and it worked fine, as usual.
However, touts were selling much better tix at the theatre for less than half price, at least for the performance I went to -- I ended up buying a 3rd row center Orch seat for $40 from a tout and then selling my TKTS mezzanine seat for $20.
I know you can't count on touts being there all the time, but for slow moving shows they may be a factor to consider. Yes, there are risks of counterfeit tickets, but I haven't had a huge problem with this either in NYC or London.
Incidentally, despite all the incredible reviews for "Caroline," I found it to be a yawner.
Jun 21, 04, 7:51 am
We have been behind people many more times then once who purchased from a tout only to find out when they got in they bought a color copy of a ticket and were not getting in.
You really have to know how to tell a real ticket from a fake one if you do that, or you can be out both money, and the show. They aren't all fake, but they aren't all real either.
Jun 21, 04, 3:01 pm
One of the things I have done when that might be an issue is have the tout accompany me to the ticket taker and, in effect, pay as it gets accepted. This is clearly way easier to do in London than in NYC.
I'm heading to NYC for New Years Eve (thanks to the $110 Marriott Marquis priceline deal) - Dec 30 - Jan 2. I'd love to see one great musical. Do you recommend that I purchase full price right NOW from ticketmaster or whatever venue or will there be some discounting or alternate opportunities to purchase closer to that date.
I am still undecided on what show I want to see. Producers seems to still have good seats available though I know the cast has changed.
Aug 10, 04, 10:34 am
I wouldn't wait.
Very few Broadway shows discount around the holidays (in fact, many increase their prices). Most discounts really come out in Jan or Feb, typically seen as a slow season.
I would suggest buying now, just to ensure the best seats.
And for future reference, the following sites often give discounts on Broadway shows: