This article is from the Theatre FAQ, by aku@leland.Stanford.EDU (Andrew Chia-Tso Ku) with numerous contributions by others.
These are the well-known "1/2 price" ticket booths that sell
day-of-performance theatre tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
Starting in mid-1992, TKTS started offering 25% off tickets to more
popular shows (under pressure from producers) in addition to 50% off
tickets. Keep in mind that some shows are almost never available at
TKTS, like PHANTOM and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. TKTS adds a $2.50 surcharge
that goes to the Theatre Development Fund, a non profit agency that
runs TKTS and does a lot of work in promoting and supporting the theatre
community. TKTS accepts cash or travellers cheques *only*. No personal
checks or credit cards.
Recorded information: 212-768-1818
** Duffy Square (Times Square: 47th St. at Broadway)
Right in front of the ticket windows are electronic LED signs
listing all the shows with discount tickets available. As a show
sells out, its name is removed. "Runners" from the various theatres may
drop off new ticket inventories during the day, so the selection
continually varies (although it is almost certainly the best when the
booth first opens). By the time one gets close enough to the see the
boards, one has only about a minute before having to step up to the
ticket window. It is always good to wait at TKTS in pairs, so that
one person can walk to the front of the line at regular intervals to
check on what's available so one isn't caught making a snap decision.
The ticket sellers can be pretty surly at times, so don't dawdle. A
nice addition in the past year or so has been a table that features
flyers, discount coupons, twofers (see below) to shows (primarily
off-Broadway). These coupons can be used to buy advance, discount
tickets at the boxoffice of the show in question. Some date and/or
seat location restrictions may apply.
While standing in line, you may be approached by people selling
tickets to hit shows (LES MIZ, CATS, etc.), often at significant
discounts. DON'T buy them!! There will certainly be the occasional
person who is legitimately trying to unload an extra ticket or two, if
someone cancelled on him (most shows don't allow refunds), but it is
more likely that the tickets were purchased with stolen credit cards
or obtained by equally shady means. It's probably not worth the risk.
Monday thru Saturday 3pm-8pm for evening shows
Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm for matinees
Sunday noon-"closing" for Broadway matinees and off-Broadway matinees
and evening shows
** World Trade Center (2 World Trade Center Mezzanine)
Matinee tix are sold 1 day prior. This booth also sells full
price Broadway advance tix.
Reopened: April 5, 1993
Monday thru Friday 11am to 5:30pm
Saturday 11am to 3:30 pm
** Brooklyn (Court and Montague (sp?) Streets)
THIS BOOTH CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 27, 1993, AND WILL NO LONGER BE
OFFERING DISCOUNT TICKETS.