Wednesday Matinee Broadway Ticket Discounts
Discounts are often available for Wednesday matinee performances of Broadway shows
Broadway shows often have a dip in the price of tickets for their Wednesday matinee shows. These Broadway ticket discounts are aimed at the "blue-haired" retired crowd from Long Island and New Jersey because these retired folks and senior citizens are available to fill up the Wednesday matinee shows that would normally be light on people since locals are usually at work and tourists aren't around as much mid-week. But these Wednesday matinee discount tickets, which can be $5-$20 less than the regular ticket prices, are available for anyone, so you can take advantage of them as long as you're free to catch a show on Wednesday afternoon, irrelevent of the color of your hair.
Most Broadway shows have a Wednesday matinee performance that begins at 2PM. The audience at these matinees can be a bit eccentric -- expect to see a lot of elderly couples, dressed down tourists, and school groups. Surprisingly, the school children are usually fairly attentive audiences, since they're still new to the magic of theater. The old folks are probably the more disruptive group, as they can be heard snoring, commenting too loudly on the action, or adjusting their high-pitched hearing devices.
There are a handful of Broadway musicals and plays that don't have Wednesday matinees, so be sure to check schedules. The shows that don't have Wednesday matinees are usually those that don't have a strong appeal for kids, seniors, or tourists (i.e. shows aimed at young adults). Also note that not all Broadway shows offer a discount on their Wednesday matinee performances.