Student and charity Broadway Show tickets in New York City discounted to a level where schools and charities can afford them on their budget:
Hit Show Club (212-581-4211) 630 Ninth Avenue, between 44th and 45th Streets): This free service distributes coupons that can be redeemed at the box office for one-third or more off regular ticket prices. You can either get the coupons through the mail (call for details) or pick them up at Hit Show Club's midtown offices.
Audience Extras (212-989-9550): This little-known program has leftover tickets (many for prime house seats) to theater shows, concerts, dance performances, lectures and more. To join, you must pay a one-time membership fee of $130; after that, however, each ticket will only cost you $3. Most tickets are sold on a day-of-show basis.
TDF Vouchers (212-221-0885): The Theatre Development Fund, the nation's largest nonprofit service organization for the performing arts, offers discount vouchers for off-off-Broadway productions and other events sponsored by small, independent production companies. For those eligible - students, teachers, performing-arts professionals, retirees, union and armed forces members and clergy - it's a great deal: $28 buys four vouchers that can be redeemed at the box office of any participating organization. For more information, see TDF's Web site.
High 5 Tickets to the Arts (212-445-8587): Through the High 5 program - which has sold 9,000 tickets since 1995 - any junior high or high school student between the ages of 13 and 18 can attend theater shows, concerts and museum exhibitions for only $5. Tickets are sold at all New York Ticketmaster locations; proof of age is required, and tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to the performance. For more details and a listing of available shows, see High 5's Web site .
Kids' Night on Broadway (212-563-2929): This annual program, sponsored by TDF and the League of American Theatres, gives children ages 6 to 18 free admission (with the purchase of one regularly priced ticket) to Broadway shows on four specified nights. Kids' Night debuted in New York last year and was so successful that it's expanded to 20 cities nationwide. Tickets go on sale in October; performances are in January and February.
CareTix (212-840-0770, ext. 230): Sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, CareTix sells house seats for sold-out Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and for some non-theatrical events. Tickets are twice the regular box-office price, but you can claim one-half of what you pay as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to BC/EFA.