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Broadway Ticket Fees

A Guide to Buying Tickets (and their associated fees) From The Box Office or From Ticketmaster or Telecharge.

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Where Are Broadway Tickets Sold and How Can I Avoid Ticket Fees?

There are only two official Broadway ticket outlets that are approved to sell face value Broadway Tickets. These locations can also sell discounted tickets, provided you already have the discount code. By buying tickets in-person, at the box office, you can avoid paying any ticketing fees, that get a lot more expensive the more tickets you purchase. If you are buying just two tickets, then fees may be worth paying for the convenience of buying online ot over the phone, but for three tickets or more, then in-person at the box office is the right way to go.

Broadway show tickets can only be purchased from two primary ticket outlets, they are:

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IN-PERSON Ticket Sales at the Theatre Box Office - No Fees and More Ticket Inventory

Each Broadway theater has its own box office, so you can buy a ticket in advance and in person for the Broadway show currently playing (or a show soon to open) at that particular theater during its normal business hours.

Buying Broadway tickets directly at the theater box office is advantageous because then you don't have to pay any of the handling or convenience charges that Ticketmaster and Telecharge will add to your Broadway tickets bill if you buy online or over the phone. Buying In person also allows you access to tickets that have not be advertised in those other mediums. There is a reason why Broadway ticket brokers only buy tickets this way. Another advantage of buying tickets directly at the box office is that you will have a physical ticket in hand, no need to pay for shipping.

The downside to buying tickets in-person means that you have to actually get to the theatre to complete the transaction, which is difficult for people who live outside the theatre district and impossible for out-of-towners.

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PHONE or INTERNET Ticket Sales at TICKETMASTER or TELECHARGE (Online or phone)
(Each Broadway Show Chooses either one, but not both) - Booking Fees are payable

Ticketmaster, which sells about 40% of all Broadway tickets, is the well-known ticketing giant that people use all over the world for concerts and sporting events. In New York City, Broadway tickets are one of Ticketmaster's most important products. Telecharge, which is a smaller company (and more uniquely theater-oriented) currently handles the majority of Broadway ticket sales, but smaller theatre companies like The Roundabout Theatre Company is an exception - it does its own ticketing for Roundabout Broadway shows (which play at the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54, and Henry Miller's Theatre).

Buying through these phone and internet sales mechanisms is convenient, but is not the cheapest method and they typically have less inventory then in-person ticket sales at the box office.