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15 Broadway Shows for Less Than $50

July 9, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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Broadway gets a bad rap for being too bougie, but getting tickets to a big-budget musical or a critically acclaimed play doesn’t have to break the bank. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of incredible deals, and right now, you can get tickets to 15 of the hottest hits for under $50 a ticket. That’s cheaper than the cost of that new A/C unit your fourth floor walkup desperately needs. So crack open your window, open your TodayTix app, and snag some of the best deals you’ll find for a Broadway show.

Head Over Heels
Shakespeare and The Go-Go’s join forces in the Renaissance romp. With a book by “Avenue Q” Tony winner Jeff Whitty and Gwyneth Paltrow as a producer, this is definitely a show you won’t want to miss. Bonus: Peppermint, of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame, is the first trans woman to create a role in a Broadway show. Unlock $35 Rush tickets, or get tickets from just $39.

Straight White Men
Armie Hammer is making his Broadway debut in this production, which is reason enough for us to grab a ticket. This biting examination of racial and gender privilege will have you checking your own long after the final bow. Also, Young Jean Lee becomes the first female Asian-American playwright on Broadway with this play, which is part of Second Stage Theater’s first Broadway season at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Unlock $32 Rush tickets now!

Beautiful

Melissa Benoist in “Beautiful.”

Carole King’s life story epitomizes girl power, and now badass super-villain fighting Supergirl, aka Melissa Benoist, is filling King’s shoes eight times a week at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Rock out to hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” as you learn a little more about how King’s epic “Tapestry” album came to be. Get tickets from just $49 now.

Carousel

“Carousel”

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is back on Broadway in a stunning revival starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry. Lindsay Mendez won a Tony Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge, and Justin Peck’s Tony-winning choreography is unlike anything else on Broadway Opera star Renee Fleming also makes her Broadway musical debut in the production, and you can bask in the glory of such musical theater standards as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “If I Loved You,” and “What’s the Use of Wondrin'” Get tickets from $45 now.

Hello, Dolly!

“Hello, Dolly!”

It doesn’t get more Broadway than “Hello, Dolly!” and this Tony-winning revival harkens back to the show business golden days in a production that epitomizes glitz and glamour. Bernadette Peters dons Dolly’s matchmaking shoes through July 15, and Bette Midler, who originated the role in this revival and earned the Tony Award for it, will be “back where she belongs” starting July 17, with Donna Murphy take in the role on select performances. Put on your Sunday clothes, and get tickets from just $49 to see Bernadette and Donna!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Ticket prices for the newest Harry Potter story onstage can climb into the upper hundreds, but The Friday Forty is the perfect way to snag $40 tickets to see this original, Tony-winning play by Jack Thorne from a story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. The two-part play explores what happens when Harry Potter becomes a father and his children go off to Hogwarts, as he navigates the joys and perils of parenting and a new wizarding generation. To score $40 tickets, enter The Friday Forty on the TodayTix app or on TodayTix.com every Friday before 1PM ET for your chance to win.

Gettin’ the Band Back Together
Everybody has a dream, and in this brand-new musical comedy, 40something Mitch is returning to his high school musical roots to challenge his former nemesis in the Battle of the Bands. Tony-winning producer Ken Davenport is making his Broadway book writing debut with this show, which he developed with the performance group Grundleshotz. Performances start on July 19 at the Belasco Theatre, and you can get tickets now from just $39.

SpongeBob SquarePants

“SpongeBob SquarePants”

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You know the drill…or do you? Director Tina Landau’s inventive interpretation of the favorite Nickelodeon cartoon brings everyone’s favorite sponge to life in a new way. And don’t forget the rocking score from some of the music industry’s biggest names like John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, and more. Get tickets from just $49 before the musical closes at the Palace Theatre on Sept. 16.

Summer

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

Hot stuff is what you’ll see if you get tickets to “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The bio-musical about the tumultuous life of the queen of disco brings her biggest hits to the stage with an all-female ensemble, playing both male and female roles, and three leading ladies taking on the titular role. You’ll love to love this musical with tickets from just $48.

Kinky Boots

“Kinky Boots”

It’s rare for a Broadway show to last a year on the Main Stem, but “Kinky Boots” has been going strong for more than five with its inspiring message of positivity and acceptance. It’s basically retro “Queer Eye” meets “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” When the Lola comes to a small-town British shoe factory, she reinvigorates the family business with a plan to sell high heels for men’s feet. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Tony Award for Cyndi Lauper’s score. Now, everybody say yeah for $40 tickets to this show.

Bernhardt/Hamlet
In Shakespeare’s day, men played all the roles, and while women gradually began to take on the parts of damsels and heroines, Sarah Bernhardt made a career-changing move in 1899 when she took on the title role in “Hamlet.” This new play by Teresa Rebeck stars Janet McTeer and starts performances at the American Airlines Theatre on August 31. Get your tickets now from just $49.

The Play That Goes Wrong

“The Play That Goes Wrong”

The madcap farce about a theater company desperately trying to stage their show through a series of pitfalls is certain to earn laughs from even your most miserly friend. The show won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, and with $30 tickets available, it’s sure to win over your wallet as well.

A Bronx Tale

“A Bronx Tale”

Chazz Palminteri does it all. Not only did he bring his own life to the stage with his one-man show and to screen with the film, but now he’s penned the book for the Broadway adaption of his story about growing up in the Bronx and befriending the biggest mob moss in town. And now, Palminteri is making his Broadway debut in the show as Sonny, making him the only actor to play the same role in a play, film, and musical. Get tickets from just $39 before the show closes on Aug. 5.

Chicago

“Chicago”

Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town? Broadway’s second longest running show is still going strong at the Ambassador Theatre, and you can see this Kander and Ebb classic now from just $43. They say the name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Roxie, but you just might feel like your name is up in lights after saving so much dough on tickets.

The Phantom of the Opera

“The Phantom of the Opera”

Broadway’s longest running hit is still going strong, as Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s epic take on the story of the phantom who haunts the Paris Opera and falls for a budding chorus girl has been winning over audiences for decades. Get your tickets now from just $45.

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