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When Is the Best Time to Go Broadway

Of course, nothing can compare to a walk along Times Square or Central Park on a warm spring day. But visiting New York during wintertime also has its advantages. Cheap airline tickets and hotel accommodation in addition to inexpensive theater tickets make winter the perfect time for visiting a spectacular Broadway performance.

Many U.S. residents living on the East Coast travel to Manhattan during the holiday season to visit Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue featuring the ice skating and incredibly beautiful Christmas tree. But from January through March the tickets sales for Broadway shows decrease and some shows even close for the winter. So if you happen to be in New York during the winter time then you have a chance to enjoy the world-class Broadway performance on the cheap.

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First of all, consider visiting the TKTS booth on Times Square to find out what shows are offering highly discounted tickets. During the winter, most performances are available at half the price, except the hardest-to-get tickets on shows like "Jersey Boys," "The Lion King," "Wicked," or "Billy Elliot". And if you're rather flexible and don't mind seeing plays, the chances of getting cheap tickets are even higher.

Another way to score the cheapest tickets is to take part in ticket lotteries offered by most theaters. Also the theatres offer standing room and student rush tickets for unsold seats just several hours before showtime. While the prices on most Broadway performances can reach $120, theatre lovers can score them for $20 to $60 through various discounts and lotteries. If you arrive in New York on a Monday you will be able to catch matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

When in New York during the winter time you can see the following shows.

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"Billy Elliot: The Musical." This is the story about the son of a poor English coal miner who dreams to become a ballet dancer. "Billy Elliot: The Musical" won 10 Tony Awards, including "Best Musical." The show's particular strength is the imaginative choreography by Peter Darling. This musical is definitely worth the money spent on the ticket, even at full price.

"Next to Normal." This contemporary rock/pop musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey is a minimalistically staged performance telling the story of Diana, a mentally-ill woman, and how her illness impacts her supportive and loving husband and their troubled daughter. "Next to Normal" is very popular among New Yorkers and musical fans who care for less traditional shows.

"In the Heights". This lively musical is the winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. It features vibrant music and dance of the diverse ethnic population, including Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and blacks.

Other shows worth seeing are "Radio City Christmas Spectacular", "Hair", "Jersey Boys", "Memphis", "God of Carnage", "South Pacific", and "Bye Bye Birdie."