Ryan Zatcoff, TMU contributor and senior at Hofstra University

My parents took me to my first Broadway show Annie when I was seven years old. When the curtain fell at the end of the production I turned to my parents and said, "That was perfect." Ever since that moment I have been a devoted Broadway theatergoer.

When I began high school, my theater mentor encouraged our drama classes to stay educated on theater in Philadelphia, and of course, New York City. I always thought that it was fascinating that she knew all of the current "theater world" news; therefore, I decided that I wanted to be educated about the theater industry. I found all of the theater news websites including TheaterMania, Playbill, Broadway.com, and more. To this day, I still check each of these sites at least once day, if not more, because the theater industry is constantly changing.

These sites allow readers an inside look into the theater community across the country. Whether it is through news articles, photos, videos, or reviews, there are many ways to stay up to date. It was because of these sites that I discovered how students could see Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for an affordable price!

1.) Student/General/Lottery Rush:

I was in high school when I experienced student rush for the first time. My friends and I traveled form Philadelphia to NYC in the early morning to get student rush tickets for Spring Awakening. When the box office opened, we each bought a ticket for $25 and were seated in the orchestra! Most Broadway and Off-Broadway productions have some form of rush policy for students. Out of all of the Broadway shows I have seen, about 75% of them have cost me $30 or less because of the rush policies that are offered. The new TheaterMania now offers information regarding these discount prices for both students and the general public.

2.) Hiptix/Linctix:

Many theater companies including Roundabout Theater Company and Lincoln Center Theater also have fantastic offers that are accessible to students! Hiptix, which is an offer through Roundabout, is a great way to purchase affordable tickets without having to wait in line for student/general rush tickets. Through this offer you can purchase 2 tickets for $20 each to any Roundabout production! Becoming a Hiptix member is simple and free!

Another incredible offer available for students who are 21 years old and up is called LincTix. LincTix is an offer through Lincoln Center Theater to see any of their productions for only $30! The Tony Award winning production of War Horse, currently playing in the Beaumont Theater to sold-out audiences, offers fantastic seats for only $30 through this membership.

If you are a student, whether you live in the New York City area or across the country in California, call the theater and ask if they have any form of rush policy before purchasing a full price ticket. More times than not, theaters will offer discounted tickets to students. I hope that I have encouraged you to educate yourself on the theater industry through these incredible websites and helped you save some money so you can see professional theater for an affordable price!

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