The TKTS booths are great , but two asterisks to the information above.
Originally Posted by heyang
(1) Not all tix are half-price. The discounts range from 20% to 50%. 20% is better than nothing, of course, but I don't want you to be unpleasantly surprised if you are expecting the full 50% off. Check the listings at the booth carefully.
(Additional $4 service charge per ticket.)
(2) There was a time when the TKTS booths accepted cash only. But TKTS now will accept credit cards and traveler's checks for tix for most shows. Certain Off-Broadway shows are exceptions.
Also ... some shows have day-of-performance lotteries for heavily discounted tix. Each show's own box office holds its lottery. (In other words, the lotteries have nothing to do with the TKTS booths.)
Note: The exact rules for each lottery prob. differ somewhat from show to show.
To give you a general idea, I've copied and pasted below the information specifically for the lottery for The Book of Mormon -- just as an example.
TICKET LOTTERY: A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold through the lottery. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance for up to two tickets.
Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $32 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Tickets are subject to availability.
I forgot to emphasize that winning a ticket lottery is an extremely long shot. Many enter; few win.
But here's a real-life best-case scenario. My sister from the west coast had her heart set on seeing The Book of Mormon when she was in town this summer. The show was so popular that it did not make any tix available through TKTS. But the show was holding its own ticket lottery .... and lo and behold, my sister totally lucked out and was one of the winners. She saved over $100 per ticket.